Physicians Formula Aging Dark Spot Corrector & Skin Brightener ★★★
About: treatment serum that addresses the visible signs of premature and photo-ageing, and corrects uneven skin tone and pigmentation spots. Suitable for mature and dry skin types. Packaged in a glass bottle with dropper applicator.
Review: I only apply Physicians Formula Aging Dark Spot Corrector & Skin Brightener in the morning, after cleansing, rather than morning and night as directed because it’s not compatible with existing products in my night time beauty regime. During this trial, my sensitive skin wasn’t aggravated and never broke out, however if you are prone to sensitivity, patch test first to avoid exposure to suspect botanicals included in this serum, which are known as potential irritants. After daily use of this treatment for over a month, I’ve concluded it’s just too rich and heavy to befit my oily complexion and the uncomfortable, suffocating feel of the film on my skin triggers excess shine and greasiness during the day. At first glance, the presentation of this product looks modern and stylish. The clear, plastic outer wrap is brandished with the same indigo-hued colour scheme as the inside bottle, which strikes a spunky contrast against the sleek, white, pearlescent bottle with silver chrome edging and a clear, plastic, snap-shut lid. I can’t help spotting the eye-catching, round, indigo label on the boxes front, which reads “Look 6 Years Younger in 4 weeks*”. In my opinion, I can quash the misleading claim of looking 6 years younger in 4 weeks, when in fact, it’s closer to 6 weeks that I’ve been using it and I can’t see any noticeable changes in the appearance of my skin, other than improved radiance. I’d suggest the Physicians Formula Aging Dark Spot Corrector & Skin Brightener would be more suited for normal to dry skin types, although committing to twice-daily application over a longer period could possibly secure more outstanding results. Physicians Formula Aging Dark Spot Corrector & Skin Brightener is a well priced skin tone treatment and if it’s used in conjunction with the entire Physicians Formula Aging System, the anti-ageing payoff might be better to deliver a more refined, polished complexion. As is, you certainly won’t be disappointed with the instant skin-gratifying effects of this product, especially if you’re in need of a quick-fix, skin booster that promotes a smooth, supple texture, whilst temporarily plumping up fine lines and imparting a brighter, healthier, all-over glow.
The pale, lilac-grey, coloured serum has a silky texture and a thick, balm-like consistency. The scent is absolutely disgusting and I can’t think of a familiar fragrance to describe the exact smell, but it’s very herbal orientated. Fortunately, the unpleasant aroma quickly dissipates and is undetectable when applied to the skin. One pump (or a pea-sized amount) produces enough serum to cover my whole face and neck with a thin coating that sits on the surface of my skin. The film has a sticky, tacky finish that takes between 5–10 minutes to fully dry (not ideal if you’re in a hurry) and even then I can still feel a heavy, mask-like veil on my face. The rich, potent formula is slightly shimmery, with cosmetic pigments to enhance the brightening effect, but thankfully, it doesn't make me look like a glittery disco ball. Instead, my complexion appears instantly dewy and fresh, creating an impression of being significantly brighter, smoother and plumper. I found the packaging to be plastic-coated aluminium with a screw-off pump-action nozzle that isn’t attached to a stem inside. To begin with, pressure seemed to dispense the serum, but after a while, it stopped pumping, so I had to shake it out of the bottle. I don’t consider it travel-friendly and despite looking impressive, the bottle is fairly novel and not of the best quality. I personally wouldn’t buy this serum again myself, as it was incompatible with my oily complexion and uncomfortable to wear. For that reason, I deducted 1/2 a star from its rating. It also loses another 1/2 a star for the pump that doesn’t work properly and 1 star for the misleading promise of knocking six years in age off my appearance after just four weeks.
Tip: It’s a good alternative to a daily moisturiser and the perfect canvas for makeup - but only if you have a normal to dry complexion.
Reviewed by: Melanie, Yeah Yeah, Ragger Ragger.