Luxebeaute's Blog

November 9, 2017

Purchase or Pass: The Genius Line by Algenist

Filed under: Purchase or Pass,Skincare (lotions/creams, masks, etc) — luxebeaute @ 6:06 am

Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Bi-Phase Peel ($85.00, 1.69 oz)

Claims: For the first time ever, this bi-phase formula combines the powerful effects of a peel with the nourishing benefits of Microalgae Oil. Glycolic and salicylic acids work together for gentle, highly effective skin exfoliation and renewal while Microalgae Oil leaves skin feeling soothed, nourished, and deeply conditioned. The two phases combine to offer an unparalleled experience – the effectiveness of a peel, with the luxurious benefits of an oil

Real Time Results:  I LOVE this resurfacing treatment! It does an excellent job of exfoliating the skin and leaves the complexion radiant. It packs an incredibly powerful punch (yes, it does sting) yet somehow manages to moisturize (likely the addition of oils). Would I repurchase? Yes. Matter of fact I have two backup bottles in my cabinet.

Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Melting Cleanser ($38.00, 5 oz)

Claims: This unique, luxurious melting cleanser is the best of biotechnology and offers an unparalleled sensorial experience. The powerful formula combines both Alguronic Acid, a patented anti-aging breakthrough, and a new source of nourishing oil, Microalgae Oil, to visibly replenish and smooth skin. This transforming cleanser melts into a silky oil to gently and effectively lift away all traces of long-wearing makeup. Upon contact with water, this lightweight oil turns into a milky emulsion and rinses clean to wash away impurities leaving skin beautifully cleansed, soft and radiant looking. This new cleansing sensation delivers an unparalleled sensorial experience.

Real Time Results: I’m a little on the fence with this one… If we are to judge solely by the claims, then this is indeed an epic fail. This is grotesquely inefficient in removing makeup, and it absolutely does not rinse away easily. In fact, it takes a hellofalotta work to remove this product, and therefore is a terrible night cleanser in terms of interference of other products due to its thick sort of residual layer left behind. On the other side of that coin, it has a lovely scent (that sort of burnt coconut scent I am in love with) and contains beneficial oils – therefore I find this to be a nice skin treat for mornings when no makeup or additional products are to be used. Would I repurchase? No. But then again, I use it so infrequently this will last me forever and a day.

GENIUS Ultimate Anti-Aging Vitamin C+ Serum ($118.00 for 1 oz)

Claims: this powerful vegan formula combines patented Alguronic Acid, our breakthrough anti-aging discovery, with nourishing Microalgae Oil, both naturally sourced and sustainably produced, and a potent Vitamin C derivative to help visibly brighten skin, minimize fine lines and wrinkles. The most fragile skin texture appears strengthened and skin’s youthful, even radiance is revealed. Replenishes, nourishes and delivers smoother looking skin, Lessens the appearance of wrinkles, Brightens skin, and Boosts brightness and radiance for a uniform complexion…

Real Time Results: Um…No. This product actually did so much of nothing that I was angered. And still am. I had extremely high hopes for this based on hundreds of incredibly stellar reviews and award winning status. However, I saw absolutely no change in tone or texture, nor any additional moisturization. After 3 months of use 4-5 days per week, both morning and evening, I should minimally have been left with less dryness. This was a complete let-down. I will not be repurchasing.

Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Cream ($112.00 for 2 oz)

Claims: Nourish your skin while boosting overall radiance and improving resilience and elasticity with Algenist Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Cream. The advanced formula combines alguronic acid with microalgae oil, which is a plant-based collagen, to help deliver a firmer, tighter, more toned appearance

Real Time Results: After 3 months of morning use, 4-5 days per week, I have yet to note any visible changes or improvements to my skin. However, I really love the lightweight feel to this cream, its whipped consistency, and the sort of roasted coconut scent of it is beyond intoxicating to me. I am a fan of this under oils, on hot days, and when there is no need for a heavy moisturizer. This also makes for a wonderful base under powder foundations. Will I continue to use this until empty most days? Yes. Would I repurchase? Yes, for summertime use.

Conclusions: While I liked a few of the products in this line, and can rate those I liked from “rockin enough to repurchase'” to “fawk yeah!”, I definitely feel this line is overpriced based on what is actually delivered. Truth be told, the products I rate highly in this line impress me more due to aromatherapy (that darn coconut scent!) than any actual results supplied (skin nourishment, moisturization). With the exception of the peel, as this one truly does deliver IMO. I could definitely live without the products in this line which I enjoyed using, and can certainly find comparable replacements if need be (and for less $$$). But if you have problematic skin, particularly if it is dry and/or texturized, along with extra cash burning a hole in your pocket, I say give the cleanser, peel, and facial cream a try.


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