Review: L’Oreal Youth Code Pre-Essence + Eye Essence

On November 10, 2012 by Michelle

Hey everyone!


L’Oreal Youth Code Eye Essence was recently launched and I wanted to do a review on both the eye essence and the pre-essence because many are very eager to know the effectiveness of these two products.

L’Oreal Youth Code Pre-Essence

After 10 years of Gene Science research, L’Oréal Paris has deciphered the code behind the common phenomenon of skincare products’ progressively dwindling performance. Compelling evidence suggests that the fault may not lie with the products but with the efficiency of what has been dubbed the ‘recovery gene’ in the user’s skin. In youthful skin, the recovery gene absorbs active ingredients and counter-responds to fatigue and stress up to five times faster than in mature skin. Conversely, as the skin ages, the recovery gene slows down.

In light of this key finding, L’Oréal Paris developed Youth Code Boosting Essence, composed of a myriad of key ingredients and patented technologies that speed up the action of the sluggish recovery gene in ageing skin. Not only does this help restore the skin’s optimum natural recovery capabilities, it also amplifies the effect of any and every type of skincare applied. 

The secrets behind Youth Code

Pro-Gen™ Technology, or Biolysat (a product of fermented Bifidus bacterial) increases the expression of recovery genes involved in cellular renewal.  Adenosine, long known to be a constitutive component of DNA, slows the effects of ageing in skin. HEPES (Hydroxy Ethyl Piperazine Ethane Sulfonic acid) has a pro-exfoliating action, which improves absorption of active ingredients.

Double the effectiveness of skincare

The beauty of Youth Code Boosting Essence is that it can increase the performance of all types of skincare, be it anti-ageing, whitening or hydrating. Just imagine – same skincare, twice the results. It’s a ‘possible dream’ with Youth Code Boosting Essence.

Time-coded benefits

The addition of Youth Code Boosting Essence to a skincare regime shows immediate results as well as mid- and long-term benefits.

  • One drop triggers a visible improvement in the softness and smoothness of your skin, while increasing its absorbing power.
  • One week of daily usage visibly improves the texture of your skin.
  • One month of daily usage helps regain the youthfulness and radiance in your skin.

L’Oréal Paris Unveils Youth Code Eye Essence

It’s common knowledge that the fragile, sensitive eye contour needs all the help it can get. The skin is at its thinnest here, just 0.3 to 0.5mm thick versus 1 to 1.6mm – or three to five times thinner than skin elsewhere on the face. Furthermore, with constant blinking, it is subject to repeated movement and creasing. It is also highly sensitive to external irritants such as UV rays, pollution, wind and dust, and prone to dehydration and dark circles.

Not surprisingly, Asian women have voiced five key eye concerns – namely fine lines and wrinkles; dark circles and eye bags; sagging at the outer corners; puffy eyelids; and dark spots.

Youth Code Eye Essence addresses all five key eye concerns with a single miracle drop. This amazing lightweight formula is quickly absorbed into your eye contours, giving you visible, dramatic results.

Harnessing PRO-GEN™ and DRAINBOOST™ Technologies

Youth Code Eye Essence is a brilliant combination of two patented technologies developed by L’Oréal Paris. The pioneering PRO-GEN™ Technology, at the heart of the original Youth Code’s performance-enhancing super powers, is combined with the breakthrough science of DRAINBOOST™. PRO-GEN™ acts at the epidermal level by activating the ‘youth recovery gene’, thus boosting skin’s recovery powers and strengthening its barrier function. In addition, L’Oréal Paris has isolated a component of DNA, Adenosine. This ingredient acts at the dermal level to reinforce and re-organize the dermis, thus visibly reducing fine lines and wrinkles. A powerful fusion of two potent active ingredients, Haloxyl and Caffeine, DRAINBOOST™ stimulates micro-circulation, thus reducing the appearance of dark under-eye circles and eye bags  The nett effects of these advanced technologies result in a smoother, more luminous eye contour with just one drop. After one week of regular application, dark circles are noticeably less visible. After one month, the eye contour looks remarkably rejuvenated.

