We Tried Lancôme's Absolue Premium Bx Day Cream—It Gave Us Velvety Smooth Skin

It hydrates dry skin and leaves it velvety smooth

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Lancôme Absolue Premium Bx Day Cream

Lancôme Absolue Premium Bx Cream

Byrdie / Tembe Denton-Hurst

What We Like
  • Nourishing

  • Thick but not greasy

  • Built-in SPF

What We Don't Like
  • Tingles slightly upon application

  • Contains fragrance

Lancôme's Absolue Premium Bx Day Cream is a luxe moisturizer that leaves the skin glowy and hydrated, but we weren't fans of the added fragrance and slight tingling sensation we experienced while testing.


Lancôme Absolue Premium Bx Day Cream

Lancôme Absolue Premium Bx Cream

Byrdie / Tembe Denton-Hurst

We purchased Lancôme's Absolue Premium Bx Day Cream so our writer could put it to the test. Keep reading for our full product review.

We're constantly in search of a nourished, healthy-looking glow, so it's safe to say that we're always down to try a new moisturizer. There's always the possibility that the next one—from a drugstore steal to a luxe cream—could be the one. We think "the one" is non-irritating, thick (but sinks right into skin), and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.

Excited about Lancôme's Absolue Premium Bx Day Cream's potential (and the fact that it's always in stock), we decided to give it a try. But did it actually deliver? To find out, we put this gold jar to the test and tapped a board-certified dermatologist for her honest opinion. Read on for the full review.

Lancôme Absolue Premium Bx Day Cream

Best for: All skin types

Uses: Moisturizing, anti-aging, SPF

Key ingredients: Pro-Xylane, wild yam, soy, sea algae, and barley; avobenzone, octisalate, and octocrylene (SPF)

Potential allergens: Fragrance

Cruelty-free?: No

Price: $195

About the brand: Lancôme is a French luxury beauty brand known for its skincare and makeup products (particularly its Teint Idole foundation).

About the Ingredients: Patented anti-aging formula

The superstar ingredient in this moisturizer is Pro-Xylane, a patented anti-aging ingredient formulated by Lancôme’s parent company, L’Oréal. Derived from birch trees, the brand says it’s designed to help the skin retain water as well as support collagen and elastin in the skin. The other big player at work here is the brand's Bio-Network, a proprietary blend of ingredients like soy, wild yam, sea algae, and barley. According to double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Jennifer Levine, MD, these ingredients, when working in tandem, can be hydrating and give the skin a bit of a glow.

This product contains broad-spectrum SPF 15 protection in the form of chemical filters like avobenzone, octisalate, and octocrylene. Although this formula isn't considered clean by Byrdie's standards, it's non-comedogenic, non-acnegenic, and dermatologist-tested for safety.

About the Formula: Great for dry and mature skin

This moisturizer is thick! We loved the texture. Contributor Tembe Denton-Hurst explained that she grew up using thick butter and tends to go for moisturizers with a similar consistency, so she appreciated that this Lancôme formula had that same luxurious feel. What's more, it has a whipped texture that's easily spreadable and quick to absorb into the skin. Once it’s all worked in, it feels soft and velvety, leaving our skin looking notably hydrated.

It's worth noting that the cream is very fragranced and smells like perfume. The scent also doesn’t seem to fade over time. Upon first application, we also felt a slight tingle on our skin. Because of these red flags, we were a little concerned that we would break out from the moisturizer (which thankfully didn’t happen!).

All that said, this cream is most definitely an anti-aging product that's best for dry or more mature skin, says Levine.

How to Apply: Scoop and dab

This moisturizer comes in a gold jar. To use it, scoop a bit out with a clean finger and smooth it onto your clean face and neck every morning. We can vouch for the fact that your skin will feel firmer and more supple, lines and wrinkles will look softer, and skin will feel wrapped in moisture.

Lancôme Absolue Premium Bx Day Cream

Byrdie / Tembe Denton-Hurst

The Results: Glowy, hydrated skin

Fragrance and tingling aside, we liked its consistency and feel and noticed that our skin was a bit more glowy after application. We also liked that it has a little SPF in it. While we wouldn’t use it in place of sunscreen, a little extra protection is always a plus in our book.

ruth be told, the main draw of this moisturizer is its anti-aging benefits (all the five-star reviews point this out, along with its hydrating properties). Although that wasn't something we noticed on our skin per se during the testing period, we could definitely see it being possible with extended use.

The Value: It’s worth it for anti-aging purposes

Considering the formulation and ingredients involved, we can understand why this day cream is pricey. Still, though, $195 for less than 2 ounces seems like a lot. It might be worth it for some people, especially those concerned with anti-aging, but we'd recommend opting for a less expensive option if you're on the hunt for a standard daytime moisturizer.

Meet the Expert
  • Jennifer Levine, M.D., is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon who has performed over 15,000 facial procedures. She specializes in youth-boosting skincare, with an emphasis on the face and neck and is among the most prominent facial cosmetic surgeons in New York City.
Final Verdict

If you're looking for an anti-aging moisturizer and don't mind fragrance in your skin products, then Lancôme's Absolue Premium Bx Day Cream could be a good option. It has a velvety feel and imparts a subtle glow.


  • Product Name Absolue Premium Bx Day Cream
  • Product Brand Lancôme
  • UPC 096018101952
  • Price $193.00
  • Weight 1.7 oz.
  • Ingredients Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 2%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 8% Inactive Ingredients: Water, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Alcohol Denat., Bis-Peg-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, PEG-20, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Petrolatum, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydroxypropyl Tetrahydropyrantriol, Hydrolyzed Malt Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Padina Pavonica Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Adenosine, PEG-100 Stearate, Polyacrylamide, Calcium Pantothenate, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Dimethiconol, Limonene, Xanthan Gum, Linalool, Dioscorea Villosa (Wild Yam) Root Extract, Iron Oxides, Caprylyl Glycol, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Paraffin, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTA, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Butylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Octyldodecanol, Citronellol, Laureth-7, Hexyldecanol, Glyceryl Stearate, Fragrance

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