Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Honest Review - Lancôme Visionnaire LR 2412 4% Advanced Skin Corrector

Lancome Visionnaire

I am going to start off this post by saying that my skin has never gotten along with any Lancôme skincare products. In fact I had an extremely bad experience and allergy reaction to one of their cleansers a few years ago, which caused me to purposely avoid the Lancôme counter at Sears no matter how good their gwp promotions turned out to be. 

As a skincare enthusiast it was hard for me to deny my own curiosity when the Visionnaire serum first launched. The Lancôme marketing team created such hype and excitement in the beauty industry over this miraculous LR 2412 molecule that I started considering lifting the Lancôme ban of my own. 
What can I say - my impulse control was seriously lacking!

The blogosphere exploded with Visionnaire reviews and for a while it looked like this serum really was the game-changer in the anti-aging industry. After reading what seemed like a 1000 positive reviews I finally decided to give Lancôme one more chance at redemption and purchased the elegant blue bottle. 

Did it live up to my expectation and more importantly, did it deliver the results it promised? 
We shall see...

Official description; 
More than a wrinkle-corrector, this product is capable of fundamentally re-creating more beautiful skin. The first skincare product with LR 2412, a molecule designed to propel through skin layers, it triggers a cascading series of micro-transformations along its path. On the surface, wrinkles and pores are visibly corrected. Imperfections like signs of UV damage and acne marks appear diminished. 

Lancome Visionnaire results

Aqua / Water / Eau, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Sodium Tetrahydrojasmonate, Dipropylene Glycol, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Polysilicone-11, Dimethicone, Bis-Peg/Ppg-16/16 Peg/Ppg-16/16 Dimethicone, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Ammonium Polyacryldimethyltauramide / Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Ci 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Phenoxyethanol, Adenosine, Argilla / Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Dimethiconol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Disodium Edta, Tetrahydrojasmonic Acid, Citronellol, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Parfum / Fragrance.

The biggest selling point Lancôme used in the Visionnaire promotion was their claim that "one out of two women tempted by a cosmetic procedure decided to postpone it" after using this advanced skin corrector for only four weeks. 

Lancome Visionnaire
First off I want to make it clear that I have never been tempted to undergo any kind of cosmetic surgery and knowing my own prejudice to needles and scalpels chances are I never will be either. Personally I am a big believer in good skincare, problem prevention and suitable maintenance of your own skin type, regardless of age. I am also afraid of needles, which disqualifies me from most cosmetic procedures or surgeries and forces me to be almost exclusively product driven when it comes to anti-aging and caring for the skin,

I may be able to resist plastic surgery promises but I was indeed tempted by a certain skin correcting serum Visionnaire that promised to improve the condition of my complexion, blurr fine lines and pores, fade hyper-pigmentation areas, refine skin texture and plump up facial tone. 

The glowing reviews, so-called "scientific research", the internationally patented  miracle molecule inclusion (LR 2412), the perfect complexion of the Lancôme models and the price tag alone ($132 for 1.7 fl.oz) made me expect significant changes or at least some visible results in the mirror. 

Honestly I would have been happy with at least one of the "skin corrections" this thing claimed to provide. 

Now i really don't want this post to be viewed as a negative, bitter review for Lancôme but I made a commitment prior to starting this beauty blog that I will always be honest about any product experiences.
Seeing how the decision for me to invest in this Advanced Skin Corrector was majorly influenced by all the positive reviews on many of the "big beauty blogs" I strongly believe that posting honest positive and negative opinions about all products is extremely important in helping others who are looking for balanced information, especially if the item requires a significant monetary investment. 
In my opinion the Lancôme Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector fits that category perfectly. 

Unfortunately the performance of this beautiful, fancy Visionnaire serum was very underwhelming for me. I didn't see any positive changes on my skin and although I enjoyed using it I cannot justify repurchasing something so expensive that didnt have any effect. I liked the light-reflecting particles suspended in the Visionnaire liquid since the effect was similar to a sheer highlighting primer but I have many other products that can imitate the same thing. Not to mention that shine and mica sparkles are not real skincare ingredients, especially when we are talking about such expensive skincare. 

