Laniege: Bright Renew Serum and Bright Renew Emulsion

I’m always researching skincare products to try to find the best I can in terms of ingredients, effectiveness and value. Whether it be outstanding drugstore skincare, like the Olay Regenerist and ProX range or the Laniege Bright Renew range from Sephora that I’ll be reviewing here, I always try to test out the products for at least a few months to see how they work for me.

Remember – what might work for me, may not work for you; and vice-versa!  But I’m hoping my reviews give all of you, at the very least, some glimpse of what is out there and products that you might’ve been curious about!

So, after using up the majority of my Olay products, I was ready to re-stock and try something new. After doing some reading on the Laniege Bright Renew range, I decided to start with the Laniege Bright Renew Emulsion and Bright Renew Serum:

Laniege is a Korean brand. Korean skincare has been gaining popularity in the last few years here in the western world and if you keep on top of trends, you’ll know that Korean skincare is serious business!

What attracted me to Laniege was the description of these products and what they claim to deliver – things that I specifically always look for in my skincare, for my needs. Let’s start with the emulsion:

As per the Sephora website:

What it is:
A radiance-restoring lotion to brighten a dull, uneven complexion. 

What it is formulated to do:
Formulated with LANEIGE’s exclusive, patented Melacrusher™ technology—a potent combination of antioxidant-rich truffle yeast extract and revitalizing green tea extract—this brightening innovator visibly reduces yellowing resulting from overactive melanin production. Dark spots, unevenness, and discoloration fade away as luminosity and transparency are restored.

First off, this is a super, light-weight lotion that would be awesome for normal, combo, and oily skintypes; dry skintypes might find this not moisturizing enough. I use this straight after using the LBR Serum and I find they work beautifully together – giving me the right amount of hydration. This lotion does not contain SPF, so when I do use this I make sure to top up with some face SPF or use makeup with SPF.

As far as its claims to reduce dark spots, unevenness, and discolouration – I can’t say for certain that this has happened for me, but I also do know that results can take a long time.  What I am sure of is that I like the formula, skin has a nice glow after using, keeps my skin hydrated throughout the day and overall my skin has been looking more luminous.

The LBR Serum is what I use underneath the LBR Emulsion. As per the Sephora website:

What it is:
A high-performance, intensive serum to visibly brighten and restore skin clarity. 

What it is formulated to do:
Active brightening complex Melacrusher™ gently eliminates and blocks pigmentation while retexturizing and reviving skin’s perfect tone. Luminosity is restored and skin appears radiant and youthful.

You can see from the description, the serum is formulated very similarly to the lotion. Because of this, sometimes I think that it might be ‘overkill’ to use both products that essentially do the same thing or contain the same ingredients. But then again, that’s how most skincare ranges are designed.

This serum is probably the most lightweight serum I’ve tried in my life – the consistency is like milk. The packaging is a pipette and a few drops into the palm of my hand, I have enough to cover my entire face. At first application, I thought the consistency would be too thin to actually make my skin feel hydrated – but I was wrong!  Once this is fully absorbed into my skin, it feels amazingly hydrated.

After using both these products consistently for about 4 months now – I’ve actually just finished up the serum.  I do like them both. I really don’t see any noticable difference in my skin, in terms of texture, condition, or radiance.  Would I repurchase?  No.

The serum is $59 Cdn for 40 ml and emulsion is $39 Cdn for 100 ml., both at Sephora.

Have you tried these products?  Like or dislike?  Have you tried any other Laniege products?

Thanks for reading!



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