This Serum Contains 3 Forms Of Matrixyl – But Is It Enough To Firm Skin & Reduce Wrinkles?

by Gio
prai radiant gemstone caviar triple matrixyl serum review

Why won’t you come out?!

I had been pressing the pump for 5 minutes straight and not one single drop had come out of Prai Radiant Gemstone Caviar Triple Matrixyl Serum. Not one.

I handed the bottle to Mr BWB in frustration. After taking it apart, he figured out what the problem was: the tube connected to the pump dispenser is so short, it doesn’t even touch the serum inside!

I don’t know if I was given a faulty bottle (I sincerely hope so!), but I have to shake it and turn it upside down to get something out of it. Not worth the hassle for the results I got…

Key Ingredients In Prai Radiant Gemstone Caviar Triple Matrixyl Serum

Peptides

Prai Radiant Gemstone Caviar Triple Matrixyl Serum proudly boasts three types of Matrixyl, a peptide said to boost collagen and firm skin

  • Matrixyl: The fancy name of Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, it stimulates collagen production in concentrations between 4% and 8% and reduces wrinkle depth by 68%.
  • Matrixyl 3000: Made up of Palmitoyl Oligopeptide and Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, it stimulates the production of collagen and hyaluronic acid (according to the manufacturer).
  • MATRIXYL® synthe’6™: A.k.a. Palmitoyl Tripeptide- 38, it stimulates the production of 6 components of the skin’s matrix, including 3 types of collagen and hyaluronic acid (according to the manufacturer).

I’m not a huge fan of Matrixyl. The initial research is promising and I know people who use it with good results. But I need to see more independent research supporting these claims before I switch from retinol.

If you’re 50+, are already using retinol and other collagen boosters, and want to throw Matrixyl in the mix because you feel your skin needs all the help it can get, go ahead. If you’re younger, stick to sunscreen and retinol. Don’t use what you don’t need yet – especially when there’s not much proof it works.

Related: 8 Ways To Replenish Lost Collagen For Firmer Skin

Mica

Glitter has no place in skincare. Sure, I want my skincare to give me a dewy glow, but not by adding shimmers to my serums, you know what I mean?

The shimmers in Prai Radiant Gemstone Caviar Triple Matrixyl Serum are really fine. You need to be super close to your skin to see them. Still, I feel cheated. Why not use hydrating hyaluronic acid or collagen-boosting Vitamin C to achieve the same effects? They do something good for the skin.

Mica (that’s the glitter here) can only play tricks with the light. It reflects light from the face, so that it looks smoother and brighter.

prai radiant gemstone caviar triple matrixyl serum

Glycerin

Glycerin is a moisture magnet. Literally.

Glycerin acts like a magnet that attracts to it the moisture in the air. Once it’s in its grasp, it drops this moisture into the skin and binds it there.

The result? More moisture = softer, smoother, more hydrated skin.

Related: Why Is Glycerin In All My Skincare Products?

Let’s Put It To The Test: Personal Use & Opinion

Prai Radiant Gemstone Caviar Triple Matrixyl Serum has a gel-like, siliconey texture that spreads like a dream and sinks immediately into the skin.

It’s way too shiny for my taste. If you have oily skin, you may want to use a mattifying powder on top to counteract the shine. That’s my issue here. I want a dewy glow, not a slick shine, if you know what I mean? I just use it at night, so it doesn’t bother me much.

The first thing I noticed is how soft it makes my skin. I accidentally touched my face when I woke up the next morning and was like “Wow! Why is it so silky?!”

I can’t say it did much else. It makes my skin a little smoother, but that may have something to do with its light tricks. But is it firmer?

Hard to tell. After a month, it feels a little tighter, but it’s not a massive difference that makes me want to put up with the crazy shine and crappy bottle. You may feel differently about that and that’s cool.

I can’t say I’m impressed. Prai Radiant Gemstone Caviar Triple Matrixyl Serum intrigued me enough to want to give Matrixyl another go, but its formula leaves a lot to be desired.

Available at: $44.95 at HSN

Have you tried Prai Radiant Gemstone Caviar Triple Matrixyl Serum? Share your thoughts in the comments below

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Tripeptide- 38, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Caprylyl Glycol, Dimethiconol, Silica, Mica, Laureth-7, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Zingiber Cassumunar Root Oil, Benzimidazole Diamond Amidoethyl Urea Carbamoyl Propyl Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Amethyst Powder, Tourmaline, Nephrite Powder, Ruby Powder, Pearl Powder, Coral Powder, Amber Powder, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Tin Oxide (CI 77861), Red 17 (CI 26100), Fragrance (Parfum)

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4 comments

Jeff May 30, 2019 - 2:42 pm

there is a night version of this serum, recently launched in Canada. It uses morphomics which is the combo of these matrixyl ingredients. I really like this serum and I am thinking of getting a 2nd bottle. Some Prai products are hit and misses for me. They do have some really good products.

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Gio June 4, 2019 - 7:01 pm

Jeff, that’s good to know! Thanks for sharing.

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LMG June 2, 2019 - 3:25 pm

You’re so honest Gia, I love it

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Gio June 4, 2019 - 6:26 pm

LMG, thank you!

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