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Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Skincare: Dabbling with Decléor

It's been a while since my last skincare update, but the main shape of the routine has stayed consistent. However, this past winter in London has been so particularly bitter -- I think they officially dubbed it the coldest in a hundred years -- that I jumped at the chance to try some products by Decléor, mainly from their iris range, their richest, aimed at mature skin.


The set contains good sizes of a cleansing duo (75ml each) and a skincare trio, consisting of an oil serum (5ml), a rich day cream (15ml) and a night balm (5ml), enough even for a profligate slatherer like me to give them a good whirl over a month, used individually and together as an proper 'routine'.

Cleanse
okay...maybe I didn't think the skincare swatch concept though.... 
The cleansing milk is a light gel-cream, meant to be massaged onto your made-up or otherwise begrimed face, and then wiped off with damp cottons, before application of the toner (basically the texture of rosewater) to remove the last of the residue and prep the face.  Both products are free of alcohol but strongly scented. The cleansing milk actually proved to be very efficient at removing makeup (including waterproof eyeliners and mascaras) -- the equal of Bioderma Crealine -- and more surprisingly still, did not irritate my eyes, even when rubbed (eek) into my lashline. The toner didn't do anything for me used as a separate step (I am a fan of Japanese 'lotions' and expect this step to pull its weight), but I used it (saturating Muji peelable cottons) to remove the cleanser, and it felt posher than tapwater :P

Ingredients

I wouldn't purchase either of these products in future, as my skin can't deal with as much regular physical agitation (wiping) as they require; back to my trusty rinse-off Fancl cleansing oil and pat-on-with-hands Hada Labo lotion.


Care

The Aromessence Iris oil functions as a serum -- a few drops massaged into skin at morning and night before either the Expérience De L'Âge Rich Cream for day or the Aroma Night Balm for, er, night. Together they promise to improve wrinkles, brightness and firmness.
All three items slotted perfectly into my routine, exactly replacing the REN Omega 3 Night Repair oil/serum, Boots Botanics Organic Super Balm, and Honey Girl Organics Sensitive face cream I'd just finished -- these form the base against which I am judging the performance of the Decléor trio.

The Decléor Iris oil felt much thicker and more viscous than the REN omega 3, so I needed far less -- three drops as opposed to two pumps -- and it also sank in more quickly, with zero tackiness or shine, perhaps because its hazelnut and sunflower base is lighter than REN's coconut derivatives and wheat germ. As well as keeping my skin moisturised, plump and soft, I noticed an additional visible tightening/firming effect with the Iris oil -- my pores looked smaller and my face contours (especially around the nasolabial and double chinny bits) generally neater, while  even a sloppy application after a particularly booze- or crisp filled-night seemed to make my skin look a little less puffy in the morning. The Decléor scent, while stronger than REN's, is also infinitely preferable to my nose -- I get mainly lavender and neroli/jasmine.
Aromessence Iris Ingredients


I'm too young to really talk about the efficacy of Expérience de L'Âge Rich Cream as anti-wrinkle cream per se, but it's certainly moisturising enough to ward off the (cosmetic) fine lines that can develop on my extremely dry skin as the day goes on, especially in cold/windy weather. That itself is a tricky if not impossible feat but this Decléor really excels as a day cream-- outperforming the cheaper, more minimal products I'd been using previously (like the Honey Girl Organics cream, or Avène Trixera+) -- in its cosmetic elegance, its surprisingly light texture (for such an effective moisturiser) instantly setting to a polished satin-matte base with subtle skin-evening and texture-blurring effects to rival most makeup primers out there. 
Expérience de L'Âge Rich Cream Ingredients


Cosmetic elegance isn't remotely a factor in night cream for me, and I actively enjoy applying a good glooping of goo (whether an East Asian 'gelly', a moisturising mask, or a rather more elegant balm, like this Aroma Night Iris balm) to seal in the strata of unguents beneath.... The Decléor is less sticky, feels smoother and more refined and melts into the skin with greater ease than my Boots Botanics Organic Face Balm -- it's a few steps closer to a cream than the traditional solid balms represented by Boots (can get grainy in the jar, requires a good bit of warming up between hands before application) -- but these are just peripheral considerations. Neither product is rich enough to keep my skin moisturised throughout the night; both work well in conjunction with other serums and moisturising creams to let me wake up with soft, plump skin.
The Iris balm looks prettier as a midday touchup on any nose-flakes etc. (i.e. more discrete, less like you've just basically run to the loo to oil your schnoz instead of powdering it in a moment of topsyturveydom) but I've rarely felt the need for boosters since using the Decléor rich day cream; overall, the price difference (£3.99 vs £34.50 for 15ml) makes the Decléor balm a definite luxury.

Aroma Night Iris Ingredients


The surprise winner for me was the day cream -- I've already purchased the full size and am happily (rather than just grudgingly) skipping foundation most days (good thing, too, as I'm far too pale for most of my usual bases right now). A purchase of the full-sized Iris Aromessence oil is also on the cards, since I don't seem to be getting such dramatic results from a diy mix of hazelnut and sunflower oils.


