Beauty Without Fuss

Monday 15 February 2010

Review - Perricone MD Cold Plasma

Oh, bad reviews pain me, they really do ...

At a blogger event recently, we were given a jar each of Perricone MD Cold Plasma cream to take away and try for ourselves.  As it retails for approximately £120 a jar, I was pretty excited to get this, as I knew one of my housemates would adore to try it.

Perricone MD are very proud of this cream, and it's taken them a long time to get it to market.  Now, Perricone make some very strong claims about this product, it targets TEN signs of ageing (why is it that every time a new anti-ageing cream comes out, there are more signs of ageing that it'll work on? Coincidence?) and indeed, it has a patented neuro-peptide delivery system, all of which go toward justifying the high price tag.

So ... does it work? Well, the answer to that is ... dunno.  Here's Helen to give us the skinny:

"One of the good things about sharing a house with Ms Lippie is that lots of goodies arrive for us to try out.  When the call came out for a tester for a £120 face cream – Dr P’s Cold Plasma cream, I leapt at the chance.  I was asked to try it out for a week with a picture to be taken of before and afterwards and then continue for a longer period to see what happens.

First impressions were that it’s a nice package, nothing too garish and a nice glass tub frosted, but quite small.  On opening, the cream is a lovely smooth texture, a pleasant smell and cool to the touch.

I started using it instead of my normal moisturising cream on the Monday.  The cream absorbed well, you didn’t require too much and it left my skin soft and smooth.  It certainly appeared to feed my skin as well as my other moisturising creams do normally. 

However, about an hour later, whilst sitting on the tube on the way to work, I noticed a strange smell. A bit like how your fingers would smell after shelling cooked shrimps.  I thought it could have been one of my fellow travellers and thought nothing more of it.  On the second day I used the cream again, still pleased with the results, pleasant smell in the pot and so on.  An hour later, I noticed the strange smell again, but I was with different travelling companions, so what could it be?  I wiped my face and realised it was coming from me.

This made me have second thoughts about wanting to continue to use the cream.  I don’t want people to think that I ordinarily, or habitually, smell of fish!  I decided to continue to use it in case the results were so good that I could ignore the aroma.  After a week of use, my skin still felt well nourished, and less dry, but not spectacularly enough that the smell faded into the background.

Overall, the cream works well, with as much moisture being absorbed as other creams I have used previously, and if the smell doesn’t appear for you or doesn’t worry you, and you don’t mind paying £120 for a small pot, then this is a worthwhile investment, however for me the smell is just too much to continue with.

So, er, there you have it. Incidentally, Helen was not aware of Perricone's salmon-related ingredients at the time of testing  ...

What's the most you've ever spent on a face-cream?  Did it work? Was it worth the investment?


  1. That has given me the dry boak.

  2. Grim. you already know what I think about Perricone products. Stay awayyyy! Yuck. It reminds me, I innocently asked on Twitter yesterday if I should by Fresh Salmon lipstick (from the mac spring forecast) one of my none beauty related mates replied with "urgh, fishy lips". At first I thought she was being insulting...

    Still, in terms of value, nice freebie!

  3. The most I ever spent on a moisturiser was £27 for Clinique's DDML. It seemed really good at first but then it started to just sit on the surface and not absorb at all. I'd never buy it again because it's got no SPF in it. I know the next most expensive moisturiser I'm going to buy though, it's the Korres pomegranate moisturiser and I know it works because I've already tested it!

  4. what a shame to hear that! I use Perricone MD Clear Skin Hydrator and have done for a year or more and I adore it. For me, it's the perfect moisturiser (incidently it has a strange smell too, but it's like a coffee kinda smell and I like it!). It probably is the most expensive one I've ever tried - retails at about £48 but a jar lasts forever xx

  5. Lol - that is so funny. Am so so allergic to this range so no fishy smelling face for me, whatever the results!

  6. I am sat here eating my lunch of smoked mackerel pate and considering seeing what would happen if applied on my face rather than on my bagel. Only £1.00 from Sainsburys...

  7. Cold Plasma is a treatment, not a moisturiser. You are meant to moisturise over the top.

  8. A) I'm just reading the instructions, and it doesn't think to mention that anywhere


    b) the main problem with this cream is that IT STINKS OF FISH.

  9. I tried the cold plasma for a couple of months and saw no results. However, the Advanced Face Firming Activator is the only product that I have actually seen real results with. It takes the redness and puff out of my face. I'm a committed user if I can keep up with the expense. It smells faintly of gummy bears, which is a bit more pleasing than fish.

  10. Cold Plasma is a treatment. You are suppose to apply a very small amount over the face before your moisturizer. The scent dissipates within a few minutes when applied this way. I'm not sure what the packaging said when you purchased it, but you should try it again- but this time, the way the product was intended to be used and then write your review. It doesn't seem fair to review it negatively when you haven't actually used it the correct way. Here are the instructions taken from the Perricone website: "
    Dr. Perricone recommends applying on cleansed skin morning and evening. Follow with treatment and/or moisturizer. Cold Plasma boosts the benefits of all Perricone MD treatments."

    1. Hi Heather,

      As yours is the FIFTH identical comment I've received regarding how it's a treatment, and how I'm being "unfair" reviewing this product this way, I guess it is finally time for me to reply:

      I direct you to the comment I left on 26th June 2010, where I state - and I stand by this - that nowhere on the instructions for this product does it state that it is a treatment that you need to moisturise over.

      This is not a negative review - it's an honest account of on person's experience of using it. Please will you instruct the Perricone US-based social media team to STOP leaving these messages on my blog. If I read it just once more, I WILL consider contacting the CEO of Perricone directly.

      Thank you.

    2. You realise that cold plasma is not a cream. It is meant to be used as a treatment and not as a cream by itself? Just thought I'd mention that as it's not designed as a cream and it won't work as one - it is designed to enhance the activity of the cream which you put on top - It's a treatment to go under the cream. It would be sealed under a cream so the smell wouldn't be there. If it was a cream, then fair enough, but it's not a cream. It is a treatment meant to activate and enhance the effect of the cream which you are meant to put on top.

      Hope that clears things up.


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