Texture of L’Oreal youth code boosting pre-essence on the left and youth code rejuvenating eye essence on the right. Both are clear, watery and lightweight which allows immediate absorption into the skin upon application. This allows the essence to work its magic straightaway before you continue with your next steps of skincare, boosting their effectiveness.

Review of L’Oreal Youth Code Pre-Essence

With its lightweight texture that sinks into the skin immediately, this is perfect for hot and humid weather like ours. If you have oily skin, don’t worry about it leaving any oily film on your face as this really makes your skin work like a sponge. With fast absorption, applying our normal skincare products on our skin is so really easy. This pre-essence is made to boost our skincare routine, making them increase their effectiveness.

Usually what increase better absorption of our skincare products is to remove the dead skin cell on our face and with the acid in this youth code boosting, this aided in the exfoliation of our skin to reveal our actual skin without the dead skin cell blocking our normal absorption of our skincare.

This however contains alcohol so make sure your skin is well moisturized before using this else the alcohol might dry out the skin. The scent of this pre-essence has a strong scent of alcohol as well, so be careful if you get drunk easily!

I like to apply this pre-essence before using a sheet mask to get amplified results. Makeup Artists like Ms Dollei Seah also recommend using Youth Code Boosting Essence before your foundation or BB Cream to achieve a natural, dewy finish that lasts longer without touch-ups. Overall, as I have a dry skin type, this pre-essence helps in maintaing the moisture of my skin as it retains the moisture given by my normal skincare products.

Available at:

$39.90 for a 30ml bottle at leading retailers including Watsons, Guardian, SASA, selected Department stores, major supermarkets and hypermarkets.


Review of L’Oréal Paris Unveils Youth Code Eye Essence

Even though L’Oreal recommend you to use it alone, I like to use my regular hydrating eye cream over this eye essence. I do not find applying the essence in addition to an eye cream too thick as the eye essence gets absorbed into my skin as fast as a lightning! Hence, I really like this refreshing sensation every time i use this eye essence.

Having been using this essence for a month, I am pleased with the results. As a person who will suffer from heavy dark eye circles if I have lack of sleep, I am glad to say that my dark eye circles seem to be under control when using this essence. No panda eyes! While I still have some fine lines near my puffy eye bags, I do not notice much fine lines at my eye corners. Obviously, we can only see vast visibile results, not only by applying just the essence, but also by taking good care of our eyes. Sun protection, sufficient consumption of water, sleeping early etc. All in all, I love to use this essence in conjunction with my other eye creams for added beenfits.


November 2012

$34.90 for a 15ml bottle at leading retailers including Watsons, Guardian, SASA, selected department stores and major hypermarkets.


Launch Special

From November – December 2012, Youth Code Eye Essence will be retailing at a special introductory price of $29.90 (Save $5).

Additional Deal (Only @ Watsons): Get an additional UV Perfect Sunscreen 15ml (worth $11.45) when you purchase 2 L’Oreal Paris skincare products inclusive of the new Youth Code Eye Essence.



Thanks for reading ~



6 Responses to “Review: L’Oreal Youth Code Pre-Essence + Eye Essence”

  • pau

    I usually use a loreal moisturizer before putting on make up. I was wondering if I ought to apply this after the moisturizer has been absorbed (perfect for make-up) or can I do away with the moisturizer conpletely? Thanks! I’m really excited to use mine 🙂

    • Michelle

      I think you should use this before your moisturizer. This has a much lighter texture so it will get absorbed into your skin quickly for an application of your moisturizer. Hope this helps!

  • peggy


    Can I use L’Oreal Youth Code Eye Essence with other eye product together ? Eg. another eye serum ?

    • Michelle

      I believe you can layer another eye product over this Eye essence because this essence gets absorbed into the skin easily 🙂

  • Xuan

    Hi do you know if it suits the skin of a 25?

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