Lancôme Énergie de Vie Exfoliating Mask is a real fail for me in terms of it's effectiveness and the active ingredients. It contains micro beads which are not listed in the ingredient list all and it makes me wonder what else did Lancôme skip mentioning. Being skincare junkie, it only makes me wonder... Knowing that huge corporation behind confirmed eliminating beads out of their products in 2017. Well, now 2020 and still having these in my jar.

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Claims from the manufacturer:

❇ A 2-in-1 exfoliating face mask that both hydrates and exfoliates the skin in under 5 minute for purified, smooth, glowing skin.
❇ Mask and exfoliate in under 5 minutes! This 2-in-1 exfoliating mask provides the best of both worlds: hydration with a gentle yet effective exfoliation for skin that is instantly purified, fresher, softer, and more radiant. It's fresh texture is formulated with hydrating glycerin, jojoba pearls, and lemon peel. Skin will feel more hydrated, pores appear reduced, and skin's texture is more refined.
❇ Instantly: Skin feels purified, fresher, softer, and looks more radiant. After one week: Skin feels more hydrated, pores appear reduced, and skin's texture is more refined. Based on self-assessments on 84 women in a 4-week study.

Directions from the manufacturer:

Apply mask on clean skin. Leave on for 3 minutes. After 3 minutes, massage product into skin, rinse with water, and follow with your usual skincare routine. Use up to twice a week.

Tip: Great for lips too! Apply using above steps, and follow with your favorite lip product.

Ingredients:

Water, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Melissa Officinalis Flower/Leaf/Stem Water, Betaine, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Powder, CI 19140, CI 42090, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Hyaluronate, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Arginine, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Tris(Tetramethylhydroxypiperidinol) Citrate, Chlorphenesin, Salicylic Acid, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Oil, Xanthan Gum, Menthoxypropanediol, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Propanediol, Phospholipids, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Citric Acid, Fragrance

My experience:

Lancôme Énergie de Vie Exfoliating Mask is a huge fail for me. I do respect this brand but this particular product... Seriously.... Epic fail. It does absolutely nothing to my skin. I bought it simply because I liked the serum and night mask so much that I thought this would be a winner too. Heck no! Never again.

 

You come home and open the box and there it lays, so luxurious, so pretty. You put it on your face and after 5 minutes it started to burn on the cheeks where my rosacea is. Burning was so intense that I had to run and wash my face. The first minutes of lovely refreshing feeling should have rang my alarms that it has huge amount of alcohol inside. After inspecting the pachaking, yes, alcohol is on the 3rd place on the list. On top of that it contains microbeads in the mix! I am not a fan of pollution so one thing I stay away from are microbeads.

 

Lancôme Énergie de Vie Exfoliating Mask delivers nothing for it's price. It is not beneficial for skin at all. Besides minimal hydration, and flareing up my rosacea I got nada from it. An empty wallet as well I suppose. Mask is translucent in consistency with chunks of plant in it mixed with microbeads. It is somewhat difficult to wash off becausenormal water doesn't work fast enough.  You need scrub elements to move the product off the skin. Absolutely not my cup of tea.

 

As I've said before, a lot of masks from Lancôme are great but not this one. Sorry, but it goes into donation box. Maybe someone will be happy with it, I know I won't. I do not recommend this product. It is a waste of time, money and skin health, especially if your skin is sensitive. One thing for sure: it is not worth it's price. It is damaging for skin barrier and Great Barrier Reef.

consistency
scrub-like texture with plenty microbeads
Pros:

+ Paraben, sulfate and silicone free formulation
+ Contains salicylic and citric acid, hyaluronic acid, vitamin E and arginine
+ Fluffy gel texture with prominent scrub particles
+ Beautiful packaging
+ Lovely fresh scent
+ Basic hydration
+ Moderately effective on dehydrated skin for all skin types

 

Cons:

– Contains microbeads, alcohol and fragrance
– Not suitable for sensitive skin
– Does very little except basic hydration of the face
– Overpriced product
– No visible color or texture improvements other than increase in skin reddness
– My rosacea flared up after using this product
– Requires a thick layer to notice any results

Where to buy:

❇ NL and BE: parfumwebshop, bol.com,
❇ Internationally: Available at ulta, sabinastore, lancome  and plenty other online retailers
❇ Price is 28-50€ per 75ml of product coming is sturdy glass jar. Price varies significantly per retailer

 

Thank you for reading!

Yours truly, Kati ?