Absolue Makeup Absolute Replenishing Cream Makeup SPF 20

by Lancome  Absolue
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$62 
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Makeup > Foundations With Sunscreen > Liquid Foundation w/ Sunscreen
Last Updated:
1/16/2013
Jar Packaging:
Yes
Tested On Animals:
Yes

Absolue Makeup Absolute Replenishing Cream Makeup SPF 20 is one of Lancome’s most expensive foundation. Is it worth it? The disappointing lack of sufficient UVA protection doesn’t get this foundation off to a good start. However, its creamy application and silky, slightly moist finish are bound to please those with dry skin. Ironically, for a creamy foundation this isn’t an ideal formula for someone with very dry skin. That’s because it contains silicone and water-binding agents rather than the oils or emollient ingredients that would provide the extra moisturizing necessary to make very dry skin feel smooth and comfortable.

The real reason to consider this foundation is that it provides full coverage without looking heavy or too thick. It conceals without looking too conspicuous, so if you need significant coverage, have dry skin, and are willing to pair this with a broad-spectrum sunscreen, it is an option. The shade selection is smaller than Lancome’s typical assortment. Most of the shades are flattering and neutral, but watch out for any slighty peach or pink undertones.

One last comment: Lancome's justification for this foundation's high price is its claim that the product's "exclusive bio-network" (featuring wild yam and algae) helps "revitalize and restore skin elasticity." Unfortunately, there's no proof anywhere that those ingredients can do that. Just as their Absolue skin-care products are ineffective for this purpose, so is this foundation that shares the Absolue name and overhyped ingredients. There's more fragrance in this makeup than yam or algae.

Face Makeup with SPF As Your Sole Source of Sunscreen: In order to keep your skin protected from damaging UV rays, a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 20 (or higher) is a critical step in your daily skin-care routine—and you need to apply it liberally. But applying your sunscreen liberally is tricky (if not undesirable) when it comes to makeup with SPF, as most people would never apply a foundation, tinted moisturizer, BB cream or powder liberally enough to get the sunscreen protection indicated on its label. Thus, we advise not relying on makeup with SPF as your sole source of sun protection unless you want to apply it liberally. Otherwise, layer it with your daytime moisturizer with SPF to ensure your skin stays protected from the aging effects of the sun.

Active: Octinoxate (7.5%) Other: Water, Cyclohexasiloxane, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Glycerin, 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, Aluminium 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. Pat A.
    Reviewed on Saturday, October 04, 2014
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    great makeup
    • I have tried a lot of makeup foundations over the years and I have finally found one that I love. I have used Lancome makeup now for about 3 years and I will continue to use it. Its a little expensive but it lasts a long time. I use a sea sponge to apply it. I use just a little. I love that it has SPF 20.

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