Recently I’ve been testing a few skincare collections from Lancome including Energie De Vie, Energie Multi-Lift and Visionnaire but the Absolue range is my new favorite! This collection targets dry, dull skin and rejuvenates the complexion with rich, conditioning formulas and potent anti-aging components for a fresh, youthful glow.
After removing most of my makeup with a cleansing wipe and some sort of cream emulsion or micelle water, I use face wash to get rid of lingering residue. The Sublime Cleansing Foam is different from many formulas I’ve tried because it comes in a canister and dispenses as a smooth mousse. I like that it lathers right away with a light, fluffy texture that coats well and feels great. One small pump on my Clarisonic is all it takes to deep clean my entire face and eliminate excess oil, pollutants and pore clogging impurities without drying out my skin. The foam retails for $79.00.
The Absolue Precious Cells Moisturizer ($190.00) is a bestseller and after 20 years of research Lancome has perfected this luxurious formula. The lush texture melts in deeply to heal dryness, improve texture, smooth wrinkles, plump, firm, and rejuvenate with a radiant finish. Although the cream is quite rich, once absorbed it feels supple, refreshing and silky so you can wear it during the day and apply makeup on top. It doesn’t contain SPF but it does seem to help repair the effects of sun damage and alleviate sensitivity after exposure to environmental elements. If you have severely dry skin use a generous amount for an invigorating moisture boost that lasts all day.
There are a few night products in this collection and I’ve been testing 2 repairing and recovering formulas – one with French rose extract and one without. Both variations seem to yield the same results with a nourishing, buttery consistency that drenches skin in layers of suppleness and supports its natural ability to repair. The cream instantly smooths rough areas to improve texture, soften, reduce wrinkles, strengthen, enhance density and eliminate puffiness so you awake looking well rested. In just 7 days skin is supposed to appear more youthful with a beautiful dewy glow and my complexion is replenished, clear and velvety so makeup applies flawlessly and blemishes are minimized. The effect is like a re-energizing night mask and mini-facial all-in-one, similar to the results you’d experience after undergoing a reviving spa treatment. Absolue Night retails for $205.00.
If you prefer a gel moisturizer, the Absolue Advanced Youthful Lotion ($84.00) wraps skin in silky softness with a light water base that seeps in quickly with no residue. During the warm summer months this formula is refreshing, hydrating and less dense than the creams plus it plumps and creates an even canvass for makeup with a luminous finish.
Sometimes the delicate skin around my eyes becomes dry and sensitive so I look for products that can gently hydrate while fading dark circles. The Intense Revitalizing Eye Cream ($136.00) improves the eye contour, deeply moisturizes, reduces wrinkles and revives the eye area so you look well rested even when you aren’t. Although I haven’t noticed significant brightening, the infusion of shea butter and rose oil is just what I need to recover from the drying winter and when used under concealer there is no creasing. I experienced no irritation or burning and massaging the excess into my brows seems to condition the hairs.
The Nourishing Lip Balm smells like fresh roses with a hint of honey and other hydrating oils to replenish damaged lips. The creamy balm-like texture alleviates on contact and overtime chapped skin and peeling is smoothed away. Although the $50.00 price tag is in the high-end range, my lips feel smooth, supple and plush for a lot longer. It also shields against harsh climate and you can lightly layer it under cream lipsticks or gloss.
Lancome is available at department store counters nationwide, Shoppers Drug Mart and Sephora