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Lancome have used their Visionnaire serum to create a foundation and concealer combo that is designed not only to provide a flawless finish, but which also acts to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Earlier this year I was lucky enough to be sent this new product to trial, over an eight-week period, during which I had to apply the foundation every day. This isn't something I would normally do, as I usually only wear full make-up when I'm going out, and ill health has kept me at home more than I would like. Nonetheless, I adhered to my testing regime, and I have been absolutely delighted with the results. I was sent shade 01, Beige Albatre, which is slightly darker than I would have chosen for myself, but which still worked really well on my fair skin and pink cheeks. This month's Good Housekeeping magazine (April edition) features this new product in its beauty pages, under a section called 'The Trend: Dermo-cosmetics', which they translate to 'Make-up that behaves like skincare'. This is a perfect, concise description of Lancome's Teint Visionnaire.
This product is described by Lancome as a Skin Perfecting Makeup Duo, and it combines 30ml of foundation in a pump-action bottle, together with a concealer neatly hidden in the lid (which has a decent mirror inside the top of the lid). The foundation, which has SPF20, contains 2% of Lancome's Visionnaire Serum, which makes it beautifully easy to apply, and which has pronounced skincare effects when used regularly. The top of the container lifts up to reveal the concealer compact. When the two products are stored together the container is quite heavy, and it certainly isn't something I would want to carry around in my handbag. You can detach the concealer compact from the main body of the bottle, so you could carry that with you if you wished. However, I have found that the two products last really well, looking as good at the end of the day as when I first applied them in the morning.
My favourite foundation so far has been Max Factor's Ageless Elixir Foundation, which incorporates a serum within the foundation. This makes the foundation easy to apply, and it gives my skin a 'flawless' finish - the description of 'flawless' came from my mum, who was sitting next to me on the sofa one day, and who admired the look of my skin so much that she promptly bought the product for herself. Lancome's Teint Visionnaire Foundation does the same thing, using their best-selling Visionnaire serum, which is designed to help activate the skin's defences. Visionnaire itself is described by Lancome as a 'skincare so powerful that more than half of women considering a cosmetic procedure said they would delay it [tested on 113 women considering lasers, fillers and peels].' The serum contains the ingredient LR 2412. I haven't been able to find an exact description of LR 2412, as this is obviously one of Lancome's trade secrets, but they describe it as 'The first molecule of our Research Laboratory designed to "self-propel" throughout all of skin's layers; reprograms the skin to "auto-correction" mode.' Although I don't know what this magic ingredient is, I do know that it works - after eight weeks' regular use of the Teint Visionnaire foundation, the appearance of the pronounced wrinkles above my upper lip was markedly reduced. Although I think my skin is still really good for my age (I've used moisturiser since my teens, and drink lots of water), I would love to be able to afford to try the Visionnaire serum as part of my daily skincare routine. However, at £59 for 30ml, that isn't going to happen unless I win the lottery.
Even though I can't afford to try the serum for myself, I have been able to see its effects in the foundation of this makeup duo, and I have been delighted with this product. You pull off the top/lid to reveal the pump-application bottle of Flawless Perfecting Foundation. This product is designed to even out your complexion, and it does this beautifully. After applying my usual moisturiser and giving this time to settle in, I shake the bottle of foundation, as advised by Lancome on the back of the bottle. I then use a brush to apply the foundation (I'm currently using Real Techniques Expert Face Brush), after first pumping a very small amount onto the back of my hand. Lancome recommend that you should only need one pump of the foundation, and they also recommend that you apply using a brush. I take up a tiny amount each time, and apply first to the centre of my face, gradually working out, and making sure that it is blended well at the jaw line. The foundation dries quite quickly, but because it's so easy to apply, this hasn't been a problem for me. The colour Lancome sent me is a fairly good match for my skin tone if I apply it carefully, although I would have preferred a paler colour. If I use a light hand I don't have any problems, but if I apply too much it definitely looks just that bit too dark for my liking. You really do need only a tiny amount to give your face a good coverage, so although this foundation/concealer combo is expensive at £36, I can already see that it is going to last me for absolutely ages. Even after eight weeks' use, I have barely made a dent in the contents of the bottle. After application, it's not obvious that I'm wearing foundation, but my skin looks radiant, with a dewy finish and what I feel is a medium coverage. The foundation feels quite light on my skin, but not as light as my Max Factor Ageless Elixir Foundation. I don't feel the need to apply a face powder on top, but my skin is very dry - those with oily skin might want to take that final step.
