Rated 3.27 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Needs more Slip
I'm giving this PTR moisturizer 4 stars out of 5. Would I repurchase? Well, I'll have to use the whole jar to be sure, but probably not. I own and love many (probably too many) PTR products. I have the Potent C serum and spot corrector. I like both of them. They glide on well and absorb quickly. This product for me is harder to use. It is very thick and has very little "slip" which is a term I'm using to describe how well the product applies to the skin. It seems so thick that I find, every single time, that I have to use it with a face oil. I'll use a skincare spatula to get the moisturizer out of the jar, then I'll put several drops of facial oil (a Nyakio oil) on the moisturizer and rub my hands together to combine. That seems to be the only way I can get it to glide on more smoothly. If you have ever used PTR's Water Drench moisturizer, then you know how little you need to use and how well it glides on your skin. This product is like the polar opposite of the smooth, silky texture of Water Drench. Every single time I use this, I long for Water Drench. Now, as for brightening skin and fading sun damage, I'd say that it really does help. It is a very good product in terms of brightening and evening out skin tone. The smell isn't the best, but that is due to the Ferulic Acid in the product, so for me that is a non issue. The product does deliver results...I just wished that it was less thick. Overall, I'd recommend trying it for its reparative properties.
Most Helpful Critical Review Caused broken veins
I used this product for a little over a month. I noticed a tingle and flush feeling but thought it may be one of those creams that cause a little irritation at first. By the end of the month I had broken blood vessels on my face, my face stayed severely red, almost maroon/purple. I'm new to having a skincare routine and everyone spoke highly of this brand. I will try another line maybe. But not this one. I returned to ulta and one of the girls working was so helpful and could tell how bad my skin had become. She gave me different things to try and we eventually found one that helped calm the redness. Ulta worked saved the day!
Reviewed by 84 customers gross smell
becky from utah
smells like fish! and its only going to return
Skincare Addict from Atlanta Georgia
Vitamin C is known to have a weird smell. Mostly described as hot dog water. So please don't base whether or not you'd purchase any Vitamin C product based off a review saying it smells.
I used this product coming in very skeptical with l the research I had done on multiple Vitamin C products. After using this I have noticed my skin has a more even tone, and is more radiant than before. My 30 year old skin had lost that dewy fresh faced look I had in my 20's.
I liked that this wasn't an oil that I had to worry about it oxidizing before I could use it all. Vitamin C is an active which means it will tingle or burn. Because it is helping to stimulate collagen production. So you should slowly incorporate it into your skin care routine (like any product please spot test it!).
I plan on purchasing this again as I'm pleased with the results.
Thank goodness it's just a sample
dginil from IL
This is the worst smelling product I've ever put on my skin; like rubbing the ash from a campfire all over your face. It's not a subtle stench, either, and no, it doesn't dissipate over time. It also immediately caused a burning sensation on my face that made me wash it off right away. I now have it on the back of my hand just to test for 15 mins-- still burning but less than on face, and still smelling it from as far away as I can get my hand. Even my cat, who tries to lick most face creams I wear turns her head away immediately. Can't imagine how anyone would find out if it actually works.
very moisturizing and brightening
sohny from Reno, NV
I have dry skin and live in a dry climate. I love how this product moisturizes and brightens. My face feels soft, not oily.
Jeanie from Florida
I'm on my third jar of this moisturizer! What an amazing product! Yes, the smell is different but once you use it a few times, you don't even notice. The product works so well! Please do not ever discontinue this!! My skin is finally smooth, plump, and hydrated!! I love this product!
I would buy this product again and again
Margaret from WILLOWBROOK ILLINOIS
I can not live without this cream. I get facials 3 times a year AT A HIGH END SALON and this is how I started using this product. I had asked my technician why her skin looked absolutely perfect and she said she used this product. She told me do not even bother buying products here to just buy this one product at Ulta and I would see results within a few days. well, my skin has never looked so good. I am 56 and people guess me at 40. I love to tan but always get the dark spots and freckles. I was in lake Geneva for a week and came home to a ton of dark spots and freckles. I immediately applied my potent c and within a few days they were gone! I have zero wrinkles from this product because it plumps and hydrates my skin. I can not say enough about this product, except I can not live without it.
R.M. from Bay Area, CA
Put this on once and washed it off within two minutes. I wish I had read the reviews on here about the smell before purchase - it really is horrible. Smells to me like burned matches...or ash. I thought it might dissipate (and in my experience bad smelling products mostly smell horrible in large quantities), but it was so overwhelming that I didn't wait to find out.
I have no idea if it does what it says for the skin, but I will not be using this.
I like it
Maggie from Nashville Tn
I haven't used this long enough to notice a difference. I am sensitive to smells but this doesn't bother me because it's not fake and flowery. The smell is from the Ferulic acid. It does tend to have a strange odor. If it works I'm happy. Feels nice on my skin and made my skin glow after applying.
Couldn't get over the smell.
