This month, EL readers test-drive brightening products with a view to reducing dark spots and patches and illuminating their complexions. Read on for the results…
Vichy Meta Whitening Essence
What you liked: This is a lovely, pearly emulsion that is neither greasy nor sticky. The easy pump-action applicator means no wastage or spillage, and the product was absorbed easily into my skin.
Final verdict: After a few days, I’ve noticed that my skin tone looks more even and perhaps given time I will see some lightening of the dark spots. I’ll buy it again if I continue to see improvement.
Anu Sharma, 40
Neutrogena Clinical Fine Fairness Radiance Essence
What you liked: I found the cream non-greasy and easy to apply, and a little went a long way. I also liked its light fragrance.
Final verdict: This lovely product has made a subtle difference to my sun-ravaged skin, after using it for just ten days at night, after cleansing and before moisturising. I’ll continue to use it.
Nicola Hunter, 52
Etude House Pearl Aura Brightening Essence
What you liked: This seemed to be something different and it promised great benefits. Also, it was easy to use.
Final verdict: As it made my face very sticky for a long time after application, and over the time period didn’t show any brightening benefits, I felt that it did not deliver.
Georgina Bullworthy, 36
Philosophy Brighten My Day Emulsion
What you liked: I really liked the light texture of this product and how it made my skin feel fresh. It definitely helped to wake my face up. I also enjoyed the subtle, clean fragrance, especially as I have sensitive skin.
Final verdict: Despite enjoying the feeling of the product and its scent, I haven’t noticed any physical changes to my skin. Due to its lightness, I wouldn’t recommend it for people with dry skin.
Lucy Waring, 27