Feb 22 2015

SS: Radical Skincare Peptide Infused Antioxidant Serum


According to the company, the Radical Skincare Peptide Infused Antioxidant Serum is the “best antioxidant serum you can find to improve elasticity, retain hydration and natural moisture and visibly improve skin’s brightness and clarity in just 4 weeks”. Actually, this is the description for the Advanced Peptide Infused Antioxidant Serum. I believe that the sample I have is of the original formula because the word “advanced” is not written on the bottle. The improved formula “protects, firms, repairs, evens skintone, and reduces wrinkles” with “nine powerful antioxidants to fight free radicals, along with 13 carefully selected and individually tested ingredients and two hexa-peptides to repair visible signs of aging and soothe sensitive skin”.

I began using this serum before I’d read the press information and claims. The first shocker was the price – it retails for $90.00 USD for 0.5 oz bottle (which is the sized featured below) or *$190.00 USD for a 1 oz bottle! If I’d known this, you better believe I would have used it more sparingly! Mine came as a GWP with a Space NK order I placed last year. I also got some packet samples of the Skin Perfecting Sun Screen SPF 30 and the Eye Revive Crème, so I’m throwing in some quick thoughts on those as well. 🙂


Radical Skincare Peptide Infused Antioxidant Serum


Radical Skincare Peptide Infused Antioxidant Serum


I couldn’t get a full grasp of the nine powerful antioxidants and 13 carefully selected ingredients, but the Radical Skincare website does list out 11 ingredients and what they are meant to do: Sepilift, Alistin, Collaxyl, Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, Argireline, Arganyl, Red Tocol, Rice Oil, Jojoba Oil, and Date Oil (go here and click on “view ingredients” for more information).  Bear in mind that this information pertains to the advanced formula. Here are the full ingredient listings for the “regular” and “advanced” formula for comparison:


My Bottle (Old Formula): 

Aqua (Water), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Glycerin, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Leaf / Seed Extract, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Ceteareth-20, Dimethicone, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Propylene Glycol, Quercetin, Leuconostoc / Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Tripeptide-10 Citrulline, Tripeptide-1, Phenoxyethanol, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Ethoxydiglycol, Pentylene Glycol, Sodium Pca, Urea, Triethanolamine, Allantoin, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Soluble Collagen, Carbomer, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate / Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Xanthan Gum, Hydrolyzed Wheat Extract, Parfum (Fragrance), Squalane, Hydrolyzed Soy Extract, Tetrasodium Edta, Ethylhexylglycerin, Trehalose, Polyquaternium-51, Tocopheryl Acetate, Potassium Sorbate, Polysorbate 60, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caprylyl Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Benzoate, Lecithin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf, Ascorbic Acid, Sorbitan Isostearate, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropionate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Limonene, Linalool

Advanced Formula (as taken from the Radical Skincare website):

Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Ceteareth-20, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Balanites Roxburghii Seed Oil, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Dimethicone, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Argania Spinosa Leaf Extract, Decarboxy Carnosine HCl, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Adenosine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Allantoin, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Niacinamide, Allantoin, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Superoxide Dismutase, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract, Hexapeptide-9, Fragrance (Parfum), Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Hydroxycitronellal, Sodium Hydroxide, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Xanthan Gum, Squalane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Polysorbate 60, Caprylyl Glycol, Lecithin, Sorbitan Isostearate, Pentylene Glycol,Tromethamine, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, O-Cymen-5-Ol, Sodium Dehydroacetate


Honestly, I haven’t compared every single ingredient, but I will tell you one thing I did notice. In the old formula, many of the oils and antioxidants are listed further up and before the alcohols, whereas in the ingredient list of advanced formula the alcohols come before some of those oils and antioxidants. I can’t say what this might mean because, obviously, I don’t know what kind of percentages we’re talking about here. But usually, ingredients are listed from highest to lowest concentrations.

Anyway, moving on…I just checked it. This post is 650 words so far, and I haven’t even gotten to my thoughts. Jeesh!

The colouring and smell of the Peptide Infused Antioxidant Serum was definitely something new, though, not in a bad way. It is brown but don’t be alarmed, the tint is not visible once applied to the skin.  There’s a distinct cocoa scent – which was actually kind of pleasant. The serum applies smoothly, absorbing quickly into the skin.


Radical Skincare Peptide Infused Antioxidant Serum (1)


After 3 weeks of use, I cannot claim to have noticed any difference as it pertains to fine lines and wrinkles (yes, I have some). However, I have noticed an overall improvement in hydration levels. I’ve said this before but my skin is oily-combo but yet dehydrated.

Hydration was all that I had noticed, personally, but Mr. Bear commented the other night that my skin looked really clear. Now, full disclosure, I have also been using my Dr. Denis Gross Acne Pads every third night – which has really helped in keeping breakouts at bay. However, after he said what he said, of course, I went running to the mirror for further inspection. And yes, I was able to confirm that there are some minor improvements in tone and clarity.

Bear in mind that the results of improved elasticity, hydration, brightness, clarity, even skin and wrinkle reduction are promised after 4 weeks of use, so I’m kind of cheating here with the 3 weeks. But I will continue using and taking note of the results.


