Garnier Dark Spot Corrector Four Week Trial

Let’s have an honest moment guys, my skin is far from perfect. You think I’m bullshitting right? Sure, I’m handy with a bag full of makeup and some crafty lighting tricks, but the truth is behind all of that there are things I am incredibly self-conscious about. Large pores, acne scarring, broken capillaries, and pigmentation. You name it, my skin’s got it. And against my inner shy self who is screaming ‘Noooooo!’, I’m going to do the unthinkable show the world my skin without makeup. Gulp.

This may be a beauty blog, but let’s get real. We are all human, and no one is perfect. The number one reason I started blogging was to help everyone find the right products, because trust me, I know what its like to want to know every detail about something because it may be the difference between a good day or a crappy one. Silly but true. Hands up if you know what I’m talking about.

So, when I first saw Garnier Dark Spot Corrector in magazines I did a double take. It’s claiming all these wonderful effects and it’s inexpensive? Is it too good to be true? In the name of skin confidence for women everywhere, I had to try it. I am the perfect guinea pig, and I’m prepared to stick with it for at least four weeks to give it genuine test run.

Garneir Dark Spot Corrector

Top Two Reasons I Wanted To Try:

1 – I have two large, dark pigmentation areas around 2cm+ in size on both sides of my cheeks, next to my nose. They completely ruin my day, to put it bluntly. Tip: If your ever looking for a quick way to feel awful, measure the size of your pigmentation. It’ll knock you off that branch quick smart.

2 – It’s affordable. And that is something that is paramount. I’m a big fan of good-quality, accessible skincare. Yes, everyone can improve their skin problems, there’s a treatment out there for just about everything. But is it affordable to everyone?

Garnier Dark Spot Corrector

  • Texture: It feels a nice mix of gel/cream.
  • Feel: Minimal stickiness. Once absorbed it is fairly touchable and not uncomfortable. It’s not 100% silky smooth to touch, but still nice and far better than other Vitamin C topical treatments I have tried.
  • Moisture: Moisturises well, but lacks any real plumping (which is something I need).
  • Smell: Signature Garnier scent. Those familiar with their moisturisers will know what I mean.
  • Packaging: Metal tube

Now let me introduce you to…

Ugh, The Spots!

The Dark Spots:
Two years ago I noticed two dark spots on both sides of my nose. It was nothing too alarming at first, freckles don’t bother me (I have three freckles next to my right eye in fact, that I fondly call the Bermuda Triangle). But then I noticed the spots near my nose were growing bigger, and bigger, and BIGGER. Within around six months, I had large patches of dark skin on both sides of my face and it was honestly incredibly embarrassing. I was really self-conscious about them.

I could no longer go bare-faced, and that bummed me out completely. Over time they darkened quite significantly, to the point where even my best concealer couldn’t cover them. At that point I just settled for covering them enough to hide their intensity. To say I was embarrassed with my skin was an understatement. It took my insecurities about my skin to a whole new level.

I honestly have no idea what actually caused them, so I can only guess. Sun exposure? Acne scarring? Medication? Skin equivalent to crop circles?? All I know is, I was terrified they would keep spreading and there would be nothing I could do about them, save expensive skin peels. And that’s something I don’t want to have to consider for at least another 20 years! I’m too young dammit!

The small light at the end of the tunnel: since developing the pigmentation, I have noticed they are now s-l-o-w-l-y fading on their own (thank god). I highly doubt they would disappear completely on their own, though. So given that, I have to be careful not to mistake the natural improvement of my dark patches with the effects of Garnier Dark Spot Corrector. Hence why I want to do a real trial for at least four weeks.

Ideal Outcome

Above: the ideal outcome

Shown below is the actual diameter and position of that which will remain unnamed! Even with makeup on, you can usually still see it. You know what makes me laugh? The pigmentation isn’t in the same place on both sides of the face! Come on! πŸ˜€

Being a complete wuss with makeup back on...

Above: on a good day, with makeup on.

Week One – The First Few Days Initial Thoughts:

  • Very fresh looking
  • Clear
  • Reduced redness

I was initially interested to try it because of the big angry pigmentation on my cheeks, but I’ve actually seen an improvement in my skin overall, which was a surprise.

I also noticed that the pigmentation actually darkened, but I honestly was not surprised by this. I’ve tried brightening products before and this seems to be a typical reaction for my skin. I believe it’s a combination of the dark spots reacting to the product, as well as the brightening of the skin around it. If your face is clearer of course it makes sense they will stand out.

Basically I look like I am very hydrated, get plenty of sleep (which I don’t) and that my skin is clear and glowing. The dark spots are yet to show any real improvement, but I’m really happy with the effect it’s had on my complexion overall.

I don’t want to get ahead of myself to get everyone all hyped up, but so far I am really liking the results. the true test will be to see what the results will be after four weeks. It’s too early to honestly say what my final verdict will be, but even if my skin stayed at the clarity it has today and there wasn’t any further improvement, I certainly wouldn’t consider it a loss. In two days my skin looks better than it has in a while, and any improvement even a small one, is a win for me.


