Review: L’oreal White Perfect Transparent Rosy Double Essence – does it make you look pinker?

by Paris B on · 31 comments

in Product Reviews,Treatment

A month ago, I got my paws on the new L’oreal White Perfect Transparent Rosy Double Essence. Whew! That’s a mouthful! So, I’m going to be calling it the L’oreal Rosy Transparent Essence for the rest of the review ok?

L'oreal White Perfect Transparent Rosy Double Essence

If you are familiar with the L’oreal Double Essences then you will be no stranger to this packaging. I used to use the L’oreal White Perfect Double Essence which I rather liked. What you get is a bottle with 2 separate tubes of essence. Depress the nozzle and the pump will pump out essences from each tube which you then mix to activate them and apply on your skin. No rocket science to it :)

The L’oreal Rosy Transparent Essence is a new formulation that uses finely milled pink tourmaline gemstones in the essence to promote microcirculation in the skin and to reflect a rosier pinker countenance and complexion. Gemstones? Yes. This is not the first time we are seeing gems being used in skincare – common items used are gold, pearls and yes, even diamonds! But I digress.

The selling point of the L’oreal Rosy Transparent Essence is the reflection of a pink healthy complexion as opposed to a fairer but yellow based or dull skintone. The brightening effect is further enhanced by the Pro Radiance Complex, a combination of Lactic and Glycolic Acids that gently exfoliate skin surface cells to reveal the brighter more even skintone.

Ok I know what you are thinking. Enough of the background check… does it work? Does it make you look fairer, pinker and more radiant?

First off, my usual caveat. I’m as fair skinned as they come so I aim more for an even complexion rather than fairer whiter skintone. I sometimes have uneven skintone or ruddiness and I don’t have much of a yellow tone to my skin. However, it has been looking a little dull of late. I have been staying up too late at night catching up on my reading – bad! But Angels & Demons is too good to put down and I needed to finish the book before I caught the movie 😉

L'oreal Rosy Transparent Radiance Boosting Essence

Having used the L’oreal Rosy Transparent Essence for about a month, I’ve found that it does keep my skintone looking even. Because I don’t have obvious yellow tones in my skin, I cannot say whether the milled tourmaline is doing its job to reflect a pinker rosier countenance as claimed. I like the idea of having gemstone powder on my face even if I cannot afford the stone itself 😛

However, I can attest to more even skintone and my freckling or skin pigmentation seem to be under control. At least I don’t seem to sprout a new freckle ever other day – the perils of having fair skin. That said, my existing freckles or pigmentation don’t seem to be getting much lighter. They also aren’t getting darker which means something’s working I guess. 😛

One other effect I have noticed after using this L’oreal Rosy Transparent Essence is slightly smoother skin. I attribute this to the Lactic and Glycolic Acids since those ingredients are usually for gentle exfoliation without scrubbing. So, in the morning, my foundation goes on better. I however will not recommend you use this essence together with the lovely Kiehl’s Ultimate White Exfoliator. That would be way too much exfoliation!

I like the texture of this rosy double essence. Its light and goes on the skin very light and absorbs quickly. Its a little heavy to be used together with another moisturiser in the day yet not heavy enough to be used by itself at night. A very delicate balance indeed. I use it after toner and under the H20+ Face Oasis moisturiser because its lighter than other moisturizers I have.

There is a fragrance but I’m not fussed. It did not break me out and I use it day and night for maximum effect. In the day, you are recommended to use a sunscreen with this product. This is due to the presence of lactic and glycolic acids. If you don’t use sunscreen, then you may even experience more pigmentation. However, I expect everyone to use sunscreen anyway at all times, so this shouldn’t be anything new :) If you are one of the very few who would rather now wear sunscreen in the day, then only use this essence at night so you don’t cause more damage to your skin.

A 30ml bottle of the L’oreal Rosy Transparent Essence retails for RM62.90 but since it’s a pharmacy brand, it goes on sale often. If your skin can get along with L’oreal skincare, this new Rosy Transparent Essence is worth a shot. If you are allergic to lactic and glycolic acids or sensitive to L’oreal products in general, then you might want to be a little wary. Me? I’m lovin’ it! :)

But there’s one thing I dislike – the pump nozzle. For some reason, when I depress the nozzle in the middle, the white part squirts out easily but the pink essence doesn’t come out unless I angle my finger towards the pink essence. Its quite irritating because I can forsee one side finishing faster than the other which is what happened to my previous double essence 😛

Pros: Affordable, Light texture, Makes skin feel smooth, Skintone looks more even

Cons: Does not “whiten” or lighten my pigmentation much, Nozzle could do with some work, Potential for one side to finish faster than the other.

