It is so new that it hasn’t been launched yet (it debuts in August), but there is something a little retro about Miracle Skin Transformer.  And not in a good way. First of all the name seems to hark back to the day when marketing people thought consumers were gullible and desperate. These days, the ‘miracle’ appellation comes across as more naïve on the part of the maker than cynical. And then there is more silicone than in Pamela Anderson's cleavage.

There are no fewer than eight silicones in Miracle Skin Transformer and they are the first eight ingredients. This is so department store product 1980s. As well as being completely worthless (other than providing a superficial feel good factor), they are carcinogenic – that is, if they are allowed to penetrate the skin. If they evaporate, they are considered safe. But, like I said, mostly pointless. Except that they help to achieve what Miracle Skin claims will be an instant transformation to an “airbrushed” look.

And this it does. Miracle Skin Transformer promises instant results and I can attest that it provides them. I applied my sample to one side of my face and it was instantly smoother, with a silky sheen that felt like it looked. That's what eight silicones will do. Within an hour though the Miracle Skin side looked quite a bit drier than the right (where I had used YNS Medspar).

This is shame because the next seven or eight ingredients are pretty good, starting with an unusual botanical, physalis angulata, a pretty fruit known as Cape gooseberry or winter cherry. This is a Brazilian plant that has traditionally been used to treat malaria and recently researchers have found it to be an antioxidant, while a study on rats determined that is a powerful anti-inflammatory.  However, a Korean study found that other plants fared better than physalis as an antioxidant. The scientific consensus seems to be that it is an immune system booster.

Miracle Skin Transformer is positioned as a three-in-one product for today’s busy woman. The three functions are hydrate, enhance and protect. I would characterize it as a foundation (it is heavily tinted), sunscreen and anti-aging moisturizer in one product. There are some good skin repairers provided the vitamins, CoQ10 and saw palmetto. The protection is unfortunately provided mostly by two chemical sunscreens: octyl methoxycinnamate, which is unstable in sunlight and possibly toxic; and octyl salicylate, which also degrades in sunlight.

At $48 for 1.7oz, I have to admit that Miracle Skin Treatment is priced for the times. If you want to try it for yourself, they are offering free samples between now and August launch.

Active ingredients:

Octyl methoxycinnamate 7.5%, octyl salicylate 5%, titanium dioxide 2.5%

Ingredients:

Cyclopentasiloxane, dimethicone crosspolymer, dimethicone/vinyldimethicone, crosspolymer, dimethiconol, dimethicone, dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone, crosspolymer, cyclomethicone, silica, physalis angulata extract, passiflora edulis (passion) fruit, serenoa serrulata (saw palmetto) extract, tocopherol (vitamin e), acetate, coenzyme q10 (ubiquinone), retinyl palmitate (vitamin a), vitamin k1, vitamin d3, mica, phenoxyethanol, caprylyl glycol, polyoxyethylene 20 sorbitanmonooleate (e 433), polyoxyethylene 20 sorbitanmonooleate (e 432),, fatty-acid esters/triglycerides, octyldodecanol, potassium sorbate, aqua, hexylene glycol, glycerin, may contain: titanium dioxide, iron oxide yellow, iron oxide red, iron oxide black.