Skincare Sunday: SISLEY Ecological Compound Review and Ingredients

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Hello lovelies,

today’s Skincare Sunday is devoted to a product that’s been present in my routine for several years: Sisley Ecological Compound.

Ecological compound is a moisturizer/serum and it is available in two sizes: 50ml tube/bottle and 125 ml pump dispenser bottle. The smaller one retails for GBP 85, while the bigger one costs GBP 139.

This is what Sisley web site says about it:

“Ecological Compound is formulated with a synergistic complex of plant extracts including Centella Asiatica, Ginseng, Rosemary, Hops and Horsetail selected specifically for their stimulating and revitalising action. Its unique composition helps to moisturise the skin and restore its comfort and radiance while helping skin fight environmental stress such as pollution or cigarette smoke to create more toned, supple skin.

The Ecological Compound is also beneficial for preparing skin to receive other skin care treatments (applied subsequently). Its fluid, non-greasy texture leaves skin with a matte appearance.”

INGREDIENTS:

Water, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Centella Asiatica Extract, Stearic Acid, Triethanolamine, Propylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Fragrance (parfum), Stearyl Alcohol, , Benzoic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, Methylparaben, Butylparben, Ethylparaben, Equisetum Arvense Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Propylparaben. (cont. linalool, coumarin, limonene, benzyl benzoate

Ingredients show that there’s nothing in there to justify the price – the main ingredients are water and mineral oil. Like a majority of high-end skincare, Ecological compound is way overpriced and doesn’t contain any effective anti-aging ingredient.

Ecological Compound has a very runny consistency and unusual scent. It takes some time to get used to it. A little goes a long way and it sinks immediately.

I’ve started using this a couple of years ago – I had several samples and, at that time, it turned out to be a great summertime moisturizer for my oily, dehydrated skin. I purchased several smaller full sizes since then. Ecological compound provided sufficient hydration to my skin – there were no flaky, dry patches – without making it greasy. A winning combination for summer. Even back then I didn’t find it sufficient during winter – dry air really wrecks my skin and it is no wonder that this lightweight serum couldn’t help much. I tried using it under a moisturizer to enhance its effectiveness, but it didn’t give any noticeable difference.

I’ve introduced it again into my routine this month and I can see that my skin has changed and that Ecological Compound is nowhere near effective. Last spring it worked, but this spring it seems like it doesn’t provide enough moisture. When I started using it, my skin was not dehydrated, but now I can see (and feel) that my skin is not as moisturized.

At this point, I’m not sure I’ll repurchase it. It is a nice moisturizer for someone with normal/combination skin, but my skin currently has different needs, so I’ll turn to other creams.

xoxo Tamara

SISLEY Sisleya Radiance Anti Aging Concentrate Review

The full-size Sisleya Radiance Anti Aging Concentrate comes in a 30 ml pump bottle and retails for $510. I haven’t purchased the full-size, but I have 6 samples, each containing 3 ml, so this sums up to a little more than half the full-size.

So far, I have spent two samples. One sample usually lasts for 9 to 10 days, if I use it once per day.

Sisleya Radiance Anti Aging Concentrate is a very light yellow-coloured serum. A little goes a long way – I use a pea sized amount for the whole face. It spreads easily and sinks in immediately. The serum is scented – a herbal scent on which I’m still trying to get used to, but the scent disappears quickly upon the application.

During the two and a half weeks, I’ve been using this serum in the evening, after cleansing and applying a toner. An hour or two after applying the serum, I used Ecological compound, for an extra moisture boost. Every morning, I applied All Day All Year.

The effect of this serum is amazing. At first, I’ve planned to spend all six tubes, but now I think that I’ll save some for later.

My skin is oily, but dehydrated with giant pores (I can’t do nothing about it, unfortunatelly) and whitehead bumps. I can count on one or two cystic acne per week. Of course, when a cystic acne is gone, you can count on the fact that it will leave a reminder in the form of redness which isn’t gone for ages.

After using it for two and a half weeks, my skin appears more even. In this whole period, I only got one hormonal cystic acne, which was gone pretty quickly, without leaving a red mark (I expected more of them). The redness is minimal and all in all, my skin looks the best it could be (if only this worked on pores).

I didn’t notice more blackheads – actually, they seem to be pretty diminished. I’ve also noticed the diminished size of the whiteheads. My skin is no longer dehydrated and the oiliness diminished.

I am truly amazed by this serum and yes, I consider repurchasing it. However, I’d like to try some other, cheaper, serums first, because the price of this serum is a bit out of my league.

SISLEY Global Perfect Pore Minimizer Review and Ingredients

Sisley Global Perfect Pore Minimizer is the new product launched this fall. It comes in a 30ml pump bottle and retails for $210. It promises tightened pores, smooth and flawless skin.

My major skin issue are my pores which are huge (just check any of my foundation review and you’ll see what I’m talking about). Otherwise my skin is pretty OK, a blemish or redness here and there and oily T-zone.

Since Global Perfect pore minimizer seemed like an answer to all my skin issues, I couldn’t wait to try it. A nice SA gave me the sample a couple of weeks ago and I’ve been using it since then. The sample is tiny (1,5ml), but it has lasted for two weeks of once per day usage and there’s still some left.

