Disclaimer: I haven’t used both products. This is not a review.
A few months ago I’ve been reading a number of increasing positive reviews about Lancome Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate. Their ad campaign says: “Youth is in your genes. Reactivate it.”
Sounds magical and science-y. Anti-aging products and practices interest me so I googled for Genifique’s active ingredient/s.
I got a little excited when I saw something new(ish)–Bifida Ferment Lysate. Could this be as effective as my beloved tretinoin but without the skin irritation?
After a few more clicks, I found out that it’s a probiotic. I didn’t buy it because:
- it reminded me of Yakult and if I would use the latter on my face, I would rather buy that
- the fourth ingredient on the list is denatured alcohol which could dry my skin out
- it costs $56 for a bottle that’s not even barely an ounce, 0.67 oz.
I encountered Bifida Ferment Lysate again when I was researching about Youth Code, L’Oreal’s newest anti-aging line.
Water, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Glycerin, Alcohol Denatured, Dimethicone, Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid, PEG-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid), Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide 7, Adenosine, Ammonium Polyacrylatedimethyl Taurate, Disodium EDTA, Caprylyl Glycol, Citric Acid, Xanthan Gum , N Hydroxysuccinimide, Chrysin, Octyldodecanol, Sodium Benzoate, Limonene, Fragrance
Aqua/ Water/Eau, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Dimethicone, Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Salicyloyl Phytosphingosine, Ammonium Polyacryldimethyltauramide/Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Limonene, Xanthan Gum, Caprylyl Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Octyldodecanol, Citric Acid, Citronellol, Parfum/Fragrance
Did you notice that the first six ingredients of both products are the same–and do you remember that L’Oreal bought Lancome? I completely forgot about that.
Youth Code Serum Intense is $24.99 on the L’Oreal Paris website. On the other hand, Genifique Concentrate is $78 (1 oz.) on the Lancome website. That’s a signicant price difference for something that probably won’t provide a significant difference in result.
It’s a good thing that I didn’t buy Genifique, otherwise, I’d be sulking now. Next time, if I want something ridiculously expensive, I’ll check for a “dupe” within the same group of companies that makes it. I just discovered that Olay and SK II are both P&G companies (wink!).