We've had Lancome's vibrating mascara and now we are being treated to Lancome's Oscillation Foundation ($48), a foundation that, yes you guessed it, vibrates. It is supposed to give you a "pixel-precise" complexion for up to 14 hours.

I don't really know what pixel precise means. I decided to Google it and fetched up a high definition TV by Philips that "features pixel precise HD and invisible sound". What on earth is invisible sound? Realizing that I was in danger of getting off track, I went back to Lancome's Oscillation Foundation. The spongy applicator micro-vibrates 7000 times per minute to break down the powder. Couldn't that have been done in manufacturing? Oscillation Foundation was beginning to look like a desperate gimmick.

Most of the women who bought it seemed to have come to the same conclusion. If you read the reviews on HSN, it seems that this thing sucks. It makes skin look older, the coverage is uneven, it feels as if you are sanding your face, and you can't wash the brush. An ideal candidate for Dept of Daft.

Lancome's Oscillation Foundation has the sunscreen active titanium dioxide at just over 10% concentration. Controversy erupted when the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) pronounced titanium dioxide to be a group 2B carcinogen, eg ”possibly carcinogen to humans”. This was based on a study on rats. Additional research demonstrates that titanium dioxide absorbs the suns rays and can cause free radical damage to cells. There is also alumina, a neurotoxin.  Bismuth oxychloride has been found to be an irritant in mineral makeup.


Titanium Dioxide 10.03%, Boron Nitride, Kaolin, Isononyl Isononanoate, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Alumina, Tocopherol. May Contain: Bismuth Oxychloride, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.