Lancome Blanc Expert Derm-Crystal Crystal Brightness Activating Essence

“Designed to target the dermis, original source of natural light, to reveal skin’s inner light as never before. Lancôme’s utmost formula to date, Blanc Expert Derm-Crystal™ contains the exclusive Dermactyl Complex™, an unprecedented alliance of Soy, Sunflower, Mint and Rose extracts to target the dermis, associated with powerful actives to target the epidermis. An unprecedented brightening action from the dermis to the surface. Clear as crystal, each delicate droplet of Blanc Expert Derm-Crystal™ is like a drop of light, gently suffusing the skin to leave it fresh, and luminous, lusciously moist and subtly scented.”

A small bottle with a dropper to dispense the amount needed.

A small bottle with a dropper to dispense the amount needed.

Those hopeful words had me already, Lancome! Nice to read; nice to know, but was my skin nice to see after using this?

Although the country I am residing now has only one season: SUMMER all year long, its super blazing hot temperature can get into my nerves at times. Besides using a reliable sunscreen every day, I would try to include at least one “brightening” product in my skin care regime. With a brightening product, I hope to achieve a brighter (not M.J. white), more even-toned, radiant skin since this poor mommy constantly lacks her beauty sleep.

When Lancome Blanc Expert Derm Crystal was released around 2 years back, I did not immediately get this bottle of activating essence because I thought Emma Watson already has crystal clear skin, so I was NOT SOLD! (LOL, now blaming is a happy part!) When Sephora had its Members Day where all products at store were discounted 20% off retail price, I got one myself for RM350.

1 dropper-full is adequate for the entire face and neck!

1 dropper-full is adequate for the entire face and neck!

If you have used any Blanc Expert products, you will detect the same scent from this transparent essence. Looking at the transparency of this light yet not runny essence, it reminded me of Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution (also a face serum), but way less tacky than Kiehl’s upon application. Now did this Derm-Crystal Activating Essence do as it claimed?

I have tried this essence with different moisturizers for more than a month now, and I personally found it worked just well with my Aesop Primrose Facial Cream, with Diorsnow Fresh Crème Global Transparency Day Cream (reviewed here), and of course with Lancome Blanc Expert Day/Night Cream.

I did achieve an overall brighter and a luminous, moist skin when I used this. Luminousity of the skin is the main reason of my purchase, and I am glad I get that especially if I paired this essence with Lancome Blanc Expert Night Cream. This face essence, to me, is nice to have but not necessary, though. With proper diet, rest, and right skin care products, I believe brighter, luminous, moist skin can always be attained.  At least, I did get some positive results which are pretty immediate with this Derm-Crystal activating essence, unlike some product that did NOT live up to any of its claimed.

Have you tried Lancome Blanc Expert Derm-Crystal Crystal Brightness Activating Essence before or any other brightening serum/essence that worked for you?

With love,

LY

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Cream eye shadows, anyone?

Are you aware of cream eye shadows out there? I love ‘em. VERY. MUCH. INDEED.

I love the fact that I could play with the pigmentation, I adore the idea that cream eye shadows usually have shimmery finish, and I like how easy they are to be applied! Cream eye shadows will always have a place in my makeup pouch whenever I travel. I prefer not carrying powder eye shadows (except Guerlain’s Liu palette) when I travel as I would be worried that my powder eye shadows would break.

I have a few cream eye shadows in my stash now, and despite having only a pair of eyes, cream eye shadows will always be on my radar. The very moment a brand released its range of cream formulas, I would definitely not miss it. For this Holiday, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill (ETK) and Lancome have 4 brand new, limited-edition colours. Being too excited about the news, I headed to Singapore to get my hands on some of the colours, but I had totally forgotten to take pictures of all the colours (Sorry!). I swatches all the 8 limited edition colours at their respective counters but only came home with two!

GA ETK No. 33; Lancome DR 214

GA ETK No. 33; Lancome DR 214

I got myself Emeraude Eternelle (emerald green) from Lancome and No. 33 Scarab Violetta (lavender) from Giorgio Armani. The green one from Lancome was LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT when I saw the colour online, and it turned into PURE LOVE when I laid one of my fingers on the cream eye shadow to swatch it! My heart stopped beating for a second when I touched how bouncy it was!

Emerald

Emerald

It comes with a tiny brush for lining the eyes!

It comes with a tiny brush for lining the eyes!

The shimmering mousse eye shadow has a unique springy touch in it, and I had never used one cream eye shadow with so much softness and bounce. That green colour and its springy texture simply and effortlessly melt my heart! I have been waiting for this emerald green with gold flecks for a long, long time! I have always loved this colour being paired with a classic red lipstick! Yes, it looks very “Christmassy”, and that makes me happy! Also, I got myself another back up for this particular shade already! Crazy, I know. I will be wearing this colour during New Year, Summer, all year long – I don’t care!

See the beautiful gold flecks! Left: 3x, Right:1x

See the beautiful gold flecks! Left: 3x, Right:1x

GA ETK No.33 Scarab Violetta

GA ETK No.33 Scarab Violetta

Similarly, Scarab Violetta is utterly breathtaking. One swatch on the hand, and I got a cool lilac colour. Initially, I did not see FALL or HOLIDAY in that colour because I usually regard makeup items for Fall and Holiday collection as mysterious, dreamy, dark, and vampy. This lavender shade prepares me for Spring, but I could then also think ICY. If I pair this shade with silver, navy blue and taupe, I get Ice Queen! As usual, the longevity and the amount of shimmer in this never disappoint. There is LITTLE TO NO fallout when I use this.

Above: Twice;  Below: Once

Above: Twice;
Below: Once

Have you check these cream eye shadows out?  The limited shades from Lancome is now available in Malaysia for RM80 per jar of 5grams, but the Eyes to Kill No.33 from Giorgio Armani was purchased in DFS Galleria, Singapore for approximately 43-45 SGD (my bad for not keeping track of the price).

I was wondering if I should also get No. 32 (Gold Hercule) from Giorgio Armani. Should I, or shouldn’t I?

With Love,

LY