17 November, 2014 What’s New: A-Derma Skincare
I think I’ve developed an unhealthy obsession with French Pharmacy skincare products. The combination of an affordable price-point and incredible efficacy makes this niche in the beauty market one that is steadily growing in popularity. In the UK, the best place to purchase French Pharmacy brands is the Escentual online store. Their website holds a special place in my heart, as their customer service is brilliant, their weekly blog post featuring product reviews and spotlight articles on ingredients and brands is articulate and concise, and they sell a huge range of affordable brands and products.
A couple of weeks ago, Escentual sent me three products from A-Derma, a French Pharmacy brand developed by the same laboratories as Pierre Fabre. The package including the Nutrialba Nourishing Cream, the Hydralba Light Hydrating Cream with SPF20, and the Sensifluid Cleansing Micellar Water.
Each of these products are targeted at dry-sensitive skin types, and if you’re regular reader of Making It Up, you’ll know I’m typically oily with hardly any dry areas, and a little sensitivity. However, I have been noticing recently some pesky dry patches near my eyes and chin, probably brought on by the cold and the wind. The range claims to provide a comfortable barrier for irritated skin, and immediately soothe discomfort brought on by harsh weather and skincare products that strip the skin of oil and moisture.
I started off my two-week trial of the samples with the Nutrialba Nourishing Cream. This is the product I was the most skeptical of, as the ingredients listed shea butter as a main ingredient, and I didn’t think this would work well with my oily skin. I applied this after removing all my makeup and applying eye cream and a light oil-regulating serum, and used the spatula provided to massage a pea-size blob all over my face. This cream has a light, almost whipped texture that’s so easy to apply to skin. It sunk in immediately and left a satin finish that didn’t feel greasy or heavy at all. My skin definitely looked plumper and healthier once I had massaged it in, but it didn’t have a dewy glow – something I really appreciate, as dewiness just doesn’t suit me! For me this was perfect as a night-time moisturiser, but for drier skin types, this would be brilliant as an everyday moisturiser and makeup base. Buy here for £18 (reduced from £20).
Next up is the gorgeous Hydralba Light Hydrating Cream with SPF 20. This is the product I’ve been looking for – a light, fresh moisturiser that works as a primer or makeup base with a decent amount of sun protection. This is a liquid texture that dries down to a matte finish, but feels very nourishing on the skin. I love this under makeup or on it’s own on minimal makeup days, and think this would be perfect across a range of skin types. Buy here for £13.05 (reduced from £14.50).
The last product is a welcome addition to my skincare collection, and it’s the Sensifluid Cleansing Micellar Water. I’m running dangerously low on a huge 500ml bottle of Bioderma Sensibio H20, so it was nice to add this to my makeup removing routine and see which product performed better. This micellar water removed waterproof and heavy eye makeup super quickly, didn’t sting or irritate my eyes at all, and didn’t leave a sticky feeling which I often find with other micellar waters, such as the Garnier one I’ve blogged about before in this blog post. The consistency is light and watery, but it feels almost creamy upon contact with my skin – something I enjoyed after an entire day with a full face of makeup on. I’d definitely recommend this makeup remover if you have sensitive, easily-irritated skin, as it feels more gentle than the Bioderma and