Though I have quite an extensive skincare routine that I go through each morning and night, I really do appreciate those products that can do it all and can target a ton of different concerns all at once. Typically I just focus on my most pressing concern at the time (dehydration, dark spots, uneven texture, etc) in order to determine what treatment I will use to address it. But with all the technological advancements being made in the beauty industry, many of the products that are coming out have the ability to address a multitude of different concerns all at once. Over the past few months, I have been testing out two new serums that fall into that "do it all" category and made enough of an impact on me that I had to write about them.
1. Hourglass Equilibrium Biomimetic Skin Active Serum - Hourglass is a brand never without a buzz. Their products are unique, aesthetically beautiful to look at and deliver some of the best finishes and results out there. I personally have been an Hourglass fan for a long time, and it's the one brand that I have the most of in my makeup collection. So when I heard rumors of a skincare launch, I was excited. No, like really really excited. Lol.
I was a bit surprised to see that they entered into the market with such an high price point for their first serum, since many of their color products are a splurge but not exorbitant like Chanel or Tom Ford. But I do know that a ton of research and development is put into each launch so I figured their move into the skincare arena would be big and impactful.
The Equilibrium Biomimetic Skin Active Serum is designed to be a rebalancing treatment that helps to counteract the signs of aging. A huge feature of this product is the technique used to create the serum, called ultrasonication which produces microscopic droplets that allow the ingredients to penetrate even further into the skin. The serum does have quite a thick texture so I actually prefer to use it alone without moisturizer. It's recommended to use the serum for 45-50 days to allow for a full cell turnover on the face, and I can definitely say that it does take time for significant results to develop. That being said, I did begin to notice how balanced my skin was after just 10 days. The afternoon oil slick that I normally suffer from became less and less. Following the 2.5 week mark was when I began to see how bright my skin looked - like 'after a good facial peel' kind of bright. After a month my skin began to look consistently good day after day - even toned, supple, smooth, bright - the whole nine yards. Overall, I was extremely happy with the results and am still using it almost nightly. I do think, however, that this is definitely an investment and will appeal to the more luxury skincare lover that regularly buys La Prairie, Sisley, SK-II, etc and is intrigued by new innovation. It's not yet available countrywide yet, so if you are interested in trying one out or sampling - it's available at the Hourglass boutique in Los Angeles and Bergdorf Goodman in NYC.
2. Lancome Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector - This is the first skincare product that I have actually used from Lancome (with the exception of their eye makeup remover - it's awesome), and I was not sure what to expect. I have heard great things about their skincare line, but until I see things for myself I can't go just on hype. Well, if this new Visionnaire serum is any indication of the rest of the line, then I am kicking myself I didn't jump on this bandwagon sooner. The new Visionnaire serum is designed to be an advanced skin corrector that helps refine skin texture, make pores less visible and target fine lines.
One of the first things to stand out to me while using this serum is how quickly I saw results. Serums always take the longest on me to show results (like the Hourglass has), but this was making a difference in just a few days. Though I take good care of my skin regularly, it still has it's days where it's acting up and not at its best (typically hormone related), and sure enough I was experiencing this while testing out the Visionnaire. So after 3 days of using it, I could see a marked difference in how smooth my skin felt and how calm my skin was despite the awful weather we are having here in NYC. After 3+ weeks. the dark spot I had on my chin from a prior cystic blemish was virtually gone. My skin really loves this stuff and each time I apply it, it soaks in immediately and my skin looks so even and healthy almost immediately after. I do like to layer it however, and still prefer to apply a moisturizer on top rather than just use this alone like I do with the Hourglass serum. All in all, I can see why people are such die-hard loyal fans of Lancome skincare - and why some of their products have achieved cult classic status.
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