I was very keen to try this, as a lot of other foundations from Lancôme were not really doing me any favours. I needed something with good coverage, bit with a flawless smooth effect finish. It was also very hard to find the right shade, there were only a few shades that were close to my pale complexion, but I found most of the shades quite brown and sandy - making me ill almost, so just on this alone, it would deter me from using it - just simply not having my shade.
Anyway, back to its photogenic effects. I have quite bad bumpy skin with scars. The texture of this fluid it quite light and fluid, you would only need very very little, just a small dab into the foundation was too much for my face. The light texture is just that, and unfortunately does not give enough coverage. With regards to the smooth effects, it does give a soft glowing effect and does give some smoothing finish - but that is, if you are looking for it, and to be honest, I don't think it is much more different than the other foundations, does not give a dramatic difference, so sadly, I would not go out to buy this again. Not having my shade and not doing its job...It will probably be very good value for money if it works for you, because, you literally need such a tiny amount for it to cover the whole face - bearing in mind it is to be used for light coverage finishes....
I expected great things from this foundation, as it is very very pricey.
The bottle is classy and good quality, which is always a bonus for me as I love feeling like a product is worth the money you pay.
The foundation itself blended perfectly ito my skin, it was exactly the right shade, giving me a bit of colour and a healthy glow but not making me look orange.
The coverage isn't great of this. If you have awful skin this won't cover up any major problems. It dries quite quickly on your face so isn't the most workable foundation.
I do find, however that this foundation gives my skin a natural glow which I love. It doesn't photograph particularly spectacularly which I guess its meant too but is doesn't make your skin oily or greasy- even as I have oily skin nauturally. It's staying power is fantastic, looking flawless at the end of my night, even with dancing etc.
The best thing about this for me is that it doesnt feel like you are wearing it. It is a light coverage foundation and It just feels lovely on my face. So nice infact that I almost forgot to wash it off!
This is, without a doubt, my favourite foundation! I bought it by chance when my normal Chanel foundation was out of stock in my colour. I had been wanting to try a new foundation for a while but I was always a bit wary as most colours don't seem to match my skin tone. Even my normal one was slightly a bit dark for my skin tone (and that was the lightest one they did!). It always looked good when you first started the bottle but then you begin heading into 'orange' teritory as you get to the bottom of it. I decided to give Lancome's Photogenic foundation a whirl after reading about it in a beauty magazine, apparently it's Uma Thurman's favourite as well, which can't be bad. The sales assistant said it would give a fresh, dewy, luminescent look, as that is everything I look for in a foundation, I was sold.
Lancome Photogenic foundation contains Photonique Network, which is designed to give a luminous complexion. The combination of coated pigments and Photo-Liminescent mother of pearl catches and controls the light, to boost the skins luminosity. It also contains Aqua-Catch Complex which provides an instant comfort and locks in moisture to hydrate your skin for up to 24 hours. The silky smooth formula glides on to the skin, covering imperfections for a beautifully radiant complexion.
I have been using this foundation for almost a year now and I have no intention of switching to any other make or brand. I love it just as much now as when I first tried it. I use shade 010 which is absolutley perfect for my skin tone, I have never found one which matches as good as this. The foundation just glides on your skin, it is super smooth and gives amazing coverage. The formula is very light and, for me, it never feels heavy or as if you wearing foundation. I have combination skin, so some foundations can cause my skin to look really oily, whilst oil-free foundations cause my skin to look really dry and flaky. This one is just perfect, since I have been using this I haven't had to blot away any excess oil during the day and my foundation stays in place without sliding off. I must say aswell, this foundation has amazing staying power. My complexion looks just as good throughout the day as it did when I first put it on. It also has the added benefit of SPF 15 which is perfect for my fair skin. The result, a flawless, radiant, smooth look around the clock.
Apply a dab of Photogenic Lumessence to the cheeks, nose, forehead and chin. Blend using an upward motion with either your fingertips or a foundation brush. Take extra care to blend around the nose, under the eyes and around the hairline.
