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Burt’s Bees Brightening Even Skin Tone Moisturizing Cream, 1.8 Ounces

Create a brighter, more luminous complexion while diminishing the appearance of dark spots and discoloration with Burt’s Bees Brightening Even Skin Tone Moisturizing Cream. This rich facial moisturizer hydrates dry skin and is clinically shown to even skin tone and help diminish the appearance of dark spots and discoloration. 100% of women saw brighter skin after 8 weeks of use. Formulated with a combination of summer snowflake and botanical extracts, this 99% natural face lotion provides rich moisture to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It’s dermatologist tested, noncomedogenic and contains no parabens of phthalates. Use it as part of your daily regimen for brighter, more even-toned skin, naturally. Put the power of nature to work for your skin with Burt’s Bees.

Key features

  • 1.8 ounce bottle of 99% natural face moisturizer
  • Helps visibly even skin tone
  • Creates a brighter, more luminous complexion
  • Helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Use as part of Burt’s Bees Brightening face care regimen

Honest reviews


Not a fan

This is not a product that works with my skin. It’s very heavy and greasy, and I am not fond of the scent. This might work for a different skin type but not for me.

Dollie Mc Gill, NV


While I’ve been pleased with several Burt’s Bees products over the years I’m a bit disappointed in this one due primarily to the claims – diminishing dark spots and reducing lines and wrinkles. If they had just claimed it to be a moisturizer I’d have given it 5 stars as it does that and at a reasonable price.In fairness they do protect themselves by phrases such as “help reduce” and “help diminish” – how does one respond to that? It either reduces or diminishes or does not. Know I’m sounding picky here but when I came to the part about “Cream is most effective when used as part of a daily regimen in combination with the rest of our Brightening range.” Are they saying I need to buy their other products for it to be really effective? I’m always leery when a product line says you need to combine one product with others to receive total benefit.Just wish Burt’s Bees would forget all the claims and just go on making their old reliable products. (They don’t say that their Lip Balm makes fuller lips.)Sorry, but this is just a reasonably priced moisturizer pure and simple. If anyone out there suddenly finds herself or himself suddenly spot-less or line-less, let me know and I’ll happily add that it does what it says for some folks.

Leeann Kaleva, MI

Not bad for a regular Olay Total Effects Daily Moisturizer user

I am 33 and I have been using Olay Total Effects Daily Moisturizer for probably for over 10 years now. I love Burt’s Bees products, and I am devoted to their Orange Essence Face wash, so I though this might be a nice change of pace.First off – I LOVE the smell! It’s natural/floral/lemony but light and not obtrusive and it’s gone as soon as the lotion is rubbed in. It’s very creamy, and my skin is not tight or itchy after using. It’s also not super oily, which is nice. I honestly couldn’t tell a difference between this and my Olay Total Effects Daily Moisturizer from a day-to-day use and moisturization stand point.I think this one is a winner, and a great option for anyone who loves Olay Total Effects but wants to go more natural.

Selma Wesco, MO

Good facial moisturizer, but make sure you read the fine print

While I generally use Neutrogena’s "oil-free moisture for sensitive skin," occasional forays lead me to try alternatives such as Baxter of California’s "oil-free moisturizer" and the topic of this review, which is labeled as "brightening even-tone moisturizing cream."First, it works well as a facial moisturizer. It’s not greasy and doesn’t make your face all shiny. ’nuff said.Second, it has a distinct scent, possibly due to the daisy extract advertised on the label. While the smell doesn’t linger after application, certain consumers might find its presence objectionable, unnecessary or both.Third, the back of the dispenser indicates this about the product: "Clinically proven to visibly even skin tone and help diminish the appearance of dark spots and discoloration, 100% of women say brighter skin after using" it. At the bottom, though, it reads "after 8 weeks of use." After two weeks of use, I certainly didn’t notice any dramatic changes in my skin tone.Bottom line: Good product with bold claims.

Holly Rowland, NC

Lovely, Light and Not Greasy

I have been a Burt’s Bees fan for many years, so was really glad to see this product turn up. It is a very light and non greasy moisturizer with a slight glow to it. Can’t wait to see how well it evens out my skin tone. Will update this in a few weeks. Almost no scent either.

