Saturday, 16 April 2011

Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Camellia and Prevage White Targeted Skin Tone Corrector

For a light refreshing fragrance, one can never go wrong with Elizabeth Arden's bestselling Green Tea perfume. At a bloggers' event earlier this week, we were introduced to the new flanker, Green Tea Camellia Eau de Toilette. Created by Rodrigo Flores-Roux, Green Tea Camellia is inspired by ikebana (the art of traditional Japanese flower arrangement). The most elevated form of ikebana is "chabana"/茶花 ("cha" means tea; while "bana" means flower), which is a flower arrangement for the Japanese tea ceremony. Camellias were called the queen of tea ceremony flowers as the camellia sasanqua flower was often used as the centrepiece for the chabana flower arrangement.

Green Tea Camellia features the following notes:

Top - bergamot, yuzu, lemon, green tea and ume plum
Middle - green tea leaves, camellia sasanqua, white peony, Chinese magnolia, jasmine petals, mandarin tree blossom
Bottom - angelica musk, white birch, moss, sweet spices

On my skin, the sharp citrus notes of yuzu and lemon dominate at first but these fade after about 10 minutes to reveal a more softly floral heart. Compared to the original Green Tea, Green Tea Camellia smells more womanly. The fragrance remains quite sheer and subtle even with 4-5 spritzes so you don't have to worry about overpowering the rest of the room. The lasting power is not that fantastic on me but most fragrances don't last beyond 4 hours on me. After about 3 hours, I can barely detect it on my wrist.

Green Tea Camellia is available in the 50ml and 100ml sizes, retailing at S$59 and S$83 respectively.

Another new product from Arden is the Prevage White Targeted Skin Tone Corrector (S$224, 30ml). This features a combination of Soy Ferulate-C with Idebenone, a powerful antioxidant that helps to improve skin clarity and fight the visible signs of aging. Soy Ferulate helps to shield skin from environmental assaults that can trigger melanin production while Vitamin C helps to disrupt the melanin formation cycle. Most whitening skincare products focus only on the melanin cycle but Prevage White not only helps to interrupt the melanin production process but it also helps to protect from environmental exposure and stresses.

The Targeted Skin Tone Corrector can be used on its own all over the face. Alternatively, it can also be used together with the Prevage Face Advanced Anti-aging Serum: simply apply the serum all over the face and then apply the Skin Tone Corrector over the areas with dark spots and pigmentation. Compared to the Anti-aging Serum, I found that the Targeted Skin Tone Corrector feels more lightweight and absorbs more easily without making the skin feel oily. It still has the distinctive Prevage scent. It promises to make dark spots and discolorations look lighter and less noticeable in just two weeks. I'll be trying out the sample that we were given to see if it lives up to that claim.

For news about product launches and promotions, do check out the Elizabeth Arden Singapore Facebook page.

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