First a bit of an intro… the White Brilliance line has launched in Canada in Sephora’s and on the Murad Canada website but through some digging it appears that the line was introduce with a Wrinkle and Pore Minimizer back in 2012. Not completely sure if it was a just a test product or if it was only introduced to a specific market as I don’t believe that product is still available.
I’ve been testing out the Cleansing Cream and Luminous Essence both together and separately for the past couple of weeks and I have thoroughly enjoyed them both! This was actually the first time incorporating an Essence into my skincare regimen… For those who don’t know an Essence is derived from Korean skincare and is an essential step in the Famous 10-step beauty routine. A facial Essence is after your toner but before your serum (treatment) and helps with both the skin renewal process and targeted specific skin concerns such as fine lines/wrinkles, pigmentation, hydration etc.
“A light-enhancing Essence that exfoliates and hydrates to restore youthful texture and luminosity.”
Water, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Linoleic Acid, Imperata, Cylindrica Root Extract, Ahnfeltiopsis Concinna Extract, Hydrolyzed Opuntia Ficus Indica Flower Extract, Hoya Lacunosa Flower Extract, Urea, Glucosamine HCL, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Yeast Extract, Glycerin, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Fruit Extract, Sodium PCA, Sodium Lactate, Urea, Yeast Amino Acids, Trehalose, Inositol, Taurine, Betaine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbic Acid, Chitosan, Zinc Gluconate, “Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20”, Xanthan Gum, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Fragrance.
In my opinion, I think that the Essence is a great addition to almost anyone’s routine. The Essence definitely impacted the hydration levels in my skin and I think that’s the first thing that I noticed – while this Summer has been one for the books with regard to heat, I will continue to reach for this as the temps begin to drop both in Chicago and Toronto.
Given the copious amount of antioxidants (I’ve bolded some of my favourite active ingredients) in this product, it is doing an amazing job at preventing the signs of aging and against over melanin-production (the Porcelain Flower is the main contributor for this).
I would recommend this product to someone who is looking to prevent age spots/dark spots and hyper pigmentation but if you already had this issues, I would probably recommend the Murad Advanced Active Radiance Serum instead to help slow down that extra melanin production and give the skin more uniformity.
The Cleansing Cream is a gentle and foaming cleanser that’s great for all skin types (Oily skin types, I think would benefit from using it in the AM only). I didn’t feel like my skin was tight after I rinsed it off but it did feel clean, that said I think anyone could enjoy it. When I am targeting a specific concern with my skin (Pigmentation, Blemishes etc.) I like when all of my pieces are working towards a common goal, I also think it’s easier when you’re slowly starting to build your routine.
Although this cleanser is effective yet subtle, I would still need to double or triple cleanse (depending on how much makeup I’m wearing that day) because I didn’t find that it removed enough of my makeup. That being said this is a great cleanser to use in the morning to revive the skin, wash off your PM products and get prepped for the next layers!
“A rich cleanser that purifies and restores for a translucent and luminous complexion.”
Water, Urea, Yeast Amino Acids, Trehalose, Inositol, Taurine, Betaine, Glycerin, Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Tocopherol, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Hoya Lacunosa Flower Extract, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters.
Have you tried the Murad ‘White Brilliance’ line or any other Murad product? Tell me in the comments below!