Peter Thomas Roth's CC Eye Correcting Concealer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is a product that can't quite live up to all its claims. It's supposed to be an under eye concealer, brightener, sunscreen, and skincare treatment all-in-one—which sounds amazing—but due to its average performance, and a lack of information regarding some of its key anti-aging ingredients, it earns a two-star rating.
This concealer/brightener is packaged in long, double-ended tube, with the concealer on one end and the brightener on the other. Both have doe-foot wands for application. The concealer is creamy and somewhat thick, though it has enough slip that you can apply it without tugging or dragging across. We found for maximum ease of application it was best to swipe the wand across the under eye area, then gently pat in the concealer with our ring finger.
It provides medium coverage of dark circles, though if your circles are particularly prominent you will need something more pigmented than this to conceal them. The texture makes this best for normal to combination or slightly oily skin—those with dry to very dry skin around the eye area will find this lacking in moisture due to its semi-matte finish. Once applied, it stays put without sliding, though we noticed it had a tendency to emphasize fine lines and wrinkles as the day wears on. It comes in a small shade range for fair to medium skin tones, and the colors offered are natural looking.
For the highlighter, it is more fluid and meant to be applied over the concealer to brighten the eye area. While the slightly pinkish, light-reflective formula certainly works well as a highlighter, it actually doesn't perform any better than a number of highlighters available on the market, including those found at the drugstore. It's a nice enhancement, but not a necessary product, especially considering that the inclusion of the highlighter cuts down on the amount of the concealer you're getting in the tube.
So what about the skincare aspect of this product? True to its claims, this does provide broad-spectrum sun protection for the eye area with a high amount of the mineral sunscreen actives titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. This is great news because one of the leading causes of dark circles is sun damage!
The problem is that for the rest of the ingredients listed here, you just can't tell how much you're getting of them. Because this product is regulated in the United States as an over-the-counter drug, its inactive ingredients are listed in alphabetical order rather than in descending order of content. Peter Thomas Roth touts the anti-aging benefits of skin-lightening arbutin and camu camu (which contains vitamin C), but you have no way of knowing just how much of either is here. Skin-damaging alcohol is also present in this formula, but you also don't know how much you're getting: It could be the last ingredient on the list, or it could be the second.
Even if the ingredients were listed in descending order, this formula lacks an array of anti-oxidants and other anti-aging ingredients to truly make it a "treatment" for the skin under the eye area. The sole antioxidant here is the previously-mentioned camu camu, but the formula would be more impressive if it contained a form of pure, stabilized vitamin C rather than a plant extract that contains the vitamin.
Depending on how the plant extract was cultivated, stored, and then processed for inclusion in this product, who knows how much vitamin C remains? Interestingly, a study designed to find out noted that even under ideal storage conditions the vitamin C content of this fruit degrades over time (Archivos Latinoamericanos de Nutricion, December 2000).
Overall, CC Eye Correcting Concealer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is a largely lackluster product, and especially considering the price, one we can't recommend with much enthusiasm. For much better options in all price ranges, see our list of Best Concealers & Highlighters.
Peter Thomas Roth At-A-Glance
Peter Thomas Roth is a large but straightforward line with mostly uncomplicated formulations that, for the most part, are quite good and state-of-the-art. Unlike many product lines, most of the acne, AHA, BHA, sunscreen, and moisturizing products contain what they should to be effective and helpful for skin.
Even more impressive are the well-formulated cleansers, sunscreens, AHA products, and skin lighteners. The moisturizers have improved somewhat, and most are now packaged so that the light- and air-sensitive ingredients remain stable. In fact, Roth's packaging deserves special mention because it is exceptionally utilitarian.
After all that glowing praise, what you should be aware of are the instances of products containing potential irritants (noted in their respective reviews) as well as the products in jar packaging that contain ingredients which are sensitive to air and light.
For more information about Peter Thomas Roth, call (800) PTR-SKIN or visit www.peterthomasroth.com.
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