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Lancome’s Visionnaire is shortsighted

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Lancome Visionnaire made me very, very grumpy.

maybe I should take away one grumpy, seeing as how I was given a bottle to try out and review, saving me a whopping $84+. who am I kidding? I would not have purchased this. so yea, I’ll take back one grumpy.

let me start by saying, I debated on whether to post this. couldn’t decide if I wanted to post unflattering reviews on my blog, but truthfully, I was asked to review it and have used it for almost 2 months now + it is a pricy item with a big promise-statement, so why not let you know my results, right?

let’s get started:

the following info is from Lancome’s website. I call em “promise statements“, & base my overall opinion on whether the product lived up to it:  

Our 1st advanced skin corrector.

Wrinkles*, pores* and evenness.

Much more than a wrinkle-corrector, our 1st skincare capable of fundamentally re-creating more beautiful skin. The first skincare with LR 2412, a molecule designed to propel through skin layers. On its path, it triggers a cascading series of micro-transformations.**

Our new vision of skin perfection. One out of two women tempted by a cosmetic procedure decided to postpone it.***

The result: on the surface, wrinkles* and pores* are visibly corrected, imperfections like signs of UV damage and acne marks appear diminished.

LR 2412: 12 years of research. 20 international patents.

*Clinical study
** Based on in-vitro testing
*** After 4 weeks of consumer use. Consumer evaluation of women aged 35 to 49 years tempted by hyaluronic acid, laser or chemical peeling. Results not equal to a medical procedure.

Product Facts:

Retail Price: $84.00

First 5 Key Ingredients: 

  1. Aqua/Water
  2. *Cyclohexasiloxane
  3. Glycerin
  4. Alcohol Denat.,
  5. *C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate


Primarily works as a skin conditioning agent and emollient. Like all other silicones, this ingredient has a unique fluidity that makes it easily spreadable. When applied to the skin, it gives a silky & slippery feeling to the touch and acts a mild water-repellent by forming a protective barrier on the skin. It can also fill in fine lines/wrinkles, giving the face a temporary “plump” look. (source)

C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate:

Mainly used as an emollient and thickening agent. Many cosmetic products contain this ingredient because it provides a light conditioning and silky after touch to the skin and hair. It’s also been shown to act as an antimicrobial agent and a preservative, particularly in products containing UV absorbers. You may find this ingredient in a variety of cosmetics such as sunscreen, facial moisturizer, anti-aging treatments, shampoo/conditioner, body wash, self tanner, eye cream, foundation and deodorant.

my thoughts:

Lancome’s promise statement is a mouthful if there ever was one! given the heavy marketing stating that women opted to postpone cosmetic procedures after using Visionnaire, I’m a little surprised at the simplicity of the first 5 ingredients. I expected something a little more >>ahem<< advanced.  Visionnaire has more than 29 listed ingredients but keep in mind, the term “fragrance” can contain up to 300 chemicals. scary to think it takes all of that just to create the yummy, fruity, earthy or minty-fresh scent found in so many beloved products.

it’d be awesome if Visionnaire delivered on its big promises but I was disappointed and I used it twice a day as directed.

while I don’t have significant wrinkles on my face, I have large pores on my cheeks along with hyperpigmentation on my chin. the few wrinkles I do have were not improved. it did however, break me out along my cheeks and chin. I know it played a part in my acne flare up because when I stopped using it, my skin showed signs of clearing up. my pores are still the same size but my hyperpigmentation slightly improved on my cheeks so there’s something. I guess.

I ran out of eye creme around the time I started using Visionnaire so I opted to use it as an eye creme as well. failed me there too. there was no noticeable difference around my eyes, the fine lines are still there. unfortunately, my search for a great eye creme continues.

bottom line: Lancome’s Visionnaire failed to live up to the hype for me. it had no impact on my wrinkles or pores, only slightly improved hyperpigmentation on my cheeks yet made my acne worse. if you’re curious, stop by a Lancome counter and ask for a sample first or make sure you buy it at a store with a good return policy.

I’d like to know if anyone else has used this? thoughts?

2 comments on “Lancome’s Visionnaire is shortsighted

  1. Nicole
    January 20, 2012

    What a huge disappointment! I have never used this particular product but I tried the Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus and it did nothing for me – I hate when that happens.

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