Skin Care

CompareContrast: Lancome Vs. NYX

Lancome La Base Pro Hydra Glow Primer, NYX Born to Glow Illuminator

Last week, I compared two similarly priced face masks and showed just how similar they really are. This week I’m looking at two primers: one from a luxury brand, the other from a drugstore brand. Both brands are owned by L’oreal as were the brands explored last week.

Below are links, prices and ingredients all taken from

Lancome’s La Base Pro Hydra Glow Primer costs $40 for 0.4 ounces ($100/ounce) Ingredients:


NYX Born to Glow Illuminating Primer costs $13.99 for an ounce($13.99/ounce)(which I own by the way, excellent primer):


The only similarity between the two the products is that the first two ingredients for both are water and a silicone. Silicones are very hydrophobic, which is good because most makeup and color cosmetic actives are water-repellent too. They help smoothen areas of the face thereby allowing  makeup to adhere properly.Both silicones,Dimethicone and Cyclomethicone/Cyclopentasiloxane, behave very similarly. The only difference is that cyclomethicone is more likely to evaporate and not have as much of a very lasting effect.

I did a lot of digging and the main differences between the two products are:

Lancome uses more naturally derived oils

Nyx’s primer is a mixture and silicone and silicone derivatives(which are synthetic oils)with some colorants and preservatives. Silicones are not expensive at all (I bought my first batch of Dimethicone for 56 cents an ounce).  Lancome’s La Base contains Apricot Kernel and Rice Bran oils as its 3rd and 4th ingredient respectively. Rice Bran oil in particular has been proven to be particularly high in Vitamin E and squalene.

These are more expensive to obtain and may explain some of the price difference between the two. Lancome’s also contains shea butter, rosehip oil and many natural and naturally-derived ingredients like stearic and palmitic acid, beeswax and Glyceryl Stearate.Using natural oils/butters does bring in a lot of benefits. They usually contain polyphenols and phytosterols which have a variety of benefits from anti-aging to skin repair.

Lancome has more skincare actives

La Base boasts of having 14 skincare actives. They perform a variety of functions and instead of outlining the benefits of all 14, I think it would be best if I mentioned four that I thought were very interesting.

1)Adenosine: I saw this and thought Adenosine Triphosphate?  Adenosine is a breakdown product of ATP, which itself is the energy currency of life. Clinical tests have been conducted which prove it is effective at reducing wrinkles. You can read the study here.

2)Hydroxypropyl Tetrahydropyrantriol: This compound was actually developed by Lancome in 2006. It is a sugar-protein hybrid made from xylose and is known to stimulate the production of glycoaminoglycans (GAGs), molecules responsible for defending the skin against water loss.

3)Sodium Hyalauronate (salt of hyalauronic acid): Sodium Hyalauronic acid is a super-effective humectant that is said to be able to carry 1000-10000 times its own weight of water. It is available in a likely small quantity in Lancome’s formula  so I wonder if it is all that effective. Glycerin if used at higher amounts can provide similar humectancy so it’s not exactly necessary in my opinion(which NYX’s primer does coincidentally). It’s expensive because it has to be extracted through a series of processes that glycerin doesn’t have to go through(oil+ base= glycerin and soap).

4)Acetyl Tetrapeptide-9: Effective anti-aging ingredient. Very helpful in Collagen synthesis process.

Final Verdict

Just from looking at the ingredients, I’d say Nyx’s primer will do a better job of priming since it contains a cocktail of silicones. But both will be give the effect of making your face a good base for your makeup.

Lancome’s comes with a variety of expensive anti-aging and skin strengthening ingredients. If you’re willing to spend $86 more per ounce for that, then I’d say go for it. Do I think you can craft an effective anti-aging routine without spending so much? Yes I do. But I leave the decision making to you.

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