Patty Shaftsbury, VT

Rather heavy — I don’t like the way this feels at all

The feel of this product is kind of heavy, and I didn’t particularly enjoy the feel of smoothing it on. It is thick and my skin looked very shiny and greasy after I applied it. It does not look good without makeup over it, unless you like the look of a shiny face.I also felt that the delivery pump requires a learning curve–the first time I used it I got a gigantic blob, so much so that I had to look at the bottle again to make sure it wasn’t, in fact, a body lotion. So you have to push the pump only a little way down to get a more normal amount for facial use. Even the cap annoys me: it is the kind you just push on (like the one on a hairspray bottle), and the kind I personally am most likely to lose.This is a mostly natural lotion, but I was still surprised by the color of the lotion. The box says that the color may vary; mine was an unappealing light brown color. I guess I’ve never seen a lotion in that color, and it will take some getting used to.The scent is very light; much like other Burt’s Bees products. Not offensive or interfering with other scent products, but nothing exciting, either.Regarding the claims that this product evens skin tone, it seems that they have a very specific meaning for that. I was thinking it would even out ruddiness and even potentially dark eye circles, but the fine print on the box explains that is “a skin brightening agent, helping to reduce the appearance of dark spots and pigmentation”; in other words, age spots. Now, I do not yet have age spots, so I can’t speak to whether or not it helps with those, but ruddiness and dark eye circles are not due to pigmentation or dark spots, so apparently the evening out and brightening that I was looking for are out of the target claims of this product. I’ll still use it now that I have it, and if I find that it does help with ruddiness, etc, I’ll come back here and edit the review.As it stands today, though, I think this is just a so-so lotion, and not one I would spend a lot of money for.

Abigail Jefferson, TX

Will buy again!

I have always loved Burt’s Bees products and this moisturizer is no different. It feels silky on my skin and holds up the entire day. I love that it is made from natural ingredients. The only thing that could make this better would be if it contained a sunscreen.

Estella Folsom, CA

Nice pump, no brightening

After using this cream daily for 2 months, here’s the result:The Good:- comes in a pump dispenser which makes it very easy to control portion- creamy but not too oily- nice citrus scent (pleasant though I would prefer no-scent at all)- has ‘natural’ list of ingredientsThe Bad:- no noticeable effect on dark spots- cream doesn’t blend as smoothly into the skin as standard moisturizers (like Clinique, Olay, or Ponds), it leaves a sticky residue.Bottom-line, I would look elsewhere for a moisturizer or skin brightening solution.

Janet Whiterocks, UT

Smells nice

I’ve been using this for about a month now on only the dark spots on my face. I wouldn’t call the effect extraordinarily brightening, but I like to think that the cream works better than using nothing on the spots. As for the cream itself- I like it. The smell is nice, light and pleasant, kind of lemony. The cream has a thick but not too tick consistency and it comes in a pump bottle. And of course, it’s 99% natural.

Bobby Bebe, TX

Love this!

This is great. It’s naturally scented, smells like flowers, it’s very mild on the skin.I really like it! Not heavy or greasy and it does seem to be doing what it states. 🙂 I’ve been using it about a month and a half now… so not the full 8 weeks yet. But I appreciate that it’s 99% natural, and has no fake perfumes or scents. I have sensitive skin and it doesn’t bother mine at all.

Renae Hanover, NM

You Glow Girl

I’ve only been using this for a week and actually (for me) there is an immediate "glow" from using this. I know it says 8 weeks, and perhaps that is for long term effects, but I’ve been able to skip my foundation and simply apply my blush and it stays as put as long as usual and looks just as great. Hasn’t caused any breakouts.I love the smell – a bit like honey(?) I’m not sure, but it takes me back to a product I used in my youth that I can’t seem to properly pinpoint. Whatever the smell, it’s warm and natural!I DO continue to use coconut oil first – so that goes on and then the Burt’s Bees on top of that (it’s been an incredibly cold winter and we’ve had many snow storms).I do love it, just not sure that I love it enough to spend 19.99 (as of this writing) on it year round (for winter, YES).

