When I was younger I never really appreciated facial primers. My skin pores where invisible and I didn’t have any wrinkles so any ‘smoothing’ benefits where irrelevant to me. However, now that I’m fast approaching 40 (I turn 37 in March), I’ve found a whole new respect for a beautifully-formulated primer – one that contains enough silicone to smooth, but not enough to turn my combination skin into an oil slick and Sisley Instant Eclat instant glow primer (R1 025, Red Square) is most definitely one of them.
Aside from immediately minimising the look of fine lines and pores, it also gives your skin a subtle glow that’s radiant as apposed to shimmery. This is vital as overtly shimmery products like highlighters actually enhance the look of lines and pores. This is why whenever I apply a highlighter, I’m always sure to apply it in a C-shape around my temples close to the sides of my face and never get it anywhere near my crow’s feet.
But let’s get back to Sisley’s Instant Eclat. Like I said, it contains a mix of silicones as well as shimmering light-diffusers to create a flattering glow, not a shimmer, so you can use it all over your face. It doesn’t highlight pores or lines in the least, it does the exact opposite which is to blur them. Just bare in mind that, due to the fact that it’s light on silicones it’s blurring effect is subtle. If you’re looking for a primer that won’t add a glow but will most certainly almost obliterate the appearance of pores and fine lines then consider something like Revlon Youth FX Fill & Blur forehead primer.
Aside from smoothing and brightening in a flash, Instant Eclat also contains a mix of actives to help improve the look of your skin over time. Think glycerin to hydrate, Butcher’s Broom to tone, padina pavonica (a brown algae) to plump and antioxidant kiwi extract to help fend off free radicals.
I’ve used Instant Eclat underneath foundation and yes, it does facilitate a smoother application but my favourite way to wear it in on it’s own (on top of my daily moisturiser with a little concealer where I need it) on ‘almost no make-up’ days. It gives me a healthy-looking glow, knocks a couple of years off my face and doesn’t aggravate my oily T-panel. In short, this little darling gets a two thumbs up.
Moving on, let’s chat about facial mists. I don’t know about you but I’ve always got some kind of thermal water spritzer in my artillery as they’re a quick, easy way to give your face a blitz of ‘fresh’ on a boiling hot day and perform my famous trick – take off a face mask! Next time you’ve applied a clay mask that’s dried on your face, don’t hack at it with a facial wipe. You’ll end up covered in crumbs! Instead, give it a blast of thermal water to ‘re-wet’ it and then hit it up with a face wipe and you’ll find it tissues away with ease.
So! When Payot My Payot Brume Eclat (R265, Dis-Chem) arrived I was happy to welcome it to my spritzer stash, especially since it smells delish – like fruit and flowers. Still, I was initially put off by the price tag, especially since the bottle is only 50ml. Why would anyone buy this when you can snap up a three times larger Avene for 100 bucks less? So, I did a little digging into the ingredients and quickly realised that classifying as a mere ‘water’, as well as comparing it to one, is totally unfair.
So, what makes Payot’s spritzer special? Well, for one, it’s moisturising! Now, you might be surprised to learn this, but if you’re spritzing a ‘water only’ mist on your face all it’s doing is wetting it. So, sure, you’re getting a ‘refreshing’ pick-me-up, but you’re not actually hydrating it. It’s the same way taking a bath merely serves to get you wet, but won’t moisturise. Payot’s product, however isn’t just water. It also contains moisturising glycerin, hydrogenated castor oil and a form of water-binding hyaluronic acid. The latter’s special talent is the ability to bind to water and, as it’s an incredibly small molecule, penetrate your skin with it’s new found travel buddy (water) to essentially plump you up from the inside out. As an added bonus, Brume Eclat also contains antioxidant-rich superfruit extracts acai and goji berry to protect your skin from pollution.
Next time I hop on a plane, you can guess who’s coming with, right?
Last, but not least let’s chat about Royale Afrique du Sud pomegranate peel and rose powder skin polish (R125, Faithful-to-Nature).
A powder scrub that contains exactly what it says on the bottle (finely ground up pomegranate peel and rose petals), you’re to add it to your face wash or a cream cleanser to transform it into a exfoliator that’s gentle enough to use every day. Also, as you can control how exfoliating it is by adding more or less of the powder, you can decide whether you want an incredibly mild scrub or a medium one. I say ‘medium’ being the max as it’s certainly not as scrubby as other micro-powder scrubs I’ve used in the past, things like The Body Shop’s Chinese Ginseng & Rice powder wash or Dermalogica’s Superfoliant, but it’s certainly a lot more effective than a drug store face wash with microbeads in it.
As I like my scrubs as scrubby as they can get, this is something I’ll use up rather fast, but I’m most definitely enjoying using it. I also like that fact it’s vegan, cruelty-free and proudly made in South Africa. You can learn more about the brand via their website that you can also shop. They have some lovely things. I’ll also be chatting about their lovely pomegranate oil in another upcoming post.
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