Equinol Dark Spot Concentrate
0.67 fl. oz. for $39.50
Last Updated:03.15.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

You may not know that GoodSkin Labs is owned by Estee Lauder. Lauder also owns Clinique, and, not surprisingly, Equinol Dark Spot Concentrate is very similar to Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector. The cost is roughly the same, too, as Clinique’s product comes in a smaller size for less money, but with GoodSkin’s option you get a larger size for a higher amount. Given the formulary similarities, we invite you to read the review for Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector, because the same comments apply to Equinol Dark Spot Concentrate.


One of the most telling signs of aging skin is hyperpigmentation, more commonly referred to as dark spots.  These dark spots can be caused by sun exposure, free radicals, acne, genetics and hormonal changes.  These factors cause skin to feel “attacked” and lead to skin inflammation at the cellular level.  As a result, skin goes into protective mode, triggering melanin synthesis that ultimately leads to discoloration.


Water, Dimethicone, Polysorbate 40, Pentylene Glycol, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Polyacrylamide, Dimethoxytolyl Propylresorcinol, Gentiana Lutea (Gentian) Root Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Extract, Betula Alba (Birch) Bark Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Bran Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Scuterllaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Morus Bombycis (Mulberry) Root Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extrct, Whey Protein/Lactis Protein/Proteinie Du Petit-Lait, Caffeine, Acetyl Glucosamine, Salicylic Acid, Sucrose, Sorbitol, Sodium RNA, Yeast Extract, Myristyl Alcohol, Laureth-7, PEG-10 Dimethicone, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Propylene Glycol Dicaparate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake, DI-C-12-18 Alkyl Dimonium Chloride, Butylene Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Glycyrrhetinic Acid, Citric Acid, Sodium Sulfite, Sodum Metabisulfite, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol

Brand Overview

GoodSkin Labs At-A-Glance

Strengths: Most of the serums and treatment products (including the wrinkle fillers) are very good; relatively inexpensive given the anti-aging ingredients used; some of the products are fragrance-free.

Weaknesses: Falls short in terms of not offering any sun protection products; no longer a comprehensive line.

GoodSkin Labs is owned by Estee Lauder and sold exclusively at Kohl’s department stores. Although originally launched as a full-featured collection of skin-care products, the brand has since been whittled down to a few key players. We’re not sure why the downsizing occurred, but perhaps it’s Lauder simply decided to focus on the core products that sold best. Whatever the reason, what remains from GoodSkin is a mixed bag—but there are some very good products you may want to consider. Because this is Lauder-owned line, you’ll find several products are similar to others from Laude brands, including Clinique. The price point of GoodSkin Labs is in line with Clinique, though with Clinique you have a lot more choices and can, if desired, put together an entire skin-care routine. Just to be clear, you can put together a brilliant skin-care routine with products from different brands—let go of the myth that you won’t get good results if your routine mixes and matches various brands. In some cases that may work beautifully, but more often than not it can lead to trouble because few lines offer a perfectly ideal assortment of products. What GoodSkin Labs does best is serums and anti-aging treatment products (including wrinkle fillers) and most of them are fragrance-free. Their formulas combine proven beneficial ingredients in elegant textures and packaging that helps keep light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable during use. As with most cosmetic lines, the claims are a bit over the top, but for the most part the formulas contain an impressive range of ingredients that can help your skin look and act younger. You won’t find anything here that Estee Lauder’s namesake brand isn’t also offering, but if you routinely shop at Kohl’s, there are some products that are worthy of checking out! For more information about GoodSkin Labs, visit www.goodskinlabs.com.

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Not comparable to Clinique's Even Better Dark Spot Corrector at ALL

Paula's Choice claims this product is the same as Clinique's Dark Spot Corrector, but it isn't. They are both mainly based on vitamin C, but Equinol contains more stabilized forms of vitamin C and Mulberry and Barley extracts, which are both well researched skin lightening ingredients. In skin lightening, it is important to try out different products in order to find out which ingredients work for you. Clinique's product did not work for me, but this product has lightened all my acne marks.

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