Unlike Lancome’s Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate, Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector noticeably improved the condition of the skin. It is not a miracle product, but it smooths and adds a bit of glow. I still prefer Murad’s Advanced Active Radiance Serum and Philosophy’s Time in a Bottle as I find them more effective and results are noticeable faster, and they are cheaper, too.
Different skin will react differently to different products. For me, Lancome’s skin care lines have yet to be as effective as their makeup.
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Lancome’s Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate turned out to be an absolute disappointment for me. I did not experience any changes in my skin at all. It didn’t smooth, it didn’t brighten, it didn’t even skin tone. Philosophy’s Time in a Bottle and Murad’s Advanced Active Radiance Serum are much more worthy of their price.
Please keep in mind that my skin is not mature, and it seems like Advanced Genifique was designed for older people. I have seen many reviews praising the efficacy of Lancome’s Concentrate. For me, it did nothing. Perhaps I will try it out when I am older.
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Eye makeup can be difficult to wash off, especially eye liner because it’s so close to the lashes. The delicate skin surrounding the orbitals dictates use of a milder cleanser. Generally, eye makeup removers can dry the skin and will sting if they get into the eye.
Lancome’s Bi-Facil Dual-Action Eye Makeup Remover is a two-phase cleaner. The bottom phase is water soluble, while the top is oily. The two mix marvelously into a foamy liquid that is used like any other makeup remover – placed on a cottonball and swiped across the eyelids. The scent is pleasant, perhaps chamomile. The oil part prevents the skin from feeling dry after the procedure, moisturizing. Bi-Facil also calms the delicate eye area, so it should not be red or irritated after use of the makeup remover. Although the mix feels uncomfortable if it gets into the eye, it does not sting and a bit of blinking fixed the discomfort for me.
The best makeup remover for me has been the general in-shower cleansing with L’Occitane Shea Butter Extra Gentle Soap. For very sensitive skin on the face or for individuals who do not consider soap to be the right way to go about removing makeup, this may not be an option. Lancome’s Bi-Facil will remove at least 90% of makeup while soothing and moisturizing.
Lancome Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover: 4.2oz (125ml) for C$35.00, 6.8oz (200ml) for C$42.00 @ Sephora.ca.
When I first opened my sample of Lancome Gloss in Love 385 Under the Spotlight, I thought, “A! It’s so pink!” The colour looks a very bright fuchsia en masse. However, just like with the orange-looking 144 Glitter Mania, it looks great on and brightens the complexion (probably because of the iridescent glitter). 385 is sweet to taste yet flavourless. All of the other properties that I’ve listen in my initial review of Lancome Gloss in Love are the same here.
The price for the majority of these glosses has gone up by a dollar since the time I first reviewed them. They all used to cost C$28.00, and now only a handful remain priced so.
Lancome Gloss in Love: 0.20oz (5.9ml); 230 Cinema Cinnamon, 302 Rose Oscar, Mocha Queen, and Ginger Star for C$28.00; all others for C$29.00 @ Sephora.ca.
Are cosmetics from luxury companies like Chanel, Dior, and Guerlain better than makeup-centered companies like Buxom, Make Up For Ever, and Urban Decay? I imagine it depends on the individual products, but from my experience, it has been ‘yes’ at least in terms of texture and performance.
When I received a sample of Lancome’s Gloss in Love, I thought, “Another sticky gloss.” It’s not sticky at all, actually. It has an obviously gloss look, but it feels like its hugging the lips – must be the “cocooning feel” that’s advertised. I was surprised and delighted at the fact that this gloss doesn’t just coat, but moisturizes the lips and lasts longer than other glosses. Its brush makes application easier by allowing more precision than others and by depositing controlled amounts of product. Its a simple design that works.
The colours are varied – some with sparkles or glitter and others without. 144 Glitter Mania (bright pink-coral with gold shimmer) may seem gaudy-orange at first. I was hesitant to put it on, but the colour isn’t as bright as it seems. It looks great and seems to make the whole face glow. 200 Just Strass (clear shimmer with iridescent glitter) makes me think of Guerlain’s Meteorites and will make the lips look like they’ve been hit by magical dust. It has a light vanilla taste.
If ever I’m in need of a gloss, I will definitely remember Lancome’s.
Lancome Gloss in Love: 0.2oz (6ml) for C$28.00 @ Sephora.ca.