REVIEW: Lancome Bright Expert Dark Spot Corrector

The Lancome Bright Expert Dark Spot Corrector was a great big fat disappointment for me, unfortunately. Skincare is definitely something that I don’t mind spending money on, and when I do, I have high expectations. I purchased the Bright Expert Dark Sport Corrector because I had some residual post-hyperpigmentation that I wanted to get rid of.

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This product is considered a treatment, rather than a serum; and, it’s designed to “virtually erase dark spots” to “reveal an evenly radiant complexion in just four weeks.” Lancome claims that the treatment “is so powerful that an independent clinical study demonstrated even faster results for dark spot correction than the leading prescription ingredient.”

Sounds promising, I know. One thing to keep in mind with products like this is to have realistic expectations. Unless you resort to some serious treatment like laser, topical products take time and some major patience. I used this product for 3 months, and in the 3 months, I used the entire tube since I used it nightly under my moisturizer.

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Application of this product is like a serum. Apply it all over your face, even if you intended on spot treating. The formula of the product is easily blendable and smooths onto the skin easily. It absorbs decently, but not quickly enough for me. The smell is light and fragrant, and certainly not offensive in any way. It wasn’t particularly hydrating but it did feel nice on the skin.

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For the first few weeks, nothing happened. While some of the spots I was concerned with lightened, I don’t think it was because of the product — since I was expecting faster results with the product. I think many of my spots lightened because time had gone by, and through the natural process of skin exfoliation, the pigmentation lightened.

Overall brightness of the skin was evident but temporary, of course. The product did keep my pores clear and seemed to help with evening out of the skin tone somewhat, but the results were so subtle I can’t say that it really did much. For the price, this is expensive since you get so little that lasts for 3 months. And, since it didn’t appear to have done anything, I won’t be re-purchasing.

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I wouldn’t recommend this product, and if you are searching for a product like this, the Lancome Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector did MUCH MORE — in terms of brightening, wrinkle-fighting, and pore-clearing. :)

Made in France.
1 oz.
Retails for $70.00 USD.

Shiseido Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Edge Meister Mascara BK999

As a major fan of Japanese mascaras, I bought the Shiseido Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Edge Meister Mascara on a whim while browsing on eBay. Much like the Lash Expander Frame Plus, the brush and the concept are nearly the same. After a few months of trying various Japanese mascaras reviewed here, here, here, and here — I’m back home — to my beloved Shiseido Majolica Majorca mascara.

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Released in the Spring 2013 line, this mascara is its newest addition and I’m totally loving it. I have to warn you though — the mascara has a tendency to clump and clump BAD if you’re not careful. Also, I think there’s more fibers in this mascara than any other mascara I’ve used before. If any of it gets remotely close to your eye, it will sting and hurt instantly. This makes mascara application a little inconvenient — especially if you haven’t used MJ mascaras before. If you have, chances are, you already know this and know how to apply with caution with minimal damage!

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As noted in all of my Japanese mascara posts, this mascara is also long-wearing and won’t budge, smudge, or run. Once it’s on, it’s on. Curl-holding capabilities are superb and the double-sided “comb” helps you apply the product evenly onto your lashes; and then, add volume (with some minor clumping). Removal is difficult, so be sure to loosen up the waxy product with something oily like cleansing oil before using your regular face wash at the end of the night.

It’s perfect for summer — through the heat and sweat. I always wear MJ mascaras to the pool, beach, or lake because NOTHING will make this mascara come off and you don’t have to worry about your curl falling halfway through a pool outing.

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Up close, you’re able to see the fibers. The good thing is that it adds natural length to my already stubby and short Asian lashes. It gives oomph without being obnoxious, though that can be achieved if you just keep re-applying. Compared to Lash Expander Frame Plus, I think it’s more clumpier so you have to be careful. But I also noticed that the finish is extremely glossy. Your lashes look great and there’s something really pretty about the glossy finish. This is the general first application, before the mascara is built up. Depending on my mood, sometimes I like the intentional clumpy look because I feel that it can add volume. As you can see, the Shiseido Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Edge Meister Mascara can look natural and can be built up to look more dramatic. What do you think about the fuller brow?? :)

Minimal Face of the Day

Despite stopping by Sephora and Ulta religiously, I haven’t really picked up anything new. And, now that we’ve entered the summer months here in Texas, keeping things minimal and simple has been key. It’s been a rough couple of weeks for me, so I haven’t felt entirely inspired by anything or anyone — my daily look has been the same — just enough to even out the skin tone and a dab of cream blusher to allow me to look alive.

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I’m back to using the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, and recently re-purchased it in the shade “Terre-Neuve” which is a touch lighter than “Finland” and less yellow. It’s a good summer product to have because it does so much — moisturizes, protects, and conceals — much like a BB cream. While marketed as a tinted moisturizer, it’s like a light foundatio to me.

As previously mentioned, I’m still on my Illamasqua cream blusher kick. Currently, “Promise” is the only shade I own because everything else seems to be out of stock on Sephora’s website. When they’ve been re-stocked, I’ll definitely be trying out more shades. This is the best cream blush ever; and, if you’re like me and have lost faith in ALL cream blushes, try this one. Your faith will be restored.

As usual, I’ve relied on my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush to do all my blending and applying. I own 4 of these brushes and have them stashed all over the place. It’s great for applying my base product and I use a separate one for applying the cream blusher. But really, any synthetic blending brush will do the trick.

Have a great weekend.