Vitamin C+ Age Defying Arctic Cloudberry & Renewing Blueberry Radiant Dual Serum
1.7 fl. oz. for $29.99
Last Updated:10.21.2010
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Though this skin care duo may seem like a bargain because you're getting two separate serums in one package for the price of one, when their weight is added up your not getting any more than with other Lumene products. Regardless of the marketing presentation both parts have shortcomings and in fact there’s little difference between them. Your skin doesn’t need a separate serum for daytime and nighttime; other than sunscreen for daytime use, there aren’t any special ingredients your skin needs during waking hours vs. when you’re sleeping. What counts is that you’re giving your skin the ingredients it needs to look and feel its best around the clock!

The Energising Morning Serum is a water-based formula that contains far more film-forming agents (think hairspray) than vitamin C or other beneficial ingredients. The helpful ingredients Lumene included are all present in small amounts, though they may still have benefit for your skin. Still, lots of other serums provide more state-of-the-art ingredients, and many omit the potentially irritating fragrance chemicals Energising Morning Serum contains. Plus for daytime this serum comes up short as it doesn't contain sunscreen and that is dangerous for your skin.

The Renewing Night Serum doesn’t fare much better than the Morning Serum. It has a silkier texture than the Morning Serum but the gum-based thickening agent can make your skin feel tacky. Otherwise, with the exception of the fragrance chemicals being absent from the Night Serum, the same formulary issues that make the Morning Serum a so-so option apply here, too. If you still want to give this duo a go, it is best for normal to slightly oily skin.


Two effective serums in a dual pack! The morning serum vitalizes skin and gives it instant moisture and energy. Arctic cloudberry seed oil protects skin from stress factors. Arctic blueberry seed oil in the night serum effectively works to promote the skin’s natural well-being and skin renewal.


Energising Morning Serum (0.85 ounce): Water, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Hydrolyzed Adansonia Digitata Extract, Glycerin, Betaine, Pvp, Polyacrylamide, Phenoxyethanol, Polymethyl Methacrylate, C13-14 Isoparaffin, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Panthenol, Methylparaben, Rubus Chamamorus Seed Oil, Phospholipids, Laureth-7, Disodium EDTA, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Steareth-20, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Chondrus Crispus, Dipeptide-2, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptode-7, Citronellol, Geraniol, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Limonene, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, red 33, Fragrance

Renewing Night Serum (0.85 ounce): Water, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Glycerin, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Squalane, Cyclopentasiloxane, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, PVP, Sodium Polyacrylate, Xanthan Gum, Methylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Propylparaben, Steareth-20, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Vaccinium Myrtillus Seed Oil, Chondrus Crispus, Isobutylparaben, Glucose, Dipeptide-2, Palmitoyl tetrapeptde-7, Red 33, Violet 2, Fragrance

Brand Overview

Lumene At-A-Glance

Strengths: Relatively inexpensive; a handful of good options for sensitive skin; one good eye cream, though you don't need an eye cream—you can use any well-formulated moisturizer around the eye area; every SPF-rated product provides reliable UVA protection; Blueberry Curl Mascara has a well-deserved reputation as an outstanding way to enhance lashes.

Weaknesses: Jar packaging is pervasive; the Excellent Future products and most of the Time Freeze products aren't helpful for antiaging or wrinkles; several products contain more preservative or film-forming agent than the ingredients your skin really needs to look younger and healthier; no products for acne or effective products for those struggling with uneven skin tone or discolorations; no exfoliants.

The Cosmetics Cop Team strongly suspects that the interest in this product line from Finland is its prestige packaging, coupled with a relatively attractive price point. This is an eye-catching brand that really stands out on drugstore shelves; however, these products aren't really all that inexpensive, especially in comparison to products from Olay, Neutrogena, or RoC. In the United States, you'll find Lumene products at most CVS drugstores as well as at Ulta, Target, and Walgreens. Although the Cosmetics Cop Team loves to find and recommend inspired skin-care and makeup products at reasonable prices, this line isn't one of them.

Two major shortcomings are: (1), the jar packaging, which means any state-of-the-art ingredients in those products won't remain stable once the jar is opened because they deteriorate in the presence of air, and (2), most of Lumene's formulas contain only a dusting of the superstar ingredients they brag about. Vitamin C, ceramides, antioxidants, peptides, and the like are all essential, brilliant ingredients for skin, but when only minute amounts are included, your skin isn't getting much of the good stuff.

What it comes down to is this: Shopping Lumene shortchanges your skin, leaving it needing, and deserving, far better. A bargain isn't a bargain if it isn't the best possible care for your skin. What good is saving money on skin care if your skin is left wanting and, in fact, needing more?

Aside from the jar packaging and the paltry amount of important skin-care ingredients, there are other limitations, adding to this line's woes. If you have acne, skin discolorations, or uneven skin tone, you need to look elsewhere.

From a marketing point of view, Lumene capitalizes on the erroneous notion that age is a skin type, so they group their products according to decades. Complete nonsense! Age is not a skin type, nor is race, height, weight, or ethnic background. Regardless of your age, if you have acne, rosacea, dry skin, oily skin, sun damage, or blackheads, the same ingredients that work for someone in their 30s will work for someone in their 40s, 50s, or 60s. There isn't a single piece of research showing that any specific ingredients or formulations are better for skin depending on your age.

Like a vast number of cosmetics companies, Lumene leads you to believe their products are all natural and loaded with beneficial plant extracts, in this case, from the remote wilderness of Finland. Nothing could be further from the truth. These products are loaded with synthetic ingredients. That doesn't make them inherently bad, it just makes the marketing claims obnoxious and misleading.

For those intent on exploring what this Finnish line has to offer, despite the fact there isn't much here worth your attention, your best bet is to stick with the products for sensitive skin, which are truly fragrance-free, and the cleansers. Oh, and if you want to find out if the cult classic status of Lumene's Blueberry Curl mascara is deserved, look no further: It most certainly is!

One more comment: Many Lumene products contain an extract or oil from the Arctic cloudberry plant. Although there is research proving this plant has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, it is far from the only one, and isn't even close to being the best for skin. The fact that Lumene chooses to highlight this plant is about marketing nonsense, because stories sell better than reality. Whether it is from the Amazon, the Swiss Alps, or the Himalayas, geographic location is not what makes a plant extract of any kind superior for skin.

For more information about Lumene, call (888) 253-8916 or visit www.lumeneusa.com.

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