Lumene • Vitamin Advanced C Energy • Moisturizers
|Would buy this product again.||62%|
Age: 19-24 Skin: Dry, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Blue
this is for the night cream which is an awesome product for those with dry skin. it moisturizes so nice!! i go to bed with nice soft skin adn wake up with nice soft skin. it does not make me greasy, it has not broken me out, and most important, it has not irritated my sensitve skin.
edit: after using this for about a month i noticed that my chin was getting really clogged. So unfortunately, it is not for me, but it is still a really nice moisturizer
Age: 19-24 Skin: Very Dry Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
This product has very clever packaging and I really wanted to love it, but it did nothing for me. It's full of "Parabens". The bad outweighs the good, I am sending this back to CVS!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
I am ambivalent toward this product and hence the less-than-perfect review rating.
What I like about it:
- the light, gel like texture is lovely.
- I like the citrusy fragrance. Quite refreshing
- The price $2.99 for .5 OZ is not exactly cheap but at least affordable.
- It has not broken me out.
What's not great about it:
- It tends to be "glowy" in a bad way. Upon application it gives my skin an instant "glow" that quickly transforms to "greasiness." With such light texture, I did not expect it to be greasy.
- It could be irritating to certain spots of my skin (around the nose).
- Its moisturizing property is not superior.
- I'd prefer a dispenser type of package rather than having to dig my finger into the tub. Not very hygienic.
Bottom line: to me, this is a take it or leave it product. I spent 3 bucks for a little experimentation and am not entirely satisfied. For the price, there might be better products out there. So I will not purchase if I run out.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
Nice everything except I got a big undergrounder zit after two nights and woke up with puffy eyes the second day (I had applied it twice the previous night). Not sure if it wouldn't have done either if I had only applied once, but I didn't love it (i.e.: the texture, the immediate feel after application) enough to risk again. I bought the sample size at 'buy one get one 50% off) so it was a cheap experiment.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium Hair: Silver Eyes: Brown
Have been using this product for four years. The container has no spatula to avoid contamination, I docked it a point. The product has a lovely orangey smell. It spreads on easily. As with any product with natural ingredients, you can have an allergic reaction to the natural ingredient. (I have this with a lot of anti-ageing products that contact shitake mushroom extract)
This product is not allergy producing for me. It does sting a bit when I first put it on, but that is true of most anti-ageing products including the really expensive retinols that people get from dermatologists. It moistures well during the more humid months, but is not adequate for the low humidity, freezing months in the northeast, so I docked it one more point. It is not a holy grail....but good enough.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Medium Hair: Red Eyes: Hazel
I am in search of a new night cream that does not cost a lot. I am a bargain beauty product person who firmly believes that cost does not always translate into quality. I have been using Avon face creams for a long time and while they are good I would say not fantastic. After much success with Lumene Eye serum in the rollar ball applicator being the only product that helps depuff my ugly eye bags I thought I would give this sample size cream a try. I have only used it twice, but last night after cleansing and toning I applied this to my entire face including the eye area. Instant love! My skin looked instantly better, glowing and smooth. I can see applying a more moisturizing cream over this since I am 56 and need it however when I woke up this morning could this be true? The verticle smokers line on my lip looked softened! For 2.99 I think this sample jar will last a long time and then I can just go buy another one! I will update after I have used this for about a month but so far this one is a keeper. I love the smaller sample jar as I think in time it is going to keep the cream fresher. I dont notice much of a smell if any a faint orangey scent which fades away fast. This one is a keeper!
Age: 36-43 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I'm pretty happy with the products I've been using (Weil Plantidote from Origins), but needed a moisturizer to carry me over until I could make it to the store to replenish. I bought a sample of this and used it twice before it started to wreak complete havoc on my face. My entire t-zone turned red and I broke out into white heads all over my lower cheeks and chin. I've had products that have given me a break out here and there, but never had such a negative reaction as this.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Warm Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
I'm about to buy my third jar of this wonderful day cream. (I'm reviewing the SPF 15 version of Radiant C Energy -- I am 99% sure this is the new name of this product.)
I have had ONE acne pimple in the 6 months of using this product, and it was from a foolish switch from my HG Philosophy MMU to a cheaper Neutrogena MMU that lasted one day.
My skin can get really, really dry, AND is acne prone and sensitive. A bad combo all around. I have not felt any tightness, seen any redness or irritation since I started using the cream. I've already established my acne problem is now under control for the first time since I was a teenager, and I'm now 39!
As to the non-hygenic jar issue, yes this can be a problem, and I do like tubes or pumps better. I am just diligent to wash my hands before application.
