A couple of months ago, I got samples of the infamous Lancôme Génifique. You know, that $78 - €75 miracle serum that claims to bring back youth by working on your skin cells' DNA? No need to tell you I don't buy that pseudo-scientific crap, but since I had received samples I thought I'd give them a try.
Now, I don't know if it was a coincidence, but I used them for a week and from the first day, my skin was perfection: clear, baby soft, plump. You know how addicted I am to foundations, well on that week I went to work with only powder on my face because I felt guilty about hiding my skin.
Long story short, the samples got used up and I considered getting a bottle of Génifique, but was (and still am) hesitant because of the price tag.
So I asked the members of a skincare forum if they had recommendations for a cheaper serum that would work as well, and several replies told me to try L'Oreal Youth Code. Since L'Oreal owns Lancôme and both products claim to work the same way, I thought it made sense. So I got it, paid € 14 (16 minus a coupon) and got all excited to try it.
Well, what a disappointment! First of all, this has a gel-cream consistency, which I find utterly weird for a serum. When applied, it gives an instant mattifying effect, and leaves the skin smooth but also feeling very siliconey.
When it comes to its effect: nada. Zero, nothing. Total waste of time and money.
Even worse: if I put it on in the morning, the matte canvas would turn into a grease mess after a couple of hours.
I have checked online reviews (which I should have done before buying, obviously) and found nothing but experiences similar to mine.
So, ladies, save yourself some money and just don't get that stuff.