Visionnaire vs Idealist: the battle of the skin refiners
So in the latest battle of the beauty products, we focus on skin refining serums. Do-it-all problem solvers that work to blitz dark spots, improve the visibility of acne scarring and pigmentation and battle the signs of ageing – all while adding a natural shot of radiance to your skin.
Today, we’ve got two standout, super impressive contenders for the title of best skin refiner – and for the life of me (and bh member Kathryn – who started a forum thread on this very issue), I just can’t decide which product comes out on top; Lancôme Visionnaire [LR 2412 4%] Advanced Skin Corrector or Estée Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator.
IN THE RED CORNER: Lancôme Visionnaire [LR 2412 4%] Advanced Skin Corrector
Why it rocks: a hard-working anti-ageing treatment and complexion perfector in one, this little beauty helps to minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, makes your pores look totally miniature and (thanks to the technology found in LR 2412), has the ability to ‘self-propel’ through the layers of your skin, repairing any damage as it goes. Cool or what? Plus, it won a Glosscars award in 2012, has an overall star rating of 5/5 – as well as 52 glowing reviews to its name.
You’ll love it if… you’re concerned about the visible signs of ageing, such as wrinkles and dark spots, or if you’re just looking to ensure irregular pigmentation and acne scarring is reduced.
Side note: If you really want to reap the anti-ageing benefits of the Visionnaire, fans claim teaming it with the Lancôme Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate – which tones and refines skin – leaves skin looking younger in just seven days!
IN THE BLUE CORNER: Estée Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator
Why it rocks: oily-skinned beauties rejoice! This oil-free serum contains Triple-Optic Technology, which has an instant luminous effect on your skin, making it look ‘lit from within’. Worried about a pigmented, uneven skin tone that makes you hesitant to go barefaced? Don’t you fret. CorrecTone Technology is here to help. What with it’s ability to deliver effective anti-spot ingredients, powerful antioxidants and soothing anti-irritants to your skin, I’d say uneven skin tone doesn’t stand a chance. Plus, it had a Glosscars win in 2011, and a Glosscars Best in Beauty win in 2012, boasts an overall star rating of 5/5 – and has 48 glowing reviews to its name.
You’ll love it if… you really want to even out those little skin irregularities, bust that bothersome pigmentation, and do away with annoying acne scarring so that you have the confidence to go barefaced, and look as though you’re permanently rocking the pregnant-lady glow.
The bottom line
Well, both of these skin care superstars have what it takes to deliver the definition of complexion perfection. Just ask the Trial Team. Yep! Both of these wonder refiners were given the once over by our Trial Team – with pleasing results. But if you were to choose one? Well, radiance seems to be high up on the agenda these days when it comes to things we want for our skin, so for that reason, I think Estée Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator is a winner. In saying that, if you want to focus more on battling those telltale signs of ageing (which don't really bother me so much, yet), then Lancôme Visionnaire [LR 2412 4%] Advanced Skin Corrector, with its wrinkle-busting and dark-spot correcting technology is definitely the one to bag.
Oh wow – this just got really hard all over again…
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Which skin refiner would you choose? Why?
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