love this product.. put it on after the shower and then some moisturiser or face conditioner on top!.. really helps calm the skin down
About me - I have generally pretty decent skin with the exception of hyperpigmentation on my forehead, close to my hairline. Which really bothers me. A LOT. Nothing that I tried really worked (retinol, Mad Hippie Vitamin C serum, various exfoliators) to get rid of it. And its difficult to cover by the hairline, because the layers of concealers would get stuck in hair, etc etc - its a PITA.
So this past summer, I stopped all retinols & chemical exfoliators (with the exception of a weekly application of REN resurfacing complex to keep those pesky pores clean). I was working in Europe and spending a lot of time outside, so despite being fanatical about wearing SS I didn't want to aggravate my skin or make it any more susceptible to further sun damage. It didn't get worse, but it didn't get better. So perhaps my skin was due for a shake up.
Within 3 weeks of once a day usage at night (and continual religious use of SS during the day), this has faded my hyperpigmentation to the point that I can wear a tinted SS, a dusting of powder and forgo layers of concealer. For me, that's a serious win. While its not completely gone, the transformation has been substantial & remarkable.
I can understand why people love the glass packaging - personally I hate it because I travel constantly so would much prefer a more streamlined practical approach (the same with the tinted primer from the same line - why oh why does it have to be so bulky?). I don't believe there are any benefits for the product, its purely for branding purposes, another reason for the high price point.
Having said that, as much as it pains my wallet that my skin responds so well to this product, but I will continue to buy once I run out, even if its only to use a few times a week to keep my skin in check. (I find one pump sufficient for my entire face.) Just need to make sure I don't run out before a 20% off coupon comes through....
Yes, this is expensive but I will buy it again and again. Shrinks pores like nothing else, clears up pimples, gives a polished appearance with tons of radiance. It does smell really strong, kind of a lemon or lime type of smell, but this does fade rather quickly. HG!!!
I'm on my second bottle. I had a little panic when I realised the first one was running out. That should say it all.
I use Good Genes as a serum under my moisturiser at night, and sometimes under makeup in the day if I feel I need a little boost in radiance. A single pump is more than enough for the whole face; I use a full pump if I'm using it at night, and a half-pump if it's going on in the day. The lactic acid does sting a little on application, but I don't mind; it means it's working. My skin is much clearer, acne scars have vanished, the giant hormonal zits I usually get mid-cycle clear up within days (rather than the weeks they used to take), the small wrinkles around my eyes are diminished, blackheads have just vanished (Ceramic Slip cleanser applied with a Clarisonic, followed by Good Genes has been nothing short of miraculous for my blackheads), and my face is so smooth that makeup applies easier, and even my husband has noticed that stroking my cheeks feels different.
I also need less foundation; my skintone is more even (still not perfect; I need a little concealer for redness around the nose, but now I can get away with only a tinted moisturiser, where before I started using the Sunday Riley line I had to use a full-coverage foundation).
Unfortunately it only takes me about ten weeks to get through a bottle, and at £80 a throw that's a little painful.
I really can't emphasis how good this has been for my skin; if you'd told me a product would do this for me I don't think I'd have believed you. HG, sadly. Sadly because of the price; the whole range is hell on the wallet, but everything I've tried from it so far has been wonderful.
I have samples of this & I've been using it for a while. I have to say, I have not noticed any major differences in my skin. This serum does feel & look oily, but it wasn't a problem for me, & I don't mind the smell too much either. This tingles initially when you first put it on. I apply this at night after I wash my face with my usual cleanser & use toner, & when I wake up in the morning there is no difference. I really wanted this to work, but I just can't justify spending over $100 on a serum that I don't see any result/difference with. My skin texture actually became bumpy after using this. I've since stopped using this, & my skin has improved. I much prefer Dior's capture totale skin boosting super serum, over this. It is the same price, but works MUCH better.
Received a sample of this and tried it for 5 days straight at night over cleansed and dry skin, before putting my moisturiser on top of it. Didn't notice a difference until the 3rd day when I could see that my skin felt plumper and looked clearer. Wouldn't say it's a life changer or HG material but it was still good. Not sure if I want to purchase the full size or keep looking for a cheaper alternative.