Gayla Arvada, WY

Too early to pass judgment

BURT’S BEES is a company that has been around for quite a while and their other skin products are very fine. This moisturizing cream is said to brighten the skin and even the appearance. According to the package insert this miracle happens after 8 weeks diurnal use. Just got the product so it is too early to see that miracle aspect, but as for the product and container they live up to the company’s promises so far. The cream is a refreshing moisturizer and the fragrance is fresh and healthy and not feminine – so men definitely can use this also.About diminishing the dark spots and discoloration…it seems that is asking a lot from a cream that contains Aqua (water, eau), cetyl alcohol, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, glycerin, caprylic/capric triglyceride, tapioca starch, prunus armeniaca (apricot) kernel oil, bellis perennis (daisy) flower extract, leucojum aestivum bulb extract, pearl powder, vaccinium myrtillus fruit extract, citrus medica limonum (lemon) fruit extract, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) fruit extract, citrus medica limonum (lemon) peel oil, saccharum officinarum (sugar cane) extract, acer saccharum (sugar maple) extract, emblica officinalis fruit powder, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil, melissa officinalis leaf extract, chondrus crispus (carrageenan), zea mays (corn) starch, candelilla/jojoba/rice bran polyglyceryl-3 esters, tocopherol, xanthan gum, sucrose, glyceryl stearate, sodium stearoyl lactylate, cetearyl alcohol, alcohol, phenethyl alcohol, sodium PCA, parfum (fragrance), phenoxyethanol, citral, geraniol, limonene, linalool. The citrus infusions likely will help, but for real resurfacing and depigmenting age spots, it is probabloy faster an dmore certain to have a good IPL or RF or UP treatment. But time will tell….Grady Harp, January 14

Mercedes Canton, MO

Typical Burt’s Bees quality

I’ve been using Burt’s Bees skin care products for years, though I’d never tried this product before. I’ve been impressed especially with their Citrus Facial Scrub, their Orange Essence Facial Cleanser, and the Rosewater Toner. I also love the company values, their products are either 100% natural or very close. All products are clearly and boldly labeled, "99.5% Natural" or something similar. They are upfront and honest about their ingredients and quality.Since using their products, as someone with dry, sensitive skin, I’ve been continually impressed with performance and value. This Brightening Even-Tone Moisturizing Cream was the perfect addition to my morning routine. I wear heavy makeup and foundation, but this moisturizer didn’t go on too thick or greasy before my make-up. In fact, it barely added any texture.The thing about this moisturizer is, a little goes a LONG way. I barely give a half-squirt to cover my whole face. It smooths on thick but not heavy and bulky–hard to explain if you haven’t tried it. My sensisitve skin is extremely sensitive and I often burn with moistirizers used after cleansing, but this moisturizer has never caused any irritation or burning. Also, I DO think–though I haven’t used it for eight full weeks yet, and I’ll update once I have–that this moisturizer HAS helped even out my skin tone! I’m notoriously pink cheeked with dark circles under my eyes, a red nose, and otherwise pale Swedish skin.As of now, I’d definitely recommend this product. I’ll keep using this product and update if there are changes, but as of now, I’m impressed. But I’ve always enjoyed most Burt’s Bees products I’ve used. I’m a big fan of Burt’s Bees. Let me know in the comments if you have any questions!

Alfreda Manhattan, KS

Nice overall moisturizer, not really too bright

This is a nice overall moisturizer, it’s light and it hasn’t clogged my pores at all or made me break out. The scent is nice and light as well, smells a bit like lemon and a bit like sunscreen. But as far as "brightening" my skin tone, it hasn’t really done that either. I’ve been using this pretty much nonstop for a month and a half and it hasn’t done anything at all for my ruddy skin tone. It’s a good moisturizing cream, but for $16 it better do everything it claims, not just part of it.

Whitney Fairmount, IN

Creamy moisturizer perfect for dry skin

The first thing I noticed about the Burt’s Bees Brightening Even-Tone Moisturizing Cream was the fragrance. It has a fruity smell which was pleasant and not overpowering. The scent dissipates quickly and doesn’t linger very long. The moisturizer has a creamy texture and a little goes a long way. My dry skin absorbed it immediately.I’ve been using this cream twice a day for the past month and I am pleased with the results. The effect is subtle but the overall tone of my skin has a smoother, cleaner look to it.

