Not deterred from having a disappointing experience with SK-II Facial Treatment Essence (reviewed yesterday), I purchased another SK-II product – SK-II Whitening Source Derm-Brightener – and my skin loves it!  Read on for my review.

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What SK-II Say

Whitening Source Derm-Brightener is a whitening formula specially designed to address skin tone issues caused by exposure to UV rays, helping to redefine the skin’s crystal clarity.  This formula can also help with spots reduction by providing additional nourishment to the skin.  Whitening Source Derm-Brightener contains the advanced DMT Blocker, a combination of Vitamin C derivative, Pitera and Niacinamide.  DMT Blocker helps to maintains skin’s natural radiance by sweeping away dullness.

My Opinions

First of all, the packaging of SK-II Whitening Source Derm-Brightener is definitely unique.  The beautiful shiny chrome container is totally high-end luxe but beware of unsightly fingerprints and its attraction to dust.  The tub itself is not unique but it’s the dispenser which eliminates the need for the unhygienic practice of finger-dipping.

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Slowly turn the dispenser anti-clockwise (as indicated by the arrow) and cream will emerge from the hole.  (If you turn too much and too fast, a LOT of cream comes out and there’s no way in putting it back into the tub so it can be a very wasteful and costly mistake!)  I like the idea of this dispenser as it protects the cream from dirty fingers and protects the formula from undergoing changes due to the environment (e.g. sunlight).  The only downsides are not knowing how much moisturiser is left in the tub and not being able to scrape the sides of the tub for any remainder cream ( – hello?  If I am paying an arm and a leg for a moisturiser, I want to get my money’s worth and get every last drop of it on my skin!)

The cream has a subtle fragrance which is only obvious if you give it a good sniff.  The texture of the cream is oh-so-smooth!  It somehow just glides onto my skin and my skin soaks it up leaving behind a slippery but non-greasy film.  It’s like it gives me skin a plastic coating??!!  (That probably doesn’t make much sense so go to an SK-II counter now and test it on your skin and you will know what I mean.)


Now, if I had not moved to Australia, I would never have purchased this whitening moisturiser.  There’s not much sun in UK!!  Unfortunately, even though the sunshine makes me happy, the skin on my face did not appreciate it and it broke out plenty of freckles…and let’s not talk about the wrinkles!  I noticed that my skin tone evened out and brightened up from using SK-II Whitening Source Derm-Brightener (but my freckles did not get lighter – which is forgiveable as it does not claim that it would…but I had wishful thinking…)  As for reducing spots, it’s hard for me to comment on that as I am super-blessed and I rarely get spots (okay…now that I have said that, I bet I will break out tonight!!)

The current RRP in AUD $180 for 75g – is that the weight of the cream or with the luxe jar??  Hmmm…?  Luckily, I bought this in the airport in KL so I didn’t have to fork out so much cash.

Please note that I only use SK-II Whitening Source Derm-Brightener in the evening during Spring and Summer.  For the colder seasons, I have to switch to a more intense and nourishing skincare routine to combat the harsher environment.  When the warmer seasons come round again, and if I have enough money, I am going to try and get my mitts on the SPF 50 version of this for my morning skincare.

Likes :  Special dispenser, instantly smooth skin, evens out skin tone
Dislikes :  Price tag
The Best Beauty Blog Rating : 10 out of 10 – SK-II Whitening Source Derm-Brightener is my high-end luxurious moisturiser for Summer skin!  Definitely worth investing in!


3 comments on “SK-II Whitening Source Derm-Brightener”

  1. Wow, great review. This is a very expensive skincare item and it’s something I’d probably invest on when I win the lottery :p I do lust after this, but the price is too much now. I hope it works wonders on you with continued use. It would be so cool if you did an update at the end of use 🙂

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