I knew about Sisley as a garments brand; long before I came to know about its famed skin care, make-up and fragrance line-up. Sisley was founded by Hubert d’Ornano in 1976. His main area of interest was in Phytocosmetology, in which he used plant extracts for cosmetic purposes. Even now, Sisley regularly comes up with new treatment products, using research from its own laboratories.
After trying out the Sisley Express Flower Gel Mask, I could not help but think about buying the Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask. As it is, Sisley comes out with new masks only once in a blue moon; hence I really wanted to try out this latest launch of theirs. The packaging and the quantity is the same; but the price is much more than the Express Flower Gel Mask (which itself costs a bomb!!!!!). Well, my heart and my mind were totally at war regarding buying this one; when one of my friends announced that she was coming to India from abroad. I felt this must be a definite sign from God; and asked her to buy this one for me from the airport duty free area. She did; and I have been using it since some time; long enough to feel that; at last I can review this one for you all.
About the product: The 1st Sisley mask enriched with anti-aging active ingredients specifically formulated to instantly provide the skin with a youthful and energized look.The Black Rose Cream Mask offers the skin “instant youth”. Rich in active anti-aging ingredients including Black Rose, PadinaPavonica, and Alkekengi Calyx extracts, it immediately gets to work on signs of aging and fatigue to rejuvenate skin and restore vitality.The formula is rich in trace elements, vitamins and plant extracts to provide skin with radiance and tone. In only 15 minutes skin is visibly hydrated, plumped, smoothed and redensified. With a delicious rose fragrance and soft, creamy texture, this mask provides a true moment of pleasure and relaxation. The face appears refreshed and thecomplexion recovers its luminosity.
How to apply: 2 to 3 times a week, apply a generous layer to the face and neck; being careful to avoid the eye contour. Leave for 10 to 15 minutes, and then wipe away excess using a cotton wool pad. Non-comedogenic. Suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin.
• Black Rose: smoothing, anti-free radicals
• Alkekengi Calyx extract: stimulates the synthesis of collagen fibers
• PadinaPavonica: promotes the synthesis of glycoaminoglycans
• Vitamin E acetate: anti-free radicals
• Red vine: promotes radiance
• Chlorella: revitalizes
• Essential oil of Geranium: contains stimulating properties
• Great Mullen: protects and soothes
• Shea butter: nourishes, heals, soothes, softens, and protects
• Provitamin B5: softens and hydrates
• Essential oils of rose and magnolia: soothes
Price: 95GBP, however my friend got it for me for much less.
My Experience with Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask
From the outside, this mask comes in a white box packaging; extremely similar to that of Express Flower Gel mask. All details are written on the box; as well as on a product information leaflet inside.
The product comes in a dark purple colored tube. The packaging is very hygienic, and the mouth is actually sealed off with a moulded plastic bud. The bud has to be removed with the lid provided; and a separate lid is provided for storage purpose thenceforth. I find this feature extremely hygienic, and it ensures that no one has used this tube beforehand.
The product is pale pink, almost white in color.On application onto the skin, it appears absolutely translucent. It has a very creamy consistency. The fragrance is that of a rose; albeit a different kind of rose. The fragrance is not too strong; in fact it is mild floral and quite pleasant actually. It spreads on to the skin easily, and a very small amount is needed to cover up the face and neck area. You many apply a thin or thicker layer without fear of the product balling up. As opposed to the Express Flower Gel Mask, this one cannot be applied in the eye contour. Sisley advises it to be kept for 10-15 minutes and then blotting off the excess. I do not follow this recommendation; as I do not want to waste even a bit of this expensive product. So I usually start off with a thin layer; and reapply if required.
The product has an initial feel of stickiness (due to Glycerin); however if you apply a thinner layer, the stickiness, with time, does decrease to a more comfortable feel. Just like the Express flower gel mask, I have kept it on my face for 8-10 hours, without any discomfort to myself or scaring anyone else. However, if you want to use it as an overnight mask, you should be applying it in a thin layer, at least an hour before going to bed; or it might stain your pillows.
This mask is a very creamy and plumping mask. I feel that where the Express Flower Gel mask was a refreshing, lifting and tightening one(more useful for ladies with slightly saggy skin, fine lines, wrinkles or any other signs of ageing), the Black rose one is more of a moisturising and radiance giving mask (more useful for dry, dehydrated, dull looking skin and in the winters, which can be used by any age group and any skin type). After washing off this mask, my skin does feel more plump and radiant, and thoroughly moisturised and pampered. The moisturising effect easily stays on for at least 4-5 days. However, the radiance does not stay that long.
Pros of Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask
• Hygienic packaging
• Travel friendly
• Fragrance is good; rose like but a bit different
• Transparent on application
• Easy to apply; spreads well
• Small amount needed each time
• Contains many good active ingredients
• Can be kept on for a long time
• Does not break me out
• Does not contain Silicones or Parabens (as compared to the Sisley Express Flower Gel Mask)
• Moisturises and brightens the skin
• No undue tightening of skin
• Easy to wash off
• Not messy
• Makes skin extremely plumped up and radiant
Cons of Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask
• VERY, VERY EXPENSIVE
• Limited Availability
• Cannot be applied on Eye area (as opposed to Sisley express Flower Gel Mask)
• Somewhat stickier and tacky than the Express Flower Gel mask
IMBB rating: 4/5
Will I repurchase Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask ?
I do not think so.Moisturisation and Radiance can be gained by having healthy food habits, drinking lots of water, and applying sunscreen daily. This mask was a one off for me, which I actually bought since I was getting it for less; and I admit I was very curious about it. For me, the Express Flower Gel proved more useful for getting rid of the fine lines and wrinkles which were forming on my forehead and near my eye area.
In my experience, masks which claim to clean the face and give a radiant glow usually contain clay or kaolin as their main ingredient. While my skin does turn combination in hot and humid months, the clay and kaolin don’t really work out for me. Those masks dry out my skin, give it a stretchy tight and sometimes an itchy feel, even in summers. I have to put on loads of moisturiser thereafter, to relieve the tightness. Truly speaking, this one is the first mask in my memory, which although is a brightening and radiance boosting mask, makes the skin extremely soft, supple and moisturised. This is a nice, radiance boosting mask which may be used by all skin types; to be applied during special occasions, or when your skin is feeling extremely tired and dull at the end of the day.
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