Hey all! If you have been reading my blogposts, you know how strongly I feel about investing in good face serums. They really go beyond any creams , oils, and moisturizers.
Today I am sharing with you my story and experience with a L’occitane product that is called an essence but has serum-like consistency. It’s from their Immortelle range -the brightening essence.
I was desperately looking for a new face serum and for the oddest reason I felt the urge to check out serums from L’occitane. So far I had only used a few fragrances and hand creams from them. The website was somehow not as convincing to me as the youtube video that I watched on the best of L’occitane products . The lady in the video raved non-stop about this particular essence. I was totally convinced about this essence half-way through the video. The jubilation you feel when you find a great product worth every penny of your money can never be fake. So I trusted my guts and went off to check out the newly opened L’occitane store in my city to buy this particular essence.
In the store, they had exhibited a new “whitening” range and this immortelle brightening line was no where to be seen. I was a bit disappointed because I tend to stay away from anything that says whitening. Coming from India, I find it utterly derogatory. I know the culture up-close, where I was considered to be relatively ugly in comparison to some of my cousins or friends who were blessed with lighter complexion. I am all for anything brightening in skincare because it means the skin will glow, dark spots will fade away and you will get the radiant look. Whitening is all about people’s fixation to become lighter skin-toned because in their head-white is beautiful. Arrrgh well I can go on and on… on this topic but without digressing, let’s come back to the story. After asking the SA about this particular essence, I could finally get my hands on it. It was stashed away somewhere deep in the cupboards. So this was the happy ending of my story 🙂
Now the real question is : Is it worth it?
Let’s see what the website claims:
Brightening Essences contains a concentrate of the flowers of light – immortelle and bellis perennis- to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, even out skin tone and illuminate the complexion. After seven days, a more luminous complexion emerges: skin better reflects light thanks to wintergreen leaf and garden nasturtium extracts that help natural exfoliation and smooth skin micro-relief.
Over time skin becomes smoother and the appearance of wrinkles is visibly reduced.A combination of Bellis perennis extract and a derivative of vitamin C helps to unify and brighten the complexion. Skin seems visibly smoother; complexion looks more luminous and even toned. Skin glows with natural youth.
My experience :
It is clear, light-weight, watery- but-not-runny- gel-like texture. I found it to have a very subtle scent of wild flower, most likely it is the immortelle flower scent. It is an awesome ultra light-weight serum that gets absorbed easily. I use about 5 drops and find it enough for my face.
The recommended use is twice a day. I use it only once in the morning and can still see the difference it has made so far. For the purpose of testing it out, I have not combined it with any other potent product. I could see the results almost after day 1. My acne spots are very much faded, skin texture is definitely even-toned. I am not sure about the anti-wrinkle effect of this serum though. Also, you would need to pat on some moisturising cream on top of this. I guess one should always lock in the potent skincare product like serums with some moisturizer but with this one I somehow felt that my skin could use a little more hydration alongside this serum. I did not see any dry patches or anthing like that though.
My verdict: 4.5/5 on the claims this essence makes. I did not give 5 on 5 because I cannot tell anything about anti-wrinkle claims. For Brightening I would give it 5/5 for sure. I wonder why this product is not much talked about in the beauty world. I am glad I trusted my guts to buy it, after watching one single video 😊
Disclaimer: Purchased with my own money, like I did for every other product that I have reviewed so far, no sponsorship involved whatsoever. Review is purely based on my own experience. Ratings that I give are basically my personal evaluation of the product based on my expectations, and my experience related to the use of the product, the effect I see and feel after the use, and of course the money I spent on it. So please know rating is as subjective as my personal excperience with the product.
Let me know if you have used this serum and how do you like it. Also any other serum that you would recommend to others.
Wishing you a great day.