I’m officially kicking off my Sheet Mask Series, starting with a bang by reviewing a mask that was recently touted by Jaclyn Hill as “one of the top masks” she’s “ever used.” It’s the Lancome Genifique Youth Activating Second Skin Mask. She also said, “I feel like it’s too good to be true.” That’s a HUGE statement! I previously used the Lancome Genifique serum in my daily skincare regimen for many years, and I’ve been a longtime fan of Lancome (I especially love many of their makeup products). The Genifique Youth Activating Serum feels really good on the skin and was a perfect skincare product when I was in my twenties and thirties. However, I felt that as I crossed into the big 4 – 0, my skin needed a more potent serum to tackle the signs of aging and help reverse the damage that I caused myself from many years in the sun.
Over the past few months, I have overhauled my daily skincare routine and Genifique was dropped from my daily routine. I still think it’s an excellent serum though; it just produces more subtle results when using it once a day. Cut to last week, and I watched as many of you did, when Jaclyn Hill raved about the new Genifique Youth Activating Second Skin sheet mask in her “November Favorites“ video. I didn’t even know that Lancome had released a mask like this, and honestly, I probably wouldn’t have tried it until I learned this….. Each Genifique mask contains an entire 1/2 BOTTLE of Genefique face serum. Isn’t that crazy!? But hold on just a second because it comes with a hefty price tag to match the large amount of serum in each mask. It’s $105 and available at Sephora, Lancome counters, and anywhere that Lancome is sold (Macy’s, Nordstrom, etc.). Don’t run away too fast because the $105 price tag includes 6 individual masks in a box, making it exactly $17.50 per mask. When you look at it that way, it’s a little more acceptable since you’re not throwing away a single $105 mask after just 20 minutes of use. Still, $17.50 is a lot of money to spend for one mask, and they currently are not available for purchase individually. You have to bite the bullet and get them all at one time. Hopefully Lancome will consider changing this in the future.
For the love of beauty and my dedicated followers, I dropped $105 and decided to give this mask a try. Is it all hype? Or does it transform the skin? I took Before and After photos to show the results either way so you can decide!
Product Description and Claims
Lancome has posted the following information about the Genifique Youth Activating Second Skin Sheet Mask on their website:
In a single sheet mask, which contains a half bottle of Génifique, see 7-day radiance results in just 20 minutes. Combining Lancôme’s patented Génifique formula and expertise in bio-cellulose technology, this mask treats your complexion to a new kind of indulgence. The texture adheres to the contours of your face, almost like a second skin, for an intensely hydrating, spa-like treatment. Immediately after use, see instant radiance, plumping, and smoothness. This serum-soaked face mask works to reveal more rested, supple skin, leaving a cushiony soft and refreshed feeling.
100% of women saw instant radiance, after just 1 application. Witness 7-day Génifique Serum radiance, in just 20 minutes, instantly.
- Immediate radiance
- Immediate plumping
- Immediate smoothness
- Immediate softness
- Immediate suppleness
- Skin looks immediately rested
How to use: Remove the mask from packaging and gently unfold. Apply the mask onto a clean, dry face, smoothing and spreading evenly onto your facial contours. After 20 minutes, remove the mask. Discard after a single use. Gently massage any excess product into the skin.
6 masks at 0.55 oz. (each)
When I opened the packet and removed the mask, the first thing I noticed was the heavy weight of the product. It is really thick and really heavy compared to all other sheet masks that I’ve tried. The mask itself is folded inside a double-sided gauze-like wrap to protect it. Unwrapping it can be tricky since it’s so slippery and heavy. I felt like I wasted just a little product by handling it and trying to get it spread out over my face. Once I applied it, it felt really good… heavy, but nice and refreshing. The instructions say to leave the mask on for 20 minutes, then remove and pat in any leftover serum that remains on the face or in the packet. Be sure to get every drop of serum that’s left inside the packet; there was enough of it left for me to cover my neck and areas that the mask didn’t cover on my face. A little trick that I do… apply the loose serum to your hands. Anything I do to my face, I also do to my hands. You can always tell the true age of someone by looking at their hands (you don’t want a tight, glowing face and wrinkly hands).
I left the mask on about 40 minutes overall while I watched television. My face burned just slightly but I don’t contribute that to the ingredients in the mask but rather the face that I’ve been using a lot of acids recently. I also used a dermaroller before applying the mask, to help the serum absorb a little better into the skin (that’s a different topic for another time). The burning sensation eventually went away, and my face felt very cold.
When I removed the mask, my skin felt so cold, soft, dewy, hydrated, and bright. The photos may not reflect the difference due to the lighting, but I definitely felt improvement. My skin was a bit brighter than before, but the softness is what made this mask stand out for me. I fell asleep shortly after removing it, and when I woke up the next morning, my skin was definitely softer and hydrated. I still had some peeling from using my peels and Tretinoin (Retin A) cream this week (which is completely normal and expected), but the mask kept my skin hydrated, dewy, and soft in the areas that weren’t peeling the most. I could still tell a difference in the areas that were peeling, because usually my face would be so dry when I wake up that I can’t tolerate the feeling after those peel treatments.
First, let me remind everyone that my skin type is dry. I have issues with hyperpigmentation. Aging is one of my primary concerns, as is the dry skin. I don’t tend to have very sensitive skin, nor do I have acne prone skin.
Overall, I think this is a really nice mask. Will it give you an instant facelift, pout your lips, and take away all your wrinkles? No! It’s just one mask treatment, and results like that take other interventions that can’t be found in a serum or mask. However, it provided a lot of hydration, felt absolutely wonderful, and produced results that lasted all night and into the next day…. around 2 days in all. It doesn’t provide “7 day radiance” as Lancome claims on their website, at least not for me. However, it’s entirely possible for you to experience longer results, as my skin is severely affected by the exfoliating treatments I’m currently using. The results for any mask are going to be temporary, and that’s the case with this one. Your skin continuously needs to slough off the dead skin to release a new layer beneath it, and that takes the incorporation of other products such as exfoliators, peels, etc. on a regular basis. This mask produced the results that I expected from it, and because of that, I can recommend it for people who find this within their budget. It didn’t cause any issues for me, as far as a break-out goes or any other issues that would lead me to believe that this wasn’t a good option for people with sensitive skin or acne prone skin.
From the price perspective, yes this mask is much more expensive than many other masks on the market. I don’t believe that a mask should get a negative or low rating just because of the price. When people score a product low in online reviews just because of the price, they skew the rating for people who are seeking information about how the product actually works, and it’s unfair. Every brand and product is targeted for a specific audience. Some are targeted towards people seeking drugstore prices, some are targeted towards people seeking department store prices, and others are targeted towards very high-end customers (such as celebrity clientele). This is within the price range of a department store clientele, so if your budget allows for less-costly options, then it’s completely OK because there are great options available for everyone! And again, I’ll remind everyone that the actual cost of this mask breaks down to $17.50 per mask, but you have to buy a pack of 6 at one time for $105.
Would I buy this again? Is it worth the hype? Yes. As much as I don’t “like” the idea of paying this price point for a box of masks that I’ll have to throw away, I would buy it again. Good skincare isn’t cheap. Although there are some affordable options for good skincare products available, I would rather spend a little more money to get results that I feel are a little better or faster than the drugstore price alternatives. It felt luxurious, and my skin felt great after using it.
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