Lancome Photogenic Lumessence is avaliable at Lancome counters found in most department stores and is also available online at Amazon and Ebay. A 30ml bottle normally retails at £27.50, totally worth it in my opinion.
An amazing foundation, my complexion always looks flawless and radiant now. There are many shades avaliable to suit all skin tones aswell. I would absolutley recommend this foundation, I love it and it's no wonder that Uma Thurman does too.
Product:- Lancome Photogenic Luminessence Foundation
Cost:- £30.00 from Amazon.co..uk
Due to Dior ceasing to produce yet another favourite foundation of mine yet again, I swore to switch brands and my search led me to Lancome. My skin is oily and at the moment very pale and I prefer to use a light foundation which doesn't create a caked on appearance. I am generally quite fussy when it comes to my foundation as a good foundation is a base from which to build up your look whilst having the added bonus of covering up any imperfections and bestowing the user with photo shoot perfect skin. Well, that's the image that I create in my head whilst applying foundations whilst ignoring my imperfections.
I am also willing to pay a little bit more for a good quality foundation and after testing a variety of cheaper brands I have found that a high end good quality foundation is worth paying the extra for.
My mother gave me a sample size of the foundation which she had received over the festive period and after using the sample, I admit I was hooked and proceeded to purchase the above foundation. Good old Amazon delivered the Foundation promptly and so my journey began.
The Foundation is packaged in a clear glass bottle, subtly adorned with a white font bearing the Lancome name and Product title. The golden rose Lancome Logo is placed discreetly on the right hand side of the Lancome name at the top pf the bottle. The Pump action top of the bottle is very secure and touch sensitive. I found that it only took a gentle press to release the foundation. The Pump action lid is also black and sits comfortably on top of the bottle. The packaging is simple, subtle and classic and would be a great addition to any beauty counter. Although if the item was placed amongst a shop beauty counter there are not any redeeming features that would catch the buyers eye. But due to Lancome being an established brand I am aware that eye catching wouldn't be a high priority for the manufacturers.
I was slightly wary of the glass bottle breaking whilst being inside my make up bag which invariably tales quite a battering via my day to day routine, but I can honestly say that the bottle is quite a tough cookie and has proved to be highly Loubie resistant.
As mentioned previously the pump action lid is very easy to use, and as yet has not leaked. The foundation is extremely light in texture and felt quite silky for a liquid in the sense that once I had squirted the required amount onto my fingers pre application, they felt soft and oily without the greasy residue that oil based products tend to have.
The product is incredibly easy to apply hence using my fingers instead of a slightly moist make up sponge. The foundation glided onto my face effortlessly and surprisingly a minimal amount of blending was required. The application of this foundation is incredibly low maintenance with the foundation blending into the skin and creating a light glow on my face. Hurrah.. No cakey, powdery ness, no nasty tell tale sign around the jaw line and my skin felt as though it could breathe. This foundation is super absorbant and sank into my skin quite rapidly but thankfully didn't leave a nasty residue, just a lovely colour which looked incredibly natural.
I was so pleased with the product that I didn't even need to use any bronzer, quite how the foundation covered my imperfections like a heavy weight concealed yet added the faintest glow to my skin, creating a really natural base is truly beyond me. The foundation provided great coverage and visibly reduced my craggy lines and wrinkles. This foundation is oil-free and non-comedogenic and offers SPF15.
This really is a high end, quality foundation that delivers results with the added bonus of being extremely easy to apply.
Active Ingredient: Octinoxate 4.9% (octinoxate is the same chemical as "Octyl Methocinnamate" and "ethylhexl methocinnamate" it is a chemical sunscreen filter mineral filters are thought to be "better" or basically less toxic, but make a less appealing sunscreen in terms of consistency).
