Vitamin C+ Energy Cocktail Intensive Care
1 fl. oz. for $21.99
Last Updated:10.06.2010
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This fairly greasy, oil-based serum has problems right from the start because it tends to leak from its packaging, resulting in quite a mess unless stored very carefully. The multi-hued, overly fragranced serum contains some good ingredients for dry skin, but the amount of vitamin C is paltry. Speaking of vitamin C, it and the other antioxidants in this serum won’t remain stable in the clear glass bottle unless you store it away from light, which means do not leave it on your vanity. This contains a small amount of fragrance chemicals that may cause irritation. All told, those with dry skin seeking to supplement their routine with plant oil should just buy plain jojoba, evening primrose, or olive oil instead.


This cocktail of health-boosting ingredients pampers your skin to excellence. Designed for normal to very dry skin types, Vitamin C Energy Cocktail Intensive Care restores moisture and hydration for defense from environmental assaults, yielding incredible resilience and stunning luminosity.


Water, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Squalane, Glycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Phenoxyethanol, Rubus Chamaemorus Seed Oil, Oxycoccus Palustris (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Benzophenone-4, Peg-8, Methylparaben, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Tocopherol, Sodium Lactate, Lactic Acid, Serine, Sorbitol, TEA-Lactate, Urea, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Chloride, Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid, Allantoin, Benzyl Alcohol, Citral, Citronellol, Hydroxyisomethylpropional, Red 4, Red 33, 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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so good!

I only use this at night since its greasy. But, since I use some really harsh acne treatments this really helps keep my skin moisturized. I use it after cleansing and toning. Then, I use an acne treatment and moisturizer. It's definitely helped make my skin brighter as well.

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Waste of money

Well, for my mixed teint it simply did not work. It is way to oily, does not sooth at all, cannot be used unter the foundation or mineral powder. Used for night, it does not anything but leave my skin more oily and greasy. I am going to use it on my neck I guess. Only.

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this product is amazing..

Its amazing...in a week, the texture of my sking has improved 100%...and for the price, you cannot beat it..no leakage of the package..nothing negative..high fives all of theaay....HIGHLY RECOMMEND....

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