SISLEY PARIS Tropical Resins Complex Review

Sisley Tropical Resins Complex is definitely the best oil-controlling product out there. It costs an arm and a leg, but it works. 50 ml pump tube retails for $155 (ouch!).

I have really oily skin, which becomes dehydrated during winter. As the summer approaches, the oiliness becomes impossible to deal with. A couple of years ago, I was introduced to Tropical Resins Complex and it has been a staple in my summer skin-care routine ever since.

The texture of the cream  is really light, almost gel-like and the cream spreads easily. Usually I need one press of the pump for the whole face. The cream sinks in immediately, giving an instant matte feeling.

The cream can be used on its own, or underneath the make-up as a primer. With the cream underneath the makeup, my skin stays completely matte for at least eight hours.

If I apply it both in the morning and in the evening during a longer period of time, my pores appear smaller. This effect, of course disappears after you stop using the cream. I do not use it that way, because the effect is temporary and the cream is too expensive to get wasted like that.

Now, here comes the warning. Use this cream only if you have seriously oily skin. If your skin is slightly oily or combination, please AVOID this (instead, you can try L’Occitane Ultra-Matte Face Fluid). Tropical Resins Complex will only dry out your skin.  

I have to add that the cream has slightly milky scent. It might not bother many of you, but I can’t stand the smell of the milk.

The mattifying effect is “aggressive” in a way that I have to stop using this every fall, as my skin becomes dehydrated. Nevertheless, I can’t find more effective mattifying cream for the summer.

Overall impression:


Water (aqua), dimethicone, propylene glycol, isopropyl palmitate, nylon-12, styrax benzoin resin extract, boswelia carterii extract, butylene glycol, iris florentina root extract, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, carbomer, commiphora myrrha extract, triethanolamine, phenoxyethanol, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, xanthan gum, bisalobol, zinc sulfate, sodium methylparaben, sorbic acid, triclosan, tetrasodium edta, retinyl palmitate, tocopherol, propyl gallate, citric acid, methylparaben, butylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben

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