Product: Lancôme High Résolution Refill-3x Triple Action Renewal Anti-Wrinkle Cream. Today’s product is another Lancôme product that fell short of my expectations.
Overall Rating: 1.13 Stars = Terrible
Cost: $89.00 for 1.7 oz. ($52.35 per ounce) Price Category: Expensive
Container: Plastic jar with screw off lid; (This is my least favorite type of container. Each time you unscrew the lid and remove it you are exposing the contents to air, bacteria, lessening the effectiveness of the ingredients, and unless you sterilize your fingers each time before you touch the contents, even more bacteria. If you are going to use products from jars, please remove the contents with a tiny spatula, not your fingers. If you can’t find the spatulas in stores, message me and I’ll tell you where to buy them for cheap.)
Description: For those of you that love Lancôme, I hope you don’t feel like I am bashing this company. I am a huge fan of L’Oreal and when we get into makeup reviews, you will see just how big of a fan I am. Since L’Oreal is the parent company of Lancôme, you would think I would like this line, too. The problem is that Lancôme began as a perfume company, so it is no wonder that all of their products are so filled with fragrance, the main ingredient I am allergic to.
Lancôme High Résolution Refill-3x Triple Action Renewal Anti-Wrinkle Cream is another heavily perfumed Lancôme product with some pretty impressive claims. The website states, “This staple formula, featuring the Refill-3X complex, helps reduce the number, depth and size of wrinkles for visibly renewed smoothness.” The first benefit listed is “Visible anti-wrinkle results*” and then the asterisk states, “*results may vary, wrinkles may not appear eliminated”. It is interesting that the text in the asterisk is a different font. Maybe it was listed as an afterthought or perhaps to comply with the FDA’s warning letter to Lancôme about false claims.
Please Note: This formula was changed a couple of years ago and the sunscreen was removed. If you purchase this product from Sephora, the product shown on their website does not exist any longer. Sephora has not updated their website and they are still showing this product with an SPF of 15. The current formula does not contain any SPF ingredients. Dillard’s has updated their product photo, but not their description. Dillard’s is still showing SPF also. I have posted photos of containers showing both the old and new formulas.
Morning Review: When I first unscrewed the jar I was overwhelmed with the amount of strong fragrance in this product. I immediately went to the ingredients to review where fragrance occurred in the list as ingredients are listed in order of content in the product. I expected fragrance to be high up in the order. It was listed as the last ingredient. This tells me that the amount of anti-aging ingredients in this product is very small. The cream is ivory in color and has a silky texture. It feels good on your face if you don’t mind smelling like a bottle of musky perfume.
The cream feels smooth and made my skin feel soft. The second ingredient, dimethicone, is a silicone derivative that makes for a nice primer so makeup goes on well on top of this. The downside is that my eyes and nose were watering from the scent and after a few minutes I developed a serious headache from the fragrance.
Warning: this product does not contain any sunscreen. Sunscreen was removed from this formula a couple of years ago. You must apply a separate sunscreen if you are going to use this as a day moisturizer. Also, due to the heavy perfume, I would not advise getting this in or near your eyes. You should use a separate eye cream with this product.
Morning Rating: 1 Star
Evening Review: To be honest, I tried several times to keep this on all day to see how my skin would react, but the heavy fragrance had such awful side effects for me that the longest I could stand it before washing it off was two hours. The scent was physically making me ill. One of my testers refused to apply it due to the scent. One of my testers washed it off after a few minutes. One of my testers who likes perfumes said it was even too strong for her but she liked the feel of the cream. I have to agree that is does feel nice, but I couldn’t leave it on long enough to find out if there are any other benefits.
Overall Review: Lancôme High Résolution Refill-3x Triple Action Renewal Anti-Wrinkle Cream has a nice silky texture and it feels lovely. The silicone and glycerin will make your skin feel soft and give you the perception that this is doing something good for your skin. In reality, any good moisturizing cream will do the same thing at a fraction of the cost. This cream offers nothing in the way of cutting-edge anti-aging properties or ingredients.
Most men would not like the scent of this product.
This cream is suitable for the following skin types: (Not for those with fragrance allergies)
- All ethnicities;
- All ages;
- Women who like heavy perfumes;
- Sensitive (not if you are sensitive to fragrances);
Morning Rating = 1 Star;
Evening Rating = 1 Star;
Average from Other Testers = 1.5 Stars;
Value Rating = 1 Star;
Overall Rating = 1.13 Stars – Terrible. (Please review the About 365 Cosmetic Reviews page for the rating info.)
Ingredients: WATER, DIMETHICONE, GLYCERIN, ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE, MINERAL OIL, AMMONIUM POLYACRYLDIMETHYLTAURAMIDE / AMMONIUM POLYACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, PHENYLBENZIMIDAZOLE SULFONIC ACID, CETYL ALCOHOL, TRIETHANOLAMINE, METHYLSILANOL/SILICATE CROSSPOLYMER, OCTYLDODECANOL, TOCOPHEROL, SODIUM HYALURONATE, MEDICAGO SATIVA EXTRACT / ALFALFA EXTRACT, HYDROLYZED RICE PROTEIN, PHENOXYETHANOL, ACETYL TRIFLUOROMETHYLPHENYL VALYLGLYCINE, ADENOSINE, PEG-8 ISOSTEARATE, ETHYLPARABEN, POLYGLYCERYL-3 METHYLGLUCOSE DISTEARATE, POLY C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE, NYLON-66, TALC, SILICA DIMETHYL SILYLATE, DIMETHICONOL, LIMONENE, XANTHAN GUM, MANGANESE GLUCONATE, LINALOOL, BENZYL ALCOHOL, CHOLESTEROL, CAPRYLOYL SALICYLIC ACID, ALPHA-ISOMETHYL IONONE, ACRYLATES COPOLYMER, SORBITAN PALMITATE, GERANIOL, DISODIUM STEAROYL GLUTAMATE, DISODIUM EDTA, METHYLPARABEN, BUTYLPHENYL METHYLPROPIONAL, CITRONELLOL, COUMARIN, PARFUM / FRAGRANCE.
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