According to the SA, it can be used twice per day, on its own or like a serum underneath the moisturizer. I’ve been using it together with Hydra-Global and Tropical Resins Complex, but only in the evening.

The consistency is creamy and a little goes a long way. It has slightly peachy-pinkish colour and the scent is the same like the scent of Sisleya Global Anti Age cream. The scent disappears upon application.

It skinks immediately and it could be used under make-up as a primer.

Now, the effects. After two weeks of usage I can see that my pores are slightly, but only slightly, diminished and there is less redness on my skin. However, the effect is not dramatic enought to justify paying the full price, in my opinion. This is the best pore tightening product I have found so far, but for $210 I expect more dramatic effect. I still have some Bioderma pore minimizer to test and only then I’ll be able to decide whether Global Perfect is worth it.

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SISLEY Radiant Immediate Lift Review

I have to admit that I’m still not quite sure what this is. I have thought it to be serum, but it is often listed under make-up and the description of the products ays that it is to be used as a primer under make-up.

It comes in 30ml pump bottle and retails for $24.

It is a goldish liquid (like a slightly more yellow  version of Benefit’s Moonbeam) has a very runny consistency. A little goes a long way.

As for th illuminating properties, I haven’t noticed any. It is too yellow without enough pink to be illuminating. If you want a good illuminating product, go for Guerlain Meteorites Primer or Estee Lauder Spotlight (I don’t know if it is still made).

As fot the firming properties, there isn’t much to lift on my skin (I’m 25), but I have notices that my skin feels tighter after applying it. For me, this is very uncomfortable feeling, since my skin feels to small for my face, but those in need of a good lifting might appreciate it.

I don’t notice any difference in how my make-up applies when I use this prior to make-up application.  Also, there isn’t any difference in how long my make-up lasts.

I’ve used it for 8 times so far, and there is still a bit left in the sample.

Oh, and I have forgotten to mention that it has a very intense lavender scent which disappears upon application.

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LANCOME Genifique Serum Review and Ingredients

Several weeks ago, Lancome was giving mini samples of the famous Genifique serum. I have one 7ml sample and I’ve been testing it.

The serum comes in 20ml (limited edition), 30ml and 50 ml bottles with a dropper. It is considerably cheaper in US than in Europe (30 ml bottle retails for around $100).

I have to mention that this serum has almost 100% identical ingredients as L’Oreal Youth Code Serum (unfortunately, I cannot find it in Croatia).

Now, onto the review. I’ve been using it once per day for a little over two weeks. I need one drop of the serum for the whole face.

The serum is very runny, almost like water and it has silicon feeling. As I have mention, a little goes a long way, so I have almost half a bottle left.

The serum sinks into the skin immediately.

So far, I haven’t noticed any improvment on my skin. Actually, Genifique caused a serious breakout – 10 cystic acnes on the jawline. I will stick to this regime until I finish the sample, but I doubt that my skin will turn better.

All in all, I suggest you to try the sample first. I have checked reviews on Makeup alley and many had the same problem – Genifique was making them break out.

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CHANEL Hydra Beauty Serum Review

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I can’t believe I can finally say something nice about Chanel skincare line. Several years ago, I’ve been using Hydramax+ serum, which was overperfumed, blue-coloured, non-moisturizing waste of money.

A few months ago, Chanel has launched this new serum – Hydra Beauty Serum. I’ve received several 5ml samples to try and so far I’m very satisfied.

Hydra Beauty Serum (full size) comes in a 30ml pump bottle and retails for .

It has very light consistency and a little goes a long way. My 5ml tube lasted me for over three weeks, so you could probably get the full size bottle to last for five to six months.

I use serum on its own, only in the evening. So far, it is extremely moisturizing (unlike Hydramax+) and it succesfully fights the dehydration. It does not irritate my skin or causes breakouts.

Like almost whole Chanel skin-care line, this serum has a strong scent – fruity and dusty. It takes a while for the scent to disappear – up to one hour.

I’d suggest this serum for those with oily, combination or normal skin. While it is successful at solving dehydration problems on my oily skin, I don’t think that it would be as effective on dry skin.

Overall impression:

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LANCOME Primordiale Cell Defense and Skin Perfecting Serum Review

I’ve been using a 15 ml sample (full size product has 30 ml and costs around 70 euros) for a whole month twice per day on face and neck.

The serum has a peachy colour and it has a scent of an overripe fruit.

It has a lightweight texture and it spreads easily. A little goes a long way and the sample could have lasted me for at least two more weeks, bt I’ve been using a huge amounts. It sinks immediately, and even though is silicone based, it doesn’t feel like a primer on the skin. Of course, you can use it under make-up and make-up sits evenly over the serum.

Even though the serum wasn’t a miracle-worker, I’ve noticed an improvement in the appearance of my skin. The pores seemed tighter and there was less redness and irritation. It is moisturizing, but keep in mind that I have oily dehydrated skin.

The serum doesn’t mattify, but it won’t leave you looking like an oil-slick.

Overall, I’m very happy with this product. While it isn’t HG, it is certainly one of the best serums I’ve tried so far.

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