The 'lid' of this product contains the High Coverage Corrector. According to Lancome, the corrector is 'enriched with Vitamin CG' (ascorbic glucoside, a slow-release form of Vitamin C). The concealer has a dense, creamy texture, and it is designed to reduce 'the appearance of dark spots, dark circles and imperfections'. Although my pores aren't very noticeable, and I don't often suffer from spots, I do have a couple of dark sunspots on my face, as well as dark circles under my eyes. I also have a scar on the side of my nose after multiple surgeries (three in one day) to remove a morpheic basal cell carcinoma, which was followed by a skin graft taken from just beside my ear. Although the scar has healed well I am still conscious of it, and Lancome's concealer does an excellent job of hiding this defect - although again I would have preferred to have been sent a paler colour to try.
Lancome suggest that you apply the concealer to the back of your hand, blend it in a circular motion (I presume this is to warm the product slightly to make it easier to apply), and then work it onto your skin. When doing this I use my ring finger, as I once read that this finger gives the right amount of pressure. However, I have actually found it easier - and kinder to the delicate skin around my eyes - to use a foundation brush for this. As well as my Real Techniques brush I also have a tapered foundation brush from Ruby & Millie, and that is perfect for this use. I dab a tiny amount of the product on very gently, and then blend it. This way I can build up the coverage as needed. After use, the lid of the compact closes with a satisfying click.
Lancome claim that with regular and continued use, the foundation will visibly improve the appearance of wrinkles and pores. During the eight-week period of the trial, I was asked to complete questionnaires as I went along. After four weeks, I wasn't sure that I could see much difference, but when I sent the final questionnaire I commented that - to my amazement - the product really had lessened the appearance of the pronounced lines above my upper lip.
This product is aimed at the more mature skin, and its hydrating effects mean that it is ideal for those with dry skin. I have very dry skin, and at the age of 57 I think it's fair to say that my skin is ageing. The foundation suits my skin type perfectly. I'm not sure how well it would suit oily skin, and I would definitely recommend that you visit the Lancome counter at department stores or larger Boots stores to try a sample for yourself. I also think that foundation - especially one at this price (RRP £36) - really is one of those products that you should try on your skin before buying, to make sure that you get the right colour. There are eighteen shades available for this product. I was sent shade 01, Beige Albatre, and there are some shades lighter than that, such as 010, Beige Porcelaine, and 005, Beige Ivoire.
Although this product seems quite expensive at £36, I actually think it's good value for money - especially if you wear foundation regularly, because it is then that I believe you will really see the skincare benefits that this product offers. If, like me, you only wear it occasionally, then I don't think that this will have such a marked effect. Nonetheless, it is still a lovely foundation, with the added benefit of an excellent concealer too.
The foundation and concealer are good for twelve months after opening, and the bottle is recyclable. I have checked prices today (11th March), and Teint Visionnaire Skin Perfecting Makeup Duo costs £36 at high street stores and online outlets - the best price I could find was £32.40 with free delivery from John Lewis. A few shades are now on eBay (for about £29.99, with free postage, from top-rated sellers), and there are also a few auctions available.
I absolutely love this product, and am delighted to have been giving the opportunity of trying it. I am more than happy to give it five stars.
(This review is also on Ciao, under the same user name.)
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