My little love affair with Darphin Paris…
Every now and then, I am sent beauty products that are sooo good and sooo effective (ahem…Darphin!) that I actually get off my wallet and go out and purchase them after their finished. You see, that is the beauty of being a beauty blogger: you eventually get to a point that you no longer have to buy skincare and cosmetics thanks to the constant flow of press samples to review.
That being said, I’m a loyalist. I have a core set of products that I am fiercely loyal too and never take out of the usual rotation. Well, that group of core all-stars has grown to include Darphin Lumière Essentielle Illuminating Oil Gel-Cream and Illuminating Oil Serum.
I was in the midst of the worst flu I’ve ever had which eventually turned into walking pneumonia. My skin took a huge hit – dryness, breakouts and my face was 50 Shades of Sallow.
A box arrived on my doorstep and I mustered up the energy while gulping a shot of codeine cough syrup to tear into it. There laid a mint green, cone-shaped box filled with Darphin goodies. It was the first time I cracked a smile in about five days.
I immediately started using the Oil Gel-Cream and Oil Serum and started noticing a difference almost immediately. My sad skin soon looked glowy and bright and the Crypt Keeper no longer stared back at me when I looked in the mirror.
So, what makes these two products stand out? Read on!
I have been using serums steadily now for the past couple of years and never really had a strong opinion on them. I knew that they were a vehicle to deliver an intense punch of moisturization in the form of hyaluronic acids, enzymes, essential oils, etc. They are basically products to provide your skin with more intense version of your moisturizer. That being said…I never really noticed a difference – until now.
The Lumière Essentielle Oil Serum packs a punch. The first thing I noticed is that its “slip” (that slippery feeling) was really nice. This serum is oily, but not overly so with its water-like weight, and felt wonderful when massaged it into skin. It has a bit of a cool sensation too which is great for waking this zombie up in the morning.
It has an incredibly fresh scent that I relish composed of tangerine, orange, neroli, rose, ylang ylang, cedarwood and ginger. I seriously love everything about this serum, right down to its pleasing apricot colour and little oil globules suspended in the mixture. Those oil globules actually are over 7,000 micro-capsulated essentials oils. Apparently, they are “artisanally blended drop by drop in a crystalline of marine extracts from the French Coast of the Mer d’Iroise”. Don’t worry. I had to look it up too.
I have never used a moisturizer quite like the Lumière Essentielle Oil Gel-Cream. It’s a very soft and luxurious cream that transforms into an oil upon application. My skin seriously glows after using. I loved how great my face looked so much that I actually started religiously moisturizing my neck with it too…something that I rarely did before.
After about a week of using both of these products together, I noticed a serious difference in my skin. It was way softer, brighter and my makeup applied better after using them. I noticed that foundation spread and set better and best of all, the nagging patch of eczema I had on my cheek disappeared.
In an unheard of move, I actually went out an replaced both products after I finished them. Correction – I replaced both products BEFORE they were finished, as I had an anxiety attack at the prospect of going without.
Now, I will admit that Darphin is not readily availably in my city and unfortunately, the Darphin site does not ship to Canada. Very unfair!! I eventually found the entire line at Shoppers Drug Mart’s beauty Boutique (a godsend). I happily forked over the $94 for the gel-oil cream (ouch) and $105.00 for the serum (double ouch), but hey – this face is worth it.
What are your go-to miracle face products? Please share in the comments! I LOVE reading about this stuff!
*Thank you to Darphin for providing press samples in exchange for my honest opinion. To my readers – I mean it…this moisturizer and serum is so good that I went broke replacing them out of my own pocket.