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Review: L’Occitane Immortelle Brightening Instant Exfoliator

I’ve probably tried almost every beauty brand out there but one brand that has always eluded by bathroom shelves is L’Occitane.  I’ve passed by their store several times but skipped over it to head to the familiar Body Shop/Bath & Body Works or Sephora instead.  Then a few weeks ago I decided to have a stroll.

L’Occitane is a French-brand and has several standalone boutiques across the Middle East with a store in almost every mall in Dubai.  On my first visit, I decided to pick up a few of their famous shea butter hand creams and from their Immortelle range, the Brightening Instant Exfoliator.

After one month of using it, I’ll definitely be repurchasing the L’Occitane Immortelle Brightening Instant Exfoliator in the future.

The L’Occitane Brightening Instant Exfoliator has a milky/gel texture with microbeads. It is recommended to apply this on dry skin and massage for 1-2 minutes.  Generally with high-end brands, less is more. But since I was using this on dry skin, I had to use a significant amount of product to cover my face.

Once I massaged, the product seemed to heat up and became easier to apply. However, I didn’t feel any tingliness as I was expecting. After rinsing it off with warm water, I could instantly see the effect.

My skin looked brighter – as if the top layer of skin had been buffed off and a new layer had instantly regrown. My skin also felt smoother and softer. Instead of feeling that all the moisture had been stripped off, my face was left refreshed and I could even skip the moisturizer.

While on a wedding this month, apart from my cleanser, this was the only facial product I packed. Right before each event, I’d exfoliate with this to get an instant fresh face and the perfect canvas to apply makeup. If I can survive a week in India and scrub off wedding makeup, dust and pollution all with one product, I consider this a must-buy.

What: L’Occitane Immortelle Brightening Instant Exfoliator
Why: Exfoliator for an immediately even-toned and luminous complexion
Where: L’Occitane Boutiques
How much: USD 36 for 75 mL
Pros: Gives an instant glow post-usage
Cons: Requires a fair amount of product for application
Rating:  4.5 stars 

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