Origins Brighter by Nature SPF 35 Skin Tone Correcting Moisturizer Review

Claiming to be a safe alternative to harsh laser resurfacing, Origin’s newest Brighter By Nature SPF 35 Skin Tone Correcting Moisturizer is packed with a chock full of exotic ingredients like Palmaria Palmata (a red seaweed), Turkey Tail Mushroom, Ascorbyl Glucoside (Vitamin C derived from Sea Algae), Japanese Basil Leaf, Peony etc. to fight existing spots, exfoliate, repair, moisturize and prevent future discoloration.

Thanks to the lime, white grapefruit, lemongrass and spearmint essential oils, the moisturizer has a soothing, refreshing smell, which is a great change from your regular sunscreens and a good wakeup call. The SPF 35 is also a nice upgrade from my typical SPF 30 moisturizers and provides sufficient sun protection for most occasions.

The thicker texture is perfect for fall but can feel a little heavy during the warmer months or in humid places (like Hong Kong). It does, however, sink in nicely and promptly and adds a very nice glow to my combo skin without being shiny. It also does a very good job moisturizing and prepping my skin for makeup.

My only gripe is its effectiveness in reducing skin discolorations. I have been using the product religiously for over a month now but sadly, have not seen any of my sunspots fade. It would also be nice if Origins could change the jar packaging to a tube or a bottle with a pump.

Overall, this is a nice product that hydrates and provides good sun protection. However, when used alone, it will not suffice to lighten existing skin discolorations.


The Origins Brighter By Nature SPF 35 Skin Tone Correcting Moisturizer is now available at and all Origins stores and counters for $42.50.

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Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


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