When Laneige first launched a bunch of their products at Target stores, I was most curious about their Bright Renew line. Somehow I never got around to trying any of it until now... and it's probably best that I waited, because they just brought their Bright Renew Original Cream to Target stores this spring! I've been using the cream since mid-March, so read on to find out what I think of it so far.
"The # 1 melanin crusher and radiance renewer. Refreshing and non-sticky, this 24-hour powerhouse works three ways: (1) reduces melanin production and wipes away dark spots with bio-brightening Melacrusher™, (2) hydrates for enhanced radiance and (3) creates an all-day, “no way” protective film on skin, instantly shielding it from external stressors and pollutants. For optimal results, use after Bright Renew Original Serum."
MELACRUSHER™ ATTACK! In simpler terms, this is an everyday brightening cream that hydrates and forms a protective barrier on the skin.
There are two important things that should be noted about this cream:
- From what I can tell, this is sold overseas as "Laneige White Plus Renew Original Cream" (or at least the ingredients lists are exactly the same). So if you've been buying that one from abroad, congratulations! You now have a way to get it locally.
- Laneige Bright Renew Original Cream is not the same as the Laneige Bright Renew Cream that was released in Target stores last year—that was a night cream. This one has a lighter texture that could be suitable for daytime or nighttime use.
Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Niacinamide, Cyclohexasiloxane, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Yeast Extract, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Coplymer, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, 1,2-Hexanediol, Dimethiconol, Trisiloxane, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Polyacrylate-13, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, PEG-100 Stearate, Polyisobutene, Stearic Acid, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Ethylhexlyglycerin, Polyglyceryl-3, Methylglucose Distearate, Polysorbate 20, Caprylyl Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance.
I was excited to see Niacinamide so high up in the ingredients list—I think regular usage of products containing it over the past couple of years is at least partially responsible for how even and glowy my skin tone is looking these days. I ran the ingredients list through CosDNA and it did flag a few minor possible acne triggers... the usual suspects. Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid etc. This cream doesn't make me break out at all, but as with all skincare, YMMV (especially if you're super-duper acne prone, unlike me).
$40.00 for 50ml/1.6fl oz. Laneige Bright Renew Original Cream is exclusive to Target.com and select Target stores in the United States.
Like most Laneige products, Bright Renew Original Cream comes housed in an attractive (and heavy) jar with a spatula. The packaging says it's suitable for all skin types—I've never seen a skincare product (other than water) that was really suitable for all skin types, but I would say that Bright Renew Original Cream does fall pretty much in the middle of the spectrum in terms of moisturizing abilities and texture. It's lighter and less hydrating than Laneige's Water Bank Moisture Cream, but maybe not as light as their Water Bank Gel Cream. It's kind of like a gel-cream hybrid. More like a gel than a cream though. Here, take a closer look:
Nice and light. This stuff soaks into my skin quickly, but not without making it feel slightly more supple and hydrated first. I also feel like it provides a slight cooling sensation as it evaporates—maybe I'm imaging that though? In any case, it has a lovely texture that feels sort of watery upon initial application and then dries to a silky (not sticky) feel.
Laneige's Bright Renew Original Cream has a noticeable (but pleasant) fragrance. To me it smells a bit more floral and powdery than the products in their Water Bank line, but maybe I'm crazy. I think it smells lovely and relaxing, in any case—but it's probably not the best choice for folks who like to avoid strong fragrance in their skincare products.
As for long-term results: It's hard for me to say. I used this cream daily for about four weeks before I even started formulating this review, but at this point I have so little in the way of spots that need fading that it's kind of difficult for me to tell if it's really doing anything in terms of Melacrushin'. I will say this: My skin always looks radiant and supple and lovely in the mornings after I use it at night, and it's light enough for me to wear during the day without turning my makeup all slidey and weird. I think this would be a good choice in the summer for normal or combo skin types because it hydrates without feeling super-greasy.
In conclusion: I'm a fan of Laneige's Bright Renew Original Cream, and will allow it to stay in my lineup of warm weather-friendly products. I do wonder though... would one get more dramatic results by using this in conjunction with the Bright Renew Serum? Hmm. If you've tried either or both, let me know what your results were in the comments!
On a semi-related note: If you're thinking of purchasing this cream (or any beauty stuff) from Target, this is a good week to do it: They're running a special where you can get a $10 gift card back for all beauty and personal care purchases over $40 with code BEAUTY (expires 11:59PM PT on May 9th, 2015). Don't forget that most Target.com orders over $25 now ship free!
What do you think of Laneige Bright Renew Original Cream? Do you like creams that are super-thick or do you prefer a lighter, more gel-like texture?
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