Absolue BX Makeup Absolute Replenishing Radiant Makeup SPF 18

by Lancome  Absolue Premium Bx
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Category:
Makeup > Foundations With Sunscreen > Liquid Foundation w/ Sunscreen
Last Updated:
1/16/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

Absolue BX Makeup Absolute Replenishing Radiant Makeup SPF 18 is one of Lancome’s most expensive foundations, and has been reformulated for the worse, at least in terms of the sunscreen. Whereas this once had an in-part titanium dioxide sunscreen, that UVA-protecting ingredient has been dropped in favor of octinoxate, which doesn't provide enough UVA protection (something Lancome knows about, so the change is really frustrating).

Positioned as anti-aging makeup for mature skin, the only legitimate anti-aging element (sunscreen) is now inadequate. The “Bio-Network” of wild yam, sea algae, and other plant extracts cannot rejuvenate skin or increase its firmness. Even if these plants were the answer to forestalling that face-lift, the amount of them in this foundation is paltry.

Taken on its merit of foundation alone, this has an exquisite, fluid texture that glides over skin. It provides almost full coverage and sets to an attractive satin-matte finish that won’t make dry skin look dull (that’s assuming you’ve taken pre-makeup steps to smooth over dry patches). Lancome claims this will not settle into lines, and for the most part, that’s true. Deep wrinkles will see some settling, but this does a good job of smoothing over superficial to moderate lines.

Almost all of the shades are impressive, and there are options for fair to dark (but not very dark) skin tones. In the end, this anti-aging makeup doesn't provide much anti-aging benefit, but as a foundation for normal to dry skin it has its strong points.

Active Ingredient: Octinoxate 7.5% Inactive Ingredients: Water, Cyclohexasiloxane, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Gylcerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Petrolatum, Nylon-12, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Pentylene Glycol, Linalool, Paraffin, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Extract, Diphenyl Dimethicone, Padina Pavonica Extract, Cellulose Gum, Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Sulfate, Limonene, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Tristearin, Dioscorea Villosa (Wild Yam) Root Extract, Acetylated Glycol Stearate, Acrylates Copolymer, Hexyldecanol, Fragrance, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Butylparaben, Diazolidinyl Urea, Tocopherol May contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide. Iron Oxides

French flair, free gifts with purchase, constant magazine ads, and attractive packaging impel women to seek out the Lancome counter. Once you're there, though, unless you're captured by the enticing claims, the skin-care products are resoundingly dull, and we mean really, really dull (the makeup is a different story). With new research and developments in skin care many cosmetics companies typically improve their formulas, even if just in a small way. That’s not the case with Lancome, which tends to raise their prices while producing lackluster, ordinary formulas with little benefit for skin.

Even more shocking is that their most expensive skin-care items tend to be the most disappointing, usually for what they lack rather than for what they contain. It's startling to realize that their priciest moisturizer is remarkably similar to dozens of other Lancome creams priced more reasonably (but still too high when you consider what you're getting for the money). It seems that all it takes to justify the excessive prices is a good story based around a rare ingredient and claims of delivering a younger look. What a shame so many consumers are taken in by this kind of marketing mumbo jumbo.

L'Oreal-owned Lancome, along with L'Oreal's own skin-care products sold at the drugstore, has fallen well behind their competition. For all their lofty claims and beautiful models, many other companies leave them in the dust. Most of the Lauder companies (Clinique, Estee Lauder), along with Dove, and Olay have skin-care formularies that consistently outperform those of Lancome and L'Oreal in terms of what substantiated research has shown is necessary to have healthy, more wrinkle- and age-resistant skin. Lancome claims to understand women, and they certainly know how to entice them with pretty packaging and scientific-sounding claims. It would be far better if they had an intimate understanding of what it really takes for skin to look its best and function optimally.

The biggest improvement Lancome has made is that almost all of their sunscreens now include the right UVA-protecting ingredients. Who knows why it took them so long to get this straightened out (L'Oreal is no stranger to this issue, as they have developed and patented new UVA filters throughout the years), but it is now easier than ever to find a reliable sunscreen from Lancome. Given their prominence and presence in department stores around the world, Lancome isn't easy to ignore. My suggestion is to look beyond most of the skin care and focus on what they do best: makeup (especially foundations and mascaras).

Note: Unless mentioned otherwise, all Lancome products contain fragrance.

For more information about Lancome, owned by L'Oreal, call (800) 526-2663 or visit www.lancome.com.

Lancome Makeup

L'Oreal-owned Lancome is a stellar, French-bred collection of makeup that remains the best reason to shop this line. Because most of Lancome's skin-care products have problematic elements (be it jar packaging, insufficient sun protection, or dated formulas), it is a relief to find that, for the most part, the colorful side of their business has more than its share of innovative products. We enjoyed the fact that no matter where we shopped, Lancome's counter personnel were friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. There's a lot to keep track of, and Lancome deserves credit for keeping their salespeople so well informed.

If you're looking for a force to reckon with for foundations, Lancome is a must-see. They continue to offer some of the most elegant, silky formulas anywhere and in a color range that is overwhelmingly neutral, whether your skin is porcelain or ebony. The only troubling aspect is that most of Lancome's foundations with sunscreen do not contain adequate UVA protection or the SPF rating is too low. Lancome obviously knows about the risks with these issues (after all, they market ecamsule, their version of the UVA-protecting ingredient Mexoryl SX, and brag about its UVA range). And considering that, we are not recommending as many of their foundations as we have in previous editions of this book. Beyond this major gripe, you will discover that Lancome has a well-deserved reputation for their fantastic mascaras, and that their latest powders and eyeshadows apply with a silkiness that makes them gratifying to work with. The rest of the makeup encompasses many valid choices, but before you commit to Lancome, consider the similar options available for less from sister companies L'Oreal and Maybelline New York. Striking a balance among the best of each of these lines will give you first-class makeup that beautifies without breaking the bank.

Note: Lancome is categorized as a brand that tests on animals because its products are sold in China. Although Lancome does not conduct animal testing for its products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brands state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law.” Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Paula’s Choice Research Team.

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  1. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Sunday, August 18, 2013
    • Recommend
      3 / 4
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Results
      3 / 4
    wrong ingredients
    • Good product. Not as moisturizring as the ingredients given would have us believe. They must have changed the formula at some point and this information about the foundation is outdated.

    Paula's Choice Research Team Response
    Replied on: Monday, August 19, 2013

    Hi, and thanks for your comments! We'll check out the ingredients on this to see if they have indeed changed, and if they have, amend the review as needed. Thanks for the heads up!

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  2. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Friday, February 08, 2013
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    Love this foundation!
    • I have used this foundation for years, but after reading this review last year, I switched over to Estee Lauder Resilience Lift foundation that Paula rated as a "Best", in part because of a better sunscreen. I settled on the closest color i could get, but was not really happy with it. Recently, I used a purse that I had not used for awhile. In it I found a small makeup bag with a small travel size sample of my old favorite Ablsolue BX replenishing foundation in the shade I adored. I used it while in my car to freshen up my makeup and was shocked at how easy it spread and set so perfectly. The color just brightened my face so beautifully. In fact this coverage is so beautiful that I don't have to buy a concealer, the foundation is enough and lasts all day! So i have put aside my Estee Lauder and bought my favorite and am just using a base of moisturizer with sunscreen (Cera, Ve AM). The cost is high, but if you factor in not buying a concealer, and my happiness, its worth it, especially for the color, a very hard thing for me to match.

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