Pros: Some good cleansers; well-formulated scrubs; almost all of the sunscreens
contain either avobenzone, ecamsule (Mexoryl SX), or titanium dioxide
for sufficient UVA protection; an outstanding retinol product; large selection
of self-tanning products; several excellent foundations with beautiful shades
for almost every skin color; some great concealers; well-deserved reputation
for mostly outstanding mascaras; the Absolue powder; the liquid eyeliner;
all of the powder eyeshadows; one fantastic lipstick and automatic lip liner.
Cons: Skin care is expensive for what amounts to average products
dressed up in attractive packaging; no AHA or BHA products;
no products to effectively treat blemishes or lighten skin discolorations;
average toners; moisturizers that are short on including state-of-the-art
ingredients; jar packaging; several foundations with sunscreen
do not provide complete UVA protection; the pressed bronzing powder;
average powder blush, eye pencils, and long-wearing lip color;
none of the lipsticks with sunscreen include adequate UVA protection;
relatively unimpressive makeup brushes.
Lancome Absolue Ultimate Bx Replenishing and Restructuring Serum:
($130/1 ounce) Absolue Ultimate Bx Replenishing and Restructuring Serum
promises to be a breakthrough for mature skin due to its supposed
clarifying power. Those with dull, lackluster skin tones will see radiance returned,
but thatís due to the mica particles in this product that simply add a soft shine
to skin, which is about makeup rather than skin care.
Lancome High Resolution with Fibrelastine, Intensive Recovery Anti-Wrinkle
Cream SPF 15: ($74.00 for 1.7 ounces) High Resolution with Fibrelastine,
Intensive Recovery Anti-Wrinkle Cream SPF 15. In some ways it is just shocking
that Lancome is still launching sunscreens that donít include UVA-protecting
ingredients, just like this one doesnít.
For this High Resolution product,
the base formula has a great texture, but it fails to impress because it has
only minimal state-of-the-art ingredients.
Lancome Platineum Eye & Lip Hydroxy(a)-Calcium, Restructuring Eye
and Lip Treatment: ($80.00/.5 ounce) debuts as Lancomeís version
of LíOrealís Age Perfect Pro-Calcium Eye Cream. Lancome uses a different
base formula and contains insignificant amounts of novel ingredients
that LíOreal left out.
The majority of the formula is standard slip agents
and thickeners along with a couple emollients and wax. The calcium ingredient
is hydroxyapatite. Hydroxyapatite is the calcium compound found in our bones
and teeth. It is also used in dermal fillers such as Radiesse, and for other types
of soft tissue augmentation. If youíre curious to see what calcium can do
for your skin, consider LíOrealís less expensive version or, even better,
try adding more calcium-rich foods to your diet.
Lancome Cils Booster XL Super-Enhancing Mascara Base: ($21.50)
is a lash primer that really works, and is much better than Lancomeís original
Cils Booster Mascara Enhancing Base. A pre-mascara, it adds bulk and length
to lashes, allowing the actual color-enhancing mascara to cling better
and apply evenly. What youíll notice is more thickness to lashes than using
just mascara alone. This type of product isnít for everyone (most women
wonít want to bother with two steps), but those with short or sparse
lashes should give this a try and see for themselves what a difference it makes.
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