Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Serum Face-Off: Le Mieux Cosmetics Collagen Peptide vs. Wei East Dragon Tree Dramatic Lift Face Concentrate


Skincare is such a complicated and complex subject. The machination that makes a product work for someone and totally fail another person has too many variables to track and determine. All I can do is use my face as the testing ground, hope for the best, and tell you all about it. Today we're looking at two face serums that are very different from each other. One seems to be quite effective, and the other one did nothing for my face. My pre-testing expectations, by the way, were opposite. Just to show you that you can never know until you try.

I had the highest expectations from Wei East Dragon Tree Dramatic Lift Face Concentrate. I'm a sucker for Asian products, and the dragon tree thing seemed highly appealing. The ingredient list is short and chock-full of good-for-you active stuff. It doesn't contain any silicone, which is refreshing (I don't mind 'cones on my face, but still). The thing is that after weeks of use I couldn't see or feel any change (the company promises increased cell turnover, strengthened skin, and a lifted and firmer the appearance). Now, lifting is not a major concern for me yet, so maybe I'm missing on all the fun Wei East and their dragon can provide, but this fast-absorbing liquidy gel (hard to explain, but it feels like a thinned down aloe gel) has constantly left my skin feeling dehydrated and in need for intense nourishing.

Ingredients for Wei East Dragon Tree Dramatic Lift Face Concentrate: Aqua\Water, Butylene Glycol, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Powder, Croton Lechleri (Dragon's Blood) Resin Powder, Glycyrrhiza Uralensis (Chinese Licorice) Root Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Benzoic Acid, Phenoxyethanol.

I never heard of Le Mieux Cosmetics before receiving the press release, so I had zero expectations when the serum was sent to me for review. The opaque plastic pump bottle looked pretty generic and the product itself felt like a thin lotion, but the fact is that it feels good on skin, gives long-term hydration, and the ingredient list (in the photo below) points out that Le Mieux Cosmetics basically created a peptide-enriched hyaluronic acid serum, which makes sense to me. My bottle is nearly empty now. I admit to using it on my hands post-glycolic treatments, as well as to restore the balance on my inner arm after rigorous swatching and cleansing. It works well for all of these uses.

Le Mieux Cosmetics Collagen Peptide serum
Le Mieux Cosmetics Collagen Peptide Serum ($85.00, 1.75oz) is a professional product and sold at select salons and spas (don't ask me why they're not selling it directly online). Wei East Dragon Tree Dramatic Lift Face Concentrate. Wei East Dragon Tree Face Concentrate ($58, 1.35 oz) is available from weieast.com as well as on HSN.com. Both products were sent for my consideration by PR.

1 comment:

  1. I am trying to find a place to purchase Le Mieux Serum. I live in North Carolina. I wrote to the company, they said they would send my name over to the sales person for this territory to tell me where I can purchas this product. Have not heard a thing. I purchase mostly from Dermstore.com and Skinstore.com. What I like in this product is the Algae extract with the peptides all good.

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