FYI, for those of you who don't live near a CVS, my Target does carry a limited Lumene line (moisturizers and washes only, no makeup), so check out Target, too.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
It seems like this product works for a lot of people, but I'm in that group that had some sort of allergic reaction. I have clear, radiant skin that everyone compliments, but I'm turning 30 soon, so I found myself browsing the skin creams lately.
I applied this to my face before bed for 3 days. Now my skin looks horrible! It has made my face incredibly dry, and I have tiny raised bumps all over my forehead and chin. My face is red and itchy. I have NEVER had such blotchy skin or reaction to something. It must be an ingredient in the cream. I will definitely discontinue use. Not sure if CVS will let me return it, but I might try.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
I believe it is now called Radiant C Energy.
I have skin that is breakout prone but very dry and tight. This is one of the few moisturizers that actually moisturizes but doesn't make me break out.
I haven't noticed any great de-wrinkle effects but my skin does stay supple, smooth and moisturized with it.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
The version I have is called "Radiant C Energy Age Defying Intensive Care." I buy the .5 oz sample (comes in plastic jar) from CVS.com. For some reason, they are cheaper per oz than the full size jar ($2.99 normally but are often on sale for $2.25).I think it may be due to the packaging. The full size jar is fancier looking and comes in a box (1.7 oz. & $18.99 on cvs.com) It does have a tendency to turn as time goes by (probably due to air exposure as vitamin C isn't the most stable). So that is an even better reason to get the small jar.
It has a citrus fragrance but it doesn't bother me. The color of the moisturizer is like a milky orange. It doesn't have a heavy texture, which is a plus for my combination skin. I use it in the morning as my vitamin C treatment prior to putting on my sunscreen. Overall, I am happy with this product, though I wish I knew what percentage of vitamin C it contains so I docked off 1 lippie because this important info is not disclosed on their packaging.
According to the packaging, this product also contains arctic cloudberry, which has antioxidants. I have been trying to research cloudberries and other arctic berries to find out their effect on the skin but there isn't a lot of info on the internet, other than ads for skincare. I did come across a 2/27/07 article written by Betsy Kroll on Time Magazine's web site that talked about arctic berries. The article is called "Skin Care's Cold Snap" and I have cut and paste an excerpt here:
"There are two key characteristics of arctic berries that make them desirable for the skin: essential fatty acids (EFAs) and antioxidants. 'Berry seeds contain both types of essential fatty acids that are needed by human beings,' explains Baoru Yang, of Aromtech Ltd. in Finland, referring to linoleic acid, or omega-6, and alpha-linolenic acid, or omega-3. 'This is a very rare case. In most plant oils you have only one type of EFA, and then the other type is missing or too low.' More than just maintaining and moisturizing the lipid-rich epidermis, EFAs work to lighten the skin tone, diminish age spots and reduce inflammation. They are also rich in antioxidants that, says Kugelman, 'are 20 to 40 times more effective than more commonly used antioxidants like vitamin E.'
Perhaps no brand uses a wider range of arctic berries and in more products than Lumene, a Finnish company more than 35 years old but launched in the U.S. only in 2004..."
Aqua (Water); Cyclopentasiloxane; Steareth-2; Betaine; Steareth-21; Octyldodecanol; Stearic Acid; Cetearyl Alcohol; Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride; PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate; Tocopheryl Acetate; Phenoxyethanol; PPG-15 Stearyl Ether; Rubus Chamaemorus Seed Oil; Panthenol; Dimethicone/Vinyldimethicone Crosspolymer; Phospholipids; Methylparaben; Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan); Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate; PEG-8; Butylparaben; Ethylparaben; Tocopherol; Sodium Lactate; Lactic Acid; Glycerin; Serine; Sorbitol; TEA-Lactate; Propylparaben; Isobutylparaben; Urea; Ascorbyl Palmitate; Sodium Chloride; Ascorbic Acid; Citric Acid; Lauryl Diethylenediaminoglycine; Lauryl Aminopropylglycine; Allantoin; Benzyl Salicylate; Citral; Citronellol; Hexyl Cinnamal; Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde; Linalool; Butylphenyl Methylpropional; Alpha Methylionone; Cl 17200 (Red 33); Cl 19140 (Yellow 5); Parfum (Fragrance)
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Blue
Goes on smooth and very citrus-smelling (cloudberry-smelling?), and hasn't irritated my moderately sensitive skin other than a slight reddening the first couple of nights I applied the cream. It's a nice light moisturizer, just enough for keeping my skin fresh and young but maybe not heavy enough for my driest days, and seems to not soak in as much as it could. That's probably due to the silicones in the product, which I generally don't like a lot of in a moisturizer because of the film they leave on my skin. Overall, I can't complain much since it leaves my skin pretty happy and it helps my nascent dehydration lines a lot.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Normal, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I really,really gave it a chance,almost a week...but couldn't stand it on my face more than 30 min.Made my skin all red and itchy,go figure!
