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When I was first contacted by the Lancome team, they told me about their product called Genifique youth Activator. In Lancome’s words :
The Génifique Youth Activator, thanks to its active contents derived from the Bifido bacteria, helps boost the proteins present in the skin to give it a more youthful appearance.
Génifique’s transparent texture breaks with tradition. Instantly upon application, it envelopes the skin and penetrates to release its influence deep down. A couple of drops of Génifique a day completes your skin care beauty ritual as the subtle essence combines performance with a unique sensorial experience for all women at every age. Its velvety texture delivers the promise of extreme performance in a veil of softness for the skin.
Staying true to Lancôme’s skincare commitment to demonstrating performance safely, Génifique Youth Activator endows its user with an even complexion and more luminous skin which is smoother and supple. Exerting its activity deep down, Génifique gives skin an incredible boost illuminating it from within and helping it recover its original beauty, plumped up and velvety to touch.
In just 7 days, the skin looks visibly rejuvenated: refined, cushiony soft and radiant. Drop by drop, month after month, the results are more and more visible. Discover the skin you were born to have.
Since it was a treatment product, I asked them not to send it to me as it might not suit my skin or might take more than just one bottle to show results. Neither did I want to do a dishonest review nor did I want to put the brand under a bad light just because the product did not work for me. Wisely, they didn’t push me on that but gave me an option to go for a Genifique regime at one of their boutiques. They also promised to send me their Hypnose Precious Cells Mascara. To be honest, I was neither excited about the regime nor about the mascara coming for me, mainly because I have had bad experiences with companies in the past. They would promise a lot of things but would fail to deliever. I did not expect Lancome to be any different.
Lancome proved me wrong!
The mascara was at my door step within 48 hours. The follow up details about the product were emailed to me instantly. The pen drive that you see in Lancome Hypnose Precious Cells Mascara was sent only for my educational purpose (it does not come with the real product). My emails were getting quick replies. It was completely a new experience for me and I was impressed. I admired the professional manner in which they undertook everything. I finally requested them to fix my appointment for the Genifique regime and that was also done within hours of my request. 🙂 After Lotus Herbals, Lancome is the most professional and competitive brand that I have seen. Products apart, they get full marks from me for being so professional and careful about even small details. :yes:
Lancome’s Genifique Ritual:
Lancome being a luxury brand, I went to their boutique with high expectations.
Two SAs warmly welcomed me at the store. They started the regime with a few questions about my skin. Then they tested my skin on a high technology machine that they use to test some of main skin concerns –
pores, pigmentation, sebum level, scars, hydration, wrinkles etc.
My results were:
- Pores: Minimum- no issues
- Pigmentation – no issues
- Sebum level- low-dry skin
- Hydration : Was okayish but should have been better. Need to drink lots of water and use a separate night cream.
- Wrinkles: A big concern for eye area. Translation : My eye area is going for a toss. 😯
So the full Genifique regime is:
- Apply Genifique
- Apply day/ night moisturizer
- Apply eye cream
After testing my skin, I was given a comforting facial with the products recommended for my skin. Before starting the facial, the SA asked me if I wanted to try some of their perfumes. I tried 3-4 perfumes from their range and liked the one with a spicy fragrance. She lightly sprayed that particular fragrance on two tissues and tucked them on my t-shirt so that I could completely enjoy my facial in every aspect. I just closed my eyes and relaxed on the chair. The SA gave me a light shoulder massage and, a wonderful facial massage with electronic facial massager. She even made me touch my face after applying Genifique serum and I have to admit that my skin felt super soft and lovely. 🙂 Lancome has devised its special relaxing massages. You feel totally pampered and relaxed after the regime. Then she offered to do makeup for me. She asked me what kind of makeup I would like. I told her that since we have a very bright day today, I would like light peachish-pinkish makeup and since I was going work around so my makeup should last for another good 4-5 hours. Also I did not want any eyeshadows on my eyes because all I wanted was to flaunt the Precious Cell Hypnose Mascara. 😛
She got this liquid foundation for me and my first reaction was ‘Oh no! it would melt and I don’t want to look made up at all.’ She promised that nothing of that sort would happen, the foundation would be light on my skin and it wouldn’t look cakey at all. I gladly agreed. 😀
The texture of Teint Idole Silky Mat is very light. It is a little runny foundation, gives a medium coverage, matte finish, does not accentuate the pores and is excellent for summers. It is available in 5 shades. 2 yellow undertone, 2 pink undertone and one in neutral. Mine was the third shade from top. Also I didn’t find the shades either too yellowey or pinky. You may see the following swatches. Infact, people with oily skin would love it.
She used a peachish blusher on my face with a little hint of gold. For lips she used L’Absolu Crème De Brillance. I so loved it that I wanted to purchase this shade but they were out of stock of this particular shade. After ages I fell for a gloss.It had a creamy finish. 🙂
These are the clear glosses. Juicy Tubes 100% Natural Origin Ultra Shiny Lip Gloss is a sunny delight for the juiciest lips this summer. To celebrate the 10th birthday of this juicy original, Lancôme presents this limited edition Juicy Tubes formula: 100% Natural Ingredients, 100% Natural Flavors and Fragrances, 100% Natural Coloring Agents, FSC Certified 100% Recyclable Material Carton.
And some sneak peek at what other products does Lancome offer. 🙂
Overall I had an excellent experience at the store and they can take all the pride in calling themselves a luxury brand. The Genifigue ritual is free for everyone, you may either take an appointment or go to the store directly and experience the ritual. In fact I think all of you MUST go and get your skin checked there. They have an excellent technology through which they take magnified results of your skin and tell your about your skin concerns. Sometimes we assume things about our skin and never get to know the exact needs of our skin. Take out some time to discover and pamper your skin. I am sure it would be lovely. 🙂 They also give sample products of some of the products. You may just ask them if they provide sample products for anything in particular that you are looking for. Personally I would love to discover Lancome more as a brand. So far, I am more than happy with the mascara, will review it may be next week.
Regarding the makeup that I did at the store. I was happy with what the SA had done for me. I would have done the same makeup myself. 🙂 I was in and around the mall for at least 3-4 hours more. After coming back home, my makeup was intact except that the gloss had faded from my lips but I then had a lunch at the mall. The foundation didn’t melt, or fade. I had no dry patches, my face didn’t look cakey or orangery at all. . My blush looked fresh and my lashes were still curled and looked neat. Me, happy! 🙂
And this post would be incomplete without her. 🙂 This is for the first time Julia Roberts is associated with any cosmetic brand and now I am not even surprised that she agreed.
If you want to know the prices of some of the products, do let me know. It is not possible for me to post the complete price list. 🙁
Following are the Lancome India Boutique Addresses:
- Lancôme Boutique, Select City Walk,Saket, New Delhi
- Lancome Boutique- Grand Galleria, Phoenix Mills, Lower Parel ,mumbai
- Lancome Boutique- DLF Promenade, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi
- Shopper’s Stop – Bandra, Mumbai. Tel: 022- 65208308.
- Shopper’s stop – Juhu, Vile Parle (W), Mumbai. Tel: 022- 65125826
- Shopper’s stop- Inorbit Mall, Malad, Mumbai
- Shopper’s Stop – Rajouri Gardens, New Delhi.
- Shopper’s Stop – Ansal Plaza, New Delhi.
- Shopper’s Stop – Noida.
- Debenhams – Ambi Mall, Gurgoan.
- Arcelia- Pune
Lancome Website : http://www.lancome-usa.com/