This is essentially a review of unparalleled performance against 2 fundamental disadvantages which prevent me from using the product to its full potential.
The product cost me £65 and comes in a compact silver twist up stick (2.3 grams). The product claims to “stimulate collagen production, increases blood flow, lessens dark circles, smooth fine lines, blurs blemishes and tightens pores within a week of once–daily use”. It contains Retinol, to “smooth and plump wrinkles from deep below the skin's surface, stimulating collagen cell rejuvenation and bringing elasticity back to skin”. The Syntoc Actif delivery technology is meant to deliver actives more efficiently and effectively, so the Retinol penetrates the deepest layer of the skin.
I bought this to use an an under eye concealer rather than face concealer as it contains sodium chloride (which is my number one ingredient for causing me acne). I have been using this at least 5 days a week for nearly a month and although I would not say my dark circles are lighter I would say the area looks a bit smoother. This product has a beautiful creamy but not slippery texture, it does not apply dry, does not highlight lines and lasts well.
There is one major problem for me, and that is the colour.The corrector comes in two shades, I choose the lighter one and it is about two shades too dark for my under eye area. It makes it difficult to access its coverage but I would say its medium but buildable. To make it wearable I have to blend in my By Terry to lighten it and this may well have reduced the effects I would see if using the product alone.
Here are swatches, my wrist is a bit lighter than my face but I think you can see that it would be too dark, I've put it against two of my other concealers to compare. L-R: MAC Pro Longwear Concealer NW15, Le Metier Peau Vierge complexion corrector Frais, Edward Bess Platinum Concealer Ivory Nude.
As I was so impressed with the texture I did the one thing an acne sufferer should never do and that's use a product containing one of your trigger ingredients on an area you are prone to breaking out (this for me is everywhere but my under eye area unfortunately). I started using it on the area between my eyebrows, and then ventured onto my forehead, with careful application and blending the colour was just about wearable as long as I balanced out the rest of my face.
This is the best concealer I have used on my face, pores are a major issue for me but this concealer cancels them out, the coverage is almost flawless, yet natural. Furthermore it improved the texture, the area looked smoother and the pores less noticeable. I think I could have cried when I started breaking out, it was inevitable but I really didn’t want to give this up as the effects were so good. If it wasn’t for the salt and colour I would be putting this over my entire face!
Here are the ingredients:
It seems somewhat conflicting to be recommending a product that has these two drawbacks, but I think the majority of people do not have the same reaction to salt as I do and are not as pale as me. I am starting to see more reviews where people are impressed by the Peau Vierge range so I really hope they expand on the colour selection as I would definitely re-buy this for my eye area if it came in a lighter shade.
I bought this from Selfridges.