Sisley added a moisturiser for day and night, Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream into their Black Rose collection in Spring last year. I don't normally take that long to review Sisley products in general, but I won't deny that Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream took me a while to see the benefits compared to their other products such as my go-to Sisleÿa and Supremÿa ones.
To be honest, I wasn't planning on trying their new cream, but their first launch Q&A session on Facebook sounded rather too impressive, so it got me curious why the representatives sounded like they were very much exaggerating about the product. At that time, my man was also working on his project on his computer and found their words being very misleading and ridiculous without knowing much about their products. I understand, it sounds very harsh, but they cannot fool someone who has been using luxury skincare lines for over a decade with a usual cheap marketing strategy. It felt scripted and generic so I was quite disappointment with the company as I couldn't find anything noble or delicate where their heritage lies in.
I guess even Sisley surrendered to the main stream of social media? Not sure, but it was clearly an embarrassing step for such an established company to take when they are not even an unknown start-up company. Anyway, when the well-trained representatives give so much hype on a product, then it has always been either one of those in my case; the product is truly great or the product is very much ordinary that they actually have nothing to say further from luxury skincare brand standard. Having that in mind, let's see what I got here for you :).
Just like their famous Black Rose Cream Mask, Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream shares the same signature rose scent. It smells very relaxing and has a therapeutic effect that I really like to breathe in the scent during application. Personally, it works best when I'm half awake in the morning and also after a long day in the evening.
The signature scent of Black Rose skin care
Essential oils of Rose, Magnolia and Geranium - awakens the senses and provides an immediate sensation of well-being. (Source)
The texture of Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream is similar to Chanel Sublimage Cream Texture Fine and La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Cream Sheer, but I would say that there's a more watery feel to the Sisley one.
The oil infused gel cream seems lightweight as it spreads very easily and is fast-absorbing, giving skin a silky finish.
However, after the initial light and cooling sensation, there's a transition to a nurturing feel once the cream is massaged into skin. Your skin can then feel that the cream isn't just light, but contain emollients.
An exceptionally sensorial application
A silky texture that transforms into micro-droplets of water and permeates into the heart of the epidermis. Hydrated, the skin is infused with moisture, as if rejuvenated. The combination of oily Black Rose extract, May Rose water and Shea and Camelina oils leaves the skin soft, bringing an instant sensation of freshness and long-lasting comfort. (Source)
The cream does remind me of their Black Rose Cream Mask not just because of the scent, but also due to the texture. It's basically an emulsified version of Black Rose Cream Mask, yet offering almost an equivalent abundance of hydration to skin. It brings a dewy glow to skin instantly without feeling heavy or too oily. Having said that, those with oily/oily combination skin may still find the cream a little sticky depending on the amount that you put on.
Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream is the perfect daily skin care for replumping the skin and promoting the complexion's radiance. It is based on the three fundamentals of the Black Rose range for even more effectiveness and indulgence:
- an infinite sensorial texture,
- a delicate and addictive fragrance,
- immediate and long-term visible youthful effects
1. Restores bounce to the skin
Alkekengi calyx extract with its plumping effectiveness, is combined with Padina pavonica extract, for replumped skin.
2. Promotes radiance and luminosity of the complexion
Black Rose aqueous extract helps to instantly smooth the skin texture to improve reflection of light. This action is supplemented by Hibiscus flower extract which helps to increase the complexion's radiance. Alpine Rose extract, rich in powerful antioxidants, helps to combat the dulling of the complexion.
Tolerance tested under dermatological control. Suitable for all skin types, including sensitive. Non-comedogenic.
INSTANTLY Intensely hydrated, the skin is infused with moisture. It appears replumped and smoothed. The face appears rested and more luminous.DAY AFTER DAY The skin care helps restore the elasticity of a more youthful skin. The complexion is more radiant and fresh. The skin regains its look of vitality and “breathes” youthfulness.
