Lionesse White Pearl Facelift Filler: a Scam?

I have to tell you a little embarrassing story, that is due since many month, but I haven´t found the time yet, or maybe I wasn´t brave enough to tell you! ;-)  Last summer, when I was attending Cosmoprof in Las Vegas (read here about it), I was approached by a guy from the Lionesse Beauty Bar at the Luxor hotel I stayed at.

Before I start my story, I really want to point out, that I usually NEVER go into stores like that- you know: where a sales person at the front door tries to get you in. I also hate those little booth at the mall that always try to sell cosmetic with their aggressive sales behavior. I NEVER even look these people into the eyes or respond to their questions, because once you do, they don´t let you go. You know what I mean? And I really don´t want to fall for any of their completely overpriced stuff. 

Why could he "lure" me into his store that day then, you wonder? You have to know, that my state of mind on that evening wasn´t my usual self. It was my second day at Cosmoprof- a huge cosmetic trade show. I learned how to deal with all the different people at Cosmoprof, handed out around 300 business cards, smiled, was friendly. I was also used to get lot´s and lot´s of samples from all the companies. By the end of the day, I was so used to talk to strangers, to be nice and open to everybody, that this guy wasn´t a threat to me at all. After all, he just offered a free sample. I got free samples all day long and was so used to it, that I thought, sure, why not?

This is how it went:

Lionesse guy: "Do you like to try a sample?"
Me: "Sure!"

And then he gave me a little bag. 

Lioness guy: "Let me just quickly show you something!"
Me: "OK!"

And BAM! I was inside the store. Boy did he trick me lol. He seated me on an elegant white chair in front of a big mirror and explained me something about his product: The Lionesse White Pearl Facelift Filler. This would be the best anti-aging product- there is nothing like it and I will be amazed by the results. 
Lionesse White Pearl Facelift Filler

And then he started applying the product under one of my eyes. He used a little blow dryer to dry it faster. Then he let me look in the mirror. 

Oh my! You won´t believe it, but my under-eye area looked 10 years younger. I swear! All the puffiness and wrinkles gone! Within minutes! I could not believe my eyes!

Yep, I was that excited. Then my excitement vanished as quick as it came... because he told me the price. $399 for a 0.46 oz tube! What?!?

Geez! But I looked so good! I told him that I really can´t afford that and then he quickly gave me another price! $199! LOL!

In that second I knew, I fell for something that seems to good to be true. Something smelled fishy. How could he just mark down the price like that? 

I told him that this is still too expensive for me and he asked me how much I would like to pay! Hehehe! How funny is that? How about $20 then? No, I did not actually say that. ;-)

BTW I can find the Lionesse White Pearl Facelift Filler on Amazon for $129. ;-)

I told him that I write a beauty blog and I am always interested in new beauty products and that I could write about the product, if he can give me a free sample. Now that did not make him happy. He started getting really weird and aggressively tried to sell me the product.

But I stayed very firm and did not purchase the product. I stood up and he again tried to get me to buy it, but I thanked him and went out. I got strange looks from the other 2 ladies that worked that day in the store. Kinda seemed to me like: "How did she manage to leave without buying anything?" LOL!

I hurried into my hotel room (the Lionesse beauty bar was located inside of my hotel: the Luxor). I looked again in the mirror. And I loved again what I saw. The under-eye area of that eye looked so good! Geez, could this stuff actually really work? $199 is so much money, but in that moment I realized, that I was almost ready to buy it. It just looked so good! No puffiness and no wrinkles! I haven´t seen my under-eye area looking so smooth in a long time. I started to sort all the samples I got that day and check my phone. But then slowly my under-eye area started to feel very heavy and tight. Almost a little itchy too. Weird!

I went again to the mirror and what do you know? It started cracking! I was so sad and so happy at the same time! Sad, because no: I haven´t found the magic wrinkle eraser and happy, because I almost wanted to buy this (freaking expensive) stuff! 

BTW: the little goodie bag -with what he lured me into his store -contained only one tiny foil sample and it is not even their magic white pearl facelift filler, but just a moisturizer. 

The sample they handed out to make me buy a $199 product. ;-)

I started googling Lionesse and the Lionesse White Pearl Facelift Filler. You don´t have to google hard, to find other customers with similar experiences. Usually describing aggressive sales tactics when getting approached by Lionesse. Unfortunately many people seem to really buy this stuff for hundreds of dollars and when they try it out at home, it doesn´t seem to work anymore! It seems like they use something else in their stores for demonstration and it isn´t what´s inside of the tube they are selling. 

Some customers tried to return the product but Lionesse would not do that either.

Some customers believe that Lionesse uses egg-white. And really: the effect egg-white has is very similar! It´s de-puffing and de-wrinkling, but it doesn´t last very long before it cracks! I really didn´t pay attention, if the guy was really getting the product out of the tube, or if he got something else on his finger. Maybe it is a special diluted egg-white solution they use. Who knows.

Here are a couple of reviews I found online (click on the reviews for enlarged image).

And here are the Ingredients of the Lionesse White Pearl Facelift Filler:

Aqua, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Sodium Silicate, Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate, Dimethylaminoethanol Tartrate, Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Hyaluronic Acid, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Persea Gratissima Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Mica, Pearl Powder, Titanium Dioxide, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerine, Phenoxyethanol, Iron Oxide.

Nope, there is no magic inside! ;-)

But one thing is sure for me: Lionesse is an overpriced cosmetic line, their sales tactics are aggressive and I do absolutely not believe in the claims of the White Pearl Facelift Filler. I call it BS- or a scam!

Ever tried the Lionesse White Pearl Facelift Filler? What do you think about it? Would love to hear your experience. 

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