Review: Hada Labo Arbutin Brightening Lotion

Where to purchase: From Yesstyle HERE

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Price: £14.50

Volume: 170ml

What does it do: Deeply Hydrates and brightens the skin

Good for: Normal / Combo and Oily Skin

  • Combines 3 types of Hyaluronic Acid with natural skin brightening ingredients for visibly fair, radiant and moisturized skin (Probably why this didn’t ball up on me).
  • Helps to improve dehydrated skin (I agree with this too)
  • Skin pH balanced. Low irritation (This did not irritate me)
  • Free of fragrances, mineral oil, alcohol and colorants. (Good there’s no pure alcohol to dry out the skin).

Clarify and tone your skin as you moisturise it. HADA LABO Shiro-jyun Clear Lotion should be used after washing and serves as the foundation to your skin care routine. It helps prepare your skin for better absorption of other HADA LABO brightening products (So basically a toner).

Directions: After cleansing with HADA LABO Goku-jyun Face Wash, pour a pea-size amount into your palm and rub between hands to warm. Gently pat onto face until it is thoroughly absorbed. Follow with a hydrating lotion. Use twice daily after washing face.

How I use it: I actually applied this with the use of a cotton pad AM and PM. This probably led to using up more product than necessary, but I used this product like a toner so I liked to swipe to also remove excess dirt.


Full Ingredients: Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Arbutin, Disodium Succinate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Methylparaben, PPG-10 Methyl Glucose Ether, Sodium Hyaluronate, Styrene/VP Copolymer, Succinic Acid, Tremella Fuciformis Polysaccharide

I like that it’s quite a short and sharp list. Apparently the Arbutin used is B-Arbutin (so a less strong version of Alpha Arbutin) So it takes longer to brighten up the skin tone.

Fragrance?: None that I can smell

Good under makeup?: yes it’s fine

Texture: Water. Slides down the hand. same as the gokyujun lotion. But this is milky (probably due to the glycerin).

What I like:

  • Hydrating
  • Moisturising
  • Didn’t suffocate the skin
  • Didn’t ball up
  • Did lighten up dark patches slightly
  • Very light / watery

What I don’t like:

  • No Drastic changes to the skin

Conclusion: I think this requires an additional purchase in order to continue with lightening PIH. The lightening products in here are too weak to really see a significant change in PIH. I would recommend this over the regular Hada Labo Gokyujun Lotion.

Overall Score: 3.8/5

Would I repurchase?: I actually think purchasing the ordinary’s Alpha Arbutin Serum may provide you with quicker/faster results. However this has been very hydrating (and hasn’t balled up) so perhaps I would repurchase for that fact alone.


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