Lancôme Malaysia has been a little quiet of late but I was recently given the opportunity to find out a little more about what they have in store for us in the coming couple of months, in terms of their skincare. Naturally, you get the info fresh from the oven, as I got it
First off, Lancôme unveils a new ambassador in the face of upcoming actress Lily Collins. Since I suffer from celebrity blindness, I had to look her up Her delicate, gamine features bring to mind that of a young Audrey Hepburn. She will be seen on the big screen soon in a romantic comedy Love, Rosie and you see her in the 2 promotional images above for 2 newly reformulated products in Lancôme’s popular Blanc Expert and UV Expert ranges.
I have to admit that I didn’t realise that it was the same face in both ad images. I told you I suffer from celeb blindness right? I have very poor recognition for celebrities but it’s nice to see a lovely fresh face.
As for what’s new, here’s what we can expect.
Lancôme Blanc Expert Melanolyser III Intensive Specialist Spot Eraser – RM370/30ml RM490/50ml
Lancôme’s iconic and effective 20 year old Blanc Expert spot eraser serum undergoes a reformulation and takes on a new name of Blanc Expert Melanolyser III. The blue tube gives way to a futuristic silver tube and a shiny silver cap and it now has a 5-in-1 action on dark spots.
The new formula feels light, although it smells just like the old version. The product now claims to help boost the “dissolution” of melanin in the melanolysis process, exports the melanosomes containing melanin grains to be “dissolved” by the keratinocytes and helps to calm skin from getting inflammed, thereby reducing the chances of getting hyperpigmentation. Effectively, dark spots are reduced and lightened, and skintone looks more even.
I’d used a previous Blanc Expert Intensive Spot Eraser serum before this (I think 2-3 incarnations back) and I quite liked it. I personally find Clinique’s Even Better serum more effective, but the Lancome Blanc Expert serum did a pretty good job at evening out my skintone. I don’t hold out a lot of hope for lightening spots, but if it does, then just as well!
I haven’t been using a whitening product in over a year now (people tell me I should, but I have other concerns I’d rather treat for now) but I’m quite keen to give this a go and see if my skin will like it. Maybe because I haven’t used a spot corrector in a while, I might see the effects? Hard to say, but I’ll let you know if I give it a go
The Lancôme Blanc Expert Melanolyser III Intensive Spot Eraser serum is already available at all Lancôme counters and prices are RM370/30ml and RM490/50ml. Pretty steep unfortunately so it would be quite a leap of faith if you have never used the product before this.
Lancôme UV Expert XL-Shield – RM175/30ml
I used to use the Lancome UV Expert sunscreen back in the day before I then went on to use it’s younger sister the L’Oreal Paris UV Expert sunscreen. It was my go-to sunscreen for years! But now, Lancôme has upgraded the formula so now you get the UV Expert XL-Shield.
The Lancôme UV Expert XL-Shield now provides protection against the harmful long UVA rays which harm the skin and are one of the causes of skin aging as well as protecting against the more commonly recognised UVB rays. The cream now contains anti-pollution properties and anti-aging benefits so it nourishes and protects the skin all at one go.
Texturewise, it feels a bit lighter than the UV Expert I’m used to, but it does have a creamy texture, which if you are more familiar with Japanese type sunscreens or even the Shiseido Perfect UV which I love, then it may take some adjusting to. I do feel that the silicone level is quite significant so it doesn’t feel quite as creamy as its previous incarnation, but it was based on the little dab I sampled at the launch. Will update if I have the info and ingredient list to come.
There are 3 items in the UV Expert range which are getting the XL-Shield upgrade and they are the UV Expert XL-Shield fluid sunscreen SPF50 PA+++ and the UV Expert XL-Shield BB Complete 1 and 2 SPF50 PA+++ which have a tint to colour correct skin. They’ll be available from March 2014 and retail at RM175/30ml. Again, quite steep unless you are already a user.
Lancôme Blanc Miracle Liquid Foundation
To complement the 2 whitening products above, Lancôme’s Blanc Miracle liquid and powder foundations will also be reformulated. I personally can’t wear this foundation as the shades are a bit too yellow for my skin and they do oxidise but I was told that the new formula brings also a slightly lighter shade and a more neutral tone. I will have to see for myself if this is true, as I haven’t paid attention to the foundations since discovering there’s no shade to suit my skintone. I believe Blanc Miracle may be available only in Asia for now but feel free to correct me if I’m wrong
New kids on the block from Lancôme
Nothing new in the sense of being new, but mostly old favourites reformulated, hopefully for the better
Have you tried any of the existing products from Lancome featured here?
I have, at various times. When I started dabbling with skincare, the Lancome UV Expert sunscreen was all the rage so I tried that before going on to use it’s younger sibling. You?
Prices and availability of each product are as set out above