The Little Black Bottle That Is Lancome’s Advanced Genefique Youth Activating Concentrate

Lancome Advanced Genefique Youth Activating Concentrate

When I used up the last drop of Lancome’s Advanced Genefique Youth Activating Concentrate a couple of days ago (y’know, after whacking the back of the bottle a few times for the rest of the “juice” to come out?), I realised that I didn’t even review this. I thought I did! *scratches head* :P

Oh well, now that I’ve finished the 30ml bottle of serum in 2 months, this is a good time for me to let you know what I think of it.

The Advanced Genefique is the reformulated version of the original Genefique (launched in 2009) with extra oomph. Now, I’ve not used the original formula so I can’t compare the two. I can only tell you what I think of version 2.0.

And it’s actually pretty darn good.

Inspired by the latest discoveries in gene science, our research laboratories have revealed more about key skin functions that help to maintain its youthfulness. With age, these functions are altered and the recovery ability decreases. Enriched with new active ingredients, Advanced Genefique has been formulated to boost visible signs of youthfulness and to help skin’s recovery during the day and night.

Lancome Advanced Genefique Youth Activating Concentrate Ingredients

The serum has a very light, translucent lotion that looks a little like barley water. It’s very runny which made me think I might need a lot of it on my skin for it to work. It’s quite the contrary as one pump of a pea-sized amount is more than sufficient for the face, neck and decolletage.

Lancome Advanced Genefique Youth Activating Concentrate

The serum applies on the skin like watered down lotion at first but it becomes slightly viscous after it’s spread out on the skin. It absorbs quickly to the skin without leaving any greasiness behind.

The Advanced Genefique claims to target fine lines, coarse wrinkles, radiance, clarity and evenness of the skin. So, let’s see if those areas are addressed, shall we?

  • Fine lines: I’ve used the entire bottle and the fine lines are still there. I’ve noticed slight improvement on the naso labial lines which leads me to point 2.
  • Coarse wrinkles: This is where I saw the difference. While it used to be quite apparent before after I laugh, it has reduced somewhat. It’s still there but it doesn’t appear that deepset any more. I also have quite a deep line in between my eyebrows from excessive frowning (smile, ladies!) and it’s not as obvious now.
  • Radiance: This is where I saw the biggest difference. I love serums that give me bright and radiant skin (note that I didn’t mention whitened skin) and this one delivered results. It looks healthier too.
  • Clarity: I wouldn’t say that this helped clear my skin of breakouts completely because I still experienced the odd breakout, especially during that time of the month. But as an all-rounder, my skin does look clearer than before.
  • Evenness: My skin tone does appear more even toned after using the serum.

Lancome Advanced Genefique Youth Activating Concentrate

Another interesting point of the serum is the self-loading dropper that was inspired by automatic droppers used in research labs to precisely administer the perfect dose. You don’t even have to press it like a dropper to pick up the serum. With one twist, it takes up just the right amount of product for optimal application. All you have to do is unscrew the top and press the button on top to deliver the amount of serum you need for your face, neck and decolletage.

Lancome Advanced Genefique Youth Activating Concentrate

The only thing I’m not a fan about the serum is the fragrance. It has quite a heavy floral fragrance that I find highly unnecessary in a serum that does a lot for the skin. The added fragrance didn’t irritate my skin but it’s definitely worth noting especially if you’re not a fan of scented skincare.

Lancome Advanced Genefique Youth Activating Concentrate

The Advanced Genefique (known as the little black bottle in Asia) is often compared to Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Synchronised Recovery Complex II (funny enough also known as the little BROWN bottle). I’ve tried the two serums and personally, I prefer Estee’s Lauder’s. In terms of results, both deliver pretty much the same thing, and that’s well-hydrated, smooth, radiant and all-round better looking skin. I’m more drawn to the ANR’s physical attributes, e.g. the scent (not as strong as the Advanced Genefique) and the texture (not so runny).

It’s up to you to decide which serum you’d like to try out. Lancome’s Advanced Genefique has a slightly better price point to Estee Lauder’s ANR (you can try a 20ml bottle for AU$55 which is actually a pretty good price). If budget is an issue, then I’d say give the Advanced Genefique a go.

Lancome Advanced Genefique Youth Activating Concentrate

Lancome’s Advanced Genefique Youth Activating Serum retails at AU$55 for 20ml, AU$88 for 30ml, AU$125 for 50ml and AU$170 for 75ml. The price difference between US and Australia for the 30ml is minimal; it’s US$80 for the 30ml. That’s very good news especially when it’s a well-known fact that a lot of products are marked up so highly in Australia.

What I like about it: It’s a good all-rounder serum for skin hydration and radiance.

What I do not like about it: Unnecessary added fragrance, which is quite strong.

Have you tried the Lancome Advanced Genefique? What are your thoughts? Did it work out well for you?



12 comments… add one

  1. LeGeeque

    I’m glad you compared it with ANR :) Ever since I jumped back onboard, I find that it’s slowly but surely improving my skin. I’m a very happy camper with it but for when I run out, I’d be keen to see how this fares since it;s a little friendlier to the credit card :)

    1. Tine

      I was using the ANR just before I tried this one out so it was easy for me to make the comparison. Also, it was something Norlin asked me when I mentioned using the Advanced Genefique. I got pretty much the same results with this serum that I did with the ANR but it is quite heavily fragranced, which I thought really wasn’t necessary.

  2. Jenn

    Eh I was going to echo LeGeeque – thanks for comparing it to ANR! :D My friend swears by this product to manage her super oily skin… and it does make a huge difference for her! Can’t say that I wasn’t tempted by her living example, but I held back because this contains alcohol. Funnily enough, the ANR did nothing for her though, so she (and her wallet) is happy to stick to this product! :D
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    1. Tine

      Haha no worries Jenn. It just goes to show how different products work differently for different people. Okay I’ll stop saying differently now. Ahem.


  3. Paris B

    Good to know it worked for you Tine. My Mom loves this one. She reminds me everytime I hand her a new serum that Genifique really works for her. But on me, breakout city :( Same with Visionnaire. Sigh. ANR still can do no wrong for me so I’ll stick with it but I have to admit the whole gene story behind this serum is really intriguing as is the twist up cap that sucks up the serum and delivers the right amount :)
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    1. Tine

      Yeah I thought that cap twistie thing was intriguing. In fact, it dispenses slightly more than I need, even for the face and neck, so you actually don’t need a lot of product at all. I’ve not tried the Visionnaire but I have heard good things about it. Apparently if you layer these two serums, it’s like one super geng chau serum. :P

  4. Shari

    Ive been using this for a couple of months now too (got the 75ml one, I think) and even if I want to deem it ineffective, it does give me a radiant, glowy face the day after :-)
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    1. Tine

      Ahh that’s awesome results right there! Definitely effective. ;)

  5. Allison

    i was given a whole bunch of samples of Genifique, and I used it for a while. On me, it was meh, and I didn’t like the scent, so I haven’t spent the big bucks to buy it. But that’s what makes horse-racing (I think they say that!). Glad it works for you! :) I’m sticking with my Hada Labo Tokyo Anti-aging HA Serum and Poetry in Lotion retinol cream ‘coz I seem to be having good luck with them.
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    1. Tine

      I agree, the scent can be quite overpowering. I remember the first time I tried it out, I was bowled over by this strong floral fragrance which, to be honest, is so unnecessary.

  6. Ms Jelena

    Love this serum! I didn’t think my skin was bad, but this serum has improved it. It is pricey, but well worth it, IMO :) xx
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    1. Tine

      Glad to know it works for you and that it has improved your skin! Love products that do that. :) x

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