Thursday, May 4th, 2017
I take forever to review products because I am literally the worst. HA!
This Darphin Redness Relief trio made its way into my stocking this past Christmas, and I’ve been testing it on and off since then. I like these little travel sized kits because it gives you enough product to really try it out before committing to a full sized container, and personally I find those plastic sample containers they fill at Sephora a little… unhygienic?
Also, you can travel with these. #captainobvious
First up, the reason why I was intrigued by the kit to begin with: the serum. My existing serum is quite pricy, and the USD/CDN exchange is making it even more so now. I’d like to find something that works well before I run out of my current stash.
This serum is considerably thinner than I’m used to. It’s actually quite watery, so I found I got more of it on my fingers than on my face. I’m used to pumping products onto my finger tips though, so maybe this is supposed to be pumped onto the palm instead?
I made the mistake of trying to apply it to dry skin the first time, and found it quite difficult to spread. It works much easier on damp skin. More rigorous skincare users are probably thinking “No shit Sherlock.”
I found it sinks into the skin quite quickly, and didn’t leave a tacky finish. It does have a very heady floral scent, so if you’re not big on that I’d suggest giving this a pass.
Some people don’t like oils, but personally I generally do. This one is meant to be added as a night treatment.
I found this one had a strong woody scent the first time I tried it. It seemed a little odd given that it’s labelled as chamomile aromatic care, but sandalwood oil is listed towards the end of the ingredients… right next to the chamomile. Sunflower, jojoba, sesame, sweet almond, lavender, bergamot, and sage oil all listed higher on the ingredients list, but sure, call it a chamomile treatment.
After applying this I found I could still feel lit hanging around on my skin, and not really in a nice way. Not really my cup of tea.
This one obviously smoothed on easily with the oil on my skin. Without the oil it works better if you pat it on first and then smooth it in afterwards (another Sherlock moment).
This one takes a minute to sink in, but once it does it leaves a nice powdery finish on the skin. It does also have a very heady floral scent as well though. Like, the moisturizer is sunk in but I smell flowers when I’m drinking my coffee type floral.
Do I see myself buying full versions of these? Probably not.
I like the brand, and these products do seem to agree with my skin, but the floral scent is just too strong for me. I’m glad I tried them, and they’ve been handy to have on hand when my skin is feeling dry, but I think the serum hunt is going to continue.
Have you tried these before? What did you think? What do you use? Any recommendations?