Lacome Review: Visionnaire Crescendo, Bienfait UV, and the Matte Lip Shaker!
I have put off writing this review solely because of this particular product. I wanted to test it for the full 28 days in order to give the best and well-rounded opinion. First a little background about this item, the Sephora website has it listed as “A dual-phase leave-on liquid night peel that provides multiple benefits in one system, resulting in accelerated results on dullness, pores, dark spots, and wrinkles”. Now, anything containing glycolic acid and Salicylic Acid makes me very nervous because my skin is very dry and very sensitive.
The premise of this product is that you use Phase 1 for 14 days and then switch to using Phase 2 for another 14 days and that is supposed to be what aids in the decrease of pores, dark spots, dullness, and wrinkles. Thankfully, it has not irritated my skin but it certainly burns going on. Phase 1 burns initially but dissipates relatively quickly while Phase 2 burns first and then continues to throb a bit. Maybe I’m a masochist but this dull throb wasn’t necessarily painful, it just made me feel like it was working and doing something productive.
Now that I am nearing the end of the 28 days I have seen a visible improvement in a way that I have yet to see with any other product. I still have some spots on my face and it has contributed to my dryness (but I have just been putting Aquaphor on them and it works wonders) but the changes I have noticed are worth it. The small under-the-skin white bumps I have been plagued with for months have finally, for the most part, dissipated and, most exciting of all, the brightness of my skin is unparalleled. I wish I had a before and after picture but I was pessimistic and figured the claims would be just that, claims - not results.
If you are suffering from dullness I would recommend this product whole heartedly. My skin looks significantly more awake and just alive, more so than I can remember in recent years.
Retailing at $75 it is definitely a steep price point and I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to try this for free but I am so happy with how bright and clear my skin looks I consider it worth the money.
Bienfait UV 50+ Sunscreen
Tis the season for needing sunscreen and if you are using something like the Visionnaire Crescendo at night with Glycolic Acid you need to be sure you are protecting your skin from UV rays during the day. I am the first to admit I am horrible with remembering to put sunscreen on underneath my foundation even though my skin is so fair it’s practically translucent. This sunscreen definitely has a sunscreen smell and a taste if you get it too close to your mouth (which, come on, we all have). That is my only gripe though, the smell and the taste are much like your childhood Coppertone but it's effective. It comes out white but melts into the skin leaving no residue or white film. Plus, my foundation applied over top perfectly, no different from using any primer. I found that once I put it on and rubbed it in I could forget about it. I didn’t make me breakout or cause my makeup to slip off during the day. It was invisible and that’s what you want from a sunscreen - especially one on your face.
Again, this is Lancome we’re talking about so the price is a bit higher coming in at $39 and for a sunscreen that's a lot. I work a lot in order to pay my rent and bills and paying $39 for sunscreen strikes me as a bit absurd. I certainly think it is a great product and if you are looking for a high-end face sunscreen then this is a good choice but if you are looking for something a bit more affordable I have included some awesome choices that won’t break the bank but will still protect you in the upcoming warmer months.
Great affordable facial sunscreens!
Neutrogena Pure and Free Liquid Sunscreen $12.49 - This is a great thin textured sunscreen with almost no sunscreen-y scent!
Neutrogena Clear Face Liquid Lotion Sunblock $11.49 - My sister is a huge fan of this, she has oily skin but is still super fair, this is a great product for acne prone skin, keeping the face matte and protected.
Kiss My Face Face Sunscreen Face Factor SPF 30 $12.95 - A perfect size bottle for travel but I wouldn't recommend this one for acne/oily skin and it does have a bit of a scent, albeit a nice one. The product has a little more slip than others but it is all natural and that's always a plus.
Coppertone Oil Free Face Sunscreen $9.99 - Sunscreen at its most classic. This is another product good for acne prone skin, there are no ingredients in this that would cause breakouts and with an SPF of 50+, it's great for fair skin.
Matte Shaker in Pink Power
Ahhhh the Lancome Shaker Lipsticks - I loooooooved the lip oils. As I have previously said my body is the Sahara, all surfaces of me are dry and dehydrated all the time so lip oils and balms are my jam - matte things scare me. These matte shakers, however, changed the game. They dry matte but feel invisible and lightweight on your lips. It is easy to forget you’re wearing anything at all. I have this in the shade Pink Power which is an intense bright magenta and definitely outside my comfort zone, they do make some more nude shades but with a matte lip having something more intense is the way to go. I put the durability to the test and ate a bowl of soup with this bright lip on and noticed it didn’t budge. I was wholly impressed with its staying power through things like food and drink. Oils will take this off, something greasy like a burger would probably be cause for reapplication but hour to hour wear and tear on your lips it holds up. Another plus? It doesn’t transfer (too much) I used my boyfriend as a guinea pig and kissed him all over his face and minor pink shadows were left. No messy, wet, pink splotches - always an exciting aspect of a lip color.
Coming in at $22 it's pretty average for a higher end lip color and for the number of uses you will get out of it, plus the fun packaging I would say it is worth it. Even though I did receive this one for free I have, in the past, purchased the Lip Oil Shaker from Lancome and I will be getting some more of these matte colors as well (probably in nude shades because I am a weeny).
Overall, I have been very impressed with Lancome as a whole. I think I was previously a bit biased to it thinking it was a brand for old ladies but their products have incredible benefits and they hold up to their price point. There is nothing worse than throwing a lot of money into something and having it flop. I can say, from experience, that these are not flops. I would recommend going out and picking up some Lip Shakers and the Visionnaire Crescendo at once, the sunscreen I think you can find products that are equally as effective for less.
*All products reviewed were received complementary of Lancome for purposes of review.
Thanks for reading and soon I will have another tasty vegan recipe posted - I have been very busy in the kitchen!