geekiviews: Lancome Absolue Precious Cells Advanced Regenerating and Replenishing Cream and Genifique Eye Youth Activating Eye Concentrate

I’ve been using the two Lancome skincare products I received from L’Oreal Canada religiously since I returned from India. The products have ridiculously long names, Absolue Precious Cells Advanced Regenerating and Replenishing Cream and Genifique Eye Youth Activating Eye Concentrate. I wonder about the names of products are created at beauty companies. not only do these products have ridiculously long names, they have big media kits also. The Absolue Precious Cells media kit was the largest I’ve seen for one product.

Lancome Lancome Absolue Precious Cells Advanced Regenerating and Replenishing Cream

Absolue Precious Cells is a skincare product geared for the woman in her 50s which uses a proprietary formula to “restore the stem cell environment and re-trigger the skin’s self-regenerative potential.” The media kit talks provides background information on epidermal stem cells. Lancome uses adult skin stem cells for anyone that is concerned. The results of Lancome’s quest to find the perfect combination of ingredients that create an atmosphere that allows epidermal skin stem cells to regenerate is detailed in the media kit. It’s fairly scientific for a media kit, I was a bit surprised to see graphs and detailed clinical study results. Studies with small sample groups can say a lot, the proof would be in the application.

Lancome Genifique Eye Youth Activating Eye Concentrate

The Genifique Eye Youth Activating Eye Concentrate media kit wasn’t large at all. Instead of stem cells, Genifique targets genes. I’m sure there is a large media kit of this product available somewhere as it formula can “revive gene activity and stimulate production of the proteins of youth.” Genifique Eye Youth Activating Eye Concentrate is targeted to all skin ages.

I’ve used Guinon, Swissline, Dermalogica and Care by Stella McCartney for extended periods of time. Of those lines I really liked Care before trying Lancome. The Lancome duo are the best moisturizer and eye cream products I have ever tried. I should note that I’m using Dermalogica cleanser, scrub and mask products as well.

I’m a fan of the texture of both products. The moistuerizing cream looks heavy and rich but doesn’t have that affect on the face; it’s very light. The eye cream looks as light as it feels. After months of using the products I can say that my skin is smoother and softer. It’s actually the smoothest I can ever remember it being. I’m really amazed with that fact. My skin just feels and looks good to me. Wrinkles aren’t something I’m worried about so I can’t say if these products have any affect on their appearance. I noticed that I had less blemishes using these products which is something I’m always worried about with new skin products.

I don’t spend a lot of money on makeup but I do spend on skincare. Genifique Eye Youth Activating Eye Concentrate ($80/15ml) and Absolue Precious Cells Advanced Regenerating and Replenishing Cream ($170/50ml) are available at Lancome counters across Canada.

EDIT (Jan 26, 2009): You can purchase the Genifique Eye Youth Activating Eye Concentrateicon and the Absolue Precious Cells Advanced Regenerating and Replenishing Creamicon online at


geekiviews: More thoughts on Care by Stella McCartney


In the post geekiviews: Care by Stella McCartney, I talked about the new Stella McCartney skincare product line I’m testing out. I’ve been using the product for a month now and I’m liking it a lot. I am a little surprised that the line doesn’t have eye cream, facial scrub or mask offerings. I received a bunch of different products. Two cleansers, Three elixirs and three moisturizing creams.

I love the foam cleanser. It smells great and isn’t irritating to the skin at all. It also does a very good job of cleaning and removing water based makeup. I have kept the Dermalogica practice of washing my face twice, which first removes any pollution and then gets to cleaning the skin proper. I like the results of this cleanser better than my regular Dermalogica routine.

I also received a cream cleanser which I’ve had no experience with before. I wasn’t even sure how to use cream cleanser until a few months ago. I’ve used the product a couple of times. It’s great for those late nights when you just want to fall into bed but you know you should wash your face. You just rub some in and then tissue it off. It’s very moisturizing since it’s cream based.

The elixirs have different uses. The Calming and Soothing elixir is cream based. The Nourishing and Radiance & Youth elixir are oil based. I really don’t pay attention enough to notice the difference between the Calming and Soothing and Radiance & Youth elixirs. However, the Nourishing elixir is just that. You use it at night and it’s super moisturizing. Perfect for Canadian winters and my dry apartment.

There are 3 types of moisturizing creams, a fluid, cream and night cream. The night cream is used with the Nourishing elixir. The fluid moisturizer is a lighter version of the cream moisturizer. The differences between the cleaners and moisturizers are all about personal preference. I prefer the foam and the fluid myself. All of the products in the line are quite gentle. I like the matte finish of the Stella products as the Dermalogica ones were always a little shiny.

Well readers, I’ve been given a coupon for Care by Stella McCartney that you can redeem at The Bay. Just print it off, it expires in January, 2009