I don’t know how many of you know the Hey Gorgeous brand (I think they are quite popular in SA) but I have been using their Skin Evening & Brightening Serum for about two months now and I can finally write my review.

What is it?

The Skin Evening & Brightening serum by Hey Gorgeous was formulated to:

  • Make skin tone even
  • Smoothe your complexion
  • Improve skin clarity
  • Stimulate collagen synthesis
  • Boost skin ceramide production
  • Reduce pigmentation or dark marks
  • Reduce the appearance of dark under-eye circles
  • Reduce discolouration
  • Reduce age spots
  • Neutralise free radicals in the skin (Vitamin C)

Main ingredients:

  • Antioxidant Micro-Clustered Water
  • Olive Squalane
  • Liquorice root
  • L-Ascorbic Acid
  • Citric Acid
  • Radish Root Ferment Filtrate

Benefits of Liquorice Root

According to 100% Pure, liquorice root:

  • Can help with hyper-pigmentation
  • Carries a powerful antioxidant called glycerrhizin
  • Includes a UV-fighting ingredient called glabridin
  • Protects your skin with an ingredient called Licochalcone A


I enjoyed the smell because it smelled like liquorice. I don’t recommend the product if you cannot stand the smell of liquorice.Β 


The serum feels like water. I didn’t enjoy it as it didn’t feel great when applied to my skin.

Evening and brightening serum texture

How to Use

  • Shake the bottle
  • Add a few drops to your hands
  • Rub palms together (I don’t recommend this because it’s already watery and you’ll most likely end up losing product)
  • Apply to your face on the problem areas
  • Allow to absorb (It absorbs pretty quickly.)
  • Use the serum in the morning and evening after cleansing and toning.


The serum is packaged in a dark brown glass bottle, with a plastic cap, and cute pink design with flowers.

The Verdict


  • Natural
  • Smells like Liquorice (if you like that smell)


  • It feels like water (might be because of the antioxidant micro-clustered water ingredient)
  • Expensive
  • Made my skin worse (aka break out)
  • Used it for months and saw no difference

My Thoughts

Honestly, I don’t like this product. It was way too watery, it made my skin break out, it is way too expensive, and it probably made my skin worse with all the new pimples.

If it works for your skin, awesome! Unfortunately, it just isn’t for me. Next time, I’ll try to get a sample first or do even more research on a product’s ingredients.Β 

After 1 Week

After not using the product for a week, my skin started clearing up. I’m positive some ingredient made my skin break out.

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