The products in this post were provided for review. My comments reflect my true feelings and have not been edited or pre-approved in any way; I am not compensated for any reviews/posts.

22 comments:

  1. I've always wanted to try something from Decleor because the way people describe it makes it all sound SO lovely! I wonder if there is anything in the line that wouldn't be too rich for/break out my oily, acne-prone skin?!

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    1. lol I had actually been scared off this line for years! I have a few oily acneic friends who love the Ylang-Ylang line :)

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  2. I liked a sample of Decleor's night cream that I had (I don't remember which one) but it was SO fragranced. I just couldn't take products with that many added smells.

    This winter is also killing my skin for some reason, and it's pretty warm here. I don't get it.

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    1. Luckily none of the extracts used in this are ones I'm allergic/sensitive to, but I couldn't use any of the other ranges. Aesthetically I have no issue with the scent -- perfume is much more my hobby than skincare, and it's not strong enough to clash with whatever I choose to wear.

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  3. This is a really in depth review! I am really tempted to try more Decleor after testing out a small trial gift set (recently reviewed on my blog too)... But my stash is too large and Decleor is too pricey as 'accidental purchases'...

    By the way, I need to thank you for linking my blog in your blog roll on the right, I have seen some traffics directed from your blog these recent days!

    Cheers, jacq

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    1. <3 The blogroll is for my personal convenience :) I link you because I read you.

      My skincare stash is tiny/cheap compared to my makeup one, I actually feel like this posher stuff redresses the balance a bit, lol

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  4. excellent review and I love skincare-related posts. I like the sound of the gel-cleansing milk as a multitasker for eyemakeup, and a good oil that smells like delightful neroli/jasmine.

    As for you taking a line that targets on more mature skin than you have? You are right to protect your dry skin and the jury is still undecided if a person should go for skincare their (skin)age or higher, some claiming too many anti-ageing ingredients can make young skin lazy and others claiming to prep and delay ageing. For me this sounds like the perfect line for my age, but I should sample first ;) to see if my dermis gives it a LIKE

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    1. haha, unfortunately allergies/sensitivities pretty much close off the other Decléor lines from me. But I'm v happy with this iris stuff (my favourite flower!)

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  5. Oh yay, I'm so glad to read you're getting on well with the Decleor line in the most part. I've switched from Neroli to the Ylang Ylang essence oil and I'm loving it so far, the smell is incredible and even though it's a tiny bottle, it's going to last for months on end as you only need 3 drops.
    Enjoy lovely xxx

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    1. <3 I did some maths and worked out the Decleor oil would actually last longer than the REN one so it was a no brainer really :D

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  6. Decleor really tempted me for a long time. Then I recently started using their firming body products (Aromessence Sculpt oil and gel-cream) and was hooked. There is some light firming action and my skin is really supple and soft. Also, the scent is just amazing. It's an absolute pleasure to apply it before bed! My skin is oily, so I'm very curious to go for the Ylang-Ylang serum...

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    1. I was really shocked at how noticeable the firming effect was. I am so curious to try the bodycare now -- there are several bits that could do with some firming ;)

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  7. Damn. I may have to try this :) I'm in between skincare right now and while I'd settled on Tatcha for my next line, I keep delaying because of all the various samples I have to use up (also, monies. As in lack thereof).

    Ps am loving the frequency of posts lately!! Love your blog!

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    1. I keep hearing great things about Tatcha lately -- please keep me posted when you've given them a whirl!

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    2. Oh, I have - I was talking about fully committing to the line. I LOVE the enzyme powder - it is completely unlike anything else I've tried. Their cleanser is a bit lighter than the Shu regular cleansing oil. The moisturizers are definitely on the lighter side, but the ageless one is just enough for my dry skin (it stays moist for a while after, I find). Sample set is pretty good for trying out the line :)

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    3. Ahaha, the concept of committing fully to a line is not on my radar, evidently XD
      I really do love a company with a good sampling program!

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  8. I was wondering what eye cream you're using now? I tried to get the Korres one you mentioned in your last blog post, but I think it's discontinued :(. Are you going to fall back on the sisley one or are you trying something else out?

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    1. Unfortunately I've finished trying all the other Korres ones (mini reviews to come) and have crawled back to Sisley for now :/
      I may try Shiseido Benefiance next, but that's quite expensive too :(

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  9. I think you do a fine line in skincare reviews Kate, and enjoy your take on products immensely. I like Decleor, mainly for its cheery yellow packaging!

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    1. <3 psychological benefits should never be underestimated! I am very fond of dropper bottles, myself.

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  10. I love that you've swatched the skincare. I will be expecting swatches of all skincare products you review from now on! >.<

    I've never tried Decléor, but hearing about skincare is always excellent since I have such picky, hard to treat skin.

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  11. Wiping off makeup daily is such a no-no for me. Your skin would feel sore! I am most def a cleansing oil fan. The oil serum looks interesting for winter.

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