- Black Rose oil extract: moisturizes and softens
- Black Rose aqueous extract: surface smoothing effect
- Alpine Rose extract: combats the dulling of the complexion
- May Rose water: softens and freshens
- Alkekengi calyx extract: plumping effectiveness
- Padina pavonica extract: moisturizes and plumps
- Hibiscus flower extract: tones the skin, gently exfoliates
- Shea and Camelina oils: provide long-lasting comfort
- Vitamin E Acetate: anti-free radicals
- Biosaccharide solution: creates a moist film on the skin's surface
- Glycerin of vegetable origin: moisturizes and softens
Apply to face and neck, morning and evening. For skin in need of additional nourishment, once a day, apply a few drops of Black Rose Precious Face Oil before applying the Cream.
Based on my observation, what Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream does is more like a pleasantly enhanced version of moisturising cream, meaning the majority of people with young skin (from skin age 20 to 35) would appreciate the product the most regardless of their actual age as they don't typically require any complex corrective anti-aging benefits. And this added a reason why the company chose to take such an exaggerated approach on their Q&A session on their Facebook page from what I can see. Nevertheless, Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream indeed has better penetration and feels a lot more delicate and luxurious than other moisturising creams that you can find on the market.
Having said that, I would place the cream in the category of prevention and maintenance. It does comfort and nurture skin, but the skin repairing doesn't seem to stand out that much at least for my normal skin and my mother's progressed aging skin. Not to mention the other anti-aging factors including anti-pigmentation, firming and lifting, the cream by itself has a limit to offer to more mature skin types that address more concerns on the wrinkles and overall skin laxity. Although it may seem reasonably priced for a Sisley product, you can pretty much get similar moisturising and hydrating effects with their cult classic Ecological Compound emulsion which is cheaper and more versatile.
Definitely, you will enjoy Sisley Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream the most if you love roses and your skin gets along well with the ingredients. I still wouldn't recommend it to those who are pregnant or nursing though just to be safe. Although I love rose flowers, my skin gets irritated by the products with rose ingredients when the formula isn't right for my skin. And it's a shame that I couldn't use the cream near and during my cycle as it gave me little bumps here and there on my skin. It also could be the skin allergens that it contains as part of fragrance and preservation. I certainly wouldn't suggest the cream for sensitive skin and active skin. Regardless, my skin felt supple and smooth to touch upon wake-up on the rest of days of the month. My skin didn't feel dehydrated even after 6 hour sleep, and my skin looked rather well-rested.
I didn't see much plumping results like they claimed, but it delivered better results when it was paired with their Black Rose Cream Mask. I highly recommend you to use these two together especially when you are on Winter holidays or on a long haul flight. The longevity of hydration will be extended greatly. Although the cream doesn't control any sebum production, it still works great as a make-up base thanks to its glowy and smooth finish.
There may be people thinking that Sisley Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream will work fine for oily skin as it says that it's for all skin types. However, it can clog pores as it has shea butter and different oils, and also it may aggravate skin due to its skin allergens like my case that I've mentioned above. Thus, I would recommend the cream for those with dehydrated combination/dry/normal skin types rather than sensitive/active/oily skin. People with mature skin may use the cream, but just note that there won't be a dramatic difference other than a well-moisturised glowy complexion.
If you are someone who's in search of an oil infused cream simply because it may feel more breathable for your skin, then I'd rather suggest you to try my favourite Kahina Giving Beauty Prickly Pear Seed Oil as it feels lighter, yet it doesn't irritate sensitive skin. I've also used Kahina Giving Beauty Oil underneath the cream in Winter, and it worked great and my skin felt better with it than Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil for my normal skin in my opinion unlike the company's suggestion. As alternatives to the Sisley one, Chantecaille Flower Harmonizing Cream and Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Creme also offers great longevity of hydration and glow to skin at more competitive price.
To sum up, Sisley Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream does work and brings the youthful glow back to skin, and it's one of the Sisley products that are worth trying. However, it won't be one of my must-haves in my bathroom cabinet due to my specific skin type.
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