At long last, here is my belated review of the Elizabeth Arden White Glove Extreme Skincare range. From what I know, this is available at all Elizabeth Arden counters in Asia (Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, India, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau). The main reason for this exclusivity is because White Glove Extreme (WGE) is specially formulated for Asian Skintypes.
A while back, I was invited (along with several other beauty bloggers) to the EA White Glove Extreme Sampling event where we were educated about this product range and also received some samples to test this skincare out for a month.
I have explained about the whole whitening misconception in the White Glove Extreme Event blog entry but I will revisit that briefly for those who missed it. Whitening isn't about making your skintone lighter per se. Instead what it aims to do is to lighten any pigmentation or scarring you might have which in turn would make your overall complexion appear brighter, lighter and more even! So that's sort of an optical illusion right there!
They key ingredients in this skincare range would be Embilica C Complex and also a Marine Mineral Extract. It probably sounds all foreign, I know, so I'll insert a summarized blurb on what these ingredients are so you would understand what you would be putting on your face and how it helps.
Embilica C Complex - A mix of Embilica (an Indian Gooseberry) and Vitamin C - which is known to stimulate collagen synthesis which helps with achieving a vibrant complexion. This combo of Embilica and Vitamin C is said to control melanin production which will equate to a lightened complexion.
Marine Mineral Extract - Thie extract used is derived from a sea holly plant. What I read about this plant is that it is able to withstand severe surroundings such as sun exposure, dehydration, sea water etc. So maybe the plant's resistance was what got researchers interested. After testing it, they managed to harness the defense mechanism from the plant and embed it into this skincare range!
I'll first be sharing my overall thoughts and findings on the skincare range before breaking it down product by product.
General Skincare Range thoughts
I did not notice any lightening of the pigmentation or acne scars that I had. My skintone seemed to look the same as it was, not optical-illusionary-rily fairer. The good thing would be this routine did not break me out, and I liked the scent of the products; the scent is a mild clean scent, no floral or anything, very skincare-ish. I wouldn't say that you need to dive into acquiring the entire range. Probably start out with a few key products you are interested in and see how that works out.
One thing I did notice with this routine is how it really did make my skin appear more translucent and glowy. I'm not kidding at all with this! It's not a crazy dewy effect (think MUFE HD Foundation) but it actually makes my skin look healthy. My skin has dulled from the lack of sleep and just not ideal lifestyle, so to achieve that nice glow again was amazing. Though I think this glow was primarily from one of the items used in this routine, which I will elaborate on.
Elizabeth Arden had included a recommended Day/Night routine in the handout we received
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Since we were handed (almost) the entire range to try out, it is really difficult to pinpoint exactly what each product had done. Thus I'll include little review of the product's texture and such for those that I truly have not much to comment about.
Clarifying Foam Cleanser
This has a soft and foamy texture. It is a very 'airy' foam, not thick and mousse-like. Thus that can make it feel rather mild on the skin which is good for those with sensitive skin but others who love a deep clean might find this lacking. What I love is that it does not leave a film on my face and does not dry my skin out after washing.
Gentle Brightening Lotion
This is basically the 'toner' step in the routine. This toner is alcohol free, which is good since most toners these days come with alcohol and that is not the best for the skin. Again, suitable for sensitive skin, but otherwise it's really just a toner. Nothing much to comment about this.
Skin Brightening Day Essence
This was an extra step I'm not used to. This Essence is meant to be used with the Day routine and applied just before the moisturizer. I found that this Essence alone was quite moisturizing. I liked that it smoothed out to a nice finish. Does not feel tacky on even though it seems to be a gel formula and just enough moisture. Dry skin users might want to top this off with moisturizer as recommended but I felt this alone seemed moisturizing enough for me during the day.
Brightening Pore Gel
This is classified as the 'Day Cream' in the skin care routine for those who like using light-weight gel formulas. I personally don't like how most gel-lotion feel on the skin, and this is no exception. It does smooth out to a slightly tacky-gel finish, if you have used gel lotions, you might understand what I mean. It is light-weight thus it is best to use during the day, if you don't mind that slight tacky-ness. This is also great for refining and minimizing pores. I did notice a very slight difference but since pores are not my main skin concern, the results might be best tested on someone else who may have more pore issues.
I did not like how this felt on so I cancelled it out of my Day skincare routine, I solely use this just before I apply my makeup because that way you can't feel the tackiness since makeup is going on after.
Daily Moisture Brightening Cream
This is the cream day/night moisturizer, provided as an alternative to the Brightening Pore Gel and I personally prefer using this. I find it is of a medium texture/thickness, you can definitely use it at night even if you sleep in AC, but you can use it in the day as well (minus blistering hot days). It moisturizes well and does not feel heavy or greasy on.
Brightening UV Protector SPF 50 PA+++
I am not a fan of using sunscreen because most I've tried feel tacky, heavy and greasy on. Granted this particular one wasn't as thick and heavy as others I have tried and is considerably easy to blend out, I still don't like it. It still feels slightly greasy and a little tacky on - definitely not as heavy. There doesn't seem to be a very noticeable sunscreen scent, it smells like everything else in this skincare range so that's good. If you love sunscreen already this would be a good one to look into. If you don't like sunscreen for the same reasons as me, then pass on this.
Brightening Eye Moisture Cream
I have used a couple eyecreams to date, in fact I love using eyecreams and this one in particular has definitely caught my attention. I love the texture of it, it feels like a cream which makes it easy to blend but it isn't thick or greasy as some cream ones out there. It is easily absorbed and definitely easy to pat out. The best part is I have seen slight results with this, it seemed to have lightened my dark circles ever so slightly. I'm not talking miracle lightening, but very slightly and that - I find - is pretty amazing since nothing else ever seems to work.
Skin Brightening Overnight Capsules
I have saved the best for last, this is probably my favorite product from the entire routine. Might ramble on about it, be warned.
This night essence is packed with Vitamin C which is a great product that works at brightening the skin. Therefore this is THE product that I mentioned that helped the most with brightening the skin's outlook. I find that if I use this at night, the next morning my skin looks refreshed and translucent. Of course the first few times it wasn't obvious but subsequently with regular usage it really showed up. I personally don't find this too thick and I could use this everyday, but since this is concentrated Vitamin C, some people might not be able to handle it. I use this at most 3 times a week - solely because I don't want run out of it so fast. I also find this does provide moisture too. I can use it at night (alone as a night cream) and in the morning my skin would not feel oily at all. It usually does either because of the moisturizer being thick or not being thick enough and the AC drying my skin out, but using this I almost feel like I don't have to wash my face in the morning because it's not even oily. I find that the texture of this is like a more runny version of Monistat Chafing-Relief Powder Gel, it spreads out to a very smooth finish. Maybe a little oily at the start but it gets absorbed really fast. The fact that it comes in little capsules also make it travel-friendly.
Pardon the super duper long entry and ramble on the products. Just wanted to be as thorough as I can about what I felt about them. If you read through it all, power to you! If you were lazy and skipped down, it's okay because I'll highlight the three main products that I love from this skincare routine and would recommend.
The three products (from this routine) that I love and would recommend:
- Daily Moisture Brightening Cream
- Brightening Eye Moisture Cream
- Skin Brightening Overnight Capsules
Here are the prices for the full-sized EA products featured. Do note that most of the photographed products are sample sizes (except the Brightening Pore Gel and Overnight Capsules).
Thank you so much for reading!
I had been provided this skincare routine by Elizabeth Arden for reviewing purposes.
I am not affiliated to EA, all opinions expressed are my own. I am not getting paid for this.