12.30.2014
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Renergie Lift Makeup SPF 20
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$45
Category:Makeup > Foundations With Sunscreen > Liquid Foundation w/ Sunscreen
Last Updated:12.30.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Renergie Lift Makeup SPF 20 is positioned as Lancome’s anti-aging makeup (which it isn’t), but thankfully it does have excellent sun protection and that goes a long way toward reducing the development of wrinkles and skin discolorations when worn daily! All the anti-aging claims and statistics in the world don’t mean a thing without a sufficient sunscreen in your daily routine, and this in-part titanium dioxide foundation is a great way to get it.

This silky liquid foundation is smooth and a pleasure to blend. The finish is natural and slightly moist, and provides medium coverage without creasing into lines. You probably guessed that this won’t lift the skin anywhere, but by creating the illusion of smoother, even-toned skin it can make wrinkles (we’re talking superficial lines, not pronounced wrinkles) look less apparent; silicone technology comes through again! Of the shades available, the only missteps are a couple with a slightly peach or slightly orange undertone. If you have normal to dry skin and want to experience a state-of-the-art foundation with effective sun protection, this is highly recommended.

Note:Although this foundation provides broad-spectrum sun protection on its own, you must apply it liberally and evenly to get the stated level of protection. A sheer or spot application will not provide the amount of sun protection the label indicates. If you’re not likely to apply this foundation liberally, we recommend applying it over a moisturizer with sunscreen rated SPF 15 or greater and setting your foundation with a pressed powder rated SPF 15 or greater.

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Ingredients

Active: Octinoxate (7.5%), Titanium Dioxide( 3.2%) Other: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Phenyl Trimethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Pentylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Zea Mays (Corn) Kernel Extract, PEG-30 Glyceryl Stearate, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Ceramide 3, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Carnauba Wax, Caffeine, Cellulose Gum, 2-Oleamido-1,3 Octadecanediol, Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Sulfate, Alcohol Denat., Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Hydroxypalmitoyl Sphinganine, Polycaprolactone, Acrylates Copolymer, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Butylparaben, Tocopherol. May Contain: Bismuth Oxychloride, Iron Oxides.

Brand Overview

Lancome At-A-Glance

Strengths: Some good cleansers; well-formulated scrubs; foundations with beautiful shades for almost every skin color; great concealers; several outstanding mascaras; the Artliner liquid eyeliners perform well; impressive powder eyeshadows; some fantastic lipsticks and automatic lipliner.

Weaknesses: Expensive for what amounts to mostly mediocre to below-average skincare products; lacking in effective treatments for blemishes or lightening skin discolorations; average toners; moisturizers that are short on including state-of-the-art ingredients; jar packaging; some foundations with sunscreen do not provide complete UVA protection.

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. Our 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 previously have. 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.

About the Experts

The Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains the commitment that Paula Begoun, founder of Beautypedia and Paula's Choice Skincare made over 30 years ago-to help you find the best products possible for your skin. We do this by relentlessly pursuing and relying on published scientific research so you will have unbiased information on what works and what doesn't-and the sneaky ways you could be making your skin worse, not better!


The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same research, criteria, and objectivity, whether the product being reviewed is from Paula's Choice or another brand.

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02.21.2015
Have used this for years and love it!!

I have tried so many high end foundations but this is the only one that gives me coverage, glow and added sun protection. I also have dry skin and love that this foundation keeps my skin moist. I'm surprised you didn't give this formula the highest rating.

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02.12.2015
Contains Alcohol Denat

All of the other foundations get a poor rating for inclusion of alcohol denat. Does this not cause dryness/irritation? This foundation is formulated for dry skin but includes alcohol.

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02.12.2015
Beautypedia Team Response

Hello -- This product contains a negligible amount of alcohol denat since it is listed near the very end of the ingredient list.  It is not present in a quantity large enough to cause much drying which is why we did not give it a 'poor' rating.  Thanks!  -Paula's Choice Research Team

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03.26.2014
Lancôme is overrated!Overpriced !

Although, I like what this foundation did for my skin. I don't like how it caused acne and it didn't go away during use.There are better options out there that offer more bang for your buck.Too faced puts amazing stuff in their foundations. But, beware of the BB cream if you are acne-prone.

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Annette D.
02.25.2014
Very nice foundation, no tacky feel.

Really nice sheer to medium coverage foundation, love that it doesn't give the whitish cast w/ the spf. It blends wonderfully, wears great w/ an elegant slight glow. Ask the lancome counter for a 10 day sample to ensure color match. Thought I was a clair 10 (cool beige-slight pink overtones) but turns out clair 20 (neutral beige) was better, both looked very natural though. Hope this helps:)

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