The A Team

With any trial, it’s only fair to recognize everything involved. These other products are things I either regularly use, or have introduced to make sure the spot corrector will work the way it’sΒ intended.

Cetaphil cleanser: this is my regular cleanser and I love it! It’s non drying and non comedogenic, which is very important for me and my breakout skin.

Olay scrub: this is a new introduction to my routine because I don’t actually have a current scrub but need one. I tried it years ago and liked it, so I thought why not.

Cetaphil sunscreen: this is probably the second most important part of this trial. A good SPF UVA UVB sunscreen is a must! You should wear one daily, but even more so if you’re trying to improve things like pigmentation. There’s no point trying to treat it if you’re doing nothing to protect your skin from developing more. And besides, some products actually require you use a good sunscreen because your skin will become extra sensitive to sun exposure while using them. I love this one particularly because it is non-comedogenic, and UVA & UVB rated.

Topical Acne treatment (not shown): I have prescription acne treatment, and without it, my skin would be in no condition to have any improvements! I live with breakouts, and this keeps my skin clear. It will also make sure that I won’t break out because of anything new I am trying. Yep. I am 30 years old and still battling pimples. I may have to request a closed casket when I die at aged 100 because I fear there’s a good chance there will be a pack of zits all over my face. Sigh.

Night Moisturiser (not shown): While the dark spot corrector gives ample hydration, it lacks any real skin plumping effects that I so desperately need. So at night, I layer it with another moisturiser. Garnier first, other moisturiser second. I wouldn’t use this combo during the day though, it’s a little heavy for that.

Garnier Dark Spot Corrector Packaging

Garnier Dark Spot Corrector

So there you have it folks! Have you tried the spot corrector yet? What do you think?

As much as I was terrified of revealing my bare skin, there’s something very empowering about saying ‘I don’t care what anyone thinks’ and just doing it. Phew. I feel better already, magical cream or no magical cream.


35 Comments on Garnier Dark Spot Corrector Review: A Three Week Photo Trial

  1. notquitecarrieb
    September 20, 2012 at 6:10 am (5 years ago)

    Can’t wait to see the updates!

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      September 20, 2012 at 6:14 am (5 years ago)

      I’m really excited to see the final results myself πŸ™‚

  2. makeup and macaroons
    September 20, 2012 at 10:06 am (5 years ago)

    You’re hilarious Kaye! And that so called monster pigmentation, you can hardly see it! Especially in the made up photo. But still interested in seeing the final results so keep us updated πŸ™‚

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      September 20, 2012 at 10:12 am (5 years ago)

      Haha, thank you Lilit! I feel not so self conscious about it with makeup, but lovely compliments don’t hurt either πŸ™‚

      I’m really looking forward to see the results as well. Will very interesting to see.

  3. Take Flight Beauty
    September 20, 2012 at 12:24 pm (5 years ago)

    Hahaha, I love what you imagine your spots look like! I look forward to seeing the results because I have some old acne scarring and hyper-pigmentation as well. I had some success with the Clinique dark spot corrector and recently picked up a second bottle… but it is $73 US, so I would love a less expensive alternative.

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      September 20, 2012 at 12:29 pm (5 years ago)

      I swear if you look close enough that’s what it really looks like, ha ha ha!! πŸ˜€

      Fingers crossed this will be a great inexpensive alternative. I’ve always wanted to try Clinique dark spot corrector, I heard great things about it.

  4. layoniejae
    September 20, 2012 at 7:35 pm (5 years ago)

    Lol you are funny Kaye your post made me giggle.

    Your so pretty and really dont need to worry about your skin but

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      September 20, 2012 at 9:46 pm (5 years ago)

      Aww thank you so much. And you are right, as women we worry about our skin so much when really it’s not that bad. I’m glad it made you laugh πŸ˜€

  5. layoniejae
    September 20, 2012 at 7:38 pm (5 years ago)

    (I accidentally pressed send before id finished lol)

    Good luck Kaye, looking forward to seeing your weekly updates and then your final results in 4 weeks time!! : )

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      September 20, 2012 at 9:46 pm (5 years ago)

      Haha! I do that so often. I’m looking forward to showing any results! πŸ™‚

      • annie
        July 25, 2013 at 4:00 am (5 years ago)

        How many times do you have to use it??

      • Beautiful Kayekie
        July 25, 2013 at 4:07 am (5 years ago)

        Its really up to you, but I’d say at least once a day to be consistent. I typically apply it twice daily, morning and night and I find that works.

        I’d give it a little time to see any results. They say you should always give skincare at least 6-8 weeks to see any real changes but I will say I noticed brighter skin very quickly πŸ™‚

  6. TheBeautyHolder!
    September 20, 2012 at 9:30 pm (5 years ago)

    This is a great post sweetie! Like you I have 2pigmented spots next to my mouth! I have been using vitamin c from the Body Shop and some others. Will be looking forward to seeing how this goes for you! xoxo

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      September 20, 2012 at 9:49 pm (5 years ago)

      Aww, thank you Donna-Marie! I can’t wait to share how it goes, if it makes a difference then that is great news for everyone. It’s very affordable. Xxx


      • TheBeautyHolder!
        September 22, 2012 at 6:36 pm (5 years ago)

        Can I just add that you have gorgeous skin… πŸ™‚ XOXO

      • Beautiful Kayekie
        September 26, 2012 at 3:07 am (5 years ago)

        Haha, aww shucks. Thank you! No matter how you feel about your skin, compliments never go astray! πŸ™‚

  7. Hanah
    September 26, 2012 at 2:47 am (5 years ago)

    Awesome post! I just bought this product and I’m wondering, should it go in the fridge? Lots of other VitC products require refrigeration but I can’t see any storage instructions on the pack.

