Saturday, November 23, 2013

Lancome Dream Tone Ultimate Dark Spot Corrector in Fair

Disclaimer:  Product provided for review.  All opinions are my own.
I went through quite the sun worshipping phase in my teens and twenties.  Growing up on the Gulf Coast, hitting the beach or just laying out in your backyard was de riguere for that tanned look, with Hawaiian Tropic oil sans sunscreen as the tanning agent of choice.  I moved to the Boston area in my mid-twenties, which cut down on the excessive sunning for the most part.  Otherwise, I might look more like a walking Slim Jim.
#bareselfie prior to testing DreamTone (Nov. 3)
It all catches up with you, of course.  I can see freckles I was not born with, and I'm getting age associated dark spots.  Genetically I seem to be blessed with fewer wrinkles, but did I forget to mention I also have sebaceous hyperplasia?  That causes bumps under the skin from the build up of sebum, which I periodically have to, um, excise.  I guess that's a polite way of saying it.

A little long winded, but you get the idea.  I've got discolorations from the sun damage and redness from the sebaceous hyperplasia and broken capillaries.  To say I'm more than a little interested in skincare products that can help deal with these issues is an understatement.  So, I jumped at the chance to test out Lancome's new Dream Tone, courtesy of SheSpeaks and Lancome.
#bareselfie after wearing DreamTone (Nov. 19)
Available in 3 formulations, I've been using Dream Tone for fair skin twice a day for a little over two weeks now.  The fair skin version corrects the appearance of dark spots, uneven skin tone, dullness and provides specific color correction for the look of redness.  While I haven't used it long enough to get the full effects, especially when it comes to dark spots, I can say I think it has helped with the redness associated with the sebaceous hyperplasia.  I've experienced zero skin irritation, and the formula has worked well under my daytime moisturizer, night time facial oil, and under the various foundations in my rotation. 
Two pumps are sufficient to cover my face, as there is a nice slip to the formula.  Like most Lancome products, Dream Tone has a fragrance, but I did not find it off putting and it does not linger.  The packaging is quite nice, and the top of the bottle twists up to raise the applicator.  Fancy!
Immediate skin enhancment come from soft-focus tinted pearls, which help to refract and diffuse light in a way that flatters your skin.   So, you get some immediate gratification while the serum works on the longer term issues.  This all comes at a price, of course.  Lancome's Dream Tone will set you back $98, so you might want to seek out some samples to try before making a larger investment.  I'll have to compare results once I'm finished with the bottle, but so far so good! 


  1. Wow, 98$? I sometimes wonder if these kind of skincare products are actually worth that much or do they just jack up the price so it seems more desirable and luxurious.

    1. I'm not inclined to pay that much for something unless I know it really works, so I'm glad I got to try it out first. I've got 2 more similar products I'm going to be testing, so it will be interesting to see which one I like the best.