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Lancôme Visionnaire [LR 2412 4%] Advanced Skin Corrector

Reviewed by Marta September 9, 2013 41 Comments

Lancôme Visionnaire [LR 2412 4%]' Advanced Skin Corrector Review

Lancôme Visionnaire [LR 2412 4%]' Advanced Skin Corrector ($84) has all the trappings of a marketing campaign that wants us to believe that this is The Next Big Thing: sleek packaging, carpet-bombing of ads in all the right glossy magazines, cutting edge multi-patented high tech never-been-seen-before active, and, of course, promises. And what promises!

“This is the future of beauty,” says Youcef Nabi, president of Lancôme International. Meanwhile, the product blurb gushes: “Much more than a wrinkle-corrector, Lancôme's first skincare capable of fundamentally recreating more beautiful skin.”

Lancôme Visionnaire‘s supposed breakthrough is a molecule dubbed LR 2412. Lab rats will appreciate that it has an affinity with water and oil and, therefore, is very bioavailable (can easily penetrate and be absorbed by the body).  Which is all very well, but what exactly is this molecule comprised of?

My guess is that it is listed in the ingredients as adenosine. This is a molecule that carries energy and it is an anti-inflammatory. It has recently become a favorite of eyelash growth product manufacturers.

It seems that Lancôme Visionnaire’s secret sauce also has do with something that plants produce called jasmonic acid. There are two ingredients in Lancôme Visionnaire’s otherwise lackluster formula that point to jasmonic acid: sodium tetrahydrojasmonate and tetrahydrojasmonic acid. And I must admit that jasmonic acid is very interesting.

Jasmonic acid is a “jasmonate” and one of its major functions is to protect a plant under stress. Put a hungry caterpillar on a leaf and the plant will start to produce jasmonic acid. It is actually a kind of hormone and when it senses that the plant is under attack, it inhibits growth. Another thing that jasmonic acid is big on is stimulating tuber formation; jasmonic acid is the main reason a potato becomes a potato.

While this is fascinating for budding botanists, I’m not sure why growth inhibiting, tuber makers should be in a face cream. One clue might be that in recent years more has been understood about jasmonic acid and it seems that it does all sorts of other things and works gradually, at minute doses, to modify the processes of growth, development and reproduction - well, in plants, anyway.

Interesting though all this is, it takes a big leap of faith to see this as the future of beauty. I have so far found no information on what it might do in human skin. And there’s nothing else to pin your hopes on in the Lancôme Visionnaire formula. In fact it’s a rather bleak concoction with only a smattering of sodium hyaluronate amongst the many silicones, standard emollients and synthetic thickeners.

Lancôme Visionnaire is meant for 25 to 50-year-olds, which at 52 puts me out of its target market. Somehow, I don't find that to be all that frustrating.

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Lancôme Visionnaire Ingredients: Aqua, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat, C12-15 alkyl benzoate, Dipropylene glycol, Pentaerythrityl tetraethylhexanoate, Polysilicone-11, Dimethicone, Bis-PEG/PPG-16/16 PEG/PPG-16/16 Dimethicone Polymethyl Methacrylate, CI 77891, Mica, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phenoxyethanol, Adenosine, Dimethiconol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Disodium EDTA, Citronellol, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Parfum, sodium tetrahydrojasmonate, ammonium polyacrldimethtyltauramide/ammonium polyacryloydimethyl taurate, hydoxyethylellulose, argilla/magnesium aluminium silicate, tetrahydrojasmonic acid, Citronellol, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Parfum/Fragrance.

  • April 8, 2015

    by Mixie

    As my third post, the scientific article on jasmonic acid was performed by L’Oreal. You need to realize that Lancôme owns L'Oreal, Clinique, Urban Decay and MAYBELLINE!! All one company.

  • April 8, 2015

    by Mixie

    PS: On the scientific article on jasmonic acid, if you look at the full article, it was a study conducted by Lancôme itself, and thus suspect. But at least they did a full study and put it out there for public scrutiny. The link for the full study is: So I believe that the ingredient that Lancôme is claiming to be the active one is jasmonic acid.

  • April 8, 2015

    by Mixie

    First, the excessive fragrance problem has be fixed. I am sensitive to fragrances and would know. Second, thank you for your efforts to determine what this product is doing. I am a chemist, and also skeptical. But believe it or not, after 3 weeks it is dissolving the hard white areas under my skin (past acne) I have had for 20 years that did not go away with Buff Puffs, salicylic and retinoic defoliants, and expensive cleaners and moisturizers (Lancôme). So it is doing something, but I suspect it is by some different defoliant process. Not a product to spend money on for most people.

  • August 10, 2014

    by Cathy

    I agree 100% with silly gal........First of all, I am a 56 year old woman who has been using Visionnare since it first come out.....maybe 2 years???? I CAN NOT believe the difference it has done to the depth of the lines around my mouth. I used I had taken a close up before photo! The line on my left side of my mouth is nearly gone! I understand that this is not going to get rid of my lines and wrinkles over night! It's gradual. It is, by far, my most favorite Lancome product EVER!!!!!!! I am living proof that this product works! I use it only at night because I was told that this is when your skin repairs itself and I would benefit the most. (I only use about 1 1/2 pumps follow with my Lancôme Renergie Multi Action Pm cream! Thank you Lancome! People tell me all of the time I look 42 not 56!!!!!!!! I'll take that any time!

  • June 12, 2014

    by JOANNE

    I bought this product to have a change from my usual face and body care brand, Korres. Big mistake, I will not be buying this again. The texture of this cream is not light at all, not refreshing, it is hideous and greasy, so much so that it made me itchy as soon as I put it on. Sticky, greasy, awful......I prefer the Korres products I use, literally pure, effective and cheaper; I will not change my Korres Wild rose 24-hour hydrating & brightening cream for nothing.

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