OK, we’re talking some bougee skincare today. Aren’t you curious to know if that serum or that moisturizer that’s $70+ is actually worth it?? I know I want to know, so I’m happy to do the research for the both of us. You’re welcome!
But in all honesty I purchased the Lancome Advanced Genifique Yeux Light Pearl Eye Illuminator Youth Activating Concentrate on a bit of a whim back in the spring. Remember when I got matched for the Lancome Le Teint Particulier Foundation? Well before the salesperson applied the foundation to my skin, she layered lots of juicy and beautiful skincare on first; one of the products being the Advanced Genifique Yeux, which is a luxurious-textured undereye serum. It was just such an amazingly pleasant experience, and my eye area never felt so hydrated. I asked her what she used, she pointed to the bottle and I said, “throw that on my bill,” or something to that effect. I didn’t even know what the claims on the product were, or even how much it cost. I can be impulsive at times, what can I say?
But I’ve always been curious to test out some luxury skincare to see if it’s really worth all the mark-up, at least for me. I’d say I’ve been using this product now consistently for about 4-5 weeks (i.e. every night). For reference – and because I think it’s important to keep in mind in regards to this particular product – I’m in my mid-thirties with minimal wrinkles around my eyes at the time of writing this.
WHAT IS THE LANCÔME ADVANCED GENIFIQUE YEUX LIGHT PEARL EXACTLY AND WHAT DOES IT DO?
A brightening eye serum that works to improve dark circles, visibly reduce eye bags and visibly fortify eyelashes. Light Pearl has been formulated to reduce the appearance of under eye wrinkles and eye puffiness and increase hydration for more luminous, youthful-looking eyes.
This advanced, youth-activating eye and eyelash formulation reduces the appearance of under eye wrinkles, under eye bags, eye puffiness, improves dark circles and visibly fortifies eyelashes for increased vitality and density.
Engineered with a cooling and flexible massaging applicator, this eye serum’s fresh texture soothes skin and helps eyes feel reawakened.
Light Pearl is rich in bifidus extract. Eye contour will appear more luminous, well-rested and visibly energized, while eyes will look bigger*, luminous and visibly younger.
(*) After six-weeks of use.
HOW DO I USE IT IN MY ROUTINE?
I usually apply this after I thoroughly cleanse my face at night, as the first step in my routine. But I’ve been changing up the order just recently, and here’s why. The delivery system of this product is an important part of the experience here. The gel serum is applied through a cold, metal applicator (pictured below) that you’re supposed to sweep under your eyes for a gentle massage; it’s so refreshing on contact! However I have found that the applicator can tug and pull when my skin is tacky from cleanser. So now I do the rest of my skincare first, and then apply this as the last step in my routine. The applicator tugs less on dry skin, so definitely keep that in mind.
Sometimes I’ll follow this up with a little dab of the Glossier Bubblewrap Eye Cream, but sometimes I don’t. I find the Advanced Genifique Yeux is quite a hydrating formula on its own.
Read this: Quick thoughts! Glossier Bubblewrap Eye Cream
This is a $69.00 product, so it’s not for the faint of heart! Overall I do enjoy using it but I have some gripes, particularly with the delivery system. While I love the feeling of placing the cold applicator on my skin, it can still tug a bit even after I wait for my skin to dry. It also holds too much product, which eventually makes the packaging get all grungy inside (you may be able to see that in the photo above).
I do love the texture of the actual serum, as it feels very thick and luxurious on my skin. It also blends in quite nicely with zero greasiness. I think this will be particularly lovely going into the cooler winter months when my skin starts to really show the signs of dryness and dehydration.
Have I seen any amazing effects from using this product (i.e. decreased puffiness, wrinkles, etc)? Not that I can notice with my naked eye, but then again perhaps I’m not the target audience for this kind of product. Perhaps if I had more signs of age I’d notice a difference. I’m not sure. I do realize that it says “After six-weeks of use,” but I feel like at this point, just after a month, I can still form my opinion with some authority.
Would I repurchase it again? Probably not. It’s likely someone else’s ideal product.
Have you tried the Lancôme Advanced Genifique Yeux Light Pearl before? What do you think about luxury skincare? I’d love to know!
Too bad it tugs on your skin at times. It looks like they could make the applicator a little better so that wouldn’t happen. Especially at that price.
That’s very true, although I got it to work much better by just changing up the order in my routine. But when you invest so much into one product, you basically want perfection!