What? No Cat Eyes?

Goodness! Is everyone too shy to showcase their cat eye looks? Come on, don’t be. I will try to put up a compilation over the weekend and I’ll show my own imperfect look even if no one else would like to share. :) Feel free to email me your look if you haven’t already.

On a very happy note, I’m going for Star Trek tonight and Karen of MBB says there are cat eye looks galore in there – woot! 😀 I’m a huge Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation fan (Jean Luc Picard – drool……. and I had a bit of crush on Data the Android 😛 Geek = me). Less so Voyager and Enterprise because I kept missing episodes of the latter.

Jean Luc Picard and Data

Methinks Data could use some of the L’oreal Rosy Transparent Essence

Anyway, let me wipe off my drool and get through the workday so I can ride the Enterprise tonight 😉

Make it so!

Paris B

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May 14, 2009 at 10:33 am

it smells like peppermint? i think.

my sister didn’t like the smell. i am feeling so-so for this only 😛


ParisB May 14, 2009 at 1:04 pm

Hey Plue

I didn’t get the pepermint smell – just a normal floral L’oreal scent. Because it disappears so fast, I’m not fussed by it.


prettybeautiful May 14, 2009 at 11:15 am

ooops. im too shy with cat eye too 😛 bad eye makeup skills i have. lol. i might buy this for my mom when her skincare runs out. i stay clear from l’oreal products as almost 90% of them break me out =/


ParisB May 14, 2009 at 1:03 pm

Hey prettybeautiful

Haiya… slap on your false lashes and show us your best cat eyes lah :) If L’oreal products don’t work for you better not try though your mom might like it


Connie May 14, 2009 at 11:55 am

it wants to turn me pink… I’m very happy being brown. I don’t wanna be pink :(

come come! more cat eyes!


ParisB May 14, 2009 at 1:05 pm

Hey Connie

LOL… I’m happy being pink so I guess we have a happy compromise :) I just got another submission today for cat eyes but everyone else is so shy! 😛


beetrice May 14, 2009 at 12:32 pm

okay okay, you’ve caught my eye with this one…I’m sorely tempted! maybe Guardian or Watsons will have a good deal on this…sigh…*thinks about another hole opening up in her pocket*


ParisB May 14, 2009 at 1:06 pm

Hiya Beetrice

Haha… I haven’t seen the promo prices, just GWP. Wait for the promo price 😛


Celine Mook May 14, 2009 at 2:46 pm

Hi Paris,

I am interested in getting this as my moisturizer. But I have Olay White Radiance Protective Lotion SPF24 as my sunscreen. Do you think there is a need to get this Loreal to top up my sunscreen?

I also concern about my combination skin. Will it be too heavy and greasy to use both of them during morning time?

Thanks Paris!


ParisB May 15, 2009 at 9:34 am

Hi Celine

I won’t say that this is a moisturiser substitute – its more of a treatment product and it does not contain SPF. I have combination skin and I use both this and a sunscreen in the day but different people may react differently. Honestly, I did not think it very heavy or greasy as it absorbed well on my skin.


Shuu May 14, 2009 at 6:04 pm

Hi PB,
I tried this one as well coz I have problems with freckles, yet it broke me out :( So I gave it to my roommate who is an avid user of L’Oreal skin care. Her complexion isn’t as yellowish as it used to be now, but the change is very subtle :)


ParisB May 15, 2009 at 9:35 am

Hi Shuu

Yeah… L’oreal is love or hate with many people – it either works or breaks them out. Glad to know your roommate is enjoying it!


May 15, 2009 at 11:58 am

lol Lt Uhura has a really cool cat eye look in the original series. I love her makeup there! Haven’t seen the movie yet but am going to watch it this weekend :)

I haven’t practiced enough with the kohl yet to give you good tips 😛 but am planning to try it out some more. Usually I have quite a bit of fallout :S

Hmm if this makes you pink will it look odd if contrasted with the neck (for someone with olive undertones)?


