Project: Bright Skin Week -ABSOLUE-tly perfected skin with Lancôme's Essence Foundation

Monday, June 16, 2014


Ok, I think I may have found my HG foundation. I have raved and recommended foundations in the past but never have I tried anything remotely close to this foundation. Lancôme has always come up with fascinating foundations (my ultimate favorite was is their Photogenic Lumessence but I think that was discontinued?), and I wasn't surprised that this would win my heart as my HG foundation -for now anyway.

Lancôme ABSOLUE Sublime Rejuvinating Essence Foundation in Ivorie-O, PhP 4,495

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I have always believed, and I still believe that one should never scrimp on a makeup base. If you have the perfect base, everything else you will put on your face will follow and come together nicely. If you have terrible, ashy, and cake base, no matter how expensive your eyeshadows and other products may be will not make you look more radiant.

Let me start by saying that this foundation is not your typical foundation. It's a foundation that is a skin care, an exceptional line dedicated to the ultimate regeneration of skin and beauty.
Allow me to give you a brief history on how this beautiful, revolutionary foundation came about: Lancôme spent 20 years researching about skin stem cells. They have fashioned molecules that are cosmetic gems that are inspired by nature and refined by science. In 2013, Lancôme revealed their Absolue Sublime Regenerating Oleo Serum, which is the first serum ever to explore the extraordinary power of precious oils.

Today, they are making history by combining this technology with their foundation. A foundation that enhances the skin while sublimating its beauty. Imagine, a foundation that isn't just designed to cover up the skin and make your skin look superficially perfect, but a foundation that is designed to heal and to beautify your skin while you wear it.
There is so much to say about this foundation, so I will just go ahead and write them all down so that you can justify that PhP 4,495 purchase!

Some foundations look greasy as time rolls by when you're wearing the makeup. But with Lancôme's Absolue Sublime Rejuvenating Essence Foundation, your skin improves every hour! After 4 hours, the skin is 20% firmer and 12% suppler, its tonicity is improved by 36%. After 12 hours, hydration is improved by 20% and after a full day of wear, women find their complexion evened out. When I wore this foundation at 8 in the morning, I did all the errands I needed to do, and met with clients, I didn't even retouch! When I got home, I cooked in the hot kitchen for dinner. As I was freshening up for dinner at around 7PM, I have forgotten that I was wearing makeup. When I looked in the mirror, my face looks radiant and glowing! It wasn't as matte as I had it in the morning, but my skin looked so good. I had a golden glow that radiated skin deep.

It has a very runny consistency, but not like water. It glides on smoothly and just 2 pumps will cover the entire face and neck so this foundation is very economical.
 Infused with precious oils, Absolue Sublime Rejuvenating Essence Foundation is the Lancôme fluid foundation with the most highly concentration in skincare active ingredients. At the heart of its formula lies the remarkable trio that is already the force behind Absolue Sublime Regenerating Oleo-Serum:
  • Citrus essential oil: made up of more than 100 components, it helps to stimulate the skin-self regeneration potential, 
  • Camelia oil: rich in essential fatty acids, whose structure is similar to that of the skin’s lipids, it was chosen to help improve skin barrier function, 
  • Pro-Xylane™: Obtained by a green-processed extraction method, it is Lancôme Research’s most effective anti-ageing molecule. 
The Absolue Golden Glow
Absolue Sublime Rejuvenating Essence Foundation aims to provide Absolue’s unique skin signature: the Golden Glow. Day after day, the skin comes closer to this glowing aura of beauty which is the emotional print of each Absolue woman, the most sophisticated in the world.
Here is a chart on how to apply the foundation to maximize its benefits. I applied this foundation with my own SOFFIA foundation brush using the Lancôme method below. I pumped 3 pumps into my metal palette and dipped the tip of the angle to pick up a little product. This foundation comes with their own Absolue Applicator which is photographed below.

I ended up using too much foundation because I was still unfamiliar with how to use this foundation. Usually, with pump-type bottles, 3 pumps would be the usual to cover my face and neck area. But as it turned out, with this foundation, 3 is plenty. So always start with 2 pumps. Just using natural light to photograph myself with the foundation on, you can see how radiant and how beautiful my skin looks. I have been using this foundation for almost a week now and I have been seeing a lot of positive and dramatic changes in my skin's texture and appearance.
It passed the flex-test with flying colors. But since I pumped out too much foundation and applying it all to my face so I won't waste it, I ended up creasing in my under eye area, but that's it.
I used up all of the three pumps of the foundation that's why my base was thick enough to crease in the areas with arrows below. But my nose area remained smooth and crease free. Even the lines on my cheeks and dimple area remained in tact. Flexibility of this foundation is excellent.
I dusted a light layer of loose powder on top of the foundation and the result is just beautiful. I look like a radiant bride with beautiful, perfect skin. The finish is supple and velvet-y smooth. The foundation covered my sun spots, and smoothed out my fine lines and even the pores!

Length of usage before review: 6 days

  • Lightweight.
  • Formulated to suit our humid climate.
  • Non-drying. Non-cakey!
  • Effects of glowing skin runs skin deep, it lasts way after you wash your face.
  • Skin care with foundation.
  • Soothes tired skin.
  • Frantastic coverage!
  • Corrects the skin while you wear the foundation.
  • Good choices of shades.
  • Healthy skin is the result of prolonged use.
  • Evens out skin tones with prolonged use.
  • Eventually lightens dark spots.
  • Corrects fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Skin adapting capabilities.
  • Soothes fry or flaky skin.
  • Pleasant smell.
  • Economical! Just 2 pumps to cover the entire face and neck area.
  • Comes with an applicator brush.
  • Dual-action: skin care and foundation in one.
  • Very flexible. Foundation "moves" with your skin. You won't crease or crack if you apply it as thin as possible.
  • Even if you apply just a thin layer, coverage is excellent.
  • Glides on smoothly, no need to pull or tug the skin.
  • Does not streak!
  • Waterproof.
  • Does not make the skin look greasy or oily towards the end of the day.
  • Fine lines are smoothed out in less than a week.
  • My skin appears more taught and firm.
  • Long-lasting effects.
  • Effects are not just an instant thing.
  • Good for young adults to adults, even better and perfect for mature skin.

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*I hardly score a 5 plus plus, this is the first product that I have rated with this score.

Retail Price: PhP 4,495
Purchased For: Gift from Lancôme.
Will I re-purchase? Yes. ABSOLUE-tly.
Will I recommend it? Yes.

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