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Not a Review: Lancome Genifique versus L’Oreal Youth Code

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:

  1. it reminded me of Yakult and if I would use the latter on my face, I would rather buy that
  2. the fourth ingredient on the list is denatured alcohol which could dry my skin out
  3. 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.  I didn’t recognize it at first, but when I did, I was so thrilled.  This probiotic could be effective after all.

I googled for scientific studies and didn’t find enough information.  Nonetheless, I stumbled upon something more important.  Check below for both of their ingredients lists:

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!).

23 Comment

  1. I reread this post since I think I have the sample size of Genifique and a full size of Youth Code. Ahh, I’ll try them after I emptied my Shiseido Ibuki Line. I’m just not sure if I can compare since the Lancome sample size is so little.

  2. Thank you for this! Have been looking for a comparison between Lancome and L'Oreal. I have just retired and you have saved me a lot of research. I worked for 5 major cosmetic lines and know that packaging and name also add to the cost of a product. I have a 25% coupon at CVS and will go today for Youth Code. You are a smart cookie! I will be looking at your blogs for other revelations.

  3. Waaah thanks for this post. I'll be more curious now before I buy any product. I never knew about loreal already bought lancome O.O I'm also curious about that SK II ? If it's just the same with Olay, I'll definitely go for the cheaper one which is Olay :D

  4. I have used and loved the Lancome Genefique ranges since they came out (I have used Lancome skin care for over 14 years and always loved it). I am on a mission to reduce my spending and have just bought the L'Oreal Youth Code eye cream and serum so I am hoping that they are just as great as the Lancome ones I usually use and love….I am going to start using them tonight….

  5. Yeah.  Ang dami nilang brands, like Shu Uemura, La Roche Posay, YSL, and Georgio Armani.  Everything is listed on their main website:

    Naisip ko nga, if I'm lemming for something really expensive… I'll look for dupes from their drugstore brands.

    Of course, once in a while, I'll still splurge. May therapeutic feel ang paglalagay ng skin care product from a fabulous dispenser.

  6. LOL! thank you for this informative post. :) hmmm… yakult on the face? i wonder if any of kiehl's product has that ingredient too…? kiehl's is also owned by l'oreal now right? O.o

  7. Based on my googling, it's not rich. It just glides or something.  It's high on alcohol so it might be the other way around–it could be drying.  I'm just not sure if the water and glycerin can counter the alcohol.

  8. Ohhhh wow! That's a really good find! I can't believe you found a similar product for way cheaper! YAY! :)

  9. I was contemplating buying this as well, but the price made me think twice. ^_^ Plus, my skin is at its worst (zits! gah!) at the moment and I'm afraid this might be too rich. 

  10. Unfortunately, they're not selling Youth Code here yet.  But I think it'll still turn out cheaper if you by online.

  11. Interesting products. I love the Yakult drink. LOL. Can't take the thought of having live organisms on my face, though. Even if they are supposed to help. =))

  12. That was very helpful. I was considering buying Lancome Genifique for some time now but the price as discouraging me. To think it has the same ingredients as the cheaper L'oreal  :) 

  13. I have seen some recipes on various blogs for a DIY Yakult mask, seems it's good for the skin or something. Haven't tried any of it though. I still prefer to drink the stuff, and one measly bottle is not nearly enough for me anyway to waste some on my face. Haha.

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