Lancome Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector: Review, Photos, Swatches

Lancome Visionnaire is an ‘advanced skin corrector’ aimed to improve the appearance of wrinkles and pores, smooth skin texture, and fade dark/acne scars. I recommend getting samples prior to purchasing. It has Lancome’s “breakthrough molecule” LR 2414 (jasmonic acid) which works in plants by signaling cell repair/renewal. In humans, it is shown to increase hyaluronic acid levels in the skin (to an unknown degree) and has the potential to fight aging skin (L’Oreal, 2012, 2013).

Review
I have normal-combo acne prone skin, medium sized pores, and faint acne scars (icepick and discoloration). I used this religiously for 4 months and occasionally thereafter. I got break outs every time I used it which subsided after a few days with or without continued use. I don’t know if the initial break out is due to the silicone clogging my pores or Visionnaire bringing bacteria coming to the surface but I also noticed some calming effects.

The high silicone content makes it work like a smooth and silky primer, instantly but superficially filling in fine lines, wrinkles, and pores. The silicones also quickly seeps into pores and lines while the pearly pink tint gives an instant “glow” on the face. This suggests that immediate or visible results are purely cosmetic so I would be wary of any instantaneous results. This diminished the color of my acne spots by ~30% over the course of 3-4 months but the results leveled off. I recommend the Nadinola Fade Cream or Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum for more effective and quicker results.

Overall
While the claims are somewhat true, Lancome Visionnaire is nothing more than a cosmetic product. The “results” are immediate and temporary. This is merely a glorified primer with a pearly sheen, lots of silicones, water, moisturizer, glycerin, and hylaronic acid (which you can easily recreate). I don’t mind spending a lot of money on skincare but there are more effective, more affordable products on the market so I would skip on this entirely. 

Price: See below
Color: Pearly light pink
Texture: Silky, smooth, quickly seeps into skin
Claim: Improve appearance of wrinkles & pores, smooth skin texture, and fade dark/acne scars with LR 414 (jasmonic acid)
Pros: Pores/wrinkles/fine lines are instantly filled in; smooths out skin; adds subtle glow; slightly calms skin and fades unevenness
Cons: Silicones can clog pores; alcohol can lead to free radical damage and collagen breakdown; more cosmetic than corrective; expensive
Overall: BVisionnaire seems to be an expensive, heavily marketed serum that only gives the illusion of results. For me it failed to deliver any long lasting, permanent, “corrective” results but I am enjoying it as a luxurious primer. Do not use this product if your skin is sensitive to silicones, alcohol, or fragrance.
Note the slight pearly sheen

(Left) Unblended, (Right) Blended
Application of Visionnaire
I would show my results after 4 months of use but my skin can easily look good one week and horrible the next. At the time I started using Visionnaire, my skin was clear and it’s hard to capture very faint discoloration…
Ingredient Breakdown: Aqua (water), Cyclohexasiloxane (silicone), Glycerin (humectant), Alcohol Denat (skin irritant), C12-15 alkyl benzoate (emollient), Dipropylene glycol (slip agent, penetration enhancer), Pentaerythrityl tetraethylhexanoate (emollient), Polysilicone-11 (silicone), Dimethicone (silicone)  Bis-PEG/PPG-16/16 PEG/PPG-16/16 Dimethicone Polymethyl Methacrylate (silicone)  CI 77891 (titanium dioxide), Mica (for pearly sheen), Sodium Hyaluronate (hydration/hyaluronic acid salt), Phenoxyethanol (preservative), Adenosine (anti-inflammatory), Dimethiconol (silicone), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (emollient), Disodium EDTA (preservative), Citronellol (fragrance), Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Parfum (fragrance), sodium tetrahydrojasmonate (LR 2414), ammonium polyacrldimethtyltauramide/ammonium polyacryloydimethyl taurate (emulsifier), hydoxyethylellulose (thickener), argilla/magnesium aluminium silicate (thickener), tetrahydrojasmonic acid (LR 2414)

6 comments

  1. Jaly says:

    Thank you for this post! I have been using this for the past 3 weeks and just last week experienced breakouts all over my face. I was scratching my head trying to figure out what caused it. I stopped using Visionnaire for 1 day and my skin started healing so I went back on it. But after reading this post I think I am not gonna be using it again. As prior to the break out I didn’t see much results as well.

  2. Anonymous says:

    You already have good skin, maybe that is why the results are not as noticeable and satisfying. Have you used estee lauder advance night repair? How do these two compare? I just don’t believe there is a miracle serum that ever will worth the 100 dollar price tag. But I can be wrong! Do you have any other good skin care, especially serums that you do love? Please share!

    • Jane C. says:

      Thank you so much for the compliment!! I haven’t always had good skin and am used to thinking I have bad skin due to my mother’s criticisms growing up. I haven’t tried the Estee Lauder ANR. After buying Visionnaire, I’m afraid to buy another expensive, highly marketed serum. This was the first serum I’ve tried but I do have other tips that I’ll share in the future.

      I think it’s hard to tell what the effects of a serum are because you don’t know the effects without. However, I will say that both my mother and I have had amazing luck with the SKII Facial Treatment Essence. It essentially makes the rest of your skincare work more effectively and I have found that to be true.

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