We Tried It: Luster Pro Light Teeth Whitening System

08/08/2013 at 06:00 PM ET

Luster Pro Light Teeth WhiteningCourtesy Brittany Talarico

What is it: The Luster Pro Light Teeth Whitening System, “guaranteed” to visibly whiten teeth in “as little as 30 minutes” and to work “two times faster than strips and trays.” (I’m clearly a sucker for advertising!)

Who tried it: Brittany Talarico, Associate Style Editor

Why she did it: I’ll admit it: I’m a closet teeth whitener. And I got this sudden urge to cheat on my Crest White Strips!

How crazy is it on a scale from one to Kim Kardashian’s blood facial?: 5. Because it takes 30 minutes. And I’m not talking 30 minutes where you can veg with the gel on your teeth and watch a re-run of Friends. It’s a constant rotation of the 3-step process (more on that below).

I’m kind of a teeth whitening junkie. I’ll try any strip, gel, rinse, trays, you name it. So when I was introduced to this new three-part system at an event, I actually let out a yelp in excitement (as one of my fellow editors witnessed). I mean, a kit that comes with a fancy blue light?! I’m in!

I opted for the accelerated, 30-minute treatment. Step 1: Rinse with the mouth wash for 10 seconds (easy!). Step 2: Brush the whitener gel on your top and bottom chompers. Step 3: Hold the whitening light about six inches from your teeth for 2 minutes. There is a built-in timer, so no need for a stopwatch. Then repeat — 10 times! — and voilà!

If this sounds like gibberish to you, catch the video below for a live demonstration.

The verdict: It works great, and I’m addicted. I’m going to abandon my drugstore strips once and for all, as Luster is the new whitener in my life. And for $43.99, it’s a no-brainer; I still have enough rinse and gel left to use for touch-ups for the next few months.

One important note on sensitivity: While my boyfriend (and videographer) was concerned that I was a bit too “blue light happy” and wondered aloud if my “teeth might fall out,” I had such a positive experience. No sore gums or icky after taste. (But he did put it out of my reach and won’t let me use it until next week.)

Tell us: What are your favorite ways to whiten your teeth?

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Ren Moore on

it’s nice to have whiter-than-‘normal’ teeth, YET, sensitivity is a side-effect..remember, the goal should be maintenance, after your initial ‘treatment’–your boyfriend is right to put that up & away–a dentist will tell you to whiten 1X per month..those are the only teeth you have & ya wanna keep them, right?

Beth mcabee on

How long does the white last

Jeetman on

If you are suppose to hold the light 6 inches from your teeth as you wrote, then you are holding the light too close to your teeth. In your video, it appears you have the light about 1/4 inch to 1 inch from your teeth. 6 inches is a pretty good distance from your teeth. In fact, if you held the light 6 inches, the light would be very dispersed. Are you sure it’s 6 inches?

Susan on

How do you know that it works if you’re a self-confessed closet teeth whitener. Surely your teeth would be pearly white to begn with? Were there any drastic results

nikole on

I own the Luster system, and the instructions say .5 to 1 inch not 6. Must be a typo

Catering Dlio on

Where’s the BEFORE picture? And yeah, SIX INCHES?? What do you expect from a “beauty” blogger

iva on

How can you post something like this and expect it to be taken seriously? Absolutely foolish to use a test subject who is ”obsessed with teeth whitening” ( That’s it’s own issue…you look like a leather bad with LED lights for teeth. Quit the tanning and settle in for a natural, healthy lifestyle so you don’t age worse than you already are )

cathy on

I had a friend that was such a whitening junkie that her teeth were SO white I was concerned. They didn’t even look like real teeth and it was terribly distracting. It did not look good.

cathy on

I did read that one way to reduce the sensitivity was to use a tooth paste for sensitive teeth for 3 weeks before using whitening products then continue using it afterwards. I don’t use anything (I should) cause I have crowns and such and worry about them. What if this stuff whitens my natural teeth but not the crowns or bridge work.


I tried this and it did not work on my teeth.

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