The Quest for Brighter Skin: Elizabeth Arden’s Visible Whitening Melanin Control Night Capsules

I would be a hypocrite if I won’t admit that despite my friends telling me I look better ‘tan,’ I would always come back running to my vanity mirror at home and switch to a whitening regimen every time I come back from the beach. My friend Nic would always exclaim “No!” when I work up a worry being so tan, hence the darker skin tone. Another friend would tell me I look pasty being my fairer self.

During the Aerosmith concert, I was THIS tan.

So I would stick to being tan for a while, but somehow, secretly, work a way to make myself revert back to my pale, yellow undertoned skin through, thankfully, various gifts from brands. Today, I will tell you about a recent experience with luxury brand, Elizabeth Arden and their Visible Whitening Melanin Night Control capsules.

The truth was, I have had the capsules for some weeks now but I haven’t had the guts to use them until I was sure that summer was over. When it started raining every night, I knew my efforts to come back to the whiter side would not be for naught.

The Pros:

  • I’ve only tried a drugstore brand in the area of moisturizing capsules and it being drugstore, the thickness and consistency spelled the biggest difference amongst the two. Arden was so viscous it didn’t spill out of the capsules when I opened it. It was so thick a capsule-ful was enough to moisturize even my neck pre-night cream. 
  • That said, one can immediately know that this product is luxurious {expensive, at Php 4,950 a jar of 50 capsules}. I wanted to save half of the capsule cos I could hear the cashier go kaching!
  • I have been experiencing some facial dryness for a while now at random times and since I’m not using this every night {tipid much?}, I can tell that whenever I do, I would wake up to really nice, bright glowing skin.
  • My moisturizer {currently H20 Plus} seems to adhere better when I use this, versus another pre-essence {L’oreal Youth Code}. 
  • Elizabeth Arden claims to be whitening the skin in five stages but since I’m not using the entire line, I can’t say that for sure. There is a brightening effect though, for sure.
  • No breakouts, no allergies, no rashes. It would break my heart if it did.
  • The product claims to contain diamond and pearl powder as well and I do remember feeling better of my complexion before sleeping. Sayang, it’s just for night time.
  • Good as anti-aging serum, too.
  • Pores are minimized though I can’t say they’ve been opened anyway.

The Cons:

  • Expensive. Not surprising, as this is a luxury line marketed towards women in their 40s and up. 
  • Extra effort in opening the capsules every night. 
  • Did I say it’s expensive?
  • Can’t be used for any other time other than night time. If I lived in a colder climate, I might be using it during fall mornings, too.

As I have no recent photos, here is a very current photo from a team lunch out.


Elizabeth Arden is a renowned brand when it comes to skincare and for amazing reasons. I would still sing rhapsodies about my jar of Prevage every now and then because to me, that is still the best night cream EVER. This is just yet another HG level of skincare material, but like most stuff, it might be too opulent for the average Filipina like me. Then again, there would always be ways for us to save up for things we like {and need, eventually} so I guess I would just have to work harder to save up for it. Otherwise, and if you have the bucks for it, by all means, go ahead. You deserve the best and nothing less.

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*Elizabeth Arden skincare is available at all Rustan's Department Stores.