Last year I came across a new product launch from Lancome called Dreamtone Ultimate Dark Spot Corrector serum. We don’t have it available locally yet, but it’s supposed to come in in the coming months. I first came across it on Ponikuta last year. It was eye catching to me because the bottle is a bright fuchsia pink, and something called an “Ultimate Dark Spot Corrector” definitely gets my attention.
However, one thing perturbed me, and that was the fact that it came in 3 shades. Hang on a moment now. Why does a SKINCARE PRODUCT need to come in 3 different shades? Isn’t skincare targeted at skin TYPE as opposed to skin SHADE?
Then, early this year, I came across the launch of a new product by the Dior Capture Totale called Dreamskin. I personally love the Capture Totale skincare range. It works wonders for my skin and I’m really sold on their night cream, so this new serum targeted at fighting wrinkles, reducing dark spots, redness and firming skin and acting as a skin perfector got my attention. But then I read a little further to see what made this different or special and ….. hang on a minute, why does a skincare product contain “optical ingredients”?
A bit of back-pedalling and poking around, and I came to the realisation that both these products essentially contain makeup ingredients in skincare and wait a minute… I don’t want that!
In both these serums, I noticed that even as they profess to treat skin, they also offer these “optical ingredients” which are mineral powders to trick the eye into seeing better skin. Lancome’s Dreamtone comes in 3 shades – Light, Medium and Dark – to suit different skintones. I have asked the brand people a little more about it and have been told that it is very very sheer, to give the appearance of even toned, brighter skin.
“Is it like BB Cream?” I ask.
“Oh no, it’s not very tinted at all”
“So, is it like CC Cream then? A tint of colour in the product, like a primer?” I press.
“Erm… something like that… but it’s not makeup” They hasten to add.
Puzzled yet? Yeah so was I.
Dior’s Dreamskin doesn’t say that it come in different shades, but it does contain mineral powders (mica platelets and hollow silica microspheres) which provide the optical illusion of better looking skin.
But you know what? When I use a skincare, I want it to actually help my skin. I don’t want it to trick my eye or anyone’s eye into merely seeing good skin. I actually want it to help my skin and give me that good skin that I should be seeing, regardless of whether I use the product or not. I don’t mind that a skincare product doesn’t make my skin look good when I apply it, because that’s not what I look for in a skincare product. I have makeup for that!
I will not deny that I am a little curious about the efficacy of these “skincare with makeup” products because from experience, something usually has to give. I’m comfortable with makeup containing skincare benefits. We’ve seen a lot of that come about over the years and personally, I like that. I like that I can be wearing a makeup product and have it help my skin in one way or another.
But when the roles are reversed and they start putting makeup elements or “optical ingredients” in my skincare, I balk at embracing it because I just don’t care how my skin may look with just skincare on. I’m not that insecure that I want to pretend and fool the eye into believing I have better skin than I do. With proper care, I will. So long as a skincare product helps my skin, I’m happy. That’s most important for me. If I need to fool the eye, I’d use makeup, thank you.
Update: Tracy reminded me Vichy came up with something similar last year too which she tried. I missed that because we don’t get Vichy locally but I do remember thinking it was quite strange. Probably a much more affordable option to the Lancome and Dior ones I’ve mentioned here if you want to try something as gimmicky as this! 😛
Would you be sold on a skincare product that creates the impression of having good skin? Would it make you more likely to buy into it?
You know my thoughts. I’m wary to say the least. I can’t say I’m not intrigued, because I am, but I’m wary because it begs the question whether I need to use makeup remover in the mornings, to remove this “optical ingredient” mineral powders from my skin! Perhaps I’m viewing this too simplistically, but still, it’s food for thought because I have a funny feeling that this is the start of a new skincare “thing” and I can’t say I’m all that sold …. If you’ve tried Dreamtone or Dream Skin I’d love to hear your thoughts! 😀