Skin Care Monday: battle of the youth serums

Welcome back to another episode of Skin Care Monday! 
I am always on the look out for affordable dupes for high end beauty products and today I want to share with you the last of my finds: let’s get into the battle of the youth serums!

A while ago I received a sample of the Lancome Advanced Genefique Youth Activating Concentrate, which runs for 67€ for a 30 mL bottle. This little 7 mL sample lasted me a good 3 weeks of daily morning use and I loved it very much. Its light weight texture and ultra fast absorption in the skin made it the perfect daytime serum and it did improve the condition of my skin making look more plump and glowy, as in from within, no shimmer involved. I was very impressed but when I run out of it, I wasn’t ready to spend that amount of money without trying out more affordable alternatives.

And here’s where the L’Oréal Youth Code Intensive Serum comes into play. First thing to attract me to this product was the stunning similarity in the packaging with the Lancome Genefique. They both come in a sleek black vial with a drop wise dispenser, which makes them look like a lot of experimenting has gone into the development of these serums (sucker for packaging, yes it’s me). Since I already own (and repurchased) the Youth Code Night Cream and love it, plus this retails at only 25€ (and I found it with 50% off), I purchased it. 
I was further surprise when I found out that the L’Oréal Youth Code serum had the same water-like consistency that is sucked up by the skin in a matter of seconds, leaving the skin feeling wonderfully supple and nourished, without leaving it greasy AT ALL. The main difference for me was the smell, which is slightly stronger in the L’Oréal serum compared to the Lancome Genefique, but it is definitely not overwhelming or irritating. 
Now to what makes these serums wonderful: ingredients. To get a better idea, I went over to Paula’s Choice Skincare Beautipedia where I find that “One of the more unique ingredients in [the Lancome] Advanced Genefique is bifida ferment lysate. Also present in the original formula and in Estee Lauder’s superior Advanced Night Repair products”, together with “antioxidants such as vitamin C (ascorbyl glucoside) and skin-repairing sodium hyaluronate”. Now these are also the key ingredients of the L´Oréal Youth Code serum, and discovering that L´Oréal owns Lancome, I start being less surprised about the similarities between the two. The more affordable version then contains “a tiny amount of cell-communicating ingredients, including peptides (Lancome’s Genifique serum omits the peptides, which is odd because the more expensive product should contain these costly ingredients).” Now for the negative part, both these serums contain quite a bit of alcohol, which makes for the nice slippery consistency and the fast absorption, but is also a key factor of skin irritation and free-radical damage.
I personally haven’t noticed any negative effect, but an improvement to the appearance of my skin. I have been using the L’Oréal Youth Code serum for a couple of weeks now in the morning before my moisturizer, and I can say that I am a happy supporter of this more affordable alternative rather than the Lancome Genefique serum. So it’s a dupe for a third of the price!

Have you tried any of these? What is your go-to serum?
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