About La Lumieres
La Lumieres is an anti-aging cream that’s claimed to feature a “specifically blended” formula of skin repair ingredients, including essential vitamins and antioxidants, proprietary Biosphere, QuSome delivery, and Biofil spheres to capture trans-epidermal water loss, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and to reverse the aging process at the cellular level.
Because of this, La Lumieres is claimed to be an injection-free, clinically proven solution for younger looking skin that’s “better than Botox,” and that can help you look up to 10 years younger. In fact, La Lumieres is claimed to be so effective that it’s become an “amazing new Hollywood secret.”
But is this actually the case? In other words, can you expect La Lumieres to work as well as it claims, and to provide a solid value for the money? In our opinion, probably not. Here’s why:
Trial-Based Anti-Aging Products Are on the Rise
While we’ll talk more about this in the Pricing section, keep in mind that dozens of new trial-based anti-aging products are popping up almost daily, nearly all of which have poor online customer reputations. This is something we covered in detail in our Anti-Aging Products & Free Trials article.
On top of this, many of these products appear to be all but identical. You can see for yourself through La Lumieres’s website design, which is essentially the same as Puravol, Wrinkle Rewind, BeauDerma, Celloplex, Vitalie Skin Care, and several other anti-aging products we’ve reviewed. In fact, in most of these instances, the text is identical as well, with only the product name changed.
Ultimately, this leads us to believe all of these products may be coming from the same manufacturer, and are simply rebranded once the public catches on to the fact that they’re scams. Or, at the very least, dozens of trial-based anti-aging products companies are using the exact same website template.
Will La Lumieres Help You Look Younger?
According to the La Lumieres website, the anti-aging cream contains the following ingredients:
Purified Water, Passion Flower (Passiflora incarnata) Extract, GreenTea Extract, Hydrolyzed Marine Collagen, Glycerine, Steareth 20, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-7, Silanetriol, Glutamylamidoethyl Imidazole, Fructose Oigossacharides, Porphyridium Cruentum Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Acrylates/ Steareth-20 Methacrylate Copolymer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Aloe Vera Gel, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Acorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), EDTA, Silk Aminoacids, Benzoic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E), Citric Acid, Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) Extract, Algae Extract, Hydrolyzed Silk Protein, Panthenol. Diamond Dust, Pullulan.
Palmitoyl Oligopeptide and Palmitoyl Tripeptide-7 are primary chemicals found in the proprietary ingredient Matrixyl 3000, although there isn’t any third-party evidence showing that it works as well as advertised.
In addition, collagen and sodium hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid) can be useful as fillers to decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, although this is only when injected, and not when applied topically.
However, there is insufficient clinical evidence available showing that any of La Lumieres’s other ingredients will provide any kind of reliable anti-aging benefits, other than moisturization.
Is La Lumieres Clinically Proven?
Although La Lumieres is claimed to be clinically proven, no references are made on the product’s website to back up any of the manufacturer’s claims.
There is a graphic on the website indicating that La Lumieres decreased the appearance of dark circles by 73%, decreased fine lines and wrinkles by 95%, and increased collagen production by 84%. Again though, no details are provided as to how these results were obtained (e.g. double blind clinical study, user satisfaction survey, etc.), and none of the results are available for review.
Where do these numbers come from? There isn’t any indication on the La Lumieres website.
Selling Tactics Used on the La Lumieres Website
Perhaps because there is little-to-no clinical evidence showing that La Lumieres will provide any meaningful anti-aging benefits, and that no clinical proof is provided to back up their claims, the anti-aging cream’s manufacturer uses some less-than-stellar tactics to convince you to buy.
This includes claiming that La Lumieres is used by Hollywood celebrities, although there isn’t any third-party confirmation of this online.
There is no third-party verification available online showing that La Lumieres is used or endorsed by any celebrities.
In addition, more than one before/after image on the La Lumieres website is clearly the same picture, with the “after” image simply lightened and retouched to give the appearance that the product provides “amazing” results.
La Lumieres would like you to think this is what you can expect. However, these are actually the same image, with the “after” picture digitally brightened and enhanced to give the appearance of an anti-aging effect.
Arbitration/Class Action Waiver
Finally, keep in mind that by placing an order for La Lumieres, you’ll be bound to an arbitration agreement. If you were to incur any damages from using the anti-aging product, this means your legal rights would be severely limited, including a jury by trial or becoming part of a class action lawsuit.
No Customer Feedback for La Lumieres
Like many of the other skincare products we’ve reviewed, La Lumieres is only advertised through a group of independent affiliates who earn commissions for each sale of the product they refer. As a result, these affiliates will often post fake review websites, which are intended to look legitimate, but are actually just more marketing hype.
Outside of these, there weren’t any legitimate online customer reviews available for La Lumieres at the time of our research. In addition, the company is not listed with the Better Business Bureau.
However, looking at customer reviews for some of the other trial-based anti-aging products mentioned above, nearly all of them have very poor online customer reputations, with the most common complaints citing failure to work, high prices, and difficulty cancelling free trials and autoship programs (more about this next).
La Lumieres Pricing & Refund Policy
La Lumieres is only available through a 14-day trial, for which you’ll initially pay $4.95 to cover S&H charges.
However, after your trial expires, you’ll be billed $99.73 for the full price of the product, and will also be enrolled in the company’s autoship program. This means you’ll continue receiving a fresh supply of La Lumieres once per month, and your credit card will be billed $99.73 plus $4.95 S&H each time.
Important note: In our experience, free trials are set up to ensure you’ll pay full price, while autoship programs are built to make sure you’ll be continuously billed for a product you may not want in the first place. As a result, we typically recommend staying away from products sold only through these methods.
According to the La Lumieres Terms & Conditions, it doesn’t appear that refunds are available outside of the 14-day trial, except in instances of fraud.
With this said, in order to request a refund due to fraudulent activity, cancel your trial, or put a stop to you autoship program, you’ll need to contact customer service at (855) 860-7879.
Our Final Verdict About La Lumieres
Chopping to the point: Based on our extensive experience reviewing trial-based anti-aging products, it’s our opinion that:
- At best, La Lumieres won’t work as well as advertised and won’t provide a good value for your money, or
- At worst, it’s a scam.
In either instance, we might recommend avoiding La Lumieres and speaking with your dermatologist about more effective anti-aging treatments.