Normally with skincare a sample will only give me about two weeks’ worth of product. This is enough to let me do a first impressions post, but not get a full idea of how well a product works. However eye creams are different.
With an eye cream so little of the product is actually needed that my little sample of Lancôme Genifique Youth Activating Smoothing Eye cream actually lasted a full month. The last day was sort of squeezing the last drops from the tube, but it did last a month.
This sample actually came to me in a Birchbox Advent Calendar. While the Advent calendar itself wasn’t a favorite, I was very excited to receive this sample of Lancôme Eye cream. To be honest, I don’t think I’ve ever tried any Lancôme product before. I wracked my brain trying to come up with a product I’ve tried from them because I have been hearing of the brand Lancôme for years and it seems like I should have tried something from them, but I really don’t think I have.
Surprisingly there a couple of brands like this. Brands that I have heard of for a long time and think I must somehow know, but somehow never tried. Oddly Estee Lauder is another one for me. I don’t think I’ve ever tried anything from them either which seems almost as inconceivable to me as not trying Lancôme before now.
But now I am trying it. So what should I expect from the Lancome Genifique eye cream?
A fresh, gel-like eye cream, powered by Advanced Genifique’s Bifidus extract, to improve dark circles, hydrate, and smooth the eye area.
Advanced Genifique’s eye cream features a new lightweight gel-like texture that blends into the eye area with a soft, velvety finish. The formula, featuring Advanced Genifique’s signature Bifidus extract, helps to strengthen and protect skin’s moisture barrier around the delicate eye area. Immediately, the eye area is softer and more hydrated. Over time, the appearance of dark circles are reduced and the eye area is smoother.
This product is safe for sensitive eyes. It is allergy tested under ophthalmological and dermatological control.
INGREDIENTS, AQUA / WATER, CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, BIFIDA FERMENT LYSATE, GLYCERIN, PROPANEDIOL, ALCOHOL DENAT, POLYSILICONE-11, DIMETHICONE, POLYMETHYLSILSESQUIOXANE,DI-C12-13 ALKYL MALATE, AMMONIUM POLYACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE, CI 77891 / TITANIUM DIOXIDE, ASCORBYL GLUCOSIDE, MICA, LACTOBACILLUS FERMENT, HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OIL, SODIUM HYALURONATE, SODIUM BENZOATE, HYDROLYZED WHEAT PROTEIN, SODIUM, DEHYDROACETATE, SODIUM SUCCINATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, ADENOSINE, FAEX EXTRACT / YEAST EXTRACT, PTFE, PEG-10 DIMETHICONE, ARGININE, TRIETHANOLAMINE, CHLORPHENESIN, CHLORHEXIDINE DIGLUCONATE, POLYGONUM FAGOPYRUM SEED EXTRACT / BUCKWHEAT SEED EXTRACT, SILICA, SALICYLOYL PHYTOSPHINGOSINE, CHLORELLA VULGARIS EXTRACT, DIMETHICONOL, LIMONENE, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, LINALOOL, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE, BIOSACCHARIDE GUM-1, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, CARBOMER, BORON NITRIDE, ACRYLATES/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, GERANIOL, BIS-PEG/PPG-16/16 PEG/PPG-16/16 DIMETHICONE, DISODIUM EDTA, CETEARETH-20, POTASSIUM CETYL PHOSPHATE, CITRONELLOL, METHIONINE, POTASSIUM SORBATE, GLYCINE, PARFUM / FRAGRANCELancome website
Don’t worry I won’t be breaking down all of the ingredients in this one. I will say though that I like that the last ingredient listed is fragrance, which means that it is in such a low concentration that it has been dropped to the bottom. Truthfully, I didn’t gt any fragrance from the eye cream. I tried sniffing the tube and got nothing and then I tried putting a drop on my hand to sniff and the only thing I got was my body wash (currently Olay – light scent, super foaming and super hydrating, highly recommend). So if there is a scent it is a very light one.
