Beauty Review: Elizabeth Arden Skin Illuminating Brightening Hydragel Cream

Our in-house beauty expert, Dolores, shares her thoughts on the Elizabeth Arden Skin Illuminating Brightening Hydragel Cream.

Testing out the Elizabeth Arden Skin Illuminating Hydragel Cream - our beauty guru tells it all.
Thank you to Elizabeth Arden for providing the Skin Illuminating Brightening Hydragel Cream to review. All opinions are our own.

Elizabeth Arden has been a beauty household name for decades. I normally associate the brand to their production of perfumes but did you know the cosmetics empire started back in 1910 by Elizabeth Arden herself?

Eliabeth Arden, Inc. will always recognize its founder’s innovative talents and entrepreneurial skills. Today, they continue to support the role of women in business, often featuring strong and powerful female influencers (naturally, I’m loving the fact that Reese Witherspoon is their newest Storyteller-in-Chief).

When we had the chance to review their Skin Illuminating Brightening Hydragel Cream, I just knew Dolores would be the perfect fit. Besides the fact that she’s our beauty guru, Dolores is bright, strong, and one of the most brilliant people I know.

Here’s to the women that inspire us.

Beauty Review: Elizabeth Arden Skin Illuminating Brightening Hydragel Cream

As a gal with acne-prone, combination to oily skin, I tend to gravitate towards lighter moisturizers during the day. This helps keep my face moisturized while minimizing shine. I was real excited to try out Elizabeth Arden’s Skin Illuminating Brightening Hydragel Cream, as it is marketed as a lightweight, oil-free gel cream with high-quality ingredients that both brighten and hydrate your skin! Since I’ve already been using the cream for a few months, I feel that I have given the product a fair shot and can finally share my overall experience.

Testing out the Elizabeth Arden Skin Illuminating Brightening Hydragel Cream - our beauty guru tells it all.

{Usage} Elizabeth Arden’s cream is very easy to use. Every day for the last few weeks, I’ve been applying about a quarter-sized amount all over my face and neck, after I have cleansed it and applied my usual face oil.

{Quality & Results} My favourite aspects of the cream have got to be the consistency and the way that the product makes my skin feel. As the name suggests, its consistency is light and gel-like—it never left my hands feeling greasy and uncomfortable. The product also has a light fragrance, so my somewhat sensitive skin did not react harshly after each application. Instead, my face consistently felt refreshed, and my skin felt plump and adequately hydrated. While I cannot comment on the brightening properties of the product, as I did not notice any dramatic changes, I have been enjoying the product overall.

As an honest critique, I wish that the cream provided some UV protection. If you are like me and are cautious about sun exposure, you will need to find an alternate way to incorporate sunscreen in your routine.

Also, in terms of cost, the Elizabeth Arden Skin Illuminating Brightening Hydragel Cream is a little pricey. However, I will say that it does last a long time—I’ve only just made it halfway through the product and I have been using it every day for weeks.

{Packaging} The packaging itself is elegant and looks luxurious, with its frosted, red jar and silver lid. I appreciate the fact that you can access all of the cream, rather than struggle to squeeze out every last bit through a tube. Though, if you are a frequent traveler, note that the component is a little bulky and may take a lot of space in your toiletry bag.

Have you tried the Elizabeth Arden’s Skin Illuminating Brightening Hydragel Cream? What is your recommended day cream?

Testing out the Elizabeth Arden Skin Illuminating Brightening Hydragel Cream - our beauty guru tells it all.


  1. I’m always looking for new beauty products to try out, so thanks for the recommendation! I also have sensitive skin so it’s important to me to be able to find something that works and doesn’t irritate my face. Excited to give it a try!

    • Definitely worth trying out! We’re always ecstatic whenever we find creams that are sensitive skin-friendly.

  2. I have to try this! I live in the hottest, dryest state in the US, so my skin takes a beating year round. This sounds like it could be a game changer.

  3. Beauty products that help us women thrive and look pretty are the ones I seek. Elizabeth Arden has always provided such products in my opinion.

  4. This beauty product sounds worth a try. I would recommend this to my friends and family members who might be looking to upgrade their beauty care regimen.

  5. I would love to give this a try! I have been looking for something to brighten my skin up a bit!

  6. The Skin Illuminating Brightening Hydragel Cream sounds like something that I would love! I am going to have to grab some and see how well it works with my skin.

  7. I’ve always liked Elizabeth Arden as a brand. Their perfumes are wonderful as well. I wouldn’t mind giving this cream a try. I love that it keeps your skin hydrated!

  8. I like that it isn’t greasy and makes your face feel clean. This was a great review and I agree the packaging is cute as well.

  9. My daughter has a problem with acne, she has the most sensitive face in the world it seems. I’m certain she’d love to find a cream that doesn’t break her out. I’ll have to get some of this for her.

  10. Living in Arizona this sounds like a must have product for me. I honestly haven’t used anything from Elizabeth Arden before but know it’s a trusted brand and I’d love to try this!

  11. I love the packaging on this, I wish more of these products were pumps though, sticking fingers in is a main reason I end up not trying some wonderful lines of skincare.

  12. I have been using the same moisturizer for years now, but I do try other creams from different brands every now and then. I would love to give this a try.

  13. Never tried to use this kind of cream into my face or even other cream product but I think it looks like a good one and I think this is a great gift for my Aunts birthday!

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