Estee Lauder

Nutritious Rosy Prism Radiant Essence

1.70 fl. oz. for $ 80.00
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This essence, which is really more of a serum rather than a liquid toner-type product typically seen in skin care labeled "essence" is meant for women (presumably, Asian women) who are dismayed about their yellow skin tone. It is well known in East Asian cultures that the yellow skin tone people are born with is less desirable or attractive than lighter, whiter skin, hence Lauder created Nutritious Rosy Prism. This review isn't about debating cultural beauty norms, but the impetus for a product claiming to "dissolve the look of dull, yellow skintone" needed some context!

Lauder also claims this formula was created exclusively for and tested on Asian skin, which is meaningless because there are no special ingredients or formulary considerations Asian skin needs compared with other ethnicities. It's also a bit insulting that they're using a Caucasian model in the ads—as if an Asian model would somehow be less desirable or beautiful. If you're going to make the statement this was created for Asian skin (which assumes Asian skin has needs skin of other colors does not) then at least reinforce your claim with an Asian model!

Getting past the marketing, what we have is a lightweight, water-based serum whose silky, slightly hydrating texture is suitable for all skin types. The formula contains a long list of anti-aging ingredients, mostly antioxidant plant extracts which have some research (however small) indicating they're helpful for lightening skin discolorations (not yellow skin, we're talking tan to brown marks from sun damage). Interestingly, the majority of anti-aging ingredients in Rosy Prism show up in other Lauder serums and moisturizers, so if you're using one or more of those, there's not much reason to buy this serum-like product, too—and it further refutes Lauder's claim that this Essence is specially formulated for Asian skin.

Ironically, this product contains little that will help make a yellow skin tone less yellow, unless the more obvious yellow tone is from sun damage, resulting in an uneven skin tone. In that instance, the mix of acetyl glucosamine and plant extracts with potential melanin (skin pigment)-inhibiting ability may be helpful. And no question this serum makes skin feel smoother and the plant extracts also pack an anti-inflammatory punch which can "help neutralize irritants" as claimed.

What Nutritious Rosy Prism does not do is change one's overall skin color. The product contains artificial coloring agents to reinforce the "rosy" part of its name, but it doesn't have a makeup-like, color-changing effect on skin tone.

This fragranced serum missed our top rating because it lacks a good mix of repairing and cell-communicating ingredients, though it's rich in antioxidants and the fragrance isn't too intense.

  • Lightweight, silky texture.
  • Has a smoothing, radiance-enhancing effect on skin.
  • Loaded with plant-based antioxidants, some of which may help improve an uneven skin tone.
  • For what this costs, it should contain a better mix of skin-repairing and cell-communicating ingredients.
  • Cannot make skin look less yellow, other than if the extra yellowness is uneven skin tone from sun damage.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

See your skin bloom. Rosy, radiant, revitalized. This powerful essence, with our potent Rosy Prism Technology, infuses skin with energy and nutrients. Helps neutralize irritants and dissolve the look of dull, yellow skintone.

WaterAquaEau, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Trisiloxane, Acetyl Glucosamine, Centella Asiatica (Hydrocotyl) Extract, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) ExtractExtrait D'orge, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa (Peony) Root Extract, Fossilized Mineral Water (Aqua Mineralis) Extract, Lycium Chinense (Wolfberry) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Morus Bombycis (Mulberry) Root Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Cucumis Melo (Melon) Fruit Extract, Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Peel Extract, Whey ProteinLactis Protein, Sigesbeckia Orientalis (St. Paul's Wort) Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Fruit Juice, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Propanediol, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Trehalose, Algae Extract, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Caffeine, Yeast Extract, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Polysorbate 80, Saccharide Isomerate, Ergothioneine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Cholesterol, Squalane, Sodium Hydroxide, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate, Hexylene Glycol, Sodium Sulfite, Sodium Metabisulfite, Fragrance (Parfum), Potassium Sulfate, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Phenoxyethanol, Yellow 5, Red 33

Estee Lauder At-A-Glance

The history of Estee Lauder goes back to 1946, when the woman who created the brand (and for whom it is named) began selling creams and lotions made by her chemist uncle. From its humble beginnings, Estee Lauder has grown to become a multibillion-dollar company whose products are sold all over the world and advertised in just about every fashion and women's lifestyle magazine available.

The biggest compliment we can pay to the venerable Estee Lauder line is that their moisturizers and serums can largely be described as state-of-the-art. Though fragrance is often intrusive, but when it comes to formulary excellence culminating in products that give skin what it needs to function optimally, they are tough to beat.

When it comes to makeup, by and large the brand also exceeds expectations. Though there are some under-performing products (you can read more about them in our individual reviews), Lauder has a number of excellent options, most notably its lip colors.

For more information about Estee Lauder, call (877) 311-3883 or visit www.esteelauder.com.

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