Lancome VisionnaireAs I mentioned the Lancôme Visionnaire did not really live up to my expectations since I didn't see any noticeable change in my skin but it also didnt cause any negative reactions either.  I was slightly concerned about that outcome because of my previous negative experience but Lancôme has obviously upped its game when it comes to avoiding irritants or allergens in their formulations. 
Despite all that I would not recommend this serum to the members of the Sensitive Skin Care Club because the Visionnaire formula has a significantly high alcohol content, which can dry out and irritate delicate skin. 

Lancôme is one of the leading beauty giants when it comes to the world of cosmetics and they certainly didn't skimp on research when it came to formulating their latest anti-aging treatment serum. 
There are many positive, glowing reviews all over the blogosphere about the Lancôme Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector so just because it didnt work out for me, it doesn't mean that it's not a good product. Obviously some people are experiencing great results with this addition to their skincare routines because the Visionnaire continues to be one of the brands leading sellers. Conclusions and findings like this only further reinforce the fact that skincare is extremely subjective from one individual to the next and what works for one person may or may not work for you. Coming up with an ideal combination of skincare products and brands, which "perfect" your complexion and meet all the requirements for healthy skin inside and out; is probably one of the trickiest but also the most rewarding paths a beauty enthusiast can take. The Lancome Visionnire was a little detour on my path!

It feels strange to say that even though Visionnaire wasn't right for me, it did renew my interest in Lancôme again and I know that I will be visiting their counter pretty soon. Go figure!

In fact I have my eye on the new Génifique Yeux Light-Pearl(TM) Eye-Illuminating Youth Activating Concentrate!

For more information regarding Lancome Visionnaire and other Lancome products, including purchasing please visit their website. Lancome products are available for purchase directly thereSephora, various Shopper's Drug Mart Locations (Canada) and various department store counters (Macy's, Sears, The Bay etc.) 

Have you lovely readers tried the Visionnaire or the Génifique Yeux Light-Pearl

What is your favorite Lancôme product? 



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  1. I actually had an allergic reaction to the Visionnaire serum, much to my dismay as it is not a cheap product. STopped using it inmediately and my skin cleared up after a few days.

    1. Yikes! I had the same issue with a Lancôme cleanser a while back :-( I am starting to be a little wary of their skincare! It's sucks because their stuff is really not cheap at all!
      I think I will be staying away from them for a while!
      Thank you for sharing too! I was so excited to see you came back :-))))

    2. I received a sample of Lancôme Visionnaire and tried it out, but I had an extreme allergic reaction after applying it to my face. My skin got irritated, warm and sensitive and the area around my eyes was caused to swell. Never before have I had any allergic reaction to any other skin care product.

  2. I saw my frown lines disappear within 12 hours! I used the sample and I could not believe it. I have extremely sensitive skin and also allergies so I was wary of it but the results are remarkable. I'm of modest means but to find a product that my skin can tolerate and also has a visible result makes it well worth the price. I will budget if I have to!

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  11. I used a small amount of this product and woke in the middle of the night with severe itching and burning all over my face. I washed my face twice with only water to try to help and woke the next morning with horrendous blisters and flaking skin all over my now red and inflamed face. I ended up going to the doctors because of it and had a two week period where i could not apply make up as the blisters were so bad and painful. Do not use this product if you have sensitive skin.

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  20. I can used all others except this crazy Visionnaire advanced multi correction cream. First I thought I had food allergy reaction. So I have tested three time just to make sure. I make sure I did not put any eyes cream or any other moisturizer. So I just applied the Visionnaire advanced multi correction cream and in the middle of the night I feel itchy and touched my face and it’s burning hot. I looked into the mirror and my eyes look like a Chinese doll my face all swollen. Took me three days to heal it. I will never use this product again maybe my skin is too sensitive to this cream since others is ok to use.