Quite a long hiatus, again, I know, but, believe me, this one was definitely unplanned: March has been utter crap so far on almost every aspect and, to top it off, I've been insanely busy (with what you might ask? Well, you need not worry, I'll spill the beans in due time)!
Today, I'll be reviewing a (fairly new) skincare product, whose ads in the very least will have probably caught your attention: I'm talking about Visionnaire, the most recent serum by Lancome.
Now, I won't get too technical on you, analysing the breakthrough molecule fancily named LR2412 (overkill much?) - I'll just share my overall experience.
Starting off with the consistency, you notice that Visionnaire is a lightweight serum, that spreads extremely easily on the skin, without feeling greasy or slippery (as say Smashbox Photofinish primer does - and there's a reason why I'm bringing this up). It gets absorbed in a matter of seconds and leaves no traces of unpleasant stickiness. Personally, I find that it's quite a "moisturising" serum and those with oilier skintypes could even get away without adding a moisturiser on top.
One of the things that took me a while to notice, is that it's not just a pearly, off-white formula: there's a distinct pinkish iridescence to it (which my camera absolutely fails in capturing, but, trust me, it's there), that is probably one of the reasons why this product makes the skin look so good upon application. Cue photo:
On the left you have my dry, untreated hand and on the right you have my hand after a layer of Visionnaire. I found the results even more noticeable on the face: the skin is much more smooth and supple and you get this radiance (not to be mistaken with greasiness or oiliness), almost as if you've woken up fully rested while on vacation (I'm not exaggerating, I've had people compliment my skin after an 8hr trip without any sleep, so it's gotta be working).
Would I classify it as "skincare" though? Nope, not exactly: Visionnaire does contain a fair number of silicones in it (partially why it makes the skin look so good), so I'm a little apprehensive to use it overnight, despite that being the recommended method. I have to admit though, using it during the day underneath my foundation, it never broke me out.
Long story short: yes, this will make your skin look good, or very good. It does seem to slightly tighten the pores and the fine lines do appear diminished (if that is a result of the silicones or of the fancy molecule, which is said to slow down cellular turnover, I wouldn't be able to say). If you're looking for something to address your aging skin's needs, I'm not entirely convinced that this is it, but if you're looking for a resurfacing product that triples as a primer, serum and moisturiser, then this is probably as good as it gets.
Huge downside: the packaging. No idea whatsoever as to how much I've used. Come on Lancome, this is an expensive product, I do deserve a heads up before I run out (of course the argument there could be that if you can afford it in the first place, you shouldn't have a problem picking it up again, lol)!
So, have you tried this yet? What do you look for in a serum?
Do you have any specific skincare or priming product that you rely on to make you look good when you need a little something extra?
Disclaimer: this product was sent to me for review consideration. My thoughts and opinions on it are an honest reflection of my experience, and yes, I would purchase this with my own money.