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About six months ago I was in a rather nice perfume shop talking to a very helpful assistant trying to learn a little with a view to writing more useful reviews.As I know very little about the higher range end of the market I asked her to explain why it was that some cosmetics lines cost so much more than others. She explained a little about three ranges, La Prairie, Sisely and Sheishido, saying that the price reflected the years of research that had gone into their products and the quality if the ingredients that they used. She then gave me three samples to take home and it was only when I looked up online for the prices that I realised what a little treasure trove she had given me. In fact they are so expensive that I only had enough courage to try one, La Prairie and it has taken me all this time to get enough courage to put about 50 pounds worth of cream on my unexceptional face!
Sisley was founded in 1976 by the d'Orano family and specialise in cosmetics and beauty care products for the VERY high priced part of the market. They started to use botanical extracts long before they became fashionable and the quality of the extracts are reflected in the price . A 30ml pot of Radiance Anti-Aging Concentrate will set you back around 400pounds,which is more than my car insurance! so you can see why I hesitated to slap my little 3ml sample on all at once!
This outrageously expensive cream promises to restore the luminosity of youth and give you a fresh complexion characteristic of a youthful skin. It also regulates the synthesis of "black" melanin which causes brown age spots. Really what it is saying is it is meant for oldies like me!
My sample comes in a white and gold box bearing the name of the product on the front and the ingredients on the reverse. The plastic tube inside is also white and gold which reflects the colouring of the full sized product.
Open the little white screw top and have a sniff and you will get the scent of, wait for it, marshmallows! Well that's how it smell to me, with a curious metallic scent in the background. The elixir itself is thin creamy coloured fluid which when applied to your face is instantly absorbed. It does not sting or irritate as did La Prairie, nor is it overly scented. You are reccomended to apply it day and night to your face and neck,( possibly whilst sipping champagne on your yacht or private jet). Or maybe like me after shopping at Morrisons.
Mirror Mirror on the Wall!
I am a sceptic and somehow never want these really expensive samples to work, but, after stretching my sample to 4 nights use my skin felt like it had been resurfaced and looked brighter as well. I cannot say that it reduced any age spots as they recommend using it for four weeks to see a reduction in these marks and that would involve nicking a lot of samples!
I just cannot get over the price and can safely say I will never buy the full size product but I thought it would be fun to share my experience with you. It did make me feel nervous using a product that expensive on my face, but if you get the chance just ask for a sample and you might get lucky like me! Out of interest I have listed the ingredients from Sisley website
Alkekengi's Calyx:protects from free radicals
Prickly Pear:boosts cell renewal
Rosewood (oil): stimulates micro-circulation
Lavender (Oil):purifies, soothes
White marrubium:soothes, anti-inflammatory
White Mulberry:lightens the complexion, inhibits tyrosinase
Scutellaria:inhibits tyrosinase, lightens the complexion
4 stars from me, I would rather pay my car insurance!
Thank for reading my review which may aslo be posted on Ciao under splishsplash
Sisleya Radiance Anti-Aging Concentrate is formulated to provide radiance to the skin. Containing a blend of plants and vitamins, Prickly Pear Flower Extract and Vitamin a Palmitate, skin's receptiveness to light and ability to boost cellular renewal is optimised. In addition the combination of essential oils Lavender, Geranium and Rosewood work to help restore a healthy glow, diminishing brown spots and signs of pigmentation leaving the skin looking young, radiant and luminous. To use: Apply morning and night to face, neck and decollete.