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Would I Repurchase? Estee Lauder Enlighten Dark Spot Correcting Night Serum

It's not surprising that one of our most popular posts is a comparison of two dark spot correctors. Everyone is one the hunt for that remedy to cure hyperpigmentation. Including myself; I've tried lots of serums, exfoliators and toners in hopes of finding a cure all. This product is another to add to the long list.

Estee Lauder Enlighten Dark Spot Correcting Night Serum -

From the Estee Lauder site:


Reduces the look of dullness, uneven skintone.


For all skintypes.

Ideal for
  • uneven skintone
  • dark spots, sun spots
  • redness
  • uneven skin texture
  • dullness, loss of radiance
Formula facts
  • dermatologist tested 
  • non-acnegenic; won't clog pores
Product Details

If you could see your skin 4 weeks from now, you’d start tonight.

Night and day, this intensive serum helps reduce the look of uneven skintone with our most comprehensive correcting technology. Instantly skin looks and feels fresh, hydrated.

Tested and Proven: In less than 2 weeks, 80% saw a transformation. Skin’s texture and tone improves.

In just 4 weeks, 77% of women saw a significant reduction in the look of dark spots, discolorations, blotchiness and redness. 86% felt their skin’s texture was refined.

The Enlighten Collection: Estée Lauder takes skintone correction to a new level. Tonight, awaken the transformation to naturally glowing, even toned skin.

Proven effective for all ethnicities.

How To Use

Apply on clean skin AM and PM before your Enlighten Correcting Creme. AM, follow with Enlighten EE Creme for SPF protection.

I have the 1.7 fl. oz. bottle which retails for $92USD on their site and $244BDS DP / $183 DF in Cave Shepherd. I got this duty free.

I wanted to try this serum because I am impressed with their Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II. I was hoping this was a more potent version. There's no comparison.

Estee Lauder Enlighten Dark Spot Correcting Night Serum -
Estee Lauder Enlighten Dark Spot Correcting Night Serum swatch -

The Advanced Night Repair is a creamy 'cloudy' serum that is dispensed via pipette. This is an opalescent serum that actually looks and feels a lot like Lancome's Visionnaire

Estee Lauder Enlighten Dark Spot Correcting Night Serum ingredients -

Taking a look at the ingredients it's easy to see why this product would initially improve skin texture; silicone derivatives are high up on the list. The middle of the list sounds pretty good; turmeric root, mulberry root, barley, grapefruit peel and few other natural extracts in addition to salicylic acid and caffeine. Is there enough of the good stuff to make a difference? I don't know. 

And I ain't gonna know either. The biggest hindrance to continued use of this product is the price. Now, I know this 1.7 oz bottle will last for a while - if you use it only at night. Imagine de ting is called a night serum yet dem tellin yuh to use AM and PM. My first 1.7 oz bottle of the Advanced Night Repair took me a little over a year to finish. Granted the pipette allows for more product control. The pump on the Enlighten serum is nice - the entire packaging is gorgeous - but you're more than likely going to dispense an entire pump. One pump was enough for my face and neck. Speaking of the packaging, while I think the shiny royal blue bottle looks so elegant with its gold accents, I'd prefer a translucent bottle like the Advance Night Repair so I can see when the product is running out.

If you're trying to avoid fragrance in your skincare walk right on by this. While the scent isn't offensive, it's definitely noticeable. Par for the course with these department store brands. 

Estee Lauder Enlighten Dark Spot Correcting Night Serum swatch -

Once the product is blended out, it's colourless...with the exception of blue micro shimmer. I wasn't sure if the photo above caught it so watch this clip:

I guess that's how they counter dullness? *massive sideeye* If you are going to use this in the daytime, say as a primer, the shimmer wouldn't be visible since you'd cover it with makeup but why oh why would I wanna go to bed with blue shimmer on my face? Stupse.

You get the drift. I will use this product up but it caan catch me agen. I highly recommend the Advanced Night Repair if you're willing to spend this kinda money. They cost about the same. In a recent post, I shared my tips for countering hyper pigmentation. There is no one cure all product; investigate and find your cocktail.

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