Shelby Mc Coy, CO

Good scent, some brightening

I like this product because it has a really great smell for a moisturizing cream – it’s not too strong, just light and airy, and it appeals to me personally. I did notice some brightening, evening effects – while not a "miracle worker," definite improvement.

Rosalind Inez, TX

Soft and Sweet

This is a nice, light lotion with a pretty scent and a pleasant feel. It’s packaged in a pump — and you may find that the pump dispenses more than you need.After a month of twice-daily use, it hasn’t been the most effective solution for dark spots, though it has more of a brightening effect than some higher-priced products. However, it’s hydrating and absorbs well. A nice general-purpose moisturizer.

Natasha Geismar, LA

I see a difference already.

I’ve been using this cream just in the mornings for about a week, and I’ve already noticed an improvement in my skin. It looks less blotchy in coloring. I also love the scent. It is a subtle lemon smell. This makes me want to check out some of Burt’s Bees other skin care products. I have used their lip gloss before and liked that a lot too. This skin cream feels really nice and especially at at drugstore price rather than a cosmetic counter price.

Deanna Ormsby, MN

Velvety texture, might be lightening dark spots

Burt’s Bees Brightening Even-Tone Moisturizing Cream is on the expensive side for moisturizing creams, but it only takes a dab to moisturize my face each morning. I like the pump feature which lets me squeeze out only as much as I need, so none is wasted. The cream has a pearly tone to it but it spreads out and absorbs in without being visible.I like how velvety soft my skin feels after I apply the cream. I didn’t notice an immediate brighter effect, but I am noticing that certain dark spots seem to be getting lighter. (I should use it on the back of my hands for those sun spots, too.) It doesn’t hide the dark circles under my eyes, though.In really cold or windy weather, I do find that I need an additional night cream. During winter weather, my skin feels dry again after I wash my face. Warmer days are changing that, thankfully.Overall, I like the velvety feel of this cream, its lightening features, and its moisturizing effects. I just wish it were less expensive.

Margarita Villa Park, CA


When I saw Burt’s Bees had a Brightening Cream, I hesitantly gave it a try. I have tried other Burt’s Bees creams in the past but either they were too light or I couldn’t really see a difference in my skin.Brightening Cream is a WHOLE different world altogether. It’s a medium body cream, but NOT greasy or heavy in the slightest. A tiny pump will cover your entire face. My face, which can be oily due to the humidity here in Florida, immediately absorbed it in. The cream didn’t sit ON my skin, like other heavier lotions, but actually went *into* my skin, immediately. My skin was matte, but hydrated.And I don’t know what it is in this cream, but it made my skin look brighter right away. I studied the cream it under the lights and there is NO pigment or "light reflecting particles" in it at all. Maybe it’s because my skin immediately plumped up. I don’t know. It was kind of like watering a wilted plant, my skin seemed to react almost immediately to it.So right now I’m pretty amazed and happy. I’m 39 years old, take skin care seriously, but still spend quite a bit of time in the sun because I’m a distance swimmer and I garden every day, and no matter what sun blocks I put on my skin, the sun STILL makes a huge difference. And I can’t wear any heavy-duty lotions on my skin when I’m not in the sun because it’s so humid here and I break out easily. But this… I put this on, no greasiness or shine, but it makes a difference in my skin.So far, there haven’t been any breakouts, irritations, or clogged pores. I will absolutely update my review if anything crops up. But right now, I’m just happy to have found a product that not only feels good, but seems to actually be working with my particular skin.Highly recommended!

Andrea Ullin, IL

Another wonderful face cream from Burt’s Bees!

I have used Burt’s Bees Radiance Royal Jelly face cream for years and have never found another to match it in how it makes my skin look and feel. However I thought I’d try this one as it’s made by the same company and I’m glad that I did. It really does brighten your skin after a few weeks of use, especially under the eyes. This cream is somewhat thicker than the Radiance cream but a small amount does seem to go a long way as long as you apply it in firm strokes. It smells divine, but that doesn’t surprise me coming from Burt’s Bees as all of their products smell so good. I love that they use as many natural ingredients as possible, with this face cream registering a total of 99% natural.Another difference between this and the Royal Jelly cream is the container. It is in a pump that delivers a small amount of the cream each time, whereas the Radiance is in a glass jar.Burt’s Bees Radiance Day Cream, 2 Fluid OuncesAll in all though I like both creams equally and will probably continue to use my Radiance cream long-term, perhaps adding in this one for the under-eye area.

