I'll admit that, at first, I popped one into my mouth.
Turns out, they're not edible. They're not those kind of capsules; they're the kind that require manual (yet minimal) hand labor.
Packed with exotic Finnish nutrients like lingonberry seed and Arctic cloudberry seed oil (which sound like Dr. Seuss scenery), Finnish beauty company Lumene's Vitamin C-filled moisturizer capsules claim to be exceptionally skilled at brightening skin and protecting it from stress factors. While mine eyes are not skilled enough to notice a gradual intake in brightness, the capsules have definitely improved the overall texture and feel.
These cute capsules transform my generally dull, uneven skin – and while I can’t say I look "radiant" or “years younger” (this ain’t a TV commercial), I will say that I look more youthful, my pores and wrinkles less noticeable. The product glides on easily and the effect is almost that of a primer – soft, silky, and dewy.
The other part of my obsession is the process, which has become a swift but rather enjoyable ritual each morning. I twist open the small glass bottle, take out just one capsule, remove the tip, squeeze out the delightful citrus-smelling content and massage it all over my face. There’s something to be said about delicately consuming one (just one!) drop, and treasuring it, since there are only 28 per bottle. It feels like a treat – or a present wrapped up in a bow. It's the little things in life.
The amount is also perfectly proportioned, so you feel fine using an entire capsule. (I wish I could say the same about cleansing wipes, which I always make me feel guilty because I don’t need than entire yard of fabric to wipe off my eye makeup).
If you want to add a little luxury to your hectic A.M. routine, beauty capsules make a good start. Just a reminder: While they look like cute goldfish crackers, we don't recommend swallowing them.
Lumene Vitamin C+ Pure Radiance Beauty Drops ($21.99) are available at CVS stores, Ulta, Walgreens, Drugstore.com.
Rina Raphael is a TODAY.com editor who likes her makeup like she likes most things — in cute lil' packages.