Target has just received a new supply of Boots Restore & Renew serum! This serum, which is marketed as Protect and Perfect in the UK, has been shown by an independent study to have "a similar effect to retinoic acid - a prescription-only treatment that's known to repair the signs of photo-aging." It has created a buying frenzy of sorts, selling out everywhere. Ebay prices are around 100% higher than retail. This article describes how 1 Manhattan CVS received a special shipment of 500 pieces and sold out by noon of the same day.
This serum is, simply put, amazing. It makes my skin look and feel better -- brighter, smoother, firmer. It is light, almost like a primer rather than a serum, so it never feels greasy, and unlike many other high end serums, it does not break me out at all. (I recently gave away a $100 bottle of Chanel serum that smelled lovely but apparently hated my skin.) After using it, I understand what all the fuss is about - it truly does out-perform any other serum I've used. In fact, my bottle was lost (long story, needed to ship back items from a work trip and the hotel lost the box before shipping it) and since I thought getting Restore & Renew wasn't possible, I bought Estee Lauder Perfectionist +CP. I haven't been using it for long, but I see nothing like the effects I got from the Boots serum.
So imagine my surprise when I did my routine check of the Boots aisle at Target last night and found it on the shelf! They had 5 boxes which contained the new packaging of plastic tubes rather than the original glass bottles -- so much better for travel. I bought 2 of the $21.99 each items and I'm already thinking that was a mistake and I should go back for more today.