Sisley Brand Review: A $2,000 Skincare Routine

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Luxury skincare is about the texture or feel of the product, the expensive packaging, and spa-like fragrances. You'd expect that with a hefty price tag, there will be mind-blowing results. But that is not always the case, and sometimes you find that out the annoying way: by shelling out the cash and the product does nothing for you.

On the flip side, the product can be so good that it's almost painful to have to keep re-purchasing it to maintain those results. Luxury products are nice to have, but BY NO MEANS do you have to spend so much to achieve good skin.

Sisley is one of the most high-end, luxurious brands on the market. There is something so elegant about using their products, and almost ritualistic. I came across the Sisley Paris Spa while in Paris and was lured in by the sophisticated facade, soft lights, and the chic French aestheticians. I left with some gems, but also acquired products over several months.

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As a whole, their products are gentle and comfortable to have on. Sisley is for "good skin." Meaning, if you have major skin concerns (blackheads, texture, acne), Sisley ingredients aren't potent enough. Their composition are mostly botanicals and extracts. One thing that I found that Sisley EXCELS in is their anti-aging products. They certainly deliver plump, fresh, glowing, youthful looking skin.

Here's a tip: if you are interested in ANY of Sisley's products, know that they DO GO BAD. The products are good for about 3-6 months. This isn't necessarily a bad thing. Their ingredients are natural, and have limited preservatives. So make sure to use it if you invest!

Read on to see my full brand review of products that have become staples in my routine, and ones that I wouldn't recommend (and actually prefer more affordable alternatives).

Botanical  D-Tox - $250

Instructions state to use every night to detox the skin. After multiple consecutive uses, my pores appeared smaller. Once I stopped, results reversed. Keep in mind, results are only contingent on repurchasing this pricey product.

Would I repurchase? No. I much prefer chemical exfoliators and stronger toners to brighten my skin and help with texture and help with dark spots. This wasn't a stand out product.

Hydra-Global Serum - $275

This is one of the better anti-aging products Sisley has to offer. The combination of extracts truly delivers. I have less fine lines around my eyes. My skin is firm, and lifted. It is a smooth gel texture, with no fragrance. This one is great for any skin type that needs extra revitalization.

Would I repurchase? The price is preventing me from repurchasing after I finish it. I'll see how long the results last until I can't go without it any longer!

Express Flower Gel - $144

The instructions say to tissue off the remainder, but I leave it and let it sink into my skin. The results were nice. My skin did look even in the morning, and definitely moisturized and soft. It is thin, gel-like, non-sticky, and has no fragrance. This isn’t my top Sisley mask. It is incredibly hydrating, but doesn't do anything that a more affordable moisturizer wouldn't.

Would I repurchase? No. I wasn't enamored with the results. A comparable product is the Belif Aqua Bomb.

Buff and Wash Facial Gel - $123

This is one of the most gentle physical exfoliants I've used. It has a fresh, slightly citrus scent that deeply cleans congested pores. It is gritty, but soft because of the soothing gel vehicle. 

Would I repurchase? Yes, already have! I enjoy a physical exfoliant for days that I need an intense wash. It doesn't feel like sandpaper, doesn't strip your skin, and doesn't feel dry after use. It is gentle enough for a morning exfoliation.

Cleansing Milk with Sage - $155

I am always looking to find a cleanser that isn’t stripping, doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight and dry, makes me feel CLEAN, and doesn’t burn my eyes. I use 2 pumps and it removes remaining mascara without stinging my eyes. It is soft and perfect for a double cleanse routine. It's great for the sensitive type. I don't recommend using it with a cleansing device. 

Would I repurchase? Yes. This cleanser hits all the marks for me. It has a baby powder-like scent, but fancier.

Black Rose Cream Mask - $166

This is Sisley's hero product. It is my absolute favorite item from the brand. I leave it on as a thick, overnight mask. The scent is divine. I woke up looking glowing, refreshed, healthy, moisturized, etc. I wish there was much product, but I like that it is in a tube (more hygienic).

Would I repurchase? Yes. Definitely. This doesn't resurface your skin and doesn't target breakouts or texture. It's perfect for anti-aging and to help the look of sallow, dull, tired uneven skin.

Restorative Facial Cream with Shea Butter Day and Night - $195

Good for night use, not for morning. It is too thick for a day moisturizer for me. My makeup would melt off. But, it really is restorative. If I had marks or scabs from a breakout (or me picking at my skin), they were less red and raw in the morning. Using this during my nighttime routine gave me that “at home spa” that I indulge in. It has a gentle scent and a buttery feel. 

Would I repurchase? No. I could achieve these benefits from a less expensive product with shea butter as an ingredient. There are similar face moisturizers that are just as nourishing and affordable.

Black Rose Precious Facial Oil - $240

You can’t find gravity...signs of aging will occur. This is another product that you need to consistently use to see actual results. For an oil, it is lightweight and absorbed nicely. The scent is rich, and the glow is instant after application. However, when it comes to anti-aging, lifestyle, reducing stress, sleep, and water prevents a tired, sallow look more than any facial product. 

Would I repurchase? I don't like facial oils, and this is strictly a matter of preference. I have oily skin and would never use an oil in the morning. When used in the evening, it is like a luxurious ritual.

Eye and Lip Contour Balm - $144

Although it is moisturizing under the eyes and my concealer glides right on after use, the texture is like petroleum jelly. It almost felt like water, and went bad real quick. It really did nothing for my lips. It was slippy and faded so quickly.

Would I repurchase? This one is a hard pass. The price is insane for a moisturizing jelly. It smells like nothing. I am certain there is a product out there that is a fraction of the price, and performs way better.

Moisturizer with Cucumber - $179

This is a very thick moisturizer. I prefer a gel texture based on my skin type. It took a while for it to sink into my skin and I wouldn’t wear it before makeup (again, oily skin woes). It sits on the skin, but of course smells lovely. 

Would I repurchase? No. Too expensive and too heavy/rich of a texture. This would be better for very dry, dehydrated skin. Not my favorite.