Estee Lauder

Perfectionist [CP + R] Wrinkle Lifting/Firming Serum

1.00 fl. oz. for $ 68.00
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This reformulation of Lauder’s former Perfectionist [CP+] adds an “R” to the product name but otherwise not much has changed. The CP + R stands for correct, prevent, and repair; those who used the previous formula won’t notice a big difference from this updated version, but it remains a formidable, ultra-silky serum to consider in the battle against signs of aging. Unlike the previous version, the [CP + R] formula is a bit thinner and perhaps a touch silkier and less fragrant. The updated version still contains silicones (lots of them, which is why this feels so amazingly silky). It’s easy to spread and sets quickly to a smooth, slightly powdery finish. Otherwise, the same comments we made for the previous version of Perfectionist [CP +] apply here, too: This is rated highly not on the basis of its wrinkle-dashing or lifting claims but because it contains numerous skin-repairing ingredients and plenty of antioxidants that help improve the way skin looks and feels. In that sense, which is what matters most for your skin, Perfectionist [CP+ R] Wrinkle Lifting/Firming Serum is a powerhouse option for all skin types (but those with dry skin should be aware this is NOT a hydrating serum).

Just like the previous version of Perfectionist serum, Lauder claims it’s their most effective wrinkle-fighting formula ever (if that's the case, why are they also selling numerous other ultra-pricey antiwrinkle/lifting products in their Re-Nutriv line or La Mer line?) because it begins stimulating collagen production in just two hours. There's no proof of that (Lauder never makes their research available for public scrutiny), but we do know that when skin is protected from sun damage and treated to the ingredients it needs to restore and defend itself, it will make plenty of healthy collagen on its own (skin loves making collagen and would do so in a controlled, manner if we would just stop preventing that from taking place).

It's not as though you can begin using this serum and within weeks your skin will have generated so much collagen that even the deeper, etched wrinkles will be a thing of the past. Besides, if this serum were as adept at generating collagen as claimed that would eventually be to your skin's detriment; too much collagen can result in bumpy skin that doesn't move naturally. Don't forget, excess collagen production is the basis of many scars, including surgical incision scars and deep wounds.

Perfectionist [CP + R] is supposed to blur and smooth lines with its "flexible elastomer," which is a fancy way of saying this serum contains a polymer that works to temporarily fill in superficial lines by forming a flexible, invisible mesh (sort of like a girdle) on your skin's surface. Such technology and ingredients aren't unique to Lauder; you'll find it in similar serums that make firming or lifting claims; however, the effect is always temporary and how long it lasts depends on how expressive you are. Despite some anti-aging claims that still qualify as over-the-top, there's no question that this is a sophisticated formula that does an excellent job of combining and supplying skin with a wide complement of beneficial ingredients. Some of those ingredients can notably improve your skin's appearance, and, yes, reduce the signs of aging, including, to some extent, wrinkles.

If you're looking for peptides, this serum contains them, but they're certainly not front and center. Perhaps this is Lauder's way of acknowledging that peptides aren't the antiwrinkle wonder many companies make them out to be. They do have theoretical cell-communicating ability, but whether or not they can last in skin long enough to penetrate to where they could do the most good is unlikely. This serum does contain mineral pigments that cast a subtle ethereal glow, but that is a cosmetic effect not a skin care benefit. As with most Lauder products, it is fragranced. Note: a 1.7-ounce size is also available; it retails for $95.

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

This powerful wrinkle lifting/firming serum dramatically reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles with exceptional speed. Breakthrough CPR-75 Technology is proven to double skin's natural collagen building power. Instantly,lines and wrinkles are plumped and smoothed. Skin feels smooth, looks fresher, younger.

Dimethicone, Water, Polysilicone-11, HDI/Trimethyl Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Silica, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Methicone, Sigesbeckia Orientalis (St. Pauls Wort) Extract, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Extract, Coleus Forskohli Rott Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Hydrolyzed Fish (Pisces) Collage, Palmaria Palmata Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Silybum Marianum (Ladys Thistle) Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract, Padina Pavonica Thallus Extract, Artemia Extract, Pantethine, Aglae Extract, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Cholesterol, Squalane, Boswellia Serrata Extract, Zea Mays (Corn) Kernel Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Caffeine, Whey Protein, Linoleic Acid, Lecithin, Fish (Pisces) Collagen, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Glycerin, Yeast Extract, Polyquaternium-51, Phytosphingosine, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Decarboxy Carnosine HCL, Polysorbate-40, Pentylene Glycol, Propanediol, Lauryl PEG-9, Polydimethylsiloxethyl Dimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate/VP Copolymer, Sodium PCA, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Isohexadecane, PEG-8, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polysorbate-80, Disodium Distyrylbiphenyl Disulfonate, Laureth-12, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Beta-Sitosteryl Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Phenoxyethanol, Mica, Titanium Dioxide

Estee Lauder At-A-Glance

The history of Estee Lauder goes back to 1946, when the woman who created the brand (and for whom it is named) began selling creams and lotions made by her chemist uncle. From its humble beginnings, Estee Lauder has grown to become a multibillion-dollar company whose products are sold all over the world and advertised in just about every fashion and women's lifestyle magazine available.

The biggest compliment we can pay to the venerable Estee Lauder line is that their moisturizers and serums can largely be described as state-of-the-art. Though fragrance is often intrusive, but when it comes to formulary excellence culminating in products that give skin what it needs to function optimally, they are tough to beat.

When it comes to makeup, by and large the brand also exceeds expectations. Though there are some under-performing products (you can read more about them in our individual reviews), Lauder has a number of excellent options, most notably its lip colors.

For more information about Estee Lauder, call (877) 311-3883 or visit www.esteelauder.com.

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