Earlier this year, Guerlain unveiled a fresh take on its Blanc de Perle range of whitening skincare products. At the heart of it, is the newly reformulated Advanced White P.E.A.R.L. Drop Essence.
Guerlain’s latest whitening essence boasts of a Melanin Control Technology to target both stubborn and recently-formed melanin, and prevent future formation in the key layers of the skin. It works on existing dark spots, making them lose their intensity; and deactivate future dark spots preventing them from emerging on the surface of the skin.
“2 months’ of treatment allows you to gain 7 years on dark spots”
The Advanced White P.E.A.R.L. Drop Essence comes in a hefty white bottle shaped like a pearl, and the product is dispensed via a dropper. To apply, dispense 2 drops on your fingers, and spread over the face. If there is any left over, I continue to sweep over my neck as well.
The product is a thin slightly milky fluid that is readily absorbed without leaving any stickiness. It also has a beautiful fragrance, which is one of the hallmarks of Guerlain. When I first started using the Blanc de Perle White P.E.A.R.L. Drop Essence last year, I found the scent to be too strong and somewhat sharp. But perhaps I have grown accustomed to the scent, I found this year’s improved formula to be easier on the senses and more pleasant. Nonetheless, if you are very averse to fragrances in skincare, I do recommend trying this out first if you can.
I have been using this every morning for the past 2 months, and am able to compare it against the previous version of this essence (briefly introduced here). The biggest difference, in my opinion, is this latest version is definitely more hydrating. Which is not to say the older version was drying, but the whitening products that I’ve experienced so far generally do not provide me any hydration boost. Given that I am usually out for 12 hours or longer, this improved hydrating property does factor in significantly in helping my skin keep shine at bay (dehydrated skin tends to produce more oil), and keep my makeup looking fresh.
My skin did not have any noticeable dark spots prior to using this (thanks to this whitening serum that I got hooked on earlier this year), but some random pimple scar here and there. I did not find Guerlain Blanc de Perle Advanced White PEARL Drop Essence to be particularly good at resolving those pimple scars (for that, the Blanc de Perle Double-Action Spot Eraser may be more suitable). However, last weekend I was in a mad dash and hopped down to the pool with my boy to grab some sun, totally forgetting to apply sunscreen. 30 minutes later I came home to find myself darker by 2 foundation shades! Whilst my tans usually fade quite quickly, I applied Guerlain Blanc de Perle Advanced White PEARL Drop Essence right after a quick shower, and found my skin had equalized back to its usual shade by the next morning!
Guerlain Blanc de Perle Advanced White PEARL Drop Essence retails for SGD175 and is available at Guerlain counters in TANGS Orchard and Takashimaya in Singapore.
The Blanc de Perle range is exclusive to Asia, but it is available on Harrods for those who are looking to purchase online.