Radical Skincare Eye Revive Crème


The *Eye Revive Creme is “a targeted yet gentle crow’s feet treatment…combination of four products in one to revive the sensitive eye area and provide the best defense against free radical damage”. Key ingredients include:

  • Green Coffee: Provides antioxidant benefits.
  • Hylasome: A delivery system for water and a free radical scavenger; highly moisturizing with slow delivery of water; safe and more effective than hyaluronic acid.
  • Malachite: Protects the skin.
  • Gatuline: Fights visible signs of aging.

The packet of the eye cream which lasted about a week was not enough to make any in depth assessments. It did hydrate well, but didn’t absorb as easily into the the eye area as I prefer. At a whopping $125.00 USD for 0.5 oz, I wasn’t wowed enough to consider purchasing.


Radical Skincare Skin Perfecting Screen SPF 30


The company promises that it’s “triple potency of Trylacel™ technology makes…[the] perfecting sunscreen the best sun protection lotion out there”. It also promises to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. With the key ingredients being Zinc Oxide (7.75%) and Titanium Dioxide (.87%), this is a chemical-free sun block. Usually it takes a little more effort to work a physical sunscreen into the skin, but this one wasn’t too bad. It also contains a light-reflecting technology which I assume accounts for the subtle pink illumination to the product. This is a nice touch, but I’m not sure if it really sways me one way or the other.

Though very expensive at $55.00 USD for 1.3 oz, this may be a good option for those with sensitive looking for a physical sunscreen. I talk a little about the differences between sunscreens here, if you’re interested.


Radical Skincare Eye Revive Creme and Perfecting Sunscreen

Eye Revive Crème (Left); Perfecting Sunscreen (Right)


Before ending this review of the *Radical Skincare Peptide Infused Antioxidant Serum, it is worth mentioning that part of company’s philosophy is putting the money into the product and not on celebrity endorsements, which I thought was admirable (read more here).  Their products are not tested on animals.


What you spend this much on skincare? Let me know in the comment section!





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  1. I don’t think I could ever put that much money into skin care, I just stick to some drug store products. Are there any drugstore ones that you would recommend? 🙂 xo

      • Kimmy on February 24, 2015 at 2:55 pm
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      Yeah, its definitely a huge investment and not in everyone’s budget. To be honest, I’ve not tried many serums from the drugstore. Although on the pricier end of drugstore, Olay is always a brand I hear good things about and it is well recognized for making quality skincare products that don’t have astronomical mark ups. I’d check out their anti-aging line. I’ve also heard good things about the Sephora brand line of skincare which use good ingredients, but are apparently less expensive than some of the other high end brands because they don’t spend as much money on advertising. I use the anti-aging serum-oil and love it! xo

    • kpsays on February 22, 2015 at 8:47 pm
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    If I got a deluxe sample, and the product worked, I would definitely pay that much for it. I’m currently testing out the Lancome Genifique serum and the Visionnaire skin corrector, and they were pretty pricey.

      • Kimmy on February 24, 2015 at 3:00 pm
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      You know what’s funny, as I’ve gotten older my threshold for spending on skincare has gotten higher and higher but I haven’t quite reached the point where $190 for 1 oz feels normal to me. I think the most expensive skincare item I’ve purchased in somewhere in the $80 range, maybe a little higher (well, apart fro my Clarasonic Mia). I’m sure that will change as I continue to test more skincare brands! 🙂

  2. Thank you lovely for this review, I really have never heard of this brand before! But it looks very appealing 🙂

    Serene xoxo


      • Kimmy on February 24, 2015 at 3:06 pm
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      Thank you, Serene? What’s your favorite skincare line?

  3. Well, this is seriously pricey! I immediately noticed the same things about the two formulas, even though I didn’t check every single thing too…
    Gyudy’s Notes Of Beauty

      • Kimmy on February 24, 2015 at 3:12 pm
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      I knew you would notice that too! From your skincare posts (and background), you seem to be very aware of skincare formulas. xo

  4. I’ve tried the sunscreen and also a lightening serum from this brand and I was impressed. This serum looks GUH-ROSS, lol! But interesting.

      • Kimmy on February 24, 2015 at 3:14 pm
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      Lol. I know, it does look gross, doesn’t it? How did you get on with the sunscreen? I’ll have to look up the lightening serum and see what the active ingredients are…I’m intrigued now.

    • Silke Laura on February 23, 2015 at 4:01 pm
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    I don’t mind spending on Skincare. But that’s alot of money! For that price I’d expect some serious miracles. Bit out of my league I’m afraid 😉 The serum looks like.. caramel? :’)

      • Kimmy on February 24, 2015 at 3:18 pm
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      Haha! Caramel, thank you for putting it so lightly! Girl, I so didn’t realise how the swatch photos would look until I uploaded them, especially the first swatch. 🙂

    • Jaa on February 24, 2015 at 2:12 pm
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    Huh… I didn’t expect the serum to be so strongly brown tinted! Interesting! Does it go on clear or leave a tint on the skin? The most I have spent on skincare is for the VERSO starter kit. I love it so much though and think it’s worth every penny. 🙂

      • Kimmy on February 24, 2015 at 4:04 pm
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      It goes on clear – there may be a slight, slight tint but even on my “fair-ish” skin, it’s imperceptible. I’ve never tried VERSO – do you have a review? What am I talking about, I’m sure you do, gonna check it out!

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