In a galaxy far, far away, I was fortunate enough to get an opportunity to try out the latest in skin brightening from Guerlain in the form of the Blanc de Perle collection. With the high Asian population in Vancouver, brightening has always been a hot topic with the ideal Asian skin being porcelain white and blemish free. Terms like “whitening” tend to conjure up thoughts of harsh bleaching treatments, but the Blanc de Perle is far from that. The Blanc de Perle routine consists of three basic steps: Clarify, Treat and Hydrate. Within each step are 2-3 products essentially creating a 7 step skincare routine. I will showcase each product separately as I feel like most people will not often feel comfortable purchasing a whole new routine in full as it can be quite an investment. Oftentimes, we purchase bits at a time starting with a product that speaks to our current skincare concerns ESPECIALLY when it comes to a luxury price point such as Guerlain.
When it comes to skincare, people are often hesitant to change things too drastically and when using a new line, a cleanser or toner is usually the easiest product to incorporate into a current routine in terms of skin adjustment and price. Guerlain’s White Pearl Cleanser*($65.00 CDN) is the first step to brightening in that skin is cleansed with gentle micro-pearls and a luxurious creamy texture to reveal freshly radiant skin.
I found the cleanser very difficult to squeeze out. It was thick in consistency with skin needing to be fairly moist in order to spread the cleanser easily. You can see in the photos that there is a slight exfoliant in it and has a creamy, very luxurious scent as most Guerlain products tend to have.
Ingredients: Glycerin, Aqua (Water), Myristic Acid, Stearic Acid, Sorbitol, Potassium Hydroxide, PEG-32, Lauric Acid, Polyethylene, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Parfum (Fragrance), Nylon-12, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Menthoxypropanediol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Benzyl Salicylate, Polyquaternium-39, Tetrasodium EDTA, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Silica, Ophiopogon Japonicus Root Extract, Faex (Yeast Extract), Magnesium Aspartate, BHT, Sophora Angustifolia Root Extract, Lilium Candidum Bulb Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Hydrolyzed Conchiolin Protein, Tocopherol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides Citrate
Final Verdict: This type of cleanser isn’t necessarily my favourite in terms of consistency as I much prefer either an oil or cleansing lotion type formula. What I will say is that it does feel incredibly luxurious on the face and while the formula is thick, adding water makes the consistency much more workable. As for whether this cleanser actually “brightens”, there are ingredients like Sophora Angustifolia Root Extract that play a part in melanin transfer in human skin cells. I feel like when it comes to brightening, part of what that means in skincare is exfoliation so the “micro-pearls” certainly play a part in this process. Overall, a luxurious cleanser in terms of scent and texture, but not quite my skin style.
The Guerlain Blanc de Perle line is available at Guerlain counters and select Murale locations.