L'oreal Youth Code Pre-Essence
Available: All major pharmacies and supermarket.
Volume: This is a 5 ml sample.
Star Properties: Visible rejuvenating effect.
I can't comment on this although I know that the full size comes in a dropper bottle. The dropper concept seem to have become quite popular with skincare companies recently, given that Bio-essence Snail Serum, Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair (ANR) Serum, Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate (MRC), and Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation all come in dropper bottles.
My sample comes in a tube which is good enough.
The essence is a transparent liquid that flows readily, as seen in the photo below.
When rubbed into the skin, it first feels very slightly of silicone, but is absorbed within 15 seconds into complete nothing-ness. My skin feel somewhat dry after that, but it's that kind of dry that you get after the skin just absorbs water. In other words, towards the end of the rubbing, this product feels like water.
Give your skin another 15 seconds, and it will feel slightly smoother, but not softer, than before.
A little product really goes an incredibly long, long way here. It's almost like Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate, where I only need 2 drops to cover my whole face, 3 drops on a day with drier skin.
Comparatively, I need a good 10 drops of Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum to cover my face, and leave that light veil over my face to defend against the air-conditioning overnight.
As such, this 5 ml actually lasts me a good two weeks, when I use in my daily night routine (only). I was thinking this could be a drugstore replacement for the Estee Lauder ANR and Kiehl's MRC, if it works. I used both the ANR and MRC only at night.
I am disappointed with the L'oreal Youth Code, because nothing happened in the two weeks. I guess you could say that if nothing happens, it means the product did help to maintain my skin. But when talking about results, I always look out for improvements rather than just maintenance, so yes, I would consider that the Youth Code is ineffective and cannot deliver. At least, not within two weeks.
However, it's not fair to kill a product just based on one person. So here's a Top 12 of 2012 video by Vanessa of vanewpc, a young lady from Chicago whom I've been following on Youtube since about 3 years ago.
Vanessa has this Youth Code in her Top 12 list. It is not a review video, but I guess if you have any queries about long term usage, you could ask in her comments box. I must admit that I am on the fence after watching her video because I trust what she says enough.
Nevertheless, based on my two weeks, I am still going to say that this does not effect any improvements in my skin.
Very happy to announce that this did not irritate me at all!
This good news definitely means that I can go back to test the full-size product if I want to. Although, really, I am not exactly interested in this. Really am just using it because I was given a sample by a L'oreal promoter at the roadside.
It will pass as something to put on your face for a peace of mind, but I can't see any improvement. Great that it didn't irritate my skin.