As we blossom into spring, it’s time to shake off that winter dullness and reawaken your brighter side. The plan: achieve a revitalising glow, revive your complexion and start afresh. In search of the luminosity that we have been deprived of over the colder months, we’ve come up with a shopping list of the 10 most radiating miracle workers to add to your current beauty routine, ranging from exfoliating cleansers to purifying masks and long-time favourites to brand new launches.
La Prairie’s latest eye release is all about colour correcting. Designed to address the skin’s colour spectrum made of naturally occurring pigments associated with the layers of skin, the White Caviar Eye Extraordinaire reflects rather than absorbs light to give skin a natural luminosity. Whether it’s grey, brown, yellow, red or violet tones caused by pollution, stress, excessive free radicals, UV, or de/oxygenated cells, there’s nothing that this new formulation can’t tackle.
Inspired by and developed specifically for Asian skin, Lancôme’s Clarifique Dual Essence promises to refine and brighten skin in just four weeks. Harnessing the exfoliating and enzymatic properties of its active ingredient, French beech bud extract, and formulated with a part oil part water bi-phase essence, the revolutionary formula not only improves the complexion and radiance, but it also tightens pores and is extremely hydrating. Apply a few drops on the palm or cotton pad and press into the skin on your face and neck underneath sunscreen for best results.
Come springtime and it’s all about skin luminosity more than any other season of the year. To bring on strong radiance game, Guerlain is introducing its new Orchidée Impériale Brightening The Radiance Serum collection: The Radiance Concentrate and The Radiance Eye Serum. Considered as the light creator, these new serums uses Cell Respiration Technology to act as the perfect light vector while its Orchid Noble Light Technology combines precious orchid extract ingredients to improve dullness and create the illusion of light reflection. After continued use, complexions are said to appear two shades lighter and the appearance of dark pigments are reduced.
Guerlain Orchidée Impériale Brightening: 4,400/30ml;
Guerlain Orchidée Impériale Brightening: The Radiance Eye Serum HK$1,950/15ml
While most of us may choose to go makeup free as we spend more time at home, that only allocates more attention to the health of our skin. Boosted with ReNuera Technology+, Sakura-Bright System and White sand lily extract, Shiseido’s new White Lucent Micro-Spot Serum is the lightweight, silky formula that promises to accelerate regeneration of skin and improve brightness by 150%. Targeting dark spots, dullness and uneven skin tone, like an eraser, this serum eliminates the impurities of the skin and even has a a 24-hour moisturising effect to keep your face hydrated throughout the day.
Touche Éclat needs no introduction in the game of brightening; the light-reflective liquid concealer pen has been iconic since its first debut in 1992. Now YSL is extending the range to finally come up with a compatible product that can take dewy skin even further. The Touche Éclat Le Teint Crème is the brand’s latest foundation formula, a new and improved product that combines skincare and coverage in one single bottle. The creamy texture allows for foolproof application while still maintaining its light touch to the skin. Infused with 86% illuminating cream to glow, marigold bloom to soothe and mallow flower to lighten, the skin is given a shimmering finish and is lightly scented with notes of bergamot, peach and musk. Available in seven shades specifically designed for Asian skin tones.
For the ultimate flawless complexion, NARS’ Tinted Glow Booster smooths the skin’s appearance by visibly blurring imperfections while radiating an overall glow. The enhanced formula features skin-tone coloured pearls to match your natural complexion while illuminating skin with light refractions. It is considered the makeup filter for real life. Feather-light, it can easily layer on for preferred coverage without feeling heavy or cakey even after extended wear as it is designed to last a full day of up to 16 hours. While acting as a luminous veil, the limited edition foundation also works beneath the skin with the brand’s exclusive Jojoba Hydroglow Complex, providing the skin with immediate and long-term hydration. Currently available in three colour tones.
If the use of natural ingredients is a high priority when it comes to shopping for beauty, Tata Harper’s line is exactly what you’re searching for. Using only 100% natural components without compromising on efficacy, her Regenerating Cleanser is a glowing gamechanger. Gentle enough for everyday use, the cleansing and exfoliating treatment buffs and polishes the skin until it’s healthy looking and radiant. The cleanser can be adjusted by water/product ratio for the desired level of exfoliation to decongest impurities from the pores while it lightens and brighten the skin.
The best offense is a good defense. So before undoing what’s done, constant care can prevent lasting consequences. Valmont’s Clarifying and Illuminating Exfoliant Mask contains enzymatic properties that can break down dirt and impurities while extracting pigments from the skin. Meanwhile, the exfoliation helps to remove dead skin and promote new skin regeneration to reveal a glowing complexion using just 10 minutes of your time, twice a week.
This soft, delicate moisturiser from Chantecaille’s clarity collection is packed with Vitamin C, white gardenia stem cell extract, African birch extract and smart brightening peptides to blend into a single formula that promotes brighter and firmer skin. Not only does the essence target discolouration and dark clusters, but it also has the ability to prevent unwanted pigmentation from forming by supplying the skin with protective and combative nutrients to fight against dullness and darkness. Similar to other products by Chantecaille, the Blanc Gardenia Brightening Essence also utilises its signature pure rosewater as one of the main ingredients in the formula for soothing and hydration purposes.
More often than not, discolouration can sneak up on you without you realising — and then it becomes pretty permanent. If brightening and correcting products aren’t in your regular regime, a fast acting, high potency player needs to come into play. Enter Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution. As Hong Kong’s highest selling brightening product, this formulation softens and erases hyperpigmentation in just 12 weeks. Sun damage, acne marks, blotches and general unevenness can magically reduce in appearance or even disappear forever.
HK$495/30ml; HK$170/50ml; HK$1,150/100ml