I don't have a sensitive skin, and was totally disappointed...
Texture is nice,fragrance too.
Oh well...going back to CVS
Age: 25-29 Skin: Very Dry, Fair, Cool Hair: Red, Straight, Fine Eyes: Hazel
Props to Lumene for making some of their products available in sample jars! Lumene must not be a big seller at my local CVS since I could only find one sample jar of this moisturizer that had not already "turned" despite being months away from the expiration date. I used my sample jar as a daytime moisturizer for a couple of weeks. I am 26 years old with very dry, sensitive skin. My biggest problem with finding a new moisturizer is finding something that won't cause a rash. This moisturizer leaves a velvet-smooth finish which is a great base for makeup (TM or MMU). However, after a few weeks of usage I noticed I was getting quite a few pimples whereas my skin is generally very clear. In addition, I was getting a bit of the "itching" feeling that some of the other reviewers had mentioned. I stopped using this and sure enough, the itching went away and the zits disappeared. For me, that is a pretty mild reaction to a face product but obviously I am not going to continue using it. In addition, this just wasn't moisturizing enough for my dry skin -- it would probably be best for normal-to-dry ladies. I love and highly recommend Lumene's Energy Cocktail cream for dry-skinned ladies, but the Vitamin Advanced C Energy cream is a bust for me.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium Eyes: Blue
I love this stuff! My skin is really dry and most moisturizers make me break out, but this stiff is really light and really hydrating, and it actually makes my skin look clearer and less red/blotchy! Plus it smells really great, almost like oranges. I always buy the little .5 oz. containers of it because you're actually paying a lot more for the larger size because of the silly glass jar they package it in.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Dry Hair: Blond Eyes: Green
I have extremely sensitive skin dry sking, and I must say I love this moisturizer!! It is easily absorbed, has an excellent texture and I experience no irritation. Of course, this may not work for everyone, so do yourself a favor and get a sample at CVS before you try it.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination Hair: Red Eyes: Blue
This is a product that you really have to give some time, IMO. At first I was using this and couldn't tell one iota of difference and wasn't really sure what it was for, but I found it for a steal on clearance at CVS (they changed the packaging I believe) and bought it purely due to the Lumene name and the product description on the box.
It's not particuarly moisturizing, not very heavy, not very dramatic. But now that I've been using it daily for about six weeks, it dawned on me that my face positively GLOWS. My skin has never looked better--smoother, clearer, more radiant and I really think it is this product because it is the only thing that I have changed that could have made this much of a difference long-term. I truly cannot believe the difference when I look in the mirror NOW and two months ago. The "clarity" is remarkable. The brightness or whatever you want to call it. It's hard to put into words, but there is a noticeable difference.
The smell is a bit citrusy, but it fades. I like the fact that it doesn't leave my face greasy, but soft instead. I actually use my "regular" Dove day moisturizer if I shower at night or the step 2 MK dermabrasion serum with this and it still isn't too heavy.
I'm not wild about dipping my hand into the jar, but on the plus side, it is barely showing a dent in the level of product because I can really control the amount that I use. This jar will last for ages at this rate and I will definitely purchase more of it.
It has not taken away the redness on my cheeks or diminished the darkness under my eyes, but I don't really use it up close to my eyes much because I have very sensitive eyes. When it *does* get there, though, it doesn't irritate them at all. I may start using it there to see if it helps any. Probably can't hurt. Watch for a sale and grab some.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination Hair: Brown Eyes: Green
This is moisturizer for days when I need extra moisture.It is good as a night cream too. I really like the smell and the cream.It made my combo skin look more clear and my overall complexion more smooth and glowing.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
I just would like to mention to those who are irritated by the "citrus" smell of the cream: The smell is actually not citrus, but the real cloudberry smell. I have eaten cloudberries all my life (a real treat and rarity even here in the north) and they truly smell like the cream. I really like the smell and the cream.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Straight, Coarse Eyes: Brown
My skin is usually very oily, but winter wind has been making it dry and flaky. And on top of that, stress from school has been making me break out. This product does a very good job at hydrating my skin. It absorbs quickly and doesn't make my face feel too greasy. It doesn't break me out nor does it aggravate the existing blemishes. The only things I dislike about this are the citrus scent and the wide-mouth tub because it's not very hygienic. I bought a 15 mL/0.5 oz jar from CVS for $2 and would definitely repurchase.