Oh my has it been that long since my last skincare review? I had wanted to do week by week reviews of the Guerlain Blanc de Perle line, but work is still kicking my ass when it comes to fatigue so I haven’t been able to write all that much. If anyone has tips to gain energy (other than caffeine) please enlighten me!
I need to admit that I didn’t quite read the instructions when it came to this skincare line. I assumed that I was skincare savvy enough to figure out what all of the pieces meant, but for the first week I was using the White P.E.A.R.L. Essence in Lotion*(200mL/$78.00 CDN) almost like a moisturizer if you can believe it! It does say “Brightening Lotion” on the bottle so I figured lotion = hydration. Then when I looked at the side of the box, I saw the phrase “facial toner” which after experiencing the consistency of the product, made MUCH more sense as a HYDRATING toner. Although it actually did work as a moisturizer too when applied after serum!
Ingredients: Aqua (water), Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-8, Polyglycerin-3, Sodium Citrate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Parfum (Fragrance), Citric Acid, Sodium Carboxymethyl Dextran, Ophiopogon Japonicus Root Extract, Palmaria Palmata Extract, Hydrolyzed Prunus Domestica, Yeast Extract, Benzyl Salicylate, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Sophora Angustifolia Root Extract, Hydrolyzed Conchiolin Protein, Ethylhexylglycerin, BHT
The consistency of the Essence in Lotion is just like water, but amazingly enough does leave skin feeling hydrated. This can be applied with either a cotton round or directly from palm to face as I prefer not to create extra waste if I don’t have to. For the price of the product, I want ALL of it on my face and NOT getting soaked up in a cotton round! Just make sure you pour the essence into the palm of your hand so it doesn’t run through your fingers! This does leave a slight tacky residue on the skin, but seeing as how moisturizer and serum are applied on top, the feeling quickly becomes a non-issue. The scent is also quite pleasant and tame compared to some of Guerlain’s other products which can be overwhelmingly fragrant at times.
Final Verdict: This is one of those products that feels and smells nice, but in terms of ingredients isn’t the best that’s out there. Firstly, obtaining an ingredients list is next to impossible online so if you do have sensitivities or would just like to see what makes this product tick, you would have to physically have the box in your hand. There are notable ingredients such as: Palmaria Palmata Extract, a proven antioxidant, Ophiopogon Japonicus Root Extract, a skin conditioner, and Sophora Angustifolia Root Extract, which reduces melanin transfer aka brightens skin. This would be the key ingredient as this is a “brightening lotion”, but is near the end of the ingredient list. The list isn’t long and maybe this extract is incredibly potent in small concentrations, but I was disappointed to see where it lay in the ingredient hierarchy. What I did like about this product was that it could potentially be used as a moisturizing toner after serum application for warmer months (such as now), but also worked in the winter time for hydration. I will continue to use this product in my regime, but most likely will not repurchase.