Saturday, April 24, 2010

Review: Cellnique Derma Brightening Complex

Price: $41 for 30ml from

What they say: Formulated with exclusive Triple Action Melano-Targeting technology, this strongly effective yet gentle formulation works excellent on skin discoloration, dull and uneven skin tone, restores skin’s luminous glow without provoking any skin irritation or peeling. Unprecedented clarity radiates from within.

• Works on skin discoloration, dull and uneven skin tone
• Exfoliates dead skin cells without provoking skin irritation
• Rich moisturizing arributes for skin softening
• Promoting a firmer skin texture
• Antioxidant protection for the skin

What to do:

What's in it:
L-Ascorbic Acid - Effective in inhibiting melanogenesis (process where skin cells produce melanin or pigment) for a brighter skin. It also assists in promoting a firmer skin texture while providing sustained antioxidant protection for the skin

Kojic Acid - A natural ingredient derived from fungus (mushrooms), it works as a whitening agent, helps promote a clear, fresh looking complexion.

Lactic Acid - Noted for its rich moisturizing attributes and its ability to exfoliate dead skin cells without provoking skin irritation. It also presents the added benefits as a skin softening agent which makes it an excellent option for sensitive skin.

Full Ingredients List
Purified Water (Aqua), Sodium Hyaluronate, Ethoxydiglycol, Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid), Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Lactic Acid, Kojic Acid, Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.

The good stuff:

  • Smooth, liquidy texture
  • Easy to apply, a little goes a long way
  • Feels moisturizing
  • Scent is not bothersome
  • Makes skin look bright, radiant, soft, and smooth
  • Whitening/brightening effect evens out skin tone
  • Did not irritate my skin
The low-down:

  • Expensive
  • Dries slightly sticky/tacky
My take: I love love love this product! Definitely my favorite from Cellnique! I'll start off by saying that if you are looking for a whitening/brightening product, THIS WORKS. I have been using this for the past 3 months, and it takes a few weeks to begin seeing results, but after that, it becomes easy to see that your skin is visibly lighter and brighter, more even toned, radiant, and smooth. Fabulous! The effects last. My skin is still luminous, bright, and even-toned even if I skip using this product now and then. It also did not break me out or otherwise irritate my skin. It feels moisturizing without being oily/greasy and leaves skin feeling and looking healthy : )

It has a serum-type a dropper applicator. I suppose it is like a serum, very thin and liquidy and easy to smooth on. It is slightly yellowish in color but that doesn't affect how it looks when applied, it's clear. I only need 2-3 drops to cover my entire face, so 30 ml will last me a long time. The scent is somewhat fruity... I can't really place my finger on exactly what it smells like though. It is pleasent and not overbearing kind of scent.

One thing I want to note though is that I only use this at night, after cleansing. When it dries, it becomes slightly sticky/tacky to the touch. I would use it during the daytime too but I'm always in a rush so I can't wait for it to fully absorb. Plus, using it just at night is giving me satisfactory results anyway. The only other things to note are the price ($41) and availability (online only), and that it is not meant to help with skin pigmentation or spots. Instead, Cellnique recommends Derma Whitening Essence for that. I want to try that too!

Would I repurchase/recommend: Yes, I would definitely repurchase this product despite the price because it works. I would HIGHLY recommend this product to anyone who is in search of a whitening/brightening product that improves skin tone and radiance!

This is what my skin looks like with NO FOUNDATION!
Disclaimer: Cellnique provided me with the product reviewed in this post.


  1. whoa your skin looks flawless with no foundation! You know I bought some cellnique because of your other posts on it. I bough the action gel. So far so good! I'm happy with it! You make me very curious about this product...

  2. OMG your skin is amazing with no foundation. I so want to try this product because I have really uneven skintone and it really bothers me when I don't wear foundation.

  3. OoOo I wanna try the Derma Whitening Essence if it gives you the same results as this one! It's awesome!

    But I don't really wanna get any lighter even though I wanna get rid of my uneven skin tone. :( lol. damn

    Yeah, the manga class was pretty good. Lots of reading, quizzes and posting though. Okuyama-sensei is a good professor. She's one of my favorite professors! :D If you can, you should definitely take Japanese 101, 102 from her. She's awesome! Wow 2 classes left?? It feels like time flew by! haha :) I'm excited for you! So you're gonna continue in Art?

  4. Oh yeah and cool that you got lots of online classes! I wish I could take more online ones but they don't offer the ones I need :( Are those mainly art classes or something?

    I've never heard of before. I might have to go over there just to browse and see what they have. haha. :) Yeah Gmarket is good, just really tiring to navigate. haha. I keep wanting to look at a million things at once so I always have a ton of tabs open in my browse. Hella slow since the pages themselves with all the gifs take hella long to open. :S Plus I plug the pages into Google Translator so I can read the purchase selections you can make with the various items (and see if you're selecting the right color).

    But their stuff is awesome! Super cheap and they've lasted pretty well for me. :)

  5. Cellnique seems like they have some really nice products, but you already know that I'm somewhat cheap so it'll probably take a while before I can press the button to buy them. xD I'm so envious of your pretty pictures all the time! I'm always a bit scared to take face pictures...big pores. D:

    I really suck at using, so embarrassed. xD

    Omg, you're going to spoil me if you get my address huh? Silly Erynn. x) I've written down "put together package" for Erynn in my planner, but like I said...I still have to go home for the items and I can't till Memorial Day TT^TT. But it's okay! All in due time~ Yay!

  6. I'm glad you enjoyed this too! isn't this wonderful?


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