Jessi O. from MD
I did not use this product more than 2 days due to the smell. Unfortunately, I could not get past the smell. I gave it 3 stars based off of what it states it may do for your skin.
I wouldn't buy again
Jeanettw from California
I was excited about the vitamin C in my moisturizer. After using two days I noticed it clogged my pores a bit and got some breakouts. Recommend PTR water drench for my skin type.
The best I've ever used!
Donna from Waterford, CT
And I've used a lot of high-end products. I can't say enough good things about this one and the way it makes my skin look and feel. It's chock full of powerful ingredients that actually do what they are advertised to do. I'm so grateful the salesperson recommended this to me ... I've already gone back to buy it for my sister too.
Terrible smell and leaves skin feeling sticky.
Amanda from Sarasota, FL
My husband smelled the odor of this cream from across our king size bed and was repulsed.
Lisa6 from Sacramento
I bought this and expected it to smell like oranges so I was very disappointed when I got home and opened it to find that it smelled very odd and nothing like oranges. I immediately came on Ultas site to read reviews and see if other people were unhappy with the smell too and of course that is the main complaint. One review said it smells like dog food and after reading that, that is all I smell. BUT I decided to still give it a try because it seems like it will help my skin......but this morning my boyfriend smelled it on me for the first time and he said it smells like beef jerky =( I am so confused because the bottle says "fragrance free"....is something wrong with this product??
The smell made me throw this away
Zee from Missouri
I got the small size to try because I was in desperate need of a new moisturizer. My friend said she liked the peter thomas roth brand. This is the worst moisturizer because of the terrible smell. It is strong and lingers after application. Not worth it. If you want to try a peter thomas roth moisturizer, I would try their water based one. This vitamin C moisturizer is not it, don't waste your money!
I will buy this product again
Bella from Irvine Ca
Makes my skin look younger and healthier
Not fragrance free
Deb from Rockford il
This is supposed to be fragrance free but it has a very strange odor. I had to return the product unfortunately due to the smell.
Kperry from Charleston, SC
This stuff smells awful so I only use it at night. It does seem to sink in and moisturize, but it's too early for me to give it a full review.
OUTSTANDING & IT WORKS
SummertimeGirl from Pewaukee, WI
I have tried many very expensive Vitamin C serums and creams but this is by far the best. Received it as a sample and that is how I got hooked. No breakouts, no burning like so many other Vitamin C products can cause. Plus, it gives my mature skin a glow and rejuvenated appearance. I've seen a lot of negative comments regarding the scent but any Vitamin C/Ferulic acid combo has that same scent; that scent dissipates anyways.
R.S from NYC
Been using this product for a couple weeks now. Skin looks bright, it goes on pretty thick. The smell is a bit much. Probably won't buy again, feel like there's other products out there that can do the job with better or no smell.
Kit Kat from Ephrata wa
I read the reviews before I bought this & am so glad I decided to give it a try. The reviews didn't seem very good but my skin loves this stuff. A lot of reviews complain about the smell. I don't notice the smell. I've smelt products that are way worse. Definitely does what it's supposed to & my skin looks & feels great!
Nita from Grapevine, TX
It's great moisturizer, mixes well with My BB cream and foundation. The only thing I don't like, is the smell. But it does the job.
The smell is horrific
Jazie from Ontario, Ca
I received this as a sample and was extremely excited to try it. I wore it for about 1 minute before I washed it off. It smells terrible!!! I'm sad I couldn't really give it a go and see if it really works due to the smell. But if scents don't bother you, then it won't be a problem.
My Skin looks beautiful and glowing
Nantre from Southern California
I have used and tried MANY high end moisturizers. I give them all to the bottom of the container to decide if I like or not. NOT this one, I knew in less than ten days I would be repurchasing this again, and I did!
I have light olive skin, was a sun worshiper in my teens. I developed a few Brown spots from sun damage. They are GONE, my skintone is very even, plump and firm. I had a few fine lines in the mouth to chin area, they are gone as well! I can go makeup free if I choose to.
Several mentioned they don't like the smell, WELL, I like it. Smells like cloves to me. Refreshing and fades in less than 30 seconds.
Great for dry skin!
onecraftysahm from FL
Finished the entire tub and my face is so thankful! The smell takes getting used to but it is so smooth and buttery and keeps my super dry skin moisturized! Love it!
Made a difference in my pigmentation.
taywoww from Nashville, TN
I honestly don't know why people are dragging this so intensely. While I will say that if you have very oily skin then this isn't going to be for you because it is rich textured. If you're more combo as I am then you're going to be limited to using it in colder months. However, it's not a greasy/oil based richness and surprisingly didn't break my face out at all. I also have sensitive skin/rosacea and it didn't trigger any flare ups. It has absolutely no smell whatsoever to my nose and I used a whole jar. It definitely made an improvement in the brown spots/sun damage I have. My skin was glowy and looked much more even. I used it in combination with the Unwrinkle Peel Pads and was very pleased with my results. I will be purchasing the travel size since it's starting to warm up where I live and switch to the serum.