I don't know how people are getting good results; this was a major FAIL for me. First, I could hardly stand how sticky, slimy, and gross this feels. Who could stand it long enough to see if it works?? If I was able to leave it on for a couple hours, all I saw was that the lesions or acne would dry out. But I can get that same result with a $6 pimple cream from the drugstore. I did see a tiny bit of cleaner pores, however, nothing so extreme as to make me want to keep this. And the smell...........gross and disgusting....eugh :p This is on its way back to Sephora as we speak (as I write this, actually).
I had a facial that turned nasty on me. I felt fine after the facial until the next day when my skin turned really red and I broke out everywhere. My face has never broken out that much in my life and it was really painful! I decided to try out Good Genes to treat my skin. OMG! This saved my face! The redness went considerably down the next day and the pimples became less painful. Within several days, my face was healed! I've been using this every 3 nights and take 2 nights off so my face doesn't become immune to the effects of lactic acid. The only thing that bothers me is the packaging. It doesn't come with a lid so some of the product gets dried up and gets stuck in the opening of the pump. But the product works so well, I will have no hesitation in repurchasing this when it runs out. I've been using this for about a month and I've used about one third of the bottle. Yes, it's pricey but it's worth every penny to me. I have also been using Sunday Riley's Ceramic Slip Cleanser, Juno, and Skin Adrenaline. My skin has never been better. I can't wait until the reformulated Stimulant III comes out :)
I feel I must preface this review after reading some of the negitive comments. No product is going to work on 100% of people, 100% of the time. Just not going to happen. It doesn't mean the product is bad, everyone has different chemistry, skin type, climate, etc. I know I've said this before, and often, but I can't help thinking it warrents repeating. So as far as the Good Genes goes, and for most of the SR skin care line..Just amazing. It really is. I will start off by saying this stuff is expensive by most peoples standards. The best way in my opinion to start with this line is to get samples. I live nowhere even close to a store, but I was able to get free samples via the mail, and I must say Barneys in particular goes above and beyond the call of duty to accomadate people. I live in FL, and the Barneys in Boston didn't blink an eye when I inquired about the line and possible samples. They are #1 in my book for customer service. I was sent samples of Ceramic Slip, Good Genes, Stimulant 2 (which is magical) and Skin Adreniline. Let me say I ordered every single product exept the Stim 2 because I guess they are being repackaged and there are none at the moment to be had. The samples are generous and you will deffo be able to tell if it's something thats going to work for you before buying. For me these products showed results FAST. I have rosy cheeks and pale skin..so the pink really stands out and I hate it, lol. ONE treatment of Good Genes in the evening and when I woke up the next morning my pink cheeks were gone! My pores were almost impossible to see, my skin had the proverbial glow. I was shocked. We've all read those claims a thousand times over. For me, this was the first product that delivered. My skin is very sensitive and the Good Genes did feel strong on it, but the more I used it, it became a non issue. I don't use a lot of retinols and the like so that is to be expected. Just something to keep in mind when trying. Good Genes is a HG product for me, as is the whole skin care line. Theres nothing I've tried that I haven't loved. The Stim 2 should be a National Treasure for people with skin like mine. It really works like a miracle. (And it should for over 200$) As I said, they are expensive, BUT they last forever, a little goes a long way, and I do feel for how they deliver results, they are worth the hefty price. Good Genes doesn't have what I'd call a good smell, but it doesn't bother me, it quickly fades and again, is worth any displeasure because of the results. I can however, see the smell as possibly being a deal breaker for a select few. Good Genes used in combination with the line only enhances the the effects. The Good Genes makes my skin look plumper, younger, healthier, more even, brighter, softer..so the name is quite accurate. All in all I recomend Good Genes 100%. HG all the way for me. Just get the sample to make sure it's right for you.
After one night of use my skin was glowing the next morning. Plus it cleared up a nasty reaction that I had with the Sunday Riley sunscreen. I use this 3 days on and then I take a break and rotate in another serum and moisturizer from another line. Out the entire collection this is the only item that I will re-purchase. It definitely made a difference in my skin within a months time.