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I’ve always been a bit wary of splashing out on new beauty products but I was happy to find that the Illuminating Dark Spot Corrector from City Beauty was far from a wasted investment. Having never used a dark spot corrector before, I can’t compare it to other products, but I can give a good idea of the experience I had with this one- which I found to be positive on the whole.

First of all, a quick background from me: I’m in my fifties, and I’ve had age spots on my hands, and some on my face, for quite a while now, maybe three or four years. It’s not that I hate them particularly, but I’d often considered getting something to remove them- I’d seen various different creams and lotions advertised, so I knew they existed. My spots aren’t particularly dark, I would say medium, although they’re significantly darker on my hands than they are on my face.

I’ll try to cover everything in my review so I can give a clear idea of what I thought of every aspect on the product (although it’s important to mention that this is just personal opinion).

First impressions:

Appearance-wise, the bottle was slightly smaller than I’d expected. I guess for the price, I had hoped for bigger. However it does clearly state the bottle size when you order it so it’s not fair for me to complain about that. It’s very pretty, with professional packaging, although one thing I will say is that the lid can sometimes push down the applicator pump, which is a bit of a pain.

I’m quite sceptical about products that claim to do something, but this one certainly looks the part. There are lots of “fads” out there but this product is backed by scientific evidence etc and it definitely has an expensive feel to it. I was happy to see that it was suitable for all skin types, and City Beauty don’t do animal testing, according to what’s on the packaging, which is good to know.

Testing it out:

I was interested to read that the Illuminating Corrector doesn’t just work on age spots, it’s also supposed to reduce redness, acne scars, discoloration and lots of other skin problems. For me, age spots are the biggest problem, and I was hoping that because I read on the website that it targets the underlying causes of them, it would work best on those.

I followed the instructions and pumped out a little bit of the serum onto my hand, about pea size and rubbed it over my targeted areas. I have to say, I wasn’t so sure about the texture at first; it’s a bit sticky, but it doesn’t take long to absorb into the skin. You don’t have to rub it in for ages, either, just enough for it to start sinking in.

It smells lovely, very fresh, and I was relieved to find that a little goes a long way (although be careful because it’s very easy to pump too much out!).

I got into the routine of using the product once in the morning and once at night on a daily basis. After two weeks, when you’re supposed to start seeing results, my spots seemed to be lighter. After a month, I was certain that they were. The corrector had balanced out my skin tone, and my spots were less noticeable than before.

After two months I pretty much stopped seeing any changes. I don’t think the Illuminating Dark Spot Corrector can actually fully remove dark spots, or it hasn’t for me anyway. Maybe it depends on how dark your spots are to start with, but the change is definitely noticeable enough to be worth it, in my opinion.

I’ve also found that my skin seems to be brighter- a random benefit that I wasn’t expecting, especially on my face. From what I’ve seen, it does seem to work better on your face than your hands. I don’t know if this is because the face is more important (or it is for me), so the formula is more suited for that skin, or whether it’s just me.

Below I’ll outline my main pros and cons I became aware of during my months of trying out this product:


  • Fades dark spots (expect to see visible results after a month).
  • Smells lovely.
  • Brightened my skin in general.
  • A good alternative to laser treatment etc, which I’ve always been a bit hesitant about having.
  • Doesn’t test on animals of contain any “bad” ingredients.


  • Can sometimes be difficult to get the serum out, especially when the bottle’s nearly empty. Sometimes I had to give it a bit of a shake to get things moving. Also, it’s fairly easy to pump too much out, which feels like a waste.
  • Quite pricey for the size of the bottle.
  • Hasn’t actually got rid of my dark spots completely (yet!).
  • Feels a little sticky on the skin at first.

Final Thoughts

I’ve seen a couple of negative reviews about and all I can say is that everyone’s skin is different, and reacts differently to these types of products. But I am certain myself that it is definitely effective on me, so it’s going to be effective on other people.

I can’t afford the expensive face peels and laser treatments so even though the dark spot corrector is quite expensive I will continue to purchase it as I’m really pleased with the results I’ve achieved. I did a bit of research before I bought this as well, and found that even though it’s quite pricey, it’s cheaper than its competitors.

Seeing the positive changes to my face and hands has motivated me to look after my skin and have a proper skin care routine on the whole, so hopefully I can continue to improve my complexion over time. I would recommend the Illuminating Dark Spot Corrector as a part of any over-50’s skincare routine, because it doesn’t just help with the dark spots, it also moisturizes and brightens your skin too.

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Liz

    Do you have an update, now that it’s been a year? Thanks!

  2. Valerie Sparacio

    I have been using City Beauty Dark Spot Corrector for almost 2 weeks now and I am disappointed in the results so far. Very pricey for the little amount you receive and barely any visible results. I will not be purchasing this product again and will not recommend to family and friends.

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