It’s difficult testing a product which promises so much and has been so regularly hyped in the press (Pippa Middleton this, waiting list that). I was sent a bottle of Lancome Visionnaire before it was officially launched to test out and I did wait a week or so before my skin had settled down before starting to incorporate it into my routine, before my moisturiser.
What does this serum do?
Honestly? I am scared of using any skincare which promises to be at the edge of technology – I wonder if my sensitive skin can take it.
I have never used Lancome’s other huge Serum, Genifique – but apparently that is for anti-aging for women 35+ whereas Visionnaire can be used on women of all ages and skin types – because pores and un-evenness affects young women too, right?
Here is the serum, which is very light weight, like a gel. It has a white/pink pearl going through it which adds a brightening touch to the skin.
My first few uses I experienced slight itching. It went away soon enough but then I experienced flaking – quite a lot of small pieces of dry skin coming off which stopped after 2 weeks.
After 12 weeks of using this serum I have both positive and negative thoughts about this product….
On one hand the product has a lovely texture. It sinks in quickly and doesn’t feel like a burden on the skin. I noticed my skin looked better in terms of brightness and tone; it didn’t fade out any pigmentation I had but there was a general clarity which was improved. I continued to get odd spots; I wonder if my skin reacted to this product at all because I got spots in places I don’t usually.
On the negative, I don’t like any strong fragrance in skincare and this is quite strong, Also I didn’t see a massive difference pore wise. It helped those areas look smoother, but I didn’t see a massive reduction in the actual size; so this product may be good if you want clarity and a finer texture but not so much for pore size. I guess there isn’t one serum that does EVERYTHING.
There is also the initial stage where your skin gets used to it; mine tolerated the product properly after a few weeks but you may find it takes longer or no time at all! I wouldn’t have continued with this had I experienced any patches of flaking, redness, pain or stinging.
At £57 for 30ml I don’t think it is that badly priced for a high end serum (cheap propecia). I would def get a sample before buying a full size if possible just to make sure you don’t react to it (if you have sensitive skin). It worked fine on my skin type which is dry – oily – sensitive – a bit of everything.
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