ROLLY Reviews: ESK Enlighten

review, ROLLY Mag

4-n-Butylresorcinol… I can’t pronounce it but let me tell you what it is! 

ESK Enlighten was received in PR from Black Sixteen Agency. All opinions are my own.

What is it? 

(Description provided by brand)

Hyperpigmentation is a broad term used to describe concentrated areas of skin that become discoloured due to excess melanin production. Often harmless and limited to the face, neck, hands and chest, most common forms of hyperpigmentation include solar lentigines, also known as sun, age or liver spots; and melasma.  

While treatment options can include intense pulsed light (IPL), cosmetic surgery and dermabrasion, tyrosinase inhibition is proven to be the most effective and safest treatment to date. Offering a gentle and superior alternative to hydroquinone-based formulations, Enlighten by Evidence Skincare (ESK) uses a relatively new tyrosinase-inhibitor, 4-n-Butylresorcinol (4nB), to lighten skin and reduce future melanin deposits.

Pronounced “4-n-beautal-resorcinol”, 4nB has been proven to be the most effective depigmenting agent when compared to industry alternatives such as hydroquinone, arbutin, azelaic acid, and kojic acid, and produce faster results in as little 6 weeks with less skin irritation.

Formulated with sensitive skin types in mind, Enlighten combines 4nB with antioxidant multitasker, niacinamide (vitamin B3), to help regulate normal skin cell function, improve the skin’s moisture barrier, and reduce the transfer of melanin to keratinocytes where pigment is deposited. In addition to its hyperpigmentation benefits, Enlighten is also shown to help balance sebum production, increase collagen synthesis, and reduce post-inflammatory redness.  

Suitable for daily and long-term use, Enlighten can be paired with other active ingredients, such as vitamin C and alpha hydroxy acids, for enhanced depigmentation and overall skin rejuvenation. Available globally via Evidence Skincare (ESK)


  • Powerful ingredient that treats hyperpigmentation 
  • Formulated for sensitive skin types
  • Includes niacinamide which can be great for evening skin tone and balancing oil production \suitable for daily and long term use
  • Safe to use in conjunction with other ingredients 

My thoughts 

I was incorporating Enlighten into my nighttime skincare routine because my morning one is hit and miss – sometimes I do it, sometimes I don’t. By using the product at night, I was guaranteed to use it for a considerable length of time to test the effectiveness.

My skin loves niacinamide, and so I was confident using this product on my sensitive skin without any irritation. 

I noticed that after a few days of use, my skin tone did appear more even, and my blemishes looked less red and irritated. 

Note that I do not suffer from hyperpigmentation but do have an uneven skin tone. 

I was very impressed with this product and felt like I saw benefits from using it.

The biggest downside for me, is the price tag. 

Yes you are paying for a quality product, but I can’t afford to be spending that much money on a product I will empty quickly. 

ESK did offer 30% off at Black Friday so I would definitely consider waiting for a sale to repurchase the product. 

For another opinion, you can read IC x Beauty’s review here and The Caryl Edit’s review here.

Enlighten retails for $95 RRP (50g).

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