We already know that Equate Beauty Ultimate Dark Spot Corrector is a dupe for Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector. But did you know that both look eerily similar to Estee Lauder Enlighten Dark Spots Correcting Night Serum?
They’re so similar, I run the risk of writing the same post twice, so, I’ll keep this short. You can check out the Clinique vs Equate post to have the full scoop. Here, I’ll talk mainly about Estee Lauder vs Clinique. Here’s what you need to know:
Ascorbyl Glucoside + Mulberry Extract
Mulberry extract and ascorbyl glucoside, a form of vitamin C, can both lighten skin. They work by inhibiting the production of melanin, which helps reduce dark spots. But, there are a couple of problems.
Studies on mulberry extracts were done only in vitro (petri dish) or on animals. As for ascobyl glucoside, there’s only one study where it proved to work. Problem is, in that study, it was used with niacinamide, another proven-to-work skin-lightener. So, what really lightened skin? Niacinamide alone? Or did ascorbyl glucoside give it a helping hand?
We don’t know. Personally, I believe that ascorbyl glucoside does have some lightening properties, as all forms of vitamin C do (although in different degrees). My point is simply this: there are plenty of other products out there that use hydroquinine, kojic acid, or l-ascobic acid (pure vitamin C), which have all been shown to work much better.
So, if your pigmentation is severe, I wouldn’t put too much hope in this and still stick to hydroquinone. But, for light discolourations, both Estee Lauder and Clinique may do the trick.
Grapefruit Peel Extract
Both formulas contain a generous amount of grapefruit peel extract. I was a bit surprised because, when exposed to the sun, this stuff can cause a phototoxic reaction that leaves skin discoloured! Not exactly the best thing to put in a serum that promises to reduce discolourations!
Of course, it all depends by the dose. It should be around 1% here, so it’s unlikely to cause problems. But, just to be on the safe side, either use both products at night. Or, if you prefer to use them during the day, follow up with a generous amount of sunscreen. You should do that anyway.
All the ingredients that I mentioned so far are present in all three products: Estee Lauder, Clinique, and Equate. But, dimethoxytolyl propylresorcinol is only in Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Corrector. So, what the heck is it?
Derived from the dianella ensifolia plant, dimethoxytolyl propylresorcinol inihibts tyrosinase, the enzyme that produces melanin. The study was performed on reconstituted skin, so it’s not the most accurate, but, it gives us a good idea of how it works on real skin.
But, does it work better than the gold standard, hydroquinone? We don’t know. While the inclusion of dimethoxytolyl propylresorcinol makes Clinique the most interesting of the three products, I still think it’s more suitable for light discolourations.
What else do I need to know?
All these serums are silicones based, so they glide smoothly on the skin and make it feel as soft as a baby’s. Contrary to popular opinion, silicones don’t suffocate skin. Their particular molecular structure has wide holes between each molecule, allowing skin to perspire and function normally.
All three products also contain salicylic acid. It’s one of my fave ingredients because it exfoliates both the face and pores. Sadly, there’s too little in all three for it to work as it should. *sighs*
Where can I get them?
Both Estee Lauder Enlighten Dark Spots Correcting Night Serum and Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spots Corrector are available at Sephora. But, while Clinique costs a “reasonable” $49.50, the Estee Lauder serum is a whooping $92.00!
Is Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spots Corrector a dupe for Estee Lauder Enlighten Dark Spots Correcting Night Serum?
Almost. They certainly are VERY similar. Clinique contains one more skin-lightening agent, so you may want to go with that one (plus, it’s cheaper). But, as that one more ingredient isn’t a miracle worker, you may prefer to stick to the even cheaper Equate Beauty Ultimate Dark Spots Corrector.
Have you tried these serums? If so, which one is your favorite?