Reviewed by Jeanne

I’m still waiting for that “miracle” cure… you know the one that actually firms your skin, hides your wrinkles and makes your skin looks like it did back when you were 20 and barely touched a skin cream. Alas, Dr. Denese Contouring Serum ($60), which is supposed to lift key parts of the face based on its plant stem cell technology – its “Stem Bio-Technology” is highly touted on its label (and in written material) – didn’t do a damn thing. Nor did it dramatically soften my wrinkles, tighten and tone my face.

And though this might sound mean – like I’m going for the jugular – I also didn’t like the packaging. It’s way too basic, no elegance to it at all. And I didn’t care for the copywriting. All it did was tell me to follow up my regimen with the company’s Advanced Facial Firming Pads ($35) and HydroShield Ultra Moisturizing Face Serum ($125). It all sounded like one big marketing ploy. Sometimes when that’s wrapped up a big pretty package with all kind of fluffy words, it works. But not only does the Contouring Serum come in a simple white box with blue writing and way too little persuasive, sexy copy, it also doesn’t do a damn thing.

And did I say the whole thing felt sticky on my face? Not smooth at all. No hydrating, pick-me-up that my middle-aged skin craves. Bottom line: Don’t expect miracles.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Thioctic Acid (Alpha Lipoic Acid), L-Tyrosine, Vitamin B12, Copper Gluconate, Dipeptide-2, Tetrapeptide-7, Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture (Botanical Stem Culture from plant stems), Zinc Sulphate, Magnesium Chloride, Sodium Chloride, Methylisothiazolinone, Phenethylalchol, PPG-2-Methyl Ether