Review – Luminaze Catalytic Skin Tone Illuminator & Dark Spot Corrector


Late last year in 2011, I’ve received a new skin lightening product – Luminaze Catalytic Skin Tone Illuminator & Dark Spot Corrector from Clariancy Singapore.

Clariancy Singapore, partnering with Syneron Beauty, has obtained the exclusive distributorship for the Luminaze Catalytic Skin Tone Illuminator & Dark Spot Corrector (retailing at S$175) in Singapore and Malaysia.

What make me curious to try this product is that it said to contain a natural occurring biological enzyme, LIP, that is more effective than prescription 2% hydroquinone.

Hydroquinone, often known as skin bleach, is a ingredient that is commonly used for skin lightening. It can be found in lightening serums and creams at both over-the-counter or in higher concentrations, prescribed dermatologist and plastic surgeons. Unfortunately this melanin cell blocking chemical is actually banned in parts of Europe and all throughout Asia due to the studies that prolonged use of hydroquinone can cause a condition where skin develops thick, dark patches or even blue-black skin and it is believed to cause cancer.

Luminaze contains no hydroquinone and its patented Active Luminaze Enzyme LIP is claimed to break down melanin for a visible improvement in the appearance of dark spots, acne scars and overall evenness of skin tone in only 7 days. It’s clinically proven to work better and faster than the leading prescription ingredient, and it’s gentle enough to use every day with limited potential for skin irritation.

Luminaze is claimed to help provide a fairer and radiance skin in just 28 days that is scientifically proven with clinical trials conducted worldwide.



The patented Active Luminaze Enzyme LIP, claimed to be completely natural, is derived from a fungus discovered growing on trees with unusually discolored or faded barks in the Swiss Alps. Veratryl Alcohol and Ligninase (extract of Phanerochaete chrysosporium) in the ingredient list I believe are the fungus found in LIP.

Luminaze doesn’t contain any skin irritant which is good. This fragrance free, hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic is suitable for all skin types and ethnicity.



Luminaze Catalytic Skin Tone Illuminator & Dark Spot Corrector, retailing at S$175, is designed in a 2-step application.

First in Step 1, I apply the patented Active Luminaze Enzyme from pump #1 on all over my face and next in Step 2, I then apply an equal amount of Bio-Activator solution from pump #2 on the entire face again.

Both serums have similar lightweight silky creamy texture. As both serums actually take a while to be fully absorbed into the skin, I usually do not bother to wait and while my skin is still wet with the first serum, I will just apply the second serum over it. It’s such a chore for me and I feel as though I’m applying 2 different serums on my face. It will be great if they can formulate the product in one application only.

One thing great about Luminaze is that it contains NO skin irritant and it is also free of fragrance. Hence there’s no scent at all.

As Luminaze is claimed to help produce result in just 28 days, and after religiously using Luminaze for 3 weeks, I have not noticed any significant result yet. The dark stubborn spots on the right cheek are still visibly obvious although my face is somewhat overly more even toned. My skin does feel smooth and hydrated.



Will I buy it? Unlikely!



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5 Comments on "Review – Luminaze Catalytic Skin Tone Illuminator & Dark Spot Corrector"

  1. Ellen says:

    Thank you very much for your honest review. This helped me a lot.

  2. Shirleen says:

    Hi Ellen,

    It’s my pleasure. ;-)

  3. Stacey says:

    Hi, thanks for your review. I believe however that Step #1 is to be applied in the morning, and Step #2 is to be applied in the evening before going to bed. This is what it says on the box. I would be inclined to do as you did, however the directions say otherwise, so perhaps that would make a difference?

    • Shirleen says:

      Hi Stacey,
      Is it? This was the instruction from the press kit and I have thrown away the box. I hope I’m right.

      • J says:

        I’ve read some other research that says Step 1 has to be applied first as this is the Lignin Peroxidase (active ingredient of Luminaze) which is what whitens the skin, but ti needs to be activated for it to work hence Step 2 is needed. Don’t think you need to wait till evening to activate it though.

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