I also wanted to mention the Bifida Ferment Lysate it is a probiotic which helps balance your skin’s ph and encourages the good bacteria needed that cleansers can actually destroy (along with the dirt and makeup residue) so probiotics are actually good for your skin. Most of the places I’ve come across it when looking this ingredient up claim it as sort of a miracle ingredient. I think Estee Lauder uses it in their Advanced night care and claims it repairs DNA. While studying the effects of an ingredient on my DNA is beyond my capabilities, I do know that Bifida Ferment Lysate does help hydrate and strengthen the skin barrier. As I’m applying the eye cream on the delicate eye area, this is a good thing. It is also the third ingredient listed on the list, which means there is a pretty high concentration of it in the product, which is also a good thing.
The cream itself is a light gel cream. And in eye creams, lightweight is key. Too heavy and it doesn’t blend in well and as eye cream sits under your moisturizer, you need to be lighter weight. Only a tiny dot of cream is needed for each eye. I know a lot of people put large dots on the crows’ feet area and then dot underneath, in fact that is what the image on the website page for the Lancome site for this eye cream show. Personally I have always found this to be far too much product. For me the area just under my eyes along the orbital bone, is prone to getting clogged pores. What I tend to do is put a tiny droplet on my finger, massage it into the crow’s feet area and take the remainder under the eyes. It gives me enough to hydrate but not enough to clog pores. With some eye creams even this low level of product application can clog pores.
I did not have that problem with the Lancome eye cream. The gel formula was light enough that it could be gently massaged in without clogging pores. It absorbed quickly and well and layered beautifully under my moisturizer. I was very impressed with it. This is one of those products where less is better. I tried adding more, in imitation of the photos on the site, but it was simply too much product for me. With me a small dose applied consistently twice a day (morning and night) worked so much better than adding more.
I have to say I really liked this eye cream and was very impressed by it’s performance. It absorbed well without leaving my skin feeling greasy. I had no irritation or clogged pores and I did see a small improvement in the fine lines at the corner of my eyes. I had just enough cream for a month’s worth of application but I think that with continued consistent use, this is a product that I would want to keep around in the full size. For a while subscription boxes went a little eye cream crazy so I have several samples of eye cream to work through, but I have to say, of the ones I’ve tried in the past few months this is one that is towards the top of the list.
At $67 per jar it is a little pricey, however the sample size is 0.10 fluid ounces and the full size jar is 0.5 fluid ounces worth of product making it literally five times the size. In theory that means the full size would last a full five months. The length of time the product would last, makes the price seem more reasonable to me. I will say that when I went looking for the eye cream I did have one concern about price. Or more accurately the different prices.
While this product is available on the Lancome website for $67 (all the links in this post go to the Lancome homesite, I have no affiliation with them and make absolutely nothing if you click on the links – but they are to the official Lancome site except the upcoming Amazon and Walmart sites.). However, if you do a general search, the same cream comes up on Amazon for $56.66 and on Walmart for $37.98. The jar is different, especially on the Walmart site.
The Lancome jar on the Lancome site is a beautiful black and shiny glass jar and the one pictured elsewhere is a matte jar that doesn’t actually look like glass. I think it might be plastic, and it certainly doesn’t look as high end as the one on the Lancome site.
That being said, I don’t know if the contents differed as I could not find a complete ingredients list on the Amazon or Walmart versions. If the jar is the only difference it would be nice. I’ll keep looking for the ingredients, but until I see a label, I am erring on the side of caution and sticking with the official version or this cream from the site. For this review, that is the one I tested. I think I may have to take the official ingredients list to the sotres with me and compare them in person before i feel confident in saying they are the same thing. They could be the same, I just don’t know.
I do know that I really liked the version that I tried.
Right now it is one of the top eye creams I’ve tried in the past few months. I still have a few eye creams left to test out and make a determination on, but at the moment, Lancôme Genifique Youth Activating eye cream is the one to beat. And testing out the other eye creams will give me plenty of time to investigate the different jars and their contents.
Incidentally if you are interested in the Olay Body Wash I mentioned above, Olay is having a sale. You can follow the link below to rach it. I’ve actually found I need less body cream after my shower since I’ve been using the Olay moisturizing body wash.