Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Younger Than Springtime, Am I? PTR Instant FIRMx, Part the Second

Photo Credit: Sephora
 To recap, I had an audition on Monday. I found a wrinkle the Friday before. Hilarity ensued.

I bought a bottle of Peter Thomas Roth's Instant FIRMx on the recommendation of the Sephora associates. Then, I spent the next several days trying to figure out how in the heck to use the stuff. The audition came and went (for those interested, it went well, and I have no reason to blame myself should I not get the part. I'll know something in a couple of weeks, either way. Moving on), with me still trying to make this gel work. You're all caught up, now. Let's continue.

Tuesday morning, I decided to take no chances. I washed and dried my face. Then, I applied the gel and waited forever for it to dry. I gave it about ten minutes, as opposed to the 3-7 minutes the directions suggested. I waited for white residue, and never saw any. So far, so good.

The next directed step was to splash some water on my face and pat dry with a towel. Supposedly, as my face finished air-drying, I would feel a tightness to let me know the gel was working. Yeah, okay, I'll give it that. I felt a very slight tightening. Honestly, I can't fully say I didn't imagine it. This step took another ten minutes. We're up to twenty, for those of you keeping score, and I haven't put on a single drop of makeup, yet. Goodie.

At this point, I get out my handy dandy brush and, very lightly, sweep on some liquid foundation, taking extra care on the forehead and around my eyes. I followed that up by applying moisturizer in the same way (with the same brush, actually). After all that care, time, and attention, guess what: I still had lines on my forehead and around my eyes! Granted, they're not horrible, but they weren't bad to begin with, so, effectively, there's no change! I applied the rest of my makeup as usual and called it a day. The product does work as a fairly decent primer, but my skin feels like it's suffocating. I'm not exactly a happy camper.

So, here's what I'm taking away from this: I'm not wrinkly enough for this stuff to work. I'm not saying it doesn't work. In fact, there are loads of Golden Girls on the Sephora website who rave over this product. What I am saying is that I think you have to be in much worse shape than I am currently to experience dramatic results. I'm hanging onto this bottle, though, for a little extra insurance on special occasions, or to perk me up after a late night.

Final Verdict: If you don't qualify for cheap coffee at McDonald's or discount movie tickets, you can probably skip this. 3 out of 10.

1 comment:

  1. in a strange way, i find it incredibly reassuring that you (and probably by extension me too) are too young for wrinkle repair. that's a nice, nice thing.


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