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Glycerin,
Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/Polyglycerin-3 Crosspolymer,
Sodium Hyaluronate, Aluminium Hydroxide, Magnesium Sulfate, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Propylene Glycol, Citronellol, Pentylene Glycol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Fragrance, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Hexyl Cinnamal, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Butylparaben, Diazolidinyl Urea.
May contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.
There is quite a mass of chemical concealed within this wonder potion, the one which I am most concerned about is:- Octinoxate which is an ester formed from Methoxycinnamic Acid and 2-Ethylhexanol and most commonly used in sunscreens due to it's ability to filter and abosrb UV -B Rays. Interestingly Octonoxate is also used to reduce the appearance of scar tissue and is the most widely used UVB blocking agent in skincare. Research has shown that Octinoxate is effective regarding protecting the skin from sunburn and UV light. But... and for me this is a big but, due to it's absorption and penetration enhancing properties (that explains the effortless application and the way that the foundation glides onto the skin) Octinoxate can produce oestrogen like effects and my concern is that daily use of a highly absorbant chemical laden product may not be good for my epidermis in the long run.
***********Product Info as per Lancome website:- Source:- http://www.lancome-usa.com**********************
Light-Mastering & Line-Smoothing Makeup SPF 15
Master the light for a glowing smooth and refined complexion.
Pure Luminous Perfection: Lancôme's breakthrough PhotonicNetworkTM, a unique association of coated pigments and micro-pearls, produces endless radiance from within. Fine lines, pores and imperfections visibly vanish for pure luminous perfection. Visibly Refined Smooth Complexion:
Silky soft texture glides on to visibly refine skin's surface for a smooth even complexion. Exclusive Aqua-Catch ComplexTM locks in moisture for up to 24 hours for all day hydration for a youthful complexion.
Results: A photo-finished, smooth, even complexion illuminated from within. Flawless in any light. Moderate to Full Coverage. Radiant Finish.
Oil Free. Non-Acnegenic.
As far as foundations go, this really is a fantastic product and the best that I have come across as yet, the application process was a joy due to not having to blend the product into my wrinkles and also because of the minimal amount of time spent putting the product onto my skin.
Although knowing that the Octinoxate is responsible for the super absorption and that Cyclopentasiloxane is a conditioning silicone that is renown for it's fluidity and silky feel due to it's fine watery consistency, which is actually helping to deliver denser silicones into the skin. Although generally Cyclopentasiloxane isn't highly toxic but can cause irritation for people with sensitive skin. The Dimethicone is also a super light silicon fluid which prevents water loss by creating an effective skin barrier, interestingly Dimethicone can also help people whose skin has been irritated by sodium lauryl sulphate infused products. Dimethicone can also enhances the light refract ability of other products. The chemical components of this Foundation certainly combine to offer a foundation which delivers, is super absorbant, light reflecting and ridiculously easy to apply. The synergetic mix of chemicals allows the product to enable the skin to glow subtly and create a really good base with which to build your make up onto. In fact the product would be suitable for use on it's own with a touch of mascara to the eyelashes to achieve a very understated natural effect. Other than the chemical's contained in this product I can't find any noteworthy faults to report. The Foundation scores highly on the key areas of:- usability, functionality, staying power, coverage and finish.
The product didn't require a midday topping up session and stayed on my skin all day without being absorbed into my huge oily pores despite it's absorption qualities. In fact the Foundation seemed to stem the oiliness of my skin leaving a silky feeling on my face.
********Value for money********
Although the Foundation is costly, I only use a very small amount each day to achieve what I consider good, long lasting results and as such the product doesn't seem to be diminishing in any way despite daily usage. I consider the product to be cost effective an good value because of it's staying power and I don't foresee purchasing another one for quite a few months to come, which is more than can be said for previous foundations I have bought in the past.
I wouldn't hesitate in recommending this foundation.
