|Would buy this product again.||90%|
Age: 36-43 Skin: Dry, Medium, Neutral Hair: Brown, Curly, Fine Eyes: Brown
This is the first time I ever got a sample of a scrub that I ended up buying (got it from Birchbox). I've gotten samples of pricier scrubs before (mostly from Clinique) but they never were impressive enough to spend the money on the full size. I've always just stuck with my drugstore scrubs (St. Ives, Queen Helene)...but this felt so amazing, & I could see the difference in my skin! So I bought the full size. I had a code for 30% off, but I'd even pay full price because this stuff is so good ($34).
The scrub is very fine, so I don't feel like I'm rubbing liquefied sandpaper on my face! And it has almost no scent, but what little I can smell just smells clean. I also only have to use a very small amount of this. It spreads very well over my face. The scrub is kind of a paste like consistency, with very fine particles in it. My face feels so smooth & clean afterwards, & doesn't feel dried out.
The sample size lasted 2 months, using it 3x a week, so this full size will probably last me 7-8 months, I think. So even at full price, if I paid $34 & this lasted 7 months, it's still less than $5 a month, so if you think of it that way, it doesn't sound so bad ;) Like I said, I'm usually cheap when it comes to scrubs, so I have to be pretty impressed to buy something that costs more than a few bucks. This is worth the splurge.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Cool Hair: Black, Medium Eyes: Brown
I got this as a sample.
I hate to be the in the minority here but I wasn't as crazy about this as the other reviewers.
I found it to be a little harsh. The crystals were sharp and abrasive! I felt like my face was being cut with a bunch of little knives. I don't have sensitive skin - I can usually use almost anything without a harsh reaction so this definitely surprised me. However, my esthetician friend told me microdermabrasion will feel like that, which I haven't ever had done. The roughest I usually go on my skin is baking soda or sugar.
The positive thing is that my skin was slightly brighter and slightly smoother after using it. I'm not sure if I am willing to put up with the pain of using this product though. Once a week I think is more than enough with something this strong/abrasive. Any more than that, you eventually won't notice as nice results. Your skin's natural cycle is about 30 days anyways - you gotta give it time to regenerate!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal, Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
Received this as a sample in my Birchbox and I seriously fell in love with this!!!! I have already ordered a full size because I love it so much. When I receive the full size I will definitely use the recommended 3-5 times a week. With my sample I only use twice a week, and I have already seen amazing results. My skin's texture has greatly improved and some of my darker spots have begun to lighten up a bit. So happy I was able to sample and find such a great product!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
Received this as sample in my Birchbox. I love it! Just squeeze out a miniscule amount and you can use it on your whole face. Small little granules can be felt on your skin once you start smoothing it out all over. Leaves face rejuvenated. Not sure If I would buy the full tube at full prices but the .25 sample I received rocks!
Age: 44-55 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Green
I ordered this after seeing all the rave reviews... YES THEY ARE ALL TRUE! This stuff is amazing; I cannot believe the brighter, rosy glow in my complexion after just one use. I use this every other day (I leave it on for the recommended 2-3 minutes), and along with a spin brush once a week. The results are at least just a good as getting a professional facial, in my opinion. Love the packaging, too; easy to store in the shower and get out just the right amount of product. A true holy grail for me; I hope this product is never discontinued!
Age: 36-43 Skin: Normal, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
Love it. Have used St. Ives Apricot Scrub for 20+ years daily and still do, but I really want to get BrightenUp to use a couple of times a week with my Mia face brush to make my face spa facial super-smooth. I got a sample in my Birchbox a few months ago and have used every speck I could scrape out of the tube after I cut it open, lol! If you have sensitive skin you might want to be careful with this as it is very abrasive.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool Hair: Brown, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Brown
GO small Canadian companies with excellent products! I have NEVER had a home scrub/exfoliator leave my skin feeling so soft but with so little irritation as with this product. I bought it last week and have used it twice and cannot get over the results both times (I thought the first time might be a fluke). I applied this to my wet face after removing my makeup, scrubbed gently for the specified time and then left the product on for 2 minutes (the instructions give you 2 options; I figured I'd try combining them). While I waited for the 2 minutes to pass, I gently rub the product remaining on my hands from the scrubbing stage into my hands (why waste it?) and even my hands are better for this treatment.
I am utterly blown away by the excellence of this product. I think I have found my HG product and this will certainly replace my scrubs from Laura Mercier, Clarins, Philosophy and a myriad of other companies. On one of my recent trips to Sephora, I "treated" myself to the teeny tiny half ounce tube of Kate Somerville's ExfoliKate as an indulgence (that stuff is good but just so insanely expensive). But BrightenUp is every bit as good a product and at $34 for 120 mls, it is a great value too. I don't know why more people haven't tried/reviewed this product!!! If you can get your hands on this (SDM in Canada carries it at some stores and the company does have a "store locator" on their site), grab it and give it a try! You will not be disappointed.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
I just ordered a full size bottle after getting a sample (10mL) in a recent Topbox. This product is a little expensive but I'm willing to pay more for something high quality and made in Canada. The fragrance is very light, almost unnoticeable, and the thickness of the paste means it's easy to rub around your face without losing any of it to dripping from your fingers. The micro crystals are definitely there as others have commented, you'll feel like you're scrubbing your face but I don't find this to be too harsh. Overall my skin feels great after using the sample a couple of times per week for a few weeks, and although I don't notice any actual brightening, I like it enough to order more to have on hand.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Medium Eyes: Brown
I've been using this for a few months now and it is definitely the BEST exfoliating cleanser I have EVER used. I use it on the days I don't use my Clarisonic and it leaves my skin so polished and clean. I live in the pacific northwest and the colder climate here really dries out my skin so a good exfoliating cleanser is essential. I can't honestly say whether it brightens my skin or not because of the other products I use that claim to do the same thing, but I'm on my second bottle and this is definitely my HG exfoliating cleanser now.
Having said that, I'm really upset about the packaging because the bottle comes and it's only about 2/3 full, and it's not that big of a bottle for the price. If getting stiffed on the amount of product you get for the price is something that really bothers you, you're really going to be upset about this one. Be warned now!
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Red, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Hazel
I'm still an exfoliating junkie after all these years, even after having found my HG exfoliator (philosophy microdelivery peel) and a decent second choice (Kate Somerville Exfolikate). Still, when Birchbox sent me this product, of course I'm trying it. Duh. BrightenUp! is a white cream with crystals which comes in a squeeze tube. I used it in the middle of the week while I was away from my microdelivery peel.
--It does do what it says it will do. Very exfoliating. Leaves my skin very smooth. I haven't tried it yet on other areas, but intend to.
--Mild to unnoticeable fragrance. It squirts out of a tube as a plain white thick cream.
--Gentle enough that I can use it several times a week, which I plan to do.
--Even though I say it's gentle overall, at times the exfoliating crystals can sometimes feel a bit too harsh on my skin. It almost feels like tiny pieces of glass on some areas. I guess I need to not press so hard when I scrub.
--The price ($34USD for a 100ml tube, although I gladly pay $68 for microdelivery peel, so what do I know :) ).
I plan to carry this on travel and use it during the week, leaving my beloved microdelivery peel for Saturday nights, as I always do.