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      September 26, 2012 at 2:52 am (5 years ago)

      Thank you! I haven’t noticed any specific instructions to keep it refrigerated, but I’d say definitely keep it away from heat.

      I’ve been using it for over a week and haven’t noticed it turning darker (which is apparently expected). I think if you wanted a cool boost, keeping it in the fridge would be fantastic! πŸ˜€

      • sabreena
        July 7, 2013 at 6:13 pm (5 years ago)

        hi dear,
        i bought this product but when i used this i feel burning on my skin and it become red.can u plz suggest me i stop to use this product or it happens to all skin.

  8. Caren
    July 28, 2013 at 9:57 pm (5 years ago)

    This product does not work. Its made me skin worse…….. I wouldn’t recommend it, to any one.

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      August 3, 2013 at 12:49 pm (5 years ago)

      I’m so sorry it didn’t work for you, it’s always such a shame to hear. Thanks for giving your feedback! πŸ™‚

  9. Marie
    August 20, 2013 at 9:35 am (5 years ago)

    hi.. i got the same as Sabreena, after applying it to my face, it made a burning sensation, followed by red patches… hmmm what now????

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      August 24, 2013 at 1:10 am (5 years ago)

      Oh no! I’m so sorry you had this reaction. I’m definitely no skin expert, but it sounds like you may have sensitive skin. Or it could be that you are sensitive to a certain ingredient in this product. Don’t worry too much if it doesn’t work for you, luckily there are many products out there which can offer the same thing πŸ™‚

  10. rita
    August 28, 2013 at 11:11 am (4 years ago)

    Hi. I also have pigmentation on my cheeks and tried the dark spot corrector (day and night) for more than 2 months. Unfortunately, there has been no improvement and I would have expected to see some difference in this time. I won’t be buying it again.

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      September 1, 2013 at 5:49 am (4 years ago)

      Hi Rita, thanks so much for your feedback. I’ve experienced the same with my own pigmentation. After using it this whole time, the dark spots are still here. Unfortunately as I guessed, it will take a little more serious treatment to get rid of them, but I do still use it daily because I love how fresh and clear it makes my skin. Im so sorry to hear it didnt work so well for you, good luck with finding the perfect skincare <3

  11. Lena
    April 26, 2014 at 2:50 am (4 years ago)

    I have used it for four weeks abd a huge difference as well as my mom and aunt who are both dark skin and have patches on chheks well ny aunts disappeared after using this product and recommended it to my mom her spots are gone and she needed serious help. We have tried nany products and this is the one for us. Did i mentioned the spots were caused from liver. I love it it has made my skin so pretty!

  12. Espie1024
    June 11, 2014 at 4:37 pm (4 years ago)

    Been using this for almost a month now, and i can say it really works,my dark spots is fading and my face looks fresh and glowing.

  13. Ivy sarajena
    August 7, 2014 at 8:36 am (4 years ago)

    Hey! I just read about your blog, i hope this will help me ,because i have a lot of dark spots on my cheeks and its so hilarious ..

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      August 11, 2014 at 5:53 am (4 years ago)

      How is it going? Have you seen any success so far? I’d love to know how it is going for you xx

  14. mark a
    August 14, 2014 at 3:50 pm (4 years ago)

    I have a very sensitive skin & pro breakout & have a lot of dark spots due to acne scars. One of my concerns, aging skin around my eyes. after 2-3 days of using the Somaluxe Moisturizer – the results are unbelievable! around my eyes, the line that’s been bothering me for quite a while is lessening & the dark spots on my cheeks wow! start to lighten!

    • Beautiful Kayekie
      October 2, 2014 at 3:24 am (3 years ago)

      You and I seem to have the same skin concerns. Ageing around the eyes is driving me crazy, I will have to take a look at the Somaluxe moisturiser, it sounds interesting. I’m really happy to know the results are going good for you!

  15. Cam-Ha Nguyen
    January 5, 2015 at 4:57 pm (3 years ago)

    I see you are using a couple of products besides the Garnier corrector (e.g Acne treatment, night moisturizers, etc.) Can you please share specific steps at which you put on each of them? (i.e. which one to apply first, then how long you wait to apply the next one). I’m using an anti-acne product by La Roche Posay too so your advice would be very helpful. Thanks πŸ™‚

  16. cheann
    November 17, 2015 at 6:54 am (2 years ago)

    can I ask wats ur acne treatment? same problem here πŸ™

  17. Ramon Cua
    March 16, 2016 at 6:13 am (2 years ago)

    Where to buy that product Garnier Dark Spot Corrector


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