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Sisley Skinleya Anti-aging Foundation- reviewed and rejected

November 10, 2011 Reviewed by Marta 5 Comments
Hot on the heels of my recent Five Best foundations roundup, I hear about Sisley’s foundation for $190. Now, I am not much of a makeup junkie. But even if I was someone who believed that a good foundation is essential to create the “perfect canvas” for the face, would I stretch to nearly two hundred bucks – my top budget for the best serum I can find? Well, Skinleya is an Anti-Aging Foundation and supposedly it harnesses “all the Sisley skincare expertise”. So perhaps this justifies the price by being a foundation and anti-aging serum in one.

Skinleya Anti-Aging Foundation seems to have been formulated for the 1% with the starting assumption that this demographic has more money then sense. There is nothing that I can see that justifies $90 let alone $190. After wading through a lot of silicone and thickeners, there is a handful of ingredients that could be associated with anti-aging and skincare – and even those are not all terribly convincing.

For example, tourmaline is first up (the 13th ingredient on the list). Its proponents say that it will revitalize the skin, making it appear more radiant and youthful. How it achieves this though requires a stretch of the imagination. Tourmaline crystals supposedly warm as they are rubbed onto skin, they become positively charged on one end and negatively charged on the other. This then increases the absorption of nutrients into the skin or, according to one anti-aging product, the warming effect triggers an increase the production of new collagen.

Physalis is a Sisley favorite and you can also find it in the $750 Sisley Suprema. It has radical scavenging polyssacharides, according to one  study. Rhodochrosite is a mineral that is also supposed to provide UV protection.  You can find that in Mineral Fusion’s shampoo that costs less than $10. It is also in Skin Nutrition’s Cell CPR, which is a serum for $170 (along with about 70 other ingredients most of which are actives) The remaining actives in Skinleya’s Anti-aging Foundation are serviceable but hardly standouts. Oat kernel and wheat have some antioxidant properties, there’s vitamin E and B and exfoliating salix alba. But there on in, its back to bulking agents, silicone and preservatives.

Sorry Sisley, but not even the “professional foundation brush” you’ve thrown in would persuade me to buy this.

Ingredients: Water, cyclopentasiloxane, caprylyl methicone, dimethicone, isodecyl neopentanoate, glycerin, lauryl peg-8 dimethicone, methyl methacrylate crosspolymer, dicaprylyl carbonate, hydroxyethyl acrylate/sodium acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer, dimethicone crosspolymer, tourmaline, panthenol, tocopheryl acetate, bisabolol, oat kernel extract, physalis alkekengi calyx extract, prunus serrulata extract, retinyl palmitate, adenosine, salix alba leaf extract, wheat seed extract, rhodochrosite extract, dimethiconol, isostearyl sebacate, stearalkonium hectorite, tetrasodium edta, propylene carbonate, citric acid, disodium stearoyl glutamate, caprylic/capric tryglyceride, aluminum hydroxide, sodium citrate, fragrance, phenoxyethanol, methylisothiazoulmone, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, tocopherol, may contain titanium dioxide, iron oxides
  • February 5, 2015

    by Sonia

    I had a sample of this product..absolutely beautiful sheer and smooth on the skin
    And I have tried some very good brands over the years...expensive...but I will buy this product.
    I have over time tried the prep products of other manufacturers but keep going back to Sisley.I have no reaction to the pure product and my skin is good.I use 4 items from the range and stick to them thereby not wasting money trying .

  • September 4, 2013

    by Kristi

    Bar none, hands down Sisley is the best make-up I've ever put on my face in 42 years of life. I use their Skinleya foundation, mascara, eyeliner and eye shadows. People NEVER before have I put something on my face in the a.m. and still had it look fresh, uncreased, unsmeared and perfect through the night! I wish it were not true given the price point but, unfortunately this make-up has found its way to my heart. Omit a few stupid fashion purchases a year and one fancy dinner and you've made up the difference. I read a lot of negative reviews after I made my first purchase of this make-up in April of 2013 and about died when they gave me the total of my purchases. After using it through a humid, make-up testing Summer I've decided that mostly negative people take the time to post and accordingly, most posts are negative. Make your life easier and your make-up bag in your purse lighter and use some Sisley people!

  • November 23, 2011

    by Miss Cake Baker

    I think what you maybe fail to understand in just looking at an ingredient list is that some products have better quality ingredients than others. Of course you can find Rhodochrosite in a cheaper product like you can find Chamomile in an expensive and cheaper offer. However if I use Chamomile as an example you'll find that it is only the flower which is active. A $2 shampoo can contain Chamomile but it will probably use a very cheap part such as the stalk which has very minimal active properties. It can still call itself a Chamomile containing shampoo though.

  • November 17, 2011

    by Marta

    Actually I did read reviews and they weren't very convincing. Here's one that comes first if you google the name of the product plus the word "review"
    And yes, when I am considering whether to buy something, I look closely at the ingredients first. If the product passes that test then I would try it. This one didn't.

  • November 14, 2011

    by aces

    So you didn't even try it or read stories about people who have actually used it ?
    That's why your blog is annoying and grating.
    Time and time again you base your reviews on
    reading ingredients.
    Big whoop.

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