ParisB May 18, 2009 at 10:02 am

Hiya blue

I reckon if it turns you TOO pink it might look weird. However what they are aiming for is translucent rather than pink pink hee…


yahui May 15, 2009 at 2:23 pm

i wish i could try out products like you guys! but i’m under severe supervision by my beauty salon to treat my acne, so no funny straying-offs to adventurous skincare experimenting. sigh. :(


ParisB May 18, 2009 at 10:11 am

Hi yahui

Its times like these that I’m happy for elephant skin LOL… though I do break out too and when I do, all hell breaks loose! Stick to something you know and your skin will thank you for it!


den June 2, 2009 at 11:50 pm

When you say wear sunscreen at all times, do you mean at night too?


ParisB June 3, 2009 at 9:51 am

Hi den

No. I do not wear sunscreen at night only in the day.


Ami October 14, 2009 at 2:53 pm

Hi all =)

I just wanna ask something.. Does this product contain any acne-clearing/acne-controlling agent or ingredient? Coz I’ve been using it for 10 days now and I haven’t had any single pimple since the first time I used it, which is surprising. I’ve always been an acne-sufferer & I had never skipped my daily acne treatment before but I still got occasional breakouts every now and then. Now, my face is acne-free.

I need to add here that I still do not see my face turning pink. My friends still say I’m pale as ever. Huh!


Shandy October 17, 2009 at 10:58 pm

After I used L’oreal Pink essence & day cream , I got a lot of pimple, so I
avoided in using for few days. I amnot too sure that’s product made me got pimple. I used medicated facial foam to heal the pimple that it seem to be over. But, I am afraid to use L’oreal again. Moreover, It’s very expensive that I can’t change to use another brand. Pls help me to advise.


Annie October 19, 2009 at 1:17 am

Does this product help get rid of redness and discoloration and leave your skin with a transparent rosy glow, and I was also wondering where I could buy this product. I went to CVS and Walmart and couldn’t find it anywhere. Is it sold in the U.S?


ParisB October 19, 2009 at 10:12 am

Hi Annie

I believe its not available in the USA. This product is more targeted to reducing yellow skin tones and giving a pink rosy glow. You might be able to find it online at some Asian based stores.


cynthia May 9, 2010 at 5:38 am

Hi i’m just wondering do you know where or how i could buy this product? because this kind of product is not sell in the U.S.


ParisB May 9, 2010 at 5:35 pm

It might be Asia only. You could try ebay or any online stores.


lilo foo October 1, 2010 at 2:41 pm

can this product reduce pimple scar?


Lanaa June 5, 2011 at 6:53 pm

Hi Paris,

I know this is a pretty old review, but I wanna ask if you’ve tried/ or seen the L’Oreal-WhitePerfect-Transparent Rosy Whitening Day Cream or the night version? (what an annoyingly long name for a product)
And how much does one 50ml tub cost back in Malaysia?

Another question – do you apply the sunscreen before of after the cream? I use the Loreal SPF 30 sunscreen only when I’m out in the morning/afternoon. Do I need to put it on even when I’m barely outside?

Just to add:
So far using L’oreal rosy day cream for 2 months, I do see some result. My skin is less duller, so are my purple-brownish acne scars. The best thing though about this cream is its use as a moisturizer. Its PERFECT for my skin type (Acne prone-oily).
I’d give it a 3/5 stars.


ParisB June 5, 2011 at 6:58 pm

I believe the day cream is about RM34 and the night one could be about the same or maybe a little more. I’m afraid I don’t know the exact prices. I always use sunscreen as the last item of my skincare i.e. after any moisturizer. My personal advise is to have sunscreen on all the time, simply because for me its part of my routine and secondly UV rays are everywhere. i hope this helps.


Lanaa June 9, 2011 at 8:25 pm

Yes it does help, Thanks. What kind of creams do you use for your face & body?
Is it okay for me to apply an spf 30 sunscreen together with the L’oreal moisturizer thats already spf 15 – when I’m barely stepping out of the house (indoors that is)? Plus my skin breaks out pretty easily…
Oh! and one other thing since were on topic, I just bought L’oreal UV perfect SPF 50, because they didn’t have SPF 30…What do you think? Is that to high?


star cruz October 23, 2012 at 10:53 pm

hi, can this product leseen the dark spots on your face. thanks..


chaitra krishna April 18, 2013 at 2:54 pm

hi.. i am from india.. i really liked the review for this product.. by any chance do u know if its available in india? as far as i know, its not available near my place.. kindly let me know.. thanks


Paris B
April 19, 2013 at 10:07 am

I’m afraid I have no idea. It might be best to check with L’Oreal in India.


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