Pretty in Pink: Lancôme Hydra Zen VoxBox Review

Lancome Hydra Zen

When I think of iconic beauty brands, Lancôme is definitely one of the first to come to mind. Having been in existence for over 80 years, Lancôme’s expansive range of products marry the luxury and glamour of classic french beauty with cutting-edge innovation. Whether you want the best in anti-aging skincare, a mascara that will make your lashes rival falsies, or a lip gloss shaped like a cocktail shaker, Lancôme promises to deliver.

As a beauty addict on a budget, there are always more products to try than my wallet can allow for. Given the generally pricier nature of all things Lancôme, my experience with the brand has been a bit more limited over the years. I’m mildly obsessed with both the Monsieur Big and Hypnôse Drama mascaras, and have also really enjoyed their Drama Liqui-Pencil and Bi-Facil Makeup Remover. But when it comes to skincare and complexion products, I still haven’t managed to pull the trigger.

Fortunately, I was lucky enough to be selected to receive this amazing box of Lancôme goodies through Influenster! Influenster is an online product discovery community that links people with various brand campaigns for the purpose of testing and reviewing products. You don’t need to be an influencer to join, just willing to provide your honest feedback on certain websites or your social media accounts.

Knowing that I’ve always been curious to try Lancôme skincare especially, this VoxBox (what Influenster calls their mailers) was such a treat to receive!

Lancome Hydra Zen Skincare

It’s probably no surprise that I have a special place in my heart for anything pretty and pink. Spend about 15 seconds looking at my Instagram profile and it’ll be all too apparent.

…Needless to say, I was pretty thrilled to have been sent this particular collection of products to try. Not only are they gorgeous to look at, but they also had some pretty amazing claims. Let’s take a closer look at each one, and whether or not I thought they delivered as promised.

Lancome Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Cream Gel

Hydra Zen Moisturizer

Shop at Sephora: Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Moisturizing Cream-Gel ($48)

When it comes to skincare, nothing gives me more grief than moisturizer. As someone with very oily skin (especially in the summertime), finding a product that doesn’t clog my pores, or leave me looking like a shiny mess after an hour, feels like a near impossibility.

This particular moisturizer is designed for all skin types – providing lightweight, oil-free hydration in a gel-cream format. Infused with both rose extract and salicylic acid, it should not only help soothe your skin and reduce redness, but also to keep your pores clear. While you could honestly use this product at any time of day, it is marketed as a daytime moisturizer.

So first, lets talk the pros. One of the most obvious (and arguably least important) qualities this product has going for it is the packaging. It’s absolutely stunning (I would expect nothing less from Lancôme) to look at, if perhaps a little less hygienic in its design than I would prefer. If you want to try to keep germs out of the jar, use a plastic spatula to scoop out the product instead of your fingers.

I also appreciate the texture of this moisturizer. It’s got a nice thickness, without feeling heavy or leaving behind a greasy residue. I find it to be quite hydrating, while still having a comfortable, almost watery consistency as its massaged in to the skin. I think this product would be ideal as a daytime moisturizer for people with normal or combination skin types. With my skin being at the peak of its oiliness, it’s not quite as mattifying as I would prefer for the day. I find it works much better at night, when I don’t have to worry about being shiny or how my makeup will be affected.

On the downside, this product is very heavily scented. I personally don’t mind the rose fragrance, but if you’ve got any kind of allergy or sensitivity to perfumes, you may want to steer clear. Looking at the product’s ingredients, fragrance is listed at the very bottom. However, even if the majority of the scent comes from the rose extracts themselves (rather than added fragrance), I could imagine that it might still be problematic for certain people.

Lancome Tonique Confort Rehydrating Comforting Toner

Tonique Confort

Shop at Sephora: Tonique Confort Re-Hydrating Comforting Toner with Acacia Honey ($26)

Toner is probably the newest addition to my regular skincare routine. A few years ago you would probably never find one sitting on my bathroom counter, and now I use them morning and night religiously. Toner not only removes residual cleanser and makeup, but also provides a number of added benefits to the skin, including exfoliation, firming, and balancing pH.

The Tonique Confort Toner is a silky, hydrating toner infused with honey and sweet almond extract to nourish the skin. Unlike some toners, it is free of alcohol, meaning that it won’t strip your skin of its essential moisture. It can be used day and night after cleansing to prep your skin for moisturizer.

Perhaps the most unique thing about this product is its texture. While most other toners have the consistency of water, this one is thick and gel-like. I definitely think I use more product with each application than other toners (one down side) but the way it feels on the skin is lovely. I could imagine this product would be amazing post a day at the beach, after a long flight, or even after using an intense clay mask that left your skin feeling a bit sapped. It’s incredibly hydrating and soothing, which, on my oily skin, almost negates the need for moisturizer. Truth be told, I can apply just this product and a serum during the day and not need any additional products to prep my skin for makeup.

Much like the Hydra Zen Moisturizer, the Tonique Confort Toner is also heavily scented. This has more of a traditional floral scent, a la expensive skincare, which may or may not be your cup of tea. Again, I am luckily not overly sensitive to fragrance, so I haven’t had an issue with skin irritation, but I could see it possibly causing issues for others. This formula does also contain parabens as the preservative, should that be a concern of yours.

Lancome L'Absolu Lacquer

L’Absolu Lacquer

Shop at Sephora: L’Absolu Lacquer ($26)

I love a bold lip color for the summer. I can’t say that I wear one every day, but the inspiration certainly strikes more at this time of year than any other. When I first saw the shade of the L’Absolu Lacquer that I was scent, I was a little terrified that it would read neon Barbie pink on my lips. Fortunately, that was not the case at all! Be Unique is actually a gorgeous raspberry pink that I think was very flattering with my complexion.

Formula-wise, the Lancome L’Absolu Lacquer promises the comfort and shine of a gloss, the pigment of a lipstick, and the lasting power of a stain. The color payoff is buildable, with one layer offering more of a sheer wash of pigment, up to full opacity with three coats.

The first thing I thought when applying this product is that it gives me nostalgic vibes for the Maybelline Color Elixirs. It’s got the same wet, gel-like texture that feels very hydrating and yet not the least bit sticky on the lips. This product is, perhaps, a little less thick, and definitely more buildable. I love that you can really control the intensity of the color, and that it can layer well on top of itself without becoming a goopy mess.

Even when the shine of this product wears away, it leaves your lips with a gorgeous, long lasting shine that doesn’t seem to flake or wear off in a weird way. It also reapplies very nicely after eating or drinking without becoming patchy. Honestly its become one of my favorite lip products of the entire summer!

Wearing Lancome L'Absolu Lacquer in Be Unique

Final Thoughts

I feel pretty fortunate to have had the opportunity to try these products out, especially since I don’t frequently splurge on high end brands like Lancôme. While I think that the skincare was definitely lovely, I am not sure I was blown away to the point that I can confidently say I’ll repurchase when they run out. Of the two, I think the Tonique Confort brings something a bit more unique to my skincare collection, and would be the more likely product I’d invest in again.

The L’Absolu Lacquer, on the other hand, is something I would definitely be interested in trying more shades of. Considering how often I’ve reached for this product since I received it, I know that I enjoy the formula. The flexible level of pigmentation and moisturizing feel are a really nice change of pace from all the matte liquid lipsticks I’m used to wearing.

If you have thoughts on these or any other Lancôme products, tell us about them in the comments below! Do you love the Hydra Zen line? Is there a better one to check out? I love hearing your feedback and suggestions!

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This product was sent to me complimentary for testing and review purposes. All opinions expressed are my own.