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Editor’s note: For this SheSpeaks Blogger Society opportunity, I was provided a full-size Lancome DreamTone Customized Skin Tone Correcting Serum, valued at $98. All opinions and experiences are my own.
Wow, where do I begin? First off, Jasmine Tookes inspired me to participate in this trial. Harper’s Bazaar christened the flawless model as Spring/Summer 2014′s “beauty girl:”
Jasmine Tookes glows. With her athletic body and open face she is the literal face of the season, compounded only by the fact that she has appeared in 30 shows. You may recognize her already from the AW13 Lancome campaign, but that is just the beginning for this girl, whose warm bronze tone makes her look like a Bobbi Brown ad come to life under catwalk lightning.
Lancome scored major points with me when they tapped Jasmine to be a spokesbeauty for their new serum. Her skin is unadulterated perfection! Check out the promising copy for this prestige dark spot corrector:
DreamTone is the next generation in dark spot correction. This customized skin tone correcting serum is so powerful, 72% of women (after 8 weeks of use) dare to bare their skin.* The new DreamTone is 3 barely-tinted serums formulated to visibly correct dark spots, color imperfections and give you a more even-looking skin tone. It comes in 3 serums customized for your skin tone: 1- Fair, 2 – Medium, 3 – Dark.
My Lancome DreamTone Serum Review:
This is my bare selfie…um yeah. Well, I needed my power lip and a couple of coats of mascara (both by Lancome, of course) to help me cope with my anxiety of posting a pic of my bare skin on my blog!
SheSpeaks sent me the Lancome DreamTone Customized Skin Tone Correcting Serum in Dark, which is formulated for Pigmentation Profile 3. Customers with Pigmentation Profile 3 have dark skin with dark spots, uneven skin tone, and acne marks.
I’ve been using DreamTone for 4 weeks and 5 days. It’s like applying a shimmering tinted moisturizer! I applied it twice a day – both in the morning and at night. And even though I love Jasmine, I knew there was no way that DreamTone was going to transform my spotted skin into a pore-less, glowing masterpiece. So here goes my list of pros, cons and my final thoughts:
+Gorgeous and stable packaging to protect antioxidants in DreamTone. You just need to twist the cap to open, and twist the cap again to close. I wish every serum had this type of mechanism. The antioxidants present are:
- Dermochlorella (Chlorella Vulgaris Extract) – an ingredient extracted from green micro-algae.
- Eterniskin (Grifola Frondosa Fruiting Body Extract) – A derivative of Japan’s maitake mushroom that is believed to have antioxidant properties.
+Contains two types of acids:
Hydroxy-Phenoxy Propionic Acid — A hydroquinone derivative that provides a multifaceted approach to evening skin tone and reduces the appearance of dark spots. Lyphohydroxy acid (LHA) – A hydroxy acid that helps brighten the appearance of skin over time.
A hydroquinone derivative that provides a multifaceted approach to evening skin tone and reduces the appearance of dark spots
+Gradually brightens skin, especially upon application. My serum was a pinky-bronze shade with micro shimmer.
+Does leave skin feeling silky and smooth after applying serum.
+Works better on lighter, smaller spots rather than larger, darker spots.
-Contains alcohol, which dries and ages the skin.
-Does crumble on skin if you touch your face afterwards! You wiIll need to experiment to see which moisturizers work well with DreamTone.
-Expensive! This product is $98.
-DreamTone does more cosmetic brightening of color imperfections than permanent lightening of dark spots.
-Does not drastically improve skin tone/texture. -There is no way to indicate how much product you’ve used or how much is left in the package.
I love a handful of Lancome products, but DreamTone is not one I would add to my coveted circle of trust. Why? I need to lighten my dark spots, not brighten. The brightening effect is nice, but I have not seen a noticeable difference in my more persistent scarring. If you have smooth skin with very superficial dark spots, DreamTone might work for you. But there are numerous cheaper options on the market already to choose from with more proven ingredients. Otherwise, get a sample at your nearest Lancome counter before you splurge!