Product Review – Perricone MD Face Finishing Moisturizer

Hey lovely people,

it’s time for another product review – yay! I featured this product in my last blog post where I spoke about ‘how to switch up your skincare for fall and winter.’ I have been using the Perricone MD Face Finishing Moisturizer for several weeks now as part of my bedtime/pm routine. Keep reading for a full product review below…


Product Claim: “A lightweight, superior moisturizer loaded with antioxidants to help firm skin’s appearance and minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Formulated with Vitamin C Ester to impart a visibly radiant, smooth and porcelain-like appearance.”

RRP – 15mL – $28; 59mL – $110



✔️ Lightweight and spreads very smoothly on the skin

✔️ Feels velvety, hydrates effectively, evens out skin tone and gives a natural glow to the skin

✔️ Formulated by a board certified dermatologist (Dr. Nicholas Perricone) and anti-ageing expert which may increase credibility of product and it’s ingredients

✔️ Includes some great antioxidants – i.e. DMAE and alpha-lipoic acid. The dimethyl MAE or DMAE is what claims to firm and lift the appearance of the skin, whereas, the alpha-lipoic acid claims to reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles and enlarged pores

✔️ Contains Vitamin C Ester referred to as ‘tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate’ in the product ingredient list. This is a positive as it is a more stable form of vitamin C compared to other forms. This means it is less likely to break down due to environmental exposure. It is also a fat soluble form of Vitamin C which means it can penetrate deeper into the skin and therefore provide better results


✖️ Expensive

✖️ Strong medicinal smell/rose scent – may be unpleasant for some and may not be suitable for sensitive skin

✖️ Product is packaged in a jar which may make it more prone to build up of bacteria from constant handling/tampering – would have preferred a pump delivery system

✖️ Does not contain SPF so will need to use sun protection if using it as a day moisturizer (The tint version of this product does contain SPF so might be a better alternative during the day)

✖️ Contains alcohol which may be irritating for sensitive skin types or may potentially dry out the skin

✖️ Some experts argue that the benefits linked to DMAE included in cosmeceutical formulations is controversial. They argue that the results from this ingredient may be short-lived and may not be stable in formulations due to high alkaline pH (pH ~ 10) levels.

Would I re-purchase?

Yes. I’ve underlined claims in the pros section as I can’t really comment on these particular claims. The reason being is because I don’t have many wrinkles (not yet anyway) or really large pores where I was able to see a clear benefit to discuss. I have reserved the use of this product in my night time routine as it doesn’t contain SPF and was impressed with the results after a few weeks. I have noticed that I’ve definitely woken up to more hydrated, firm and glowing skin in the mornings. Also, I found my skin to be more even toned and although it is winter my skin hasn’t been flaky or dry. It is a quite expensive product but if you have the luxury to splurge on a good moisturizer this is a good one to try. The formulation and combination of ingredients is definitely well thought out and proven to have beneficial results for skin. I am looking forward to trying the ‘Face Finishing Moisturizer Tint with SPF 30.’ I believe this would be a great addition and the perfect finishing touch to my morning routine (no pun intended).


Thank you for reading through another product review. Don’t forget to subscribe and let me know what you think.

xoxo, B.

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