Kimberlee Cimarron, NM

It’s okay

Ummmmmm, i think the texture is a little bit too thick(creamy) for me, it is not sticky but it doesn’t go on easily on my face, it would be much better if it is more like a lotion-texture(I have normal-dry skin), i like the natural smell of it, and it does even my skin tone a bit.

Judith Ballard, WV

Nice nighttime moisturizer, odd fragrance

This face cream is light, goes on smoothly, and absorbs easily. I have been using it at night after cleansing before bed. I really like how it makes my skin feel when it has been applied. I tend to have oily skin with breakouts, but am more sensitive to drying out in the winter. During this winter, when the heaters have been on drying everything out, my skin has stayed moisturized and looking healthy.As far as the brightening aspect of this product’s claims, I do feel that my skin tone is more even looking while using this, but not drastically so. I do have acne scars and some patchy redness that do seem to have faded slightly, but not disappeared. I’m wondering if this is because with natural products, the results are not instant or dramatic; rather, they are usually gradual over time. I have been using it for a month now, and I will update this review if I see more gradual change.The first time I applied this, I immediately started thinking about Froot Loops cereal… why, you may ask? I asked myself the same question, especially since I haven’t had Froot Loops since I was a kid! Then it dawned on me, that is what this cream smells like! I’m not particularly fond of this fragrance, but it isn’t so bothersome to me that I wouldn’t want to use it, either.

Karina Morrisville, NY

Nice product, icky smell

While I haven’t had this long enough to judge whether or not it’s making a difference in lightening any dark spots on my face, I have used it faithfully since receiving it. The pump puts out more than I need on one press-down so I end up using it on my neck and hands as well as my face. It has an awful floral scent – probably the daisies as they aren’t known to be a nice smelling flower – but it dissipates quickly. The lotion itself is light and doesn’t leave my face shiny or greasy. It’s an odd color though (somewhat greyish) which might take some people aback. I’ve given it four stars as opposed to five due to the stinky smell. Other than that I like it.

Freida Live Oak, FL

use for 8 weeks before checking for results

The label claims 100% of women who use this see lighter skin after 8 weeks, using it twice daily. They don’t say if the lighter skin is their own or not, he he. But seriously…Pleasant lemony fragrance and creamy oatmeal-colored lotion in this little bottle. They use the same home-remedy for lightening skin that has been around since before the original Brady Bunch: lemon juice or other types of citric acid. Using it in low concentrations means waiting weeks and weeks to see if it works. If used faithfully, this method has been proven to work some. Unfortunately, they give us only 30 days to review products, so I can’t say if this worked for me or not. I’ll have to update my review in two months.

Cleo Dawson, NE

Burt’s Bees

I have only used this for a couple of weeks, so I can’t really say if the product will diminish spots on my skin, as the product says it may take up to eight weeks for results, applying it twice a day. I apply my facial creams twice a day in the morning and evening. This cream has a nice light texture and I love the scent, better than all of the other creams that I have tried. It’s easy to apply and comes in a nice little container. I am also only giving it 3 stars because I feel that this is a rather pricey cream for 1.8 ounces, the container is pretty small compared to the other creams and lotions available. Although, Burt’s Bees products are usually higher priced than the others.

Maude Ragsdale, IN

Good, but not my favorite Burt’s Beese Moisturizer.

I’ve been a huge proponent of Burt’s Bees for years, and I love their Radiance Day Lotion. I decided to give this a try, but it’s definitely a heavier, more moisturizing cream – while good for the dry winter weather, I can safely say that I would not be able to use this in the summer without my skin feeling at least a little bit greasy.Otherwise, though, it does a decent job of evening skin tone when used a few days in a row. And personally, I like the smell – it’s slightly floral, a wildflower type of floral maybe, but it’s not overbearing.One minor complaint – the pump dispenses WAY too much, and I have to be REALLY careful when using it not to push down too much and end up with way more lotion than I need. Especially as the style of the bottle also makes it impossible to put any back.

Rae Atlantic Beach, FL