If you are a beauty junkie, chances are that you must be familiar with Sisley Paris. This iconic French beauty brand (which ranks No 2 in skincare among all skincare brands in France), is best known for its plant-based, results-driven, approach. A family-run brand, it was in 1976 that founder Hubert d’Ornano along with his wife Isabella, created Sisley with the intention of building a line of skincare and makeup products based on plant-based active ingredients – d’Ornano was a visionary who knew that the future of cosmetics was in plants. Now with three generations of the family involved, Sisely Paris remains rooted in green chemistry. And the good news? It’s now launching in India.
Stars like Gwyneth Paltrow, Monica Bellucci, January Jones, and Madonna are its staunch followers, and this just the tip of the iceberg. Once Nicolas Chesnier, Regional Managing Director Asia Pacific, was asked who uses Sisley from Hollywood. His list ran into reams of pages. Such loyalty can be attributed to brand’s commitment to quality, safety, and efficacy. A waiting list to get the most anticipated anti-aging cream sounds far-fetched, right? But it was a reality two decade ago, when Sisley’s Global Anti-Age cream was released. It addressed signs of ageing brought on by genetic and environmental factors. When most anti-ageing creams had 10 active ingredients, this one had 50. The latest from the brand is Sisleya L’Integral Anti-Age, which adds eight more ingredients to the Global Anti-Age and also takes into account, behavioral aging linked to lifestyle, and emotions like grief, pain, stress, lack of sleep, diet, and lifestyle habits.
Unlike other brands, Sisley is picky about its new launches. The brand is willing to wait for years, investing time in figuring out the best skin compatible ingredients and working on the most effective formulas, rather than release a new product every season. “In our labs, we have a rule. If we have a product that’s good, we don’t release it. For us to launch it, the products and its results have to be proven exceptional,” informs Chesnier. “Generally, if you are more efficient, you can be less well tolerated and vice versa… but Sisley is about going over this equation: Sisley is about being excellent both in results and in tolerance and of course high on pleasure as well,” he adds.
Organic and wildcrafted, buzzwords among the beauty conscious, have been the guiding codes of Sisley since its inception (the brand refrains from labeling itself organic as many of their ingredients are wild-harvested). The lines between their makeup and skincare categories are blurred since their colour cosmetics also have skincare benefits, thanks to the generous presence of nourishing oils, herbs, and active botanicals.
Besides the skincare and makeup, the brand also has artisanal fragrances. The compositions are timeless classics, and till date none of them have been discontinued. Take for instance Eau du Soir, created privately by Hubert for his wife before it was released for sale. This floral, woody chypre still continues to be one of the brand’s top sellers.
Here’s a list of Sisley products that will work best for the Indian skin.
Sisley Eye and Lip Contour Cream
Enriched with acacia, lindera, and soy peptide extract, this takes care of the most sensitive parts of the face by reducing the appearance of fine lines around the eyes and lip area.
Sisley Ecological Compound
A botanical cocktail of Centella Asiatica, ginseng, rosemary, and horsetail works to hydrate the skin. With an added benefit of fighting environmental stress, this is more than your regular moisturiser. It is the backbone of your every skincare routine.
Sisley Black Rose Mask
Blended with rare black rose extract, it is a global favourite thanks to its smoothing and hydrating properties.
Le Phyto Rouge Delhi
Named after the capital city of India, this lipstick is a beautiful hybrid of pink and red, which promises to complement all skin types. Watch out for the unique hexagonal bullet which aids in precise application. And the texture is alluringly velvety and super-hydrating.
Sisley Izia Perfume
Rose wrapped in fresh bergamot and pink pepper, the base notes of amber, cedar, and musk, makes this fresh-floral composition long-lasting.
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