Brightening Products: The Ultimate Top 3 (July 2012)

1. Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Corrector  $49.50 (1oz), $73 (1.7oz)

“Noticeably fading spots over time”- Allure Best of Beauty 2010 & 2011, Cosmopolitan Beauty Awards 2011: Best Beauty Breakthrough

2. Estee Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator  $58 (1oz), $85 (1.7oz),  $135 (3.4oz)

“This serum is crazy good. Disguised by its gentle formula is cutting-edge technology that erases everything that bugs us about our skin.” – Marie Claire Prix d’Excellence Beauty Award 2012

3. La Mer The Radiant Serum  $260 (1oz)

Brightening ferment generated from three types of algae corrects discoloration, exfoliates, and refines pores.

Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Corrector surpassed all others in the brightening category this month. This is the only product out of the three that I’ve tried and continue to use.

Estee Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator is another promising brightening product. It claims that 62% of women under a clinical test, had a significant improvement in skin tone in just two weeks.  Users are reportedly obsessed with its slightly citrusy scent.

La Mer The Radiant Serum promises to “instantly illuminates skin as it visibly smoothes, plumps, firms and creates a more even skin tone.”  Personally, I did not find that after using a sample a couple of years ago.  My skin was hydrated but no radiance!