Lancome Visionnaire Product Review

Truly Visionary or Just Smoke and Mirrors?

Lancome’s new Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector is touted by its maker to be the latest in age defying technology, but is it really?

As usual, we’re going to take an unbiased look at what this supposed wrinkle fighting superhero is all about.

By the end of this article, you’ll have the information that you need to make an informed decision before you invest your time and money in yet another time fighting product to clutter your vanity.

What Lancome Claims

According to the high-end beauty giant, their new Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector is much more than a wrinkle corrector. They say that it’s capable of “fundamentally re-creating more beautiful skin” in just 4 weeks. Lancome claims that it blasts wrinkles, evens skin tone, corrects imperfections caused by such things as sun damage, and reduces pore size.

The magic ingredient is the brand new LR 2412, a molecule that they say is designed to work through all of your skin’s layers, triggering a “cascading series of micro-transformations.” What exactly does that mean and what is this new anti-aging superhero?

What is LR 2412?

The initials in the ingredient are simply Lancome’s initials (LR) and 2412 is the number of attempts that they made before they were ready to market this product or, according to them, the number of trials it took to perfect it.

They’re being tight-lipped about the actual active ingredients but according to some pretty good sources, it’s jasmonic acid and adenosine (both of which are listed on the ingredients list).

Jasmonic acid is a compound found in plants that may play a role in cell development, healing and cell defense. The problem is that the structure of plant cells is very different from the structure of human cells so the likelihood of getting the same results is shaky at best.

Jasmonic acid is making quite a splash in the beauty industry but there’s not much scientific evidence to back it up. It’s possible that it works similarly to alpha hydroxy acids or beta hydroxy acids, which are available in much less expensive products.

Adenosine is an anti-inflammatory that plays a role in energy transformation at the cellular level. That sounds good but there’s still research being conducted on the product to determine its actual effectiveness as an age-defying tool.

What Else Is In It?

Another great question. The other ingredients in the product seem to be mostly smoke and mirrors – silicones, reflecting agents and light refracting agents that soften your skin and minimize the appearance of wrinkles, dark spots, and large pores by reflecting light away from them. They don’t actually go away. There’s also a significant amount of alcohol in the product, so it may irritate your skin or dry you out.

On the up side, it also contains hyaluronic acid which we know is a compound found naturally in your connective tissues and acts as a lubricant. The amazing thing about hyaluronic acid is that it can hold many times its weight in water, so it’s great for retaining moisture and plumping dehydrated skin.

What Users Are Saying

This is where it gets a little dicey because the product seems to be one of those love it or hate it types. For the most part though, it’s divided pretty evenly into what people like and what they don’t and it’s pretty much what I expected.


  • Makes skin tone appear more even and may reduce redness
  • Reduces the appearance of under eye circles
  • Some claim that it reduced the appearance of acne scars
  • Many liked the scent
  • Feels satiny (of course it does – it has silicone in it)


  • Many people, especially those with acne-prone skin, claim that it irritated their skin and caused breakouts
  • Bottle is opaque and is a pump so you can’t see how much product is left and there may be some product waste
  • It’s scented, so if you’re sensitive to fragrances, this product may bother you
  • Alcohol is the 3rd ingredient listed which means that there’s a significant amount in the product. This may cause collagen breakdown and free radical damage to your skin
  • It’s expensive

Final Word

If you’re just looking for a product that makes your skin feel soft and look bright, then you may like Lancome’s Visionnaire. If you’re looking for a true wrinkle reducing, pore minimizing serum, then you may want to keep looking, or try a less expensive product that has similar ingredients without the alcohol. Click here to find Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector.

If you’d like to learn about what to look for in your beauty products, check out our article that reveals the Top 10 Anti-Aging Ingredients.

If you’ve tried Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector, we’d love to hear what you have to say about it in the comments section below.

5 Responses to “Lancome Visionnaire Product Review”
  1. k says:

    I’ve been using this product for about a week now. I find that it has helped my skin tremendously, but aside from all the positive results I’ve seen, I’m incredibly terrified of the alcohol content in this product. I don’t know if I should return this item or stick it out and finish the bottle? I would like further information, research publications, etc. on the effects of denatured alcohol in skin care. Is there a guaranteed chance it will cause pre-mature wrinkles and free radical damage?

    • Theresa says:

      This is just my opinion but if you’re truly that concerned about the denatured alcohol in the product, I’d take it back. DA is listed as the 3rd ingredient in the product and though it’s often used as a means of transporting ingredients into your skin, some people theorize that it can also transport carcinogens in. Research into this is controversial and even within the same studies, results vary. If you’re that worried about it, take it back and get something that you’re comfortable with. Good luck!

  2. cjfallon says:

    I owned anti-aging clinics for over 2 decades with success and an Advanced Aethetics vocational college.

    I consider Lancome to be one of the Good Guys in all of this. As an educated person in this arena I have decided… that I myself am going to give this product a try – professional products are not always better often worse – often “professional” is just an excuse to charge more… volumes of actual experiences from clients/patients/ and myself on that one.

    There are certain alcohols that are bad and some good. Used as a carrier – if one was to worry about it carrying a carscinogen in as above suggested the carcinogen would have to be present in the carrier.

    So it comes down to old ugly and wrinkled… or worrying about … the sky is falling.

    • Theresa says:

      CJFallon59, I agree with your general conclusion – it’s a personal decision. My only concern is that some of the products that are used for refracting light, carrying the active ingredients through the skin barrier, and as preservatives are being studied to determine whether or not they are actually carcinogenic. Many people are concerned with putting anything at all on their skin because historically, we didn’t know that many ingredients added to everything from cosmetics to food caused cancer until after people already contracted it from the product.

      It’s a matter of weighing the risks and deciding for yourself what you’re comfortable with. That’s why I suggested that if she wasn’t comfortable using the product, then she should find one that doesn’t cause her to worry. It wasn’t a reflection on this particular product, but on how she felt about using the product. :)

  3. Dianne says:

    I absolutely love this product. I have an extremely sensitive skin and had a lot of redness and some bumps on my cheeks and chin which were just below the skin but never actually became a pimple.

    Visionnaire is actually fixing everything!!

    My skin looks better each day. And I definitely think my “smile lines” are less defined.

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