Lancôme Génifique vs. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair

Lancôme Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate has been around for quite some time. I did not review it because I was not impressed by its formula. Then I keep seeing ads about Lancôme Génifique and start to be attracted by their claims about genes.

Supposedly, Lancôme Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate can boot genes’ activity according to the in-vitro test on genes. This claim does not mean much to me because I am still wondering whether this concentrate can reach and affect genes when it is applied to a live person. Even if it could affect genes’ activity, changed genes would not necessarily produce “youth proteins” considering the complexity of the translation process. Moreover, if some chemical could truly change your genes, would you dare to use it?

Unconvincing claims aside, the research behind Lancôme Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate is on a new ingredient, bifida ferment lysate. There is no independent research on bifida ferment lysate yet. An article by L’Oréal Research (Lancôme is under the the L’Oréal Group) has recently been accepted by the journal Experimental Dermatology to publish. In this article, L’Oréal Research suggests that bifida ferment lysate is “a new ingredient for reactive skin” and does not mention that bifida ferment lysate can modulate genes. The study demonstrates that bifida ferment lysate reduces skin sensitivity and may help with the skin barrier function.

I am glad that a new ingredient is researched for skincare products but so far, the benefits of bifida ferment lysate can be easily achieved by other cheaper ingredients. So I am not excited about bifida ferment lysate and want to wait for more research about it.

Interestingly, the formula of Lancôme Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate reminds me of Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex. The “groundbreaking” ingredient in Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex is also bifida ferment lysate. Compared with Lancôme Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate, Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex has several advantages:
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Products Lancôme Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex
Beneficial ingredients other than bifida ferment lysate Only moisturing ingredients A wide range of skin-beneficial ingredients
Alcohol content Alcohol Denat. can cause drying with long-term use Only a tiny amount of benzyl alcohol for preservation; won’t cause drying
Fragrance Contains fragrance Fragrance-free
Price $78.00 / oz $47.50 / oz

It is a no-brainer to choose Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex.

Lancôme Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate ingredients:
Water, 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.

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex ingredients:
Water, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Methylgluceth-20, Peg-75, Butylene Glycol, Bis-Peg-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Arabidopsis Thaliana Extract, Tripeptide-32, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Lactobacillus Ferment, Cola Acuminata Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Pantethine, Caffeine, Glycereth-26, Sodium rna, Squalane, Oleth-3 Phosphate, Oleth-3, Oleth-5, Bisabolol, Choleth-24, Ceteth-24, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Anthemis Nobilis, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, Tea-Carbomer, Trisodium Edta, Bht, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Benzyl Alcohol, Green 5, Yellow 5, Red 4.

8 comments to Lancôme Génifique vs. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair
  • Ann

    I am 50, have ivory skin tone, I found Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum to be excellent. Kinda puffed up tiny lines, and brightened the complexion. A little goes a long way.

  • Yes. Products work differently on each individual.

  • erato

    I think ANR is better because it is more moisture than others and make me less acnes .its recovery power is powerful!

  • Simonne

    I’m actually the new ANR. This is in fact my 1st tube ^__^.This serum has been doin very well on my skin, I pay attention especially under my eye and cheek area

  • Simonne

    Thanks for the comparison!
    I’m using the new version is giving my skin radiant, renew, subtle loving it

  • stephanie

    ANR & Genifique are two completely different products. Genifique has denatured alcohal as do most products. There are 250 types of alcohol. This type helps to absorb in the skin better and helps preserve the formula. Lancome now offers it at a price point of 42.50, like Lauders ANR in 3 different sizes.
    Bio-Lyst, Phystosphingosine and Hepes are the main active ingredients of genifique which gives you younger skin in 7 days!!!
    For specifics call 1-800-LANCOME

  • I also had the same problem with the old version. Have you tried the new one after EL changed the formula?

  • Germaine

    This is very helpful comparison. I am wondering whether others also get small white pimples with ANR sometimes.

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