Reviewed by Denise

I have pretty good skin for my age (54) and my friends and co-workers are always telling me that I look like I am in my early 40s.  My skin care regimen is such that I incorporate several serums and creams into my daily routine (you could say I am a skin care junkie), and I take good care of my skin, especially because in my younger years, I'm afraid that I neglected it.  Now that I'm older, I try to eat right, take my supplements, exercise faithfully and love trying new facial products to see if they live up to their claims.  And while my skin is in good shape considering the earlier neglect, I do not have any age spots, but was curious to try a brightening product.

I was excited that I was awarded the honor of testing the E'shee White Truffle Radiance Cream ($160) since this was my first time on this site and it was awesome that I could finally fulfill my dream of being a skin care tester!  When I received the White Truffle Cream, I read the label to see what it contained and what its goal would be upon using it.  I wanted to make sure that I knew what I was looking for after the trial period.  I decided to use it on the left side of my face only so that I could compare the results with the right side to see if there were any changes.  The E'shee people claimed that it would drench my skin in moisture leaving it supple, toned and protected against free radical damage.  The label also stated that it would be an effective and luxurious brightening cream, which was my main goal in trying it.

The main item in this cream is, of course, the white truffle, which is supposed to be the gold standard of brighteners according to the company claims on their site.  I started to use it faithfully morning and evening so that I would get the best results.  I noticed right away that the cream is very emollient.  For someone with dry skin, this would be ideal.  But, if you have oily skin, you would want to use it only once a day and preferably in the evening, as it tends to leave a shine on your face.  I started out using about a small finger full but it took too long to rub in and left a white film on my skin so I decided to try less.  With more of the product, it seemed like I had to massage it in to the point that I felt like I was rubbing my skin too hard and even after massaging it in, it seemed like there were spots that did not absorb into my skin.  But, if I used just a little, it didn't seem like it took as long to absorb into my skin, but it still needed to be massaged in and still tended to leave a slightly oily white film – and my cheek area has always been drier than the rest of my face.  I have an oily t-zone area so sometimes I have to watch what I use.  Also, while I was using it, I often wondered if the reason that it brightened my skin was because of the slight white film that it left.  However, I kept on using it because I wanted to see if there would be a change in the texture and brightness of my skin.

Well, it has been five weeks now and I have to say that I do not notice the left side of my face being any brighter than the right side of my face.  My skin is not any suppler than it was before I began using the product, nor did I notice a toned effect.  I suppose that you could say that it did bring more moisture to my face when it was first applied but as the day wore on, my cheek was back to its dry self.  This cream would probably be good to use if your main concern was to take advantage of the antioxidants that are in it, which will protect against the free radical damage we hear so much about. But so far as the brightening, I am afraid that I did not notice any difference. And for the price, I think there are probably other creams out there that would do just as well in the free radical damage area for less money.

Ingredients: Aqua, Butylene Glycol, PEG-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Stearic Acid, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Octyldodecyl Myristate, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Propylene Glycol, PVM/MA Copolymer, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Cetyl Alcohol, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Titanium Dioxide, Polyacrylamide, Tuber Melanosporum (Black Truffle) Extract, Laureth-7, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Distillate, Tuber Magnatum (White Truffle) Extract, Ethylcellulose, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Extract, Tornare, PEG-10 Sunflower Glycerides, Isostearyl Alcohol, Cocoate, Allantoin, D-Panthenol, Yolk Lecithine , Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyehtanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Methylisothiazolinone, Yellow 5, Red 40.