Thanks for reading. xx
I have extremely dry skin and no foundation ever sinks in properly. That was until I found this foundation - it is fantastic! Not only is it easy to apply it makes my skin look radiant and healthy! Everyone always comments on how good I look when I wear it. I also have extremely pale skin and no foundation ever matches my skin tone -this one does and blends in without looking like I am wearing as mask! I have also tried Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Radiant moisture Makeup but it was not as easy to sink into my skin and if you have fair skin the range is not as wide as the Lancome choice.
Apparently, this is the first compact designed to reflect light in such a way that your face will always look luminous and glow healthily in every angle. It comes in a two compartment case where one houses the powder, and the other, the sponge. This is a good idea as it separates the sponge from the powder, hence, avoiding any prolong contact which can contaminate the powder. The sponge is also a clever two-sided-type applicator such that one side is used to spread the whole face with the powder and the other (moist-like texture) is used to blend the make-up for an even and natural finish. The formulation contains ‘azure’ corrective foundation which will tone down any redness, and suppresses grays. It is also enriched with moisturising agents and an energy complex which comprises vitamin C, gingko and ginseng. Ok, now that the science bit is covered, what about the effectiveness of the product? The Lancome beautician recommended the compact in 403 Beige Dore 3 for me as I have a yellow undertoned complexion. After trying it at home, I realised that it was in fact too dark for my face. After that, I went back to the Lancome counter and told the beauty consultant that the foundation that I bought was too dark and too beigey for me and I asked her for some samples of a lighter colour. She gave me five 1 ml samples of the colour 402 instead and it suited my skin much better. So, I suppose, my advice is to get some samples before making a decision about buying this product. Fortunately for me, I recently went to the French Riviera for a week and accidentally managed to get a little tanned. And I say by accident because I didn’t go sunbathing or anything like that – I got tanned just from walking under the sun the whole day! And for me, tanned means I get yellow instead of bronzed! So, the compact suited me very well after that – my 20 quid didn’t go to waste after all! Anyway, I digress. I have redness in my cheeks a
nd the powder conceals it very well without looking caked-up. I find that some compacts makes the face matte and hence, very one-dimensional. With this compact, it provides a very luminous finish without looking oily. It provides a flawless finish without looking overly made-up. It also contains an SPF of 14, therefore giving the face a little protection from the sun. But you shouldn’t just rely on the compact to give you the protection from the harmful rays of the sun. This is because if you apply a thin layer of this foundation, the SPF tends to decrease, so you really should have a layer of sunscreen before applying the foundation especially if like me, you are afraid of the ageing effect of the sun. Photogenic is also sold in liquid form called Photogenic SPF 15, although I much prefer the compact because I find the liquid texture too oily and feels sticky on my face. I heard that the make-up artist for ‘Pearl Harbor’ used Photogenic compact in 302 on Kate Beckinsale, but instead of using the sponge, she used a big fat brush to sweep the powder all over Kate’s face. Oh, if you happened to go to France, Lancome stuffs are about 3 quid cheaper than in the UK plus you can get back their TVA (equivalent to British VAT). Great excuse to stock up on Lancome and other French cosmetic stuffs!
My God, this is wonderful stuff. I got a sample free with a magazine. The colour was a bit off, but I liked the texture and coverage, so I popped to see the scary Lancome ladies at Boots, and got given a free sample of a more appropriate colour. A few days later I braved them again, and asked for a bottle. And I'm so glad I did. Photogenic foundation claims to be light reflective. It certainly leaves your face looking very soft, even and smooth. And miraculously, you don't look dead under strip lighting when you're wearing it. It's a great base for eye and cheek colour; it stays on all day, and its application is very smooth. There are loads of different colours available, and the medium coverage it offers is perfect for evening out your skin tone while looking as if you're not wearing any makeup. It's not greasy, it's got a SPF of 12, and if leaves your face looking luminous. Its also packed with moisturisers, and leaves your skin feeling lovely when you take it off. I've had no adverse reactions to it with my sensitive skin. And it's really not too expensive. I have binned my old foundation and am sticking with this stuff.