Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Skincare Review: Lancome GÉNIFIQUE Youth Activating Concentrate

The ProductLancome Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate

The Review:  For the longest time, I was a Lancome whore. I suppose still am, but I'm trying to branch out for the sake of this blog and have been restraining myself from buying their products for a while. However, I have tons of their products to use up, so I decided to give the Youth Activating Concentrate a second go. I'd tried it when it first came out, and remembered feeling kind of blah about it. But it was ages ago, so I figured I'd give it another go as I had a couple jumbo samples to use.

Yet again, "Eh" is the only word that comes to my mind when describing this product. After over a month of using it, I don't see any difference in my skin. It doesn't feel any more "refined" than it did a month ago, it hasn't become any softer, and I didn't notice any tightening effects under my eyes or elsewhere. It certainly didn't hurt my skin as it didn't give me any breakouts or change the quality of my skin for the worst, so that's a good thing. But other than that, I don't think it did anything for me. Granted, I'm just one person with one type of skin, so maybe it works wonders on other people. However, I'm willing to go out on a limb and say its a placebo effect kind of thing, because I've seen other people use it over a period of time and never noticed a change in their skin either. Even though they swore it was doing wonders for them.

As for the product itself, it's a thin, milky colored fluid that you apply to your face before your moisturizer. It feels exactly like you'd expect a thin, milky fluid to feel- wet. And then it dries. Yay. How groundbreaking. Other than that, there's really not much to describe, and it inspires no strong feelings other than that I love the packaging. The black and silver bottle is just so luxe, no? But that's all this product does for me- look pretty in its bottle. Outside the bottle, it's just so blah... And it kind of reminds me of the main ingredient the ladies of Nip/Tuck used to create their "face cream" in that one episode... Urk.

Long story short, maybe this works for some people. Maybe it is just a placebo effect. I just know that it didn't do anything for me and there's no way I would tell someone to shell out $78 for something that might work. My suggestion would be to get a sample of it and try it that way first before committing.

Rated Beauty Grade: C-

Cost: $78 for 1oz

Where to Purchase: Sephora, Lancome

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