Lancôme Génifique! Youth Activating Serum product review
Génifique! Youth Activating Serum? (not sure but it did help me 😀 )
I have skimmed through Génifique advert pages in magazines for months and months when it first launched, apparently there were queues at the Lancôme counter when this was first launched. I must have been hiding somewhere not to have noticed.
It wasn’t until I read about this on Debenhams beauty club forum. It was voted the best serum for 2012. I thought… surely all these women in the club can’t get it wrong. The product was pricy, but I was preparing for my wedding in few months’ time, so I told myself, this could be the best investment you make on yourself (apart from hiring a personal trainer :P) .. and .. I was right. This is my daily serum for 4 months prior to our big day. I used it day and night religiously, and partnered it with Elemis Marine day & oxygenating night creams. My skin started to look clearer, smoother and more supple. I saw a change in skin texture within couple of weeks, so happy!
Every day, my skin get cleansed properly, dash of gentle toner, Génifique serum, day/night cream; I have my weekly exfoliating and nourishing mask sessions at home, not too overly complicating.
I (and countless of other individual) cannot verify that Génifique is what this claims itself to be, a youth activating serum. But I can confirm that it works well with my combination skin. The serum feels nourishing and sinks into the skin pretty quickly. You might not need it if you are in your 20s. But never too early to start anti-ageing I would say.
For me, it has calmed my skin down, in which I mean I had very few breakouts during its use, and had quite a few compliments along the way (bonus!). I am pretty happy with the results. If you do visit Lancôme counters, they might have a few samples that you can pick up, try before you buy. It probably would help you or it might not! I’ve searched through some review sites and some people have expressed that this serum did nothing for them.
AH, interestingly, after the wedding, I have stopped using Génifique simply because I have ran out of the serum (30ml) and I couldn’t find a good deal. Er.. I think my skin is addicted to it. I have this desperate need to get myself another bottle!
During my recent trip aboard, I picked up my Génifique and Visionnaire combo value pack at the airport, both at 50ml for £112 as it was an airport exclusive set. Yes expensive (ultra-ouchy) but still a good deal compare to high street. But I do truly believe in investment in skincare than make-up, you ripe better returns!
I am happy to be back on the serum, and I welcome Visionnaire with open arms, I have heard a lot of great reviews on it. It claims to reduce pore, repair skin damages with its nightly use paired with Génifique during the day. I have been using Visionnaire for about 3 weeks on and off, I need to stick with it for a little longer before I post a review about it.
Have I been completed sucked into this Lancôme invention? Maybe. Will I continue to search for the next magic serum, yes 😛
My take on the product: This is not magical, but it does brighten skin, even skin tone, give my skin good hydration. This serum does have a light scent which I find nice and refreshing.
I use this mostly during day but I also use this at night when I don’t use Visionnaire, it goes on after toner and before moisturiser.
Please go and obtain product samples from Lancôme counters before investing, this product is not cheap and you need to make sure it would help you first!
Consistency: Serum is runny, milky in colour, doesn’t feel heavy on skin at all
Ease of use: Easily absorbed into skin
Packaging: Heavy glass gradient bottle looks great. Dropper to control how much product you pick up for each application, you won’t need too much product at all, about 3 drops for the entire face.
Price: £56 for 30ml at Boots (£90 for 75ml). You might want to wait for Debenhams’ 10% Beauty events or buy this serum in a promotional pack, my first bottle came in a gift pack so it worked out around 20% cheaper £ for ml.
Availability: Debenhams, Boots and any large department stores
Overall Summary: 4/5