It's been more than a month since I wrote about my excitement over the Olay Pristine White Radiance Essence (named White Radiance CelLucent White Essence in Singapore it seems)( you could read that post here). So I have since been using the essence I had bought from Sasa. Before that, I was using L'oreal's latest whitening essence White Perfect Radiance Boosting Double Essence, which I kind of raved about previously (my review is here). Since they are both drugstore skincare, I think it might be appropriate to make some small comparisons.
I will talk about the Olay essence first. I still don't see it selling anywhere yet (I have not checked bigger drugstores in town though). According to Haru (Rouge Deluxe) in her post, she mentioned that the essence should arrive in Singapore this month. She also mentioned that it will probably be priced at SGD59.90, which I find a total rip off! That's because I got mine from Sasa.com at US25.60 only, not including shipping (approximately SGD34, unfortunately out of stock at the time of this post). On top of that, I checked the Taiwan Olay website and apparently it's only NT890 (equivalent to approximately SGD38) there. I totally will not buy the product in Singapore if I can help it!
Quite runny, but considered thick for an essence
The texture of the essence is quite runny, though I feel it's kind of thick for an essence. It felt almost like an emulsion. The product absorbs into my skin quickly and I use one full pump to cover the whole face. It has a very soft floral scent, which I don't find overpowering or unpleasant (but then I am the type who don't mind scented skincare). The L'oreal essence was more runny and took longer time to be fully absorbed, comparatively.
As for the results, I can't say that I am entirely impressed by it. It definitely maintains the fairness of my skin, but I don't see any improvement to it. The L'oreal essence was able to deliver the same results. I must say I am slightly disappointed by it, because I was really expecting dramatic results because I have heard so many raves about it! I am not saying that the product is entirely useless, just that it is simply not making any significant improvement to my skin to make me want to repurchase.
To conclude, I think the Olay essence is a must try if you can get it at around SGD40. However, you might want to skip if it is going to cost you SGD60. Go for the L'oreal one instead!