4 April 2016


A few months back while I was still at the hospital Sisley Paris launched their new spring / summer 2015 collection, and I had big intentions of writing about these new products. But the sheer stress of such a sick baby meant that although I really tried whenever I had a few spare minutes as it was a great way of distracting myself, I just count concentrate. So hence the delay, so with further ado, the Sisley Paris Spring / Summer Collection...

This Sisley makeup collection has been inspired by the bright colours of an Indian Summer - and as it is now in fact autumn here, and I've sadly missed basically spring all together being 'locked' up at the hospital, here's hoping that summer will in fact kick on a little longer this year and we will get a so called Indian Summer.

The collection contains among others the Phyto-Touche Illuminator, Phyto-Ombre Eclat, Phyto-Mascara Ultra Stretch, So intense Fortifying Eyeliner, and Phyto-Lip Shine in Sheer Peach..

The Sisley Phyto-Touche Illuminator is a sun glow gel-powder that both illuminates and unifies the complexion while giving it a nice glow as if you've just come back from a relaxing beach holiday. The powder is so finely milled and the pigments of such a high quality that a small sweep is all it takes for a natural looking sun-kissed glow. And the shade is just perfect on my medium beige skin. And what's more is that it feels so beautiful on the skin, or that is, you can hardly tell its there. Perfect for sweeping over cheekbones as well as décolleté and shoulders. It contains among others extracts of gardenia and wood mallow to soften and protect the skin while linden blossom protects the skin. It comes in the most stunning silver compact with a mirror inside the lid and it has the most gorgeous design. This may be designed for summer, but personally I'll be using it throughout winter too to hang on to a touch of summer glow!

The Sisley Phyto-Ombre Eclat is a mono eyeshadow that is available in a massive 20 different shades and finishes. The eye shadows have been enriched with extracts of green tea, white lily, and camelia to protect and soften the delicate epidermis of the eyelids, and of course they are so gentle that they can be used even by those with sensitive skin or wearers of contact lenses.

The shade Mango is a warm luminous peach shade that adds warmth to the skin, and it looks amazing on its own for a quick simple look, but is equally beautiful when layered with other colours, either toned down for a day-time look or with darker shades for a more intense evening look. The shadows can be used both dry or wet, where you will achieve a more intense result when using it wet. Personally I usually use it dry and on its own - but that for the simple reason that I've got two little boys that keeps me busy, and secondly, these boys usually means that nights are spent on the couch, so its all about simple and casual day-time wear for me. The eye shadow is so soft and easy to apply and as I do have sensitive eyes I love that there is next to no fall out that can irritate my eyes. And a quick sweep is enough to give my lids the desired touch of colour that stays put all day without fading, sliding or settling into fine lines or creases. I love this and will definitely have to add a few more shades to make it a collection!

This Sisley Phyto-Mascara Stretch is designed to longer curled lashes, without wearing them down, or making them look clumpy. In fact, the large brush easily cover even the shortest of lashes and quickly separates them for an even look. And it does so all while strengthening and protecting the lashes thanks to containing ingredients such as rice phytoceramides, which strengthens the lash structure and makes the lashes more resistant, pro-vitamin B5 to leave the lashes smooth and subtle, as well as natural waxes, castor plant and wheat proteins to lengthen, separate, restore suppleness and smooth the lashes. And while the mascara doesn't claim to be waterproof, it stays put all day, without flaking, running or smudging, even on my sensitive eyes that easily water throughout the day. Unlike other mascaras which usually clump the lashes together as you end up over-applying, almost until the mascara is empty, I love that this Phyto-Mascara is perfect from the very first use, leaving my lashes clearly longer and with a touch of a curl (although a lash curler is still needed for full curl) which is more than sufficient for my daily need - and without my lashes feel stiff or dry, rather they've got a beautiful black glossy sheen. At $75 this is not a cheap mascara, but I do enjoy using it on my sensitive eyes, and love the fact that it cares for and treats my lashes at the same time.

The Sisley Phyto-Lip Shine is no ordinary lipstick. Rather it is a treatment lipstick that contains among others kokum and mango butters to help hydrate, protect and provide comfort for the lips while sheer polymers create a smoothing and plumping effect for the lips. And the lipstick really to feel incredible on the lips. It is so soft and creamy that it feels more like a lip balm than a lipstick. The shade Sheer Peach is as the name suggest a pale peach shade that adds the most delicate shimmery pale peach shade to your lips. The shade is a little paler than I would usually pick, but that said, is such a beautiful shade that is perfect for those 'no makeup' days to use in stead of said lipbalm, or when you simply want to play down your lips. Being such a pale shade, the actual tint doesn't seem to last as long as the darker shades from the range (there are massive 16 colours available), but even when it has worn off, the lips feel so soft and moisturised. As with other Sisley products I love that this is not just an ordinary lipstick, but a little more thought and care has been put into it so that it actually also cares and treats your lips while you wear it. A must try product!

I always wear liquid eyeliner and has for as long as I can remember, and have over the years come across quite a few amazing eyeliners. But this Sisley So Intense Eyeliner has instantly jumped to the top of the list! The felt tip makes it incredibly easy to draw a line, be it thin or thick, and with an intense black matte finish that dries within seconds. And it stays put all day without fading, smudging or flaking. I also love that the eye liner has been enriched with wild rose, gardenia and cornflower extracts, which combine will help protect your lashes while soothing the skin and ensure eyelids do not dry out. But what's more, is that it also contains arginine which provides nutrients to the lashes to help them grow optimally. This is without a doubt the most expensive eyeliner that I've ever tried or used, and frankly I doubted that it could be worth the extra spend - but I have to say that it really is so incredibly easy to reply, and I love the fact that it not only wears and looks great, it combines skincare benefits too, which makes it worth every cent!

Sisley Phyto-Touche Illuminator RRP: $120
Sisley Phyto-Ombre Eclat RRP: $55
Sisley Phyto-Mascara Ultra Stretch $70
Sisley Phyto-Lip Shine RRP: 50
Sisley So Intense Fortifying Eyeliner RRP: $72

Available from David Jones and Sisley Counters and Sisley Paris Online 

* Some products may have been kindly provided for consideration, and have reviewed in accordance with my Disclosure Policy.

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