Product Review: Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM

Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM, 30ml, US$65.00
Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM, 30ml, US$65.00

I got this for my birthday and have been using it for over 3 months. This is my first time using Peter Thomas Roth; I had wanted and needed a retinol serum and unfortunately Leaf & Rusher discontinued theirs, I ended up trying a whole new brand.

I bought this at Sephora’s retail store which cost me more than CAD$80 (with taxes), which is outrageous given the Canadian dollar parity especially at that time (it was above parity). After buying it at Sephora, I found this at for CAD$67.00, and I would have had 15% off from my participation in their forum! It really broke my heart. Anyway, back to the product, this is a potent retinol serum that delivers skin-renewing benefits via optimally concentrated encapsulated retinol for maximum results with minimal irritation.

I didn’t experience any irritation with Leaf & Rusher’s TX Active Serum at 1% retinol, and since this one contains 1.5% (for those who think 1 or 2% retinol is too low, keep in mind that retinol is a skin irritant, and 2% is as high as an over the counter product goes – most cosmetic products contain far less than 0.5% retinol including Isa Knox’s Wrinkle Decline), I was concerned that it would irritate my skin; but it didn’t. The 30ml can practically last forever since you only need a couple of drops (it’s a dropper applicator) each night.

Like most retinol serums, this one is a dry-oil type. You have to shake the product before use, and it absorbs well. It does smooth my skin pretty well. It has no fragrance and is cruelty free. The silicone is necessary in this one, by the way. Most Korean skincare products are loaded with silicone too (e.g. Iope’s Retinol TX), though some people are so partial to Asian skincare they don’t really complain about that (but would chew on western brands that do). Retinol is an ingredient that needs to be in an oil-based serum to be stabilized, so the first two ingredients are essential in this formulation.

Bottom line: a good retinol serum. It’s pricey but unlike a lot of the drug store retinol products, this one is cruelty free. Will definitely repurchase! (But won’t be for a long time – 30ml will likely last me at least half a year!)

Cyclopentasiloxane, Squalane, Retinol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopheral, Water (Aqua), Pentylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Lechitin, Bisabolol, Alcohol.

2 comments on Product Review: Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM

  1. orchidjadedx
    January 24, 2012 at 9:34 pm (5 years ago)

    I have never used a retinol serum before so may i ask what’s the benefits of this serum? It sounds like something I would love to try though, lol.

    • Joseibi
      February 27, 2012 at 1:43 pm (5 years ago)

      It renews/exfoliates the skin, BUT it’s really not for everyone…it is a known skin irritant so if you have sensitive skin, it is not recommended.


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