06.13.2011
1
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Vitamin C+ Radiant Beauty Drops
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28 capsule for $21.99
Last Updated:06.13.2011
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Don’t let the clear glass jar packaging dissuade you: This silicone-based serum is housed in individually sealed, opaque capsules. That means the vitamin C and other antioxidants will not deteriorate before use, which is precisely the goal. This is the only Lumene product with vitamin C that’s worth considering because the amount of this antioxidant is high enough for it to have benefit for skin, although vitamin C is hardly the best ingredient for skin. If it were, why doesn’t Lumene include it in all their products?

It is good news that the formula also contains other antioxidants, including cloudberry and cranberry oils. This would’ve earned a Good rating if it did not include several potentially irritating fragrance chemicals. The form of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) that Lumene chose can be irritating due to its acidic nature, so it doesn’t make sense to pair it with fragrance chemicals that can increase the potential for irritation. If you want vitamin C in serum form, check out the options from Cellex-C, Jan Marini, SkinCeuticals, or Paula’s Choice first.

Claims

The daily formula works over the course of 28 days to brighten, smooth and soften dull skin. Each capsule delivers a single dose Lumene’s comprehensive revitalizing blend to progressively transform your skin in one month.

Ingredients

Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Ascorbic Acid, Methyl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Rubus Chamaemorus (Cloudberry) Seed Oil, Vaccinium Vitis-Idaea (Cranberry) Seed Oil, BHT, Solanum, Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Lipids, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citral, Citronellol, Geraniol, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Limonene, Linalool, 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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06.11.2015
I adore this product

Altho Paula doesn't regard Lumene as a particularly great brand, but I like this product. I've read that Vitamin C applied before sunscreen can protect cells at a deeper level, so I've been experimenting with various Vit-C products. What I love about the Lumene drops is first, that the encapsulation keeps the antioxidants from degrading, and second, the way my skin feels after applying. It leaves a soft, satiny finish on your skin, rather than the sticky and/or shiny finish left by other serums.

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