Thursday, February 28, 2013

First Impression: Perricone MD's Cold Plasma Smells Bad, Does Good

Cold Plasma

Hello all! I am returning to the blogging world with a rather unexpected "First Impression" post. Last night, I decided to tear into some skincare samples that I've been stockpiling from Sephora. I'd been intrigued by Perricone MD's Cold Plasma for some time but was deterred by reviewers' complaints of its smell. They were not kidding. One person described it as "mushrooms and fish oil had a baby". Pretty close, but I'm going to take it one step further by saying it's more like if said baby had taken a poo all over your face. Yuck! Exactly

Nonetheless, after my normal facial-cleansing routine, I proceeded to rub that sweet stuff all over my face. Oh, the things we women do for the sake of beauty. Cold Plasma's label reads: "Corrects the 10 most visible signs of aging; wrinkles, enlarged pores, dryness, redness, discoloration, uneven skin tone, impurities, loss of firmness, loss of smoothness, and loss of radiance." Wait, what? Apart from breakouts, isn't that like every skin problem known to man?!

Ok, let me start by saying I have pretty well-balanced skin to begin with. However, it had been under some stress lately due to allergies, especially with blowing my nose so often that all around it had become very red and inflamed. This Cold Plasma stuff seemed to help with that almost right away. Plus, this morning I woke up with glowing, smooth-as-a-(mushroom and fish oil)-baby's-bottom skin, despite not getting the best night's sleep.

SO yeah, I'm gonna say I was impressed to the point that I'm gonna hold my breath (you know, cause of the smell) and finish off the rest of my sample tonight, and then open up my second packet when I'm done with that one. But do I like it to the point that I'm willing to drop $155 for ONE friggin ounce of it? I'll get back to you on that after the next 3 days of use. Yes, seriously!

Now before you think the plasma fumes have gone to my head, rest assured I've done the "shoppers' math" on this -- let's say you normally buy separate products to address all of the aforementioned skin issues: anti-aging cream, serum, toner, brightening treatment, etc. That could easily add up to way more than the list price for this all-in-one miracle product. I dunno, I'm just guessing. But even if I do decide to purchase it, I'd wait until Sephora has their VIB 20%-off sale, or I get a coupon, or something like that.

If you are particularly sensitive to smells -- or have a strong gag reflex -- I'd stay far far away from this one. You can find other good products out there that don't have as offensive of an odor. On an interesting side note, my husband didn't seem to think it was that bad. But then, he complains that some of my lusciously-scented Slatkin & Co. candles smell "bad", so I wouldn't necessarily take his word for it ;)

TGI Day-before-Friday!
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