I love it when products do more than 1 thing. I'm all about saving time and providing extra benefits, especially if those benefits are anti-aging. So, I was pretty excited to try out this Peter Thomas Roth Unwrinkle Foundation.
First, I feel like I should explain a little bit about how I came to try it out. In September I went to NYC to meet with other beauty bloggers. While in the city I arranged a few meetings with PR agencies, honestly because I get a million e-mails a day with product pitches, and it is incredibly overwhelming to sort out. During a meeting at Alison Brod PR I noticed one of the reps had amazing (I really mean amazing) skin. While she helped show me the new holiday stuff from Stila (buy those sets girls, the smudge pot one especially looks great), Philosophy and candles from Altru (which I want to put in every room of my house), I admired her skin.
When we got to the Peter Thomas Roth line, she confessed that when she started at the agency she had bad skin. She had a lot of the same concerns as me (combination, acne prone and definitely dry in areas), and I had to try out the products she uses. She agreed to send them to me. She sent me Blemish Buffing Beads, Viz 1000 Hydrator and this foundation. I'll be featuring the other two products soon, but I had to share the foundation first.
Overall this is a basic, light to medium coverage foundation. I love that it comes in a pump, to me it seems much cleaner and more sterile than just a regular bottle. The coverage is easy to build and the foundation blends well. I thought the foundation lasted very well through most of the day and it didn't feel heavy or sink into any fine lines. Overall this was a foundation I would definitely use again.
What really sets it apart from most other foundation though is the added ingredients. PTR is well known for his anti-aging products, so it comes as no surprise that the Unwrinkle foundation incorporates many of those ingredients. Quickly glance at my typical anti-aging ingredient check list. Remember that I came up with this list for moisturizers, coming up with so many ingredients in a foundation is amazing!
My Anti-Aging Ingredient Checklist:
Number one on my list of "wanted" ingredients is always a retinoid of some form. They are the only ingredient ever proven to reverse the signs of aging in clinical trials, and a quick search of the medical literature will prove this. Just look for Vitamin A somewhere on the package and you'll find it in the ingredient list, in this case it is Retinyl Palmitate, a retinoid. Other ingredients such as Peptides and Anti-Oxidants are not as proven in studies, but I feel are ones to look for. They will help with collagen production and help fight loss of firmness. This foundation actually has 6 different peptides and the anti-oxidants Vitamins C & E (Vitamin A is also an anti-oxidant, but I already talked about it with the retinoids).
A quick note about the UV coverage provided by this foundation. I strongly believe you shouldn't be relying on your foundation for your daily sunscreen coverage. Think about where you apply foundation and you will realize that you aren't covering everywhere the sun hits (neck anyone?) and likely your foundation application is lighter than what was used to create that SPF number. So, while the "bonus" coverage in a foundation is great, personally to me it doesn't mean much because it shouldn't be your primary coverage.
Having said all of that, it is true that this foundation doesn't provide full UV spectrum coverage. In fact, the bottle says that it "may contain Titanium Dioxide" and it isn't listed under the active ingredients with the other 2 sunscreens. But, that's ok, because you have broad spectrum UV coverage with at least SPF 15 in your daily moisturizer, right?
Overall, this is a nice basic light to medium coverage foundation. It blends well, lasts most of the day and looked natural on my skin. The product is really set apart by the sheer number of anti-aging products that PTR packed into it.
Peter Thomas Roth Unwrinkle Foundation