For those who follow my blog on a regular basis, you will know how much texture plays a part in my decisions on whether or not I will use or like a product. Having the typical Asian combination skin type, lightweight textures are something that I really value when it comes to skincare - especially things like moisturisers. If a moisturiser feels heavy or greasy on the skin, there is little chance that I will buy it or personally use it myself.
Recently, I was lucky enough to experience the world of Sisley Paris - a French brand which was started by husband and wife team Hubert and Isabelle d'Ornano in 1976. Sisley Paris draws inspiration from plants and botanical extracts, combining these with cutting edge science and innovation to create their luxurious skincare and cosmetics line. Each and every product is a true 'experience' when used and the newly launched Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream does not disappoint. Harnessing the powers of different rose species, geranium, magnolia and Alkekengi calyx extracts - the Black Rose Cream is a truly remarkable and exciting textural and sensory delight that provides my skin with optimal hydration and plenty of radiance and glow.
***Please note that this product was kindly gifted to me with no expectation of a review. However, I really do love using this product and I had to share my thoughts and overall love for it. Even though it was gifted to me, it in no way effects my opinion of the product and all opinions in my reviews are my own honest thoughts and feelings towards a product. I truly do love using this!
What Is It:
The Sisley Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream is basically a lightweight moisturiser with the most unique texture and finish.
What Does It Do:
This beautiful cream acts to hydrate, smooth and moisturise the skin whilst helping to improve radiance and luminosity. It apparently helps the skin to be smoother and more even to help better reflect light and 'blur' imperfections. The Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream helps to make the skin refreshed, bright and luminous (yes please!).
Black Rose Oil Extract, Black Rose Aqueous Extract, Alpine Rose Extract, May Rose Water, Alkekengi Calyx Extract, Padina Pavonica Extract, Hibiscus Flower Extract, Shea & Camellia Oils, Vitamin E Acetate, Biosaccharide Solution, Plant-Origin Glycerin
I include a full ingredients listing shortly!
When I first laid eyes on the Sisley Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream, I couldn't help put think that the moisturiser looked quite rich in the beautiful heavy metallic purple glass jar. The experience however, is quite remarkable - as application and change is the texture of the Black Rose Cream is something that is quite mesmerising. It is honestly something I have never really seen in a moisturiser before.
The Sisley Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream comes out of the jar very much like a rich, luxurious moisturiser. When worked into the skin, this rich looking emulsion magically breaks down and becomes a water like serum. The formulation changes completely in texture, feel and consistency on the skin - going from what looks like a thicker cream to a water like texture that glides effortlessly on the complexion. This amazing textural change is unlike anything I have experienced before in skincare and is one that I really enjoyed - not only for 'skintertainment' aspect but the new texture it adopts when applied works perfectly for my skin type. Due to the fact the Sisley Black Rose Cream feels like water (it feels weightless) and when applied on the the skin, it starts to melt into the complexion, feeling so incredibly refreshing and lightweight. Sisley have got the combination ever so perfect with the Sisley Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream, it not only feels and looks luxurious, it is also so innovative in texture as feels like nothing on the skin.
It is obvious that Sisley have got the texture of the Black Rose cream spot on, but that is only ever one part of the skincare puzzle. What does this actually do for the skin? Sisley promises that the Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream will restore youthful bounce and radiance to the skin with its botanical extracts such as different types of rose types and Alkekengi Calyx to just name a few. I personally found that my skin absolutely loved the hydration that the Black Rose Cream provided and my skin drank it all up. The Black Rose cream provided me with enough moisture, comfort and hydration to last me the whole day - in both summer heat and also in colder temperatures. My skin never felt dry or dehydrated when using this but it also never felt greasy or oily either. The level of hydration and moisture it provided was comfortable and perfect for my skin and gave my complexion a really smooth and even finish to apply sunscreen/primer/makeup over the top. Due to these hydration capabilities, my skin also looked and felt plump and bouncy most likely due to the hyaluronic acid and rose water extracts used in the formulation. As mentioned earlier, this provided my complexion with a great foundation for makeup and I love using this before I go out.
The other thing that I enjoyed about Sisley's Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream is perhaps the fact it really does give my skin an added radiance and glow. The formula seems to smooth and blur the skin in all the right places and this dries down to give the skin a really natural, slightly dewy radiance. This finish makes the Black Rose Cream perfect to apply underneath makeup as it really enhances the way my primer and foundation looks on my skin, giving my skin a beautiful and luminous glow.
I also felt that the Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream also nourished my skin so well, even though the formula is so weightless. I found that that this was mainly due to the use of camellia oil and surprisingly shea butter in the ingredients listing. Whilst my combination skin has never had an issue with Camellia oil, shea butter has always been very hit and miss by way of breakouts. Despite this having shea butter in the formulation, my skin has never broken out when using this, even when used on a hot and humid NYC summer day. When using this, it keeps my skin supple, soft and healthy for the whole day. Over time, I found that this Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream helped to balance out my skin and the added nourishment and hydration it provided to the complexion helped to even and smooth my overall skin tone and texture. It provided my skin with plenty of bounce and glow to help to restore my complexion to a natural and healthy radiance.
The other thing I have to touch on is the scent of the Sisley Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream - there is no doubt that this does have a fragrance to it. I have mentioned this several times in reviews, but fragrance and scent has never bothered me as I find that scent helps with the overall experience of the product. The Black Rose Cream has a beautiful, delicate, soft floral scent to it that makes it a joy for me to use. It smells like Spring in a jar and is like walking through a beautiful garden of flowers. For some, the scent might be a little bit too much, especially those who are very sensitive to scents in their skincare or who may be sensitive to essential oils. If this is the case, I would recommend to trial this in a department store or trying to acquire a sample before purchasing. Also there is the packaging, the Sisley Black Rose cream comes in a beautiful, luxurious and heavy glass jar - I am not a huge fan of moisturisers in jars as I find pump bottles are much more hygienic and user friendly. However, props to Sisley for actually including a spatula with this product - its not ideal but at least they have thought about the hygiene when using their product.
Like many Sisley Paris products, the Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream is by no means a 'cheap' product. Quite the opposite actually - this beautiful moisturiser is most definitely a premium product that does comes with a premium price tag. Retailing at USD $195, GBP £128.00 and AUD $230 for 50ml, this is most definitely a more luxuriously priced product. There is no doubt that there are moisturisers that will do just as good of a job of moisturising the skin as the Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream but at a fraction of the cost. However, the beauty of the Sisley Black Rose Cream comes down to the overall sensorial experience, unique texture and just how cosmetically elegant the moisturiser is in comparison to what is available on the market. The incredibly unique rich cream that turns into a water drop texture makes it a joy to use for those with have combination skin like myself, as this moisturiser just effortlessly glides on the skin and sinks to beautifully in to the complexion. It has become a favourite in my skincare stash and I absolutely love reaching for this during the day time, night time and most definitely before I go out as it leaves my skin looking healthy, plump and radiant. If you are incredibly fussy about textures in skincare products like myself and have the ability to splurge, definitely do look into the Sisley Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream - you won't be disappointed.
Repurchase YAY or NAY:
Whilst the price of the Sisley Paris's Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream is a definitely more on the pricier side, for its texture, nourishing and hydration abilities, I would absolutely look to buy this with my own money when this beauty has ran out. As mentioned before, this moisturiser has become a favourite in my skincare stash and I absolutely adore the way it feels and makes my skin look when using it. I don't know what I would do without it!
The Sisley Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream comes in a heavy and luxurious 50ml jar and can be purchased from Barneys New York for USD $195, John Lewis for GBP £128.00 and Sisley Australia for AUD $230.