Every couple of years, Guerlain reformulates its Blanc de Perle range, and this year Guerlain has unveiled a new level of whiteness. It never ceases to amaze me that just not too long ago, it was considered not-kosher to speak of “whiteness”, but today, it is widely accepted to consider fairness to be a beauty aspiration. And we are not just talking about shades of white anymore, rather the luminosity and translucency that comes with younger-looking skin. To better help us achieve our ideals, Guerlain has updated its Blanc de Perle range with its latest P.E.A.R.L. Rosy White Complex technology.
This is the 3rd generation of Guerlain Blanc de Perle that I’ve had the pleasure to review, and I was excited to see how it has improved over its predecessors. As always the star of the range is the Guerlain Blanc de Perle Rosy Whitening Essence, which comes in a unique pearl-shaped bottle with a dropper dispenser. If you remember, the last version of this [reviewed here] was designed to target both stubborn and recently-formed melanin, and prevent future formation as well. Now with the latest P.E.A.R.L. Rosy White Complex, the essence not only works on melanin but also regulates the glycation process that naturally turns the complexion yellow lending to the aged look.
Guerlain’s P.E.A.R.L Rosy White Complex is formulated with Vitamin C, yeast and ophiopogon japonicus extracts that are purportedly able to reorganise the skin’s structure, thereby allowing light to be reflected more quickly and intensely, making the skin appear more translucent and luminous. Vitamin C is a known antioxidant that is frequently found in whitening and anti-aging skincare. Likewise, Yeast is a strong antioxidant as well, and also has healing properties. Unfortunately, I was unable to find more research about ophiopogon japonicus extract except that it is able to rebuild the barrier function and improve skin’s hydration.
In terms of texture, the new Rosy Whitening Essence is a lightweight fluid that goes on smoothly and is absorbed readily. Just like its predecessor, it helps keep my skin hydrated so it is not necessary to add on a separate hydration serum when using this. I have been using this every morning for the past 6 weeks, and I think it has sped up the healing process of the occasional pimple scar. Overall, I do feel my skin looks clearer and more evenly toned!
The new P.E.A.R.L Rosy White Complex has also been introduced into the Active Reviving Cleansing Foam. This is a lovely foaming cleanser that comes in a squeeze tube. It dispenses out almost like a gel, but develops a luxuriously scented foam when mixed with some water. What makes this cleanser special is the inclusion of delicate micro-beads that help exfoliate the skin. I am a fan of physical exfoliation as my skin tends to get red and irritated whenever I try a new chemical exfoliant, and these micro-beads are as fine and gentle as they get, so it allows for an even exfoliation without overly abrading the skin. I don’t usually mix my scrubs and cleansers together as over-scrubbing can result in skin irritations, but I’ve been using this Active Reviving Cleansing Foam daily for the past 6 weeks and my skin has never felt smoother and healthier!
And to complement the cleanser, I use Guerlain Blanc de Perle Brightening Lotion. This has not been reformulated, but it works perfectly regardless. It comes in a tall bottle with a pump dispenser. I usually take about 2-3 pumps to saturate a cotton pad and then sweep it all across my face and neck after cleansing. It leaves my skin feeling refreshed and hydrated, and preps my skin for the essence!
Guerlain Blanc de Perle, like all Guerlain skincare, is a luxury experience in terms of fragrance and texture. I personally find it very elegantly designed, and I’ve really enjoyed using all 3 of the products discussed here today. If the essence is too much of a splurge for you, I highly recommend trying out the cleansing foam!
Have you tried any Guerlain skincare before?
This post featured products that were kindly provided for my consideration. Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.