This serum landed on my desk for review a few months ago and I can’t believe I haven’t reviewed it yet even though I’ve been using it almost daily. You may or may not be able to tell from my photos but I have hyperpigmentation developing on my cheeks. I don’t think it’s due to the lack of sunscreen because goodness knows I apply it religiously.
The hyperpigmentation I have is pretty much a genetic thing; my mum has severe hyperpigmentation and so did my late grandparents. My freckles started to show some time around 6-7 years ago. It may look cute to some now but if I’m not careful, in time it will spread to the rest of my face where even my freckles will have freckle babies. If there’s anything I can safely use that can help lighten any of those dark spots, I’ll happily give it a go.
I’ve been using the Estee Lauder Enlighten serum for a few months now and thought I’d share my views on it with you. From the title, I think you can already guess my opinion on this, right? 😛
Water, Dimethicone, Isododecane, Polysilicone-11, Butylene Glycol, Ascorbyl Glucoside, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Morus Bombycis (Mulberry) Root Extract, Gentiana Lutea (Gentian) Root Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract, Yeast Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Salicylic Acid, Caffeine, Hydrolyzed Rice Bran Extract, Sodium PCA, Resveratyl Ferulate, Molasses Extract, Polysorbate 20, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake, Xanthan Gum, Tocopheryl Acetate, Acetyl Glycosamine, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Hydrolyzed Prunus Domestica, Dimethyoxyyltoyl Propylresorcinol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isohexadecane, Glyceryrrhetinic Acid, DI-C12-18 Alkykl Dimonium Chloride, PEG-6, Polysorbate 80, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Fragrance (Parfum), Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Sulfite, Sodium Metabisulfite, Tromethamine, Hexylene Glycol, Silica, Dimethicone Silylate, Disodium EDTA, BHA, Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide, Mica.
The serum is a very light, oil-free lotion that feels velvety smooth on the skin. It absorbs very quickly and leaves no greasiness behind. It’s also quite heavily fragranced which I found really unnecessary because 1) it can irritate sensitive skin (thankfully, my skin was unscathed) and 2) the floral scent can be slightly too strong for some. I would have liked this serum a whole lot more if it wasn’t that strongly perfumed.
The purpose of this serum is to reduce the appearance of dull skin and even out uneven skin tone. While I didn’t notice any lightening of my dark spots (especially on one particular large dark spot on my left cheek), my skin did perk up and didn’t look dull (this was prior to my holiday to Malaysia). It gave my skin an all-round radiance, which was exactly what I wanted.
Unfortunately, as I left this serum behind when I travelled to Malaysia, my skin went downhill. It became lacklustre, dull and felt gritty like sandpaper. When I came home to Melbourne, I started using it again and while it’s taking its time to add that radiance back to my skin, at least it’s helping (albeit slowly) my skin to get its lustre back. However, if we’re talking about reduction in the appearance of dark spots and discolourations, I’m afraid I didn’t see any improvement in those areas at all.
Mind you, this is not a bad serum but I prefer and would recommend the Advanced Night Repair over this serum any time. That serum worked a lot better for me and it doesn’t smell strongly of perfume. If you’re going to splurge on a good serum, I say go for the popular brown bottle instead.
Estee Lauder’s Enlighten Dark Spot Correcting Night Serum retails at AU$95.00 for 30ml and AU$140.00 for 50ml and is available at Estee Lauder counters at major departmental stores nationwide.
What I like about it: Lovely texture, gave my skin an overall radiance, helped reduce dullness.
What I do not like about: Heavily fragranced, didn’t notice any reduction in the appearance of dark spots, discolourations and redness on my skin.