Reactivating the youth of my skin? Lancomes Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate

As I am quite into serums (if you couldn’t tell already from my previous raves here and here), I was delighted when I got a generous sample size of Lancomes Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate with a recent purchase.

I mean, „Youth Activating“, I didn’t have to read any further to start daydreaming about my 35 year old self, asked for the ID while buying booze.
Not that I buy alcohol almost ever, but maybe I would if I got asked my age more frequently.
It is the little things sometimes.

Lancome Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate

But pointless dreams aside, the 5 ml included in the sample lasted me four weeks, which is the minimal amount of time I need to review skincare. Usually I stick to six weeks, to make sure my skin went through all its hormonal ups and downs as well as my common attempts (and fails) to cut out sugar and rely on the superfoods only.

What does Lancome claim?
„Inspired by groundbreaking discoveries in genetic research, Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate acts on ten signs defining a youthful appearance. After just seven days, your skin will look and feel youthful and supple, fine lines will be diminished and the skin tone will be evened out.“

There are two sizes, 30 and 50 ml. 30ml retail for 79,50 € here.
5ml lasted me for about a month, so I am sure you can do the maths yourself.
I used one drop and applied it with my fingertips every morning after toning and before my moisturizer.
There was no smell and no sticky residue.

One drop of fluid

Active Ingredients:
– Bifida ferment Lysate: a yeast. I will go into more detail below.
– Glycerin: hydrating
– Ascorbyl Glucoside: Vitamin C; brightening, antioxidant
– Sodium Hyaluronate: hydrating
– Yeast Extract: a yeast. I will go into more detail below
– Xanthin Gum: smoothes

The yeast are the ingredients that are referred to in the „groundbreaking discoveries in genetic research“-part.
Sadly, I wasn’t able to get further information which groundbreaking discoveries exactly Lancome means, as there have been quite a few, but I found some research done on a yeast ferment extract (not Bifida, but a different yeast) working as an antioxidant.
The only research on Bifida I was able to dig up was made regarding stomach issues and digestion after drinking it.

As downside, there is a quite large amount of alcohol (third place on the ingredient list) included.
The other (in my opinion) unfavorable substance is Castor Oil.
I don’t know if you followed the debate whether or not mineral oil should be included in skincare, so let me just summarize the key points for you:
Some people claim that Mineral Oil breaks them out by „clogging the pores“. That may be true for some, I never had an issue with it.
The more important drawback is how Mineral Oil works: It creates a layer on the surface, leaving the skin feeling smooth and hydrated. That wouldn’t be a bad thing if this layer wasn’t that dense that thing you put on top will be able to penetrate the skin.

Does it live up to its claims?
I didn’t notice any difference at all in my skins appearance, neither after seven days as claimed nor after the full four weeks. In fact, my face felt a little bit tight after applying it, maybe due to the alcohol. There were, however, no adverse effects, breakouts or worsening.

Will I (re)buy?
I personally wouldn’t put anything containing Mineral Oil on my skin as part of my skincare regime. I believe it prevents the good stuff I apply afterwards from working. But this is still controversial.

Who would I recommend it to?
If you don’t mind the Mineral Oil and the alcohol, you may give it a go. But to be completely honest, this is quite expensive, and there are cheaper alternatives out there which are just as good or way better.

Have you tried this before?
And how do you think about Mineral Oil?
Are you as tempted as I am if you read „Scientific Research“?

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  • Haha, I totally get it, when people ask me for my ID it totally makes my day! Last time it happened was last winter though, so ugh… I don't think I'm fooling people anymore. Anyway, back to the serum. What a shame that it didn't do anything for you 🙁 It was a pretty big claim to start with.

    • Last time it happened to me is way beyond counting…
      I have to admit, whenever I read a claim as big as this, I instantly get the feeling it will disappoint me. Old enough to buy a drink, too old to hope for a miracle, I suppose.

  • I agree about the mineral oil, I tried this product myself when I was looking for a new serum but wasn't impressed. Wish I'd read a review like this first!
    The getting asked for ID thing made me laugh 🙂
    Mimi x

    • Glad I made you laugh.
      My mother told me she once bought the big bottle and was disappointed, too. Such a shame, I adore Lancome as a makeup brand, but this was the first skincare item I tried.

  • Your reviews are always so thorough! I don't think I have tried any skincare with mineral oil. It's too bad it didn't work for you but at least it was a sample and you didn't waste your own money on it.

    As far as being IDed, in the US they ask for an ID almost every time I am at a bar buying a drink (not that I do it very often). Selling alcohol to underage is a serious offence here.

    • Thats all your glowing skin, Agata. They reckon you only just turned 17!

      I am glad I didn't spend money on the full size, too. It is quite expensive. This is what I dislike about trying new skincare: If you go for full-size, you risk wasting a lot of money.
      Usually I ask for skincare samples as GWP, this way I can at least patch test before investing.

    • Oh hush, you should see my dry skin right now. Even a ton of highlighter doesn't make my skin glow!

      I agree with you on spending money on new skincare, it's always a risk. Even if you follow other reviews, you never know how it will react to your skin. I always try to get a sample first too.

    • Thankfully, they are pretty good with samples here in Germany. How about the US? Are they generous?

    • Oh yeah. At Sephora you can ask for a sample of pretty much anything, usually they are pretty generous. Only one time and it was in Chicago, I asked for a sample of a Laura Mercier foundation and I got so little that it wasn't even enough to cover my whole face!.

    • Getting makeup samples is actually pretty difficult here, which is a shame. I don't like buying a full size foundation just to realize it breaks me out or it oxidizes on me, because I rarely return a product and this is such a waste of money.

  • Hey Linda, thanks for the review! For me, this is Lancome's version of Advanced Night Repair, only they put so many potentially irritating ingredients in it that I wouldn't want to risk using it on my face! Have you tried Advanced Night Repair? That is a great serum I keep repurchasing, and there's no questionable ingredient in it!

    • I adore Advanced Night Repair, and actually reviewed it some time ago.
      It is great stuff, and I am going to purchase the big bottle next week when I am at the airport (Shh, don't tell Mr. Loca)

    • Hahaha but you're buying it at the airport! It's actually SAVING MONEY! :p

      I stock up when there is a discount as well!

    • He´ll only tell me how much money I could save by stopping to buy any of those things. MEN!

  • Thanks for your review Linda,
    I've using ANR2 and Micro Essence from estee lauder for quite awhile…
    Now im waiting to find another skincare to try… i think i will buy lancome genifique in travel size just to see how it works on my skin…

    • I hope it works well for you.
      If you are looking for something affordable, give The Body Shop Serums a go. I tried one and really liked it.

  • hehehe loved the way you introduced it 😛 Alcohol contained products irritate my skin..a skip for me 🙂

    • Thank you.
      Yes, alcohol (internally and externally applied), can cause some serious skin issues.

  • really good review ! 🙂

  • Awesome review

    Stefanie | Casualllyawkward | Bloglovin

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    I like how you began this post 🙂 Thank you for the thorough review, everything you said makes sense.