So I have used Lancôme’s Dreamtone dark spot corrector and complexion creator for exactly thirty days today and here’s my take.
The packaging: Distinctive with a slickly shaped bottle and nozzle. It is not a transparent bottle (that’s probably to keep the product stable) so you really can’t see the serum or tell how much is left in the bottle and when you need a refill. You need two pumps max per usage.
There are three complexion levels you can choose from – 1 for fair skin, 2 for medium skin and 3 for dark skin. I take level 3 for dark skin
Price: Rs 5000
Ultimate dark spot corrector and beautiful skin tone creator.
It has ‘ triple action technology’ that works on oxidative stress, homeostasis and melanin synthesis-the things that cause the appearance of dark spots and pigmentation.
What I am trying to fix
I have patch of dark pigmentation on my cheekbones a by-product of a trip to Ladakh and the strong Ladakh sun. I don’t expect this to get fixed but I hope it will get lighter.
I also have a couple of mini dark spots and a very recent dark line across my nose caused by my glasses.
Perfect skin conditions for testing the claim 🙂
It’s a serum like product but it’s a strange pink that’s reminiscent of lacto calamine.
It is slightly pearlised so you do get a healthy ‘tint’ if you are using No 3 and I am told a peachy tint if you use No 2.
It is not a tinted product but has color pigments and light diffusers to give you a little optical pick me up every time you use it.
It has a pleasant smell but I just don’t think a high-end skin care product should have fragrance.
Goes on smoothly and gets absorbed easily but I miss the hydrated feel you get from some other serums. I am comparing it to Clarins Double serum here, Estee’s ANR or even Lancôme’s Visonnaire
I used it everyday – under my sunscreen and compact for the day and under my night cream at night.
After two weeks
The dark spots and pigmentation looked the same but I did notice my face looked brighter overall in the mornings.
Three weeks later
My skin definitely appeared brighter and ‘cleaner’ ( my skin cells had probably turned around faster). I noticed it most when I woke up but my sunscreen and compact lasted longer during the day which meant my skin condition was better. The dark spots didn’t seem to have corrected in any way .
One month later
My overall skin condition is definitely better but that would have been the case if I had used any high end serum with the same discipline.
Sadly my pigmentation and spots are exactly where we left them. Even the ‘specs’ mark across my nose has not changed:(
Since I was testing specifically for these I have to say honestly it hasn’t done the job for me.
I will continue it as long as the bottle lasts and hope. Sometimes products work very slowly and then accelerate as the skin gets all the biological messages they beam out.
Other products you can try :
Clinique’s Even Better Dark spot reducer which is a targeted product.
Estee Lauders Even skin tone Skin illuminator has salicylic acid which accelerates cell turnover .
Visonnaire by Lancome works on open pores and rough texture so it will give you an even tone too.
Dior has just launched Capture one Totale Dream skin complexion corrector though I haven’t seen it here .
Forest Essentials Saundarya serum works on overall dryness and skin tone.
Pure vitamin C will lighten pigmentation but it can make skin sun sensitive.
Hydroquinone which is proven to lighten pigmentation is banned in some places and has side effects if taken in a high strength.
Both these should be used on dermatologist advice only.