Monday, 18 August 2014

Sisley Black Rose | Do Expensive Creams Actually Work?

This is the Black Rose Cream Face Mask* from the French luxury brand, Sisley. It's fairly well known for being a cult beauty product but it's also very expensive. This 60ml tube costs £95.50 from Urban Retreat - a fantastic site for luxury brands and hard-to-find items. They stock lots of products from the Sisley range and kindly asked if I would like to try out something.

I'm the sort of person who always appreciates a bargain, but I'm prepared to spend a little more when it comes to skincare and cosmetics. It was such a treat to be able to try out this product - something I'd never normally be able to afford. The cream mask is marketed as an 'Instant Youth' product. At 22 I'm not thinking about anti-ageing just yet, but it was the other promises I was interested in, 'smoothing, plumping and brightening'. Because all skin can become dull and bumpy, no matter what your age.

The face mask is a medium thickness formula, that's beautifully smooth and smells just like rose water. The smell is not overpowering, which I prefer in skincare products, it's light and fresh. The instructions state to apply a generous amount all over the face avoiding the eye area, leave for 10-15 minutes and then wipe away and excess. This is not a face mask that dries hard or requires washing off. To me it felt just like a thick moisturiser that sank slowly into the skin. After 15 minutes my skin felt quite tacky so I took a damp cotton ball and removed any extra product that had not soaked into the skin. 

After using this face mask a few times this week I can say that there is small improvement in the way my skin feels. It's softer and seems more hydrated. Using this mask also feels like a real luxury spa-treatment, so I imagine it's the perfect way to start off a relaxing weekend or to use before an important event. But overall I've not been wowed by the Black Rose Cream Mask. It's a luxurious treatment which smells amazing and leaves my skin feeling refreshed - but it hasn't changed the appearance of my skin all that much. I haven't noticed any plumping or brightening. I haven't been convinced to purchase a second tube. 

The Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask gets a 3 out of 5 from me. At a lower price tag a score of 3/5 means I would possibly re-purchase but as this mask is so expensive I can't see it popping up on my shopping list anytime soon.

This may be one of those cult products that works for women (and men) with slightly older skin. And I can see it being a savior for those with dry and flaky skin, but my skin is normal-oily. I'm going to continue to use it now and again (for special occasions) and hopefully reap the benefits with extended use. I'll get back to you on whether I see any vital improvements. Has anyone else tried the Sisley Black Rose Cream? Did it live up to it's reputation and is it really worth the money?

On a side note, Urban Retreat is new to me, their website is simply lovely. They stock all kinds of high-end brands and sell items I've only ever heard people talk about (never actually seen on the shelves) so if you're looking to treat yourself or add items to a birthday wish list, check them out.



  1. I have a one-use sample of this and have been keeping it for a special pamper time (I'm not sure why I keep the expensive samples so long instead of just using them). I do think this may be a product that works really well for older women, but not early twenties.

  2. hardly see face masks with that color tho!
    looks great!

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  3. I can't believe that costs £95!! I really think that products that expensive are just a fad, I don't mind splashing out on a good product once in a while, but I don't believe a product that expensive would be any better than one costing around £40! Cute packaging though aha!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

  4. I can't believe that costs £95!! I really think that products that expensive are just a fad, I don't mind splashing out on a good product once in a while, but I don't believe a product that expensive would be any better than one costing around £40! Cute packaging though aha!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

  5. This cream sounds like it was a slight disappointment, I find a lot of creams make my skin feel and look more hydrated and more radiant but I would expect much more from such an expensive cream. Perhaps with prolonged use it's more effective but so many products are doing so much in less time so I don't think I'd be buying this form Sisley!

  6. I would love to try this out as I have extrememly dry skin so hopefully it would work for me, but at £95 I don't think I'll ever be able to!

    - Natalie
    Couttiepie | A Fashion and Lifestyle Blog |

  7. I got a small tube of this in my xmas beauty advent calendar and after using it I wouldn't spend £95 purchasing the full size. I found it so similar to the origins intensive mask which is a fraction of the cost X

    Zandra // AZTEC DOLL Fashion & Beauty Blog

  8. There are so many good products with rose extract which are even much better than this and in much cheaper.
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