Want Some Dark Spot Correction? Try Embryolisse Anti-Dark Spot Lightening Serum!

Embryolisse Anti-Dark Spot Lightening Serum

I still wish I could turn back time and tell my younger self not to lie on the beach all day with insufficient sun protection (reapplication? Probably once), but that’s not going to happen. Instead, I’m trying skincare products that might help erase the sun spots. The test subject for the past 2 months? Embryolisse Anti-Dark Spot Lightening Serum (RRP in Belgium: 39,95 euros).

Embryolisse Anti-Dark Spot Lightening Serum review

You have most probably heard of Embryolisse before, if not for this serum (it’s relatively new on the market), then for the famous Lait-Crème Concentré. It is a French pharmaceutical brand, and by now we know how many French pharmaceutical products can really exceed our expectations!

Embryolisse Anti-Dark Spot Lightening Serum bottle

The reason why this serum sparked my interest in the first place is the fact that the ingredient list is plain and simple. I was doing a little market research at that point, and I realized most brightening/dark spot lightening serums contain at least alcohol denat. My skin does not seem to react particularly badly to it, but it is an ingredient that I prefer to avoid. As you will see at the end, the ingredient list of Embryolisse Anti-Dark Spot Lightening Serum is very straightforward, and it is paraben-free as well.

Embryolisse Anti-Dark Spot Lightening Serum packaging

Embryolisse Anti-Dark Spot Lightening Serum has very simple packaging. The bottle is opaque, and it has an airless pump so you don’t have to worry about wasting any product or having it go bad. The serum is a clear gel. The smell is a little peculiar (I don’t know why, but it seems to remind me of medicine. It is not unpleasant though) and it lingers for a little while, but it is not strong.

Embryolisse Anti-Dark Spot Lightening Serum instructions

In short, the Embryolisse Anti-Dark Spot Lightening Serum works with glycolic acid, lactic acid, azelaic acid (and a more stable form of it too). It promises to prevent and visibly fade pigmentation imperfections. It is also supposed to “lighten the complexion” (though to be very honest, I think Embryolisse should find a better translator. The text in English isn’t very accurate of what the original version in French expresses).

The serum spreads out very easily, and it is absorbed very easily into the skin. In the beginning I wasn’t too sure I was going to like it, as it is not the most hydrating serum I have tried. Since the weather has been bitterly cold, I ended up alternating this with my regular holy grail Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum. However, I made sure I at least use this in the areas where I have spots, just to make sure the result would be representative of how this works.

For the first 6 weeks, I didn’t really witness any change, or let me say I wasn’t sure if the skin-lightening was because of the weather or the serum. It does also provide, to a lesser extent (in comparison with the Caudalie serum) an instant brightening effect, but that was all I was experiencing. Then one day, I noticed the smaller and lighter spots on my cheeks were looking a little lighter. I wasn’t altogether sure, but as I went on using it, I could see there really has been some dark spot lightening. After 9 weeks, nothing is really gone, but some smaller ones are definitely less visible!

Also, Embryolisse isn’t joking about the minimizing the risk of allergic reactions part. When something that contains AHAs doesn’t work for me, things go south very fast. With Embryolisse Anti-Dark Spot Lightening Serum, I haven’t experienced any redness or blotchiness.

Here is the ingredient list if you’re interested:

Embryolisse Anti-Dark Spot Lightening Serum ingredients


Bottom lineEmbryolisse Anti-Dark Spot Lightening Serum does what it promises to do. It is not the most hydrating serum on the block, but within 2 months it has managed to lighten some of my less serious sun spots. In this weather I prefer to use it as a target treatment for the spotty area, and I would like to see what it can achieve after I’m done with the whole bottle!

Have you tried anything from Embryolisse? How about something that does help fade pigmentation? Would you recommend anything that works really well?

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

Mostly Sunny disclosure

  • http://www.themakeupfile.com Jasmine

    I know what you mean about telling your younger self to not lay out on the beach all day.

    I just wanted to be tan like everyone else! But, ever since I really started getting into beauty I now slather myself in sunscreen and forever thankful for self tanners.
    I cringe when I see friends laying there baking their skin to death!

    • Sunny

      I only did it for a couple of years, so hopefully not SO much damage was done. I tan slowly and gradually in summer even with enough sun protection, and that’s fine by me! Good for you, Jasmine! I haven’t tried any self tanners (mostly out of laziness), but they’re most probably safer than excessive baking.

  • http://beautiesatwork.wordpress.com/ beauties

    I haven’t tried anything from embryolisse :)

    • Sunny

      This is my first. I’d love to try the oh-so-famous lotion, but I’ll probably wait till next winter because it’s quite rich.

  • http://www.bellachique.be/ Teri

    It does take a while before spots start to fade but it’s nice that it actually does make a difference! Adn yay for no alcohol denat! :p

    • Sunny

      I know! It’s a pretty straightforward ingredient list!

  • http://kissandmakeupsbeautyblog.wordpress.com/ Kiss & Make-up

    Ha, so it really works, that is good to know! I was a bit sceptical about it, to be honest.

    • Sunny

      Yeah I’m always pretty skeptical about products that claim to do this, but from what I can see my “control spots” really look faded! They’re far from gone, but they are lighter.

  • http://www.unprofessionalbeautyblog.com Angela @ The Unprofessional Beauty Blog

    Although I think I have found my holy grail whitening product, but being a typical Asian girl, I will never mind to try new ones. This is going on my wishlist.

    • Sunny

      LOL I’m going to look through your blog to see what your holy grail is now!

  • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com Catherine (@bcrueltyfree)

    Ooh I haven’t seen this Embryolisse product before. I have complete faith in that brand though – their 24 face cream is so incredibly moisturizing and blends into skin amazingly. Yesterday my skin was so dry and I found myself actually using it on my legs instead of the million deep moisturizing body butters I own haha

    • Sunny

      LOL good for you! I think this is one if their latest launches, and the last time I checked it wasn’t on their US website yet. I hope it’ll be available soon there!

  • http://lifeandlensofbeauty.blogspot.hk Jenni @ lifeandlensofbeauty

    oh i definitely need something to lighten the dark spots/acne marks i’ve been having! need to look into this next!

    • Sunny

      Hey Jenni, apparently spots are more common for our ethnicity as well. I hope you’ll find something that works for you!

  • http://beautyreductionista.blogspot.ca/ Liz

    I’ve seen this around but nobody here seems to pay attention to it! Going to scope it out now. I have scars that need fading!

    • Sunny

      I have the impression that Embryolisse doesn’t do a lot of advertising or PR, which might be the reason why it’s underrated. I hope it’ll work for your scars!

  • http://bronzerbunny.com Joyce (bronzerbunny)

    hmmmm… interesting! I still need to buy that caudalie serum again. Even though it was like 5 years ago, i’m still sad I gave my bottle of that caudalie stuff away, lol!

    • Sunny

      Aww yeah you pretty much need to give it another chance. See if you can get a sample first? I really do love it but I understand that nothing can work for everybody!

  • http://www.beauty-reflections.com Tracy@Beauty Reflections

    Cool! I love the Lait-Crème Concentré-I bought about 5 tubes when I was in France haha!
    I don’t think it’s available here-at least I haven’t seen it which is too bad, because I’d love to try more from the brand.

    • Sunny

      LOL that’s what I call stocking up! Maybe you can find the brand online?

  • http://www.lotionspotionsandme.com/ Segun Garuba

    Ooh sounds interesting! I love Embryolisse as a brand but didn’t think it was available in Belgium. (moved here a little while ago from London) Did you buy it here or in France?