Reviewed by Barrie

This morning, I squeezed the last drops out of my bottle of AminoGenesis Paranormal EFX Anti Aging Super Serum ($69.99). I did use it up and that is a good omen. However, there are things about it that are spooky.

When I received an email from TIA asking if I would like to test Paranormal EFX, my initial reaction was “Wow! With a name like that, how can I resist?” However, my enthusiasm chilled when I saw the ingredients list. After the magical-sounding tremella mushroom and all the science-y stuff that Marta has taught us about (amino acids, peptides, GPA-3) came the evil methylparaben, the ominous fragrance, and the sinister Blue 1 and Red 33.

But what really put me off was the marketing material. Claims of “scientific breakthroughs” by “top scientists” and invented marketing names for ingredients – Preventhelia! Regenaplex 4! – are turn-offs for me. The story of Chinese princess Yang Gui, “considered the most beautiful woman in Chinas (sic) history, [who] famously used Tremella Mushroom to preserve her beauty” made me want to stop the test right there. I mean, what do princesses know about mushrooms that I don’t?

However, I was under its spell. I did not mind that it smelled like something I would clean the bathroom with. I did not mind that the lilac color was completely artificial. I persevered!

I used the serum, as I would any other, on clean skin under moisturizer day and night. I will say that through the dry winter months, it did add a layer of moisture, which made my skin look and feel more comfortable. My skin often gets very dry at night but has been less so over the past few weeks while I have been using Paranormal EFX. It did not eliminate the need for a moisturizer, but for me, no serum does.

The claims made for Paranormal EFX cover just about everything: fine lines and wrinkles, sun spots and discoloration, enlarged pores, loss of firmness, etc., etc. Unfortunately I did not experience “Results That Are Out Of This World!” nor did I expect to in only a matter of weeks. My skin looks smooth and clear, and I did not react to or break out from the nasties in the ingredients list, but fortunately this is par for the course with my skin.

I am sorry for all the bad puns in this review, but how could I resist? This product junkie will now look for the next magic potion.

Ingredients: Purified Water, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Glycerin, Guanidino Propionic Acid, Tremella Funciformis Sporocarp (Mushroom) Extract, Trehalose,Tamarindus Indica Seed Polysaccharide, Myrothamnus, Flabellifolia Leaf Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Cholecalciferol, Diaminopropionyl Tripeptide-33, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lysine HCl, Histidine HCl, Arginine HCl, Aspartic Acid, Threonine, Serine, Glutamine, Proline, Glycine, Alanine, Valine, Methionine, Isoleucine, Leucine, Tyrosine, Phenylalanine, Acetyl Tyrosine, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Citrate, PEG40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Triethanolamine, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Fragrance, Blue 1, Red 33