God knows I adore Lancome’s mascaras, but when it comes to skincare, I had yet to have any success with any of the Lancome products. If we complain about the strong perfume scents from Korean skincare, wait till you try Lancome’s skincare! Even if some of the more basic items like cleansers aren’t half bad, the fragrance is way too pungent for me to like using them. And I normally don’t mind having a little nice smell to my cleansers (just not anything that’s supposed to stay on my skin).
I did not buy this, by the way, it was a gift, so at least it wasn’t as painful as it would have been for me (and my wallet). Because this is an anti-wrinkle product and I have it in full size, I decided to give it 3 months before I review it. To be honest, the length of time didn’t matter. I always believe that some brands are better at doing skincare or makeup but not both, and Lancome fits right under that category. I like Lancome’s makeup (especially the mascaras), but as far as skincare goes, it’s just loaded with lots of silicone (fillers) and perfume.
This is supposed to refill wrinkles within one hour and boost the synthesis of elastin, which will make fine lines, wrinkles, and imperfections less visible and the SPF15 will protect the skin from daily UV damage. First of all, the one hour claim is just bogus. I did not notice the slightest bit of difference in my fine lines on my forehead over the 3 months I had been using it, let alone one hour; and the SPF 15 is completely inadequate as a daily sunscreen. I needed to use my IOPE Sunblock White (SPF47 PA+++) over this (or any other higher SPF).
The scent is irritating and unpleasant. It’s highly artificial and worse than some of the other Lancome skincare fragrance. It literally gave me a headache for the first hour or two (it has major hang time!) before either I got so used to it I didn’t smell it anymore, or it dissipated after 2 hours or so. Scent is one of those highly personal things, mind you, but this one definitely isn’t a nice kind of fragrance.
After 3 months, I didn’t see any difference. It is also not a good hydrator either – just lots of silicone to fool you to think that it makes your skin smooth. Even though it is noncomedogenic, I did notice a bump or two in my ‘apple zone’ (under eye area close to the nose) – so I did not use it in that area to avoid breakouts. I mostly used this on my forehead and this somehow made my skin look rather oily* and I needed to use blotting paper a few times a day while I used this.
Bottom line: Lancome is really much better at makeup than skincare, and so far, none of the Lancome skincare products I had used had proven me wrong!
*I tested this separately without using any other sunscreen over it to see if it was causing the oiliness, and it was.
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