Diptyque do skincare? The candle creators have finally turned their hand to complexions and the five-product strong range is quite the mixed bag. They researched the skincare routines of people all around the world to think-up a range that could be cherry picked so that there was something for everyone and I have to say though it’s a small offering to start with, it’s pretty comprehensive. There are some risky textures, a dedication to natural extracts where possible and some multi-tasking formulas that I haven’t seen before. It’s something a little different. Two things to point out before we begin though; one – the packaging it beautiful (as expected) and two – it’s pricey (again, as expected) with the RRP’s starting at £35 and going up to £45. So after a good test, here are my loves, likes and leaves:
THE LOVES: The one product that has managed to score itself a full-time place on my bathroom shelf for the past month is the Infused Facial Water. Containing 84% Damask Rose – it smells awesome. It’s just a good all-rounder. I’ve been using it as a toning step post-cleanse, pre-serum, but it can be used in the morning on its own as a cleanser to prep the complexion for what’s to come.
THE LIKES: I expected to love the Nourishing Cleansing Balm for the Face; and though I can accept it’s an on-point formula, it sits in the middle as a so-so offering. It has a very thick texture which would make this a good balm-choice for dry skinned candidates, but for me I’m just in such a deep Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel moment I can’t fully appreciate the Diptyque offering right now. The moisturiser of the range is a good’un too – the Protective Moisturising Lotion SPF15. With a concoction of ingredients including our favourite Hyaluronic Acid, to brighten and hydrate it leaves quite a matte finish to the skin and primes it perfectly for makeup. It’s just a shame there’s not a night-appropriate moisturiser too.
THE LEAVES: I have to say I’m not a fan of the Radiance Boosting Powder for the Face, which is one of the more ‘out there‘ products from the range. A clay-based powder that turns cleansing liquid when mixed with water and foamed up with the circular sponge provided supposedly acts as a cleansing step in your regime, but I just find the whole process a bit too faffy for my tastes. It does cleanse well without using an oily texture so it’s perhaps one for greasy gals to trial, but you know me - I like my glow. The other product I wasn’t too wowed by was their Multi-Use Exfoliating Clay; which can be applied and left for 10 minutes like a traditional mask or mixed with a splash of water to eke out its exfoliating qualities. I’ve used this on a few occasions and though it did leave my skin feeling soft post-use, it’s also extremely pricey (£44 to be exact) and I reckon there are much more purse-friendly formulas out there that do a similar task.
If your interest has been piqued the range is available now from Diptyque stores and will launch into Space NK’s with dedicated Diptyque stands sometime mid-March. It’s always nice to witness a brand branch out, but for me? I’ll just be sticking to my way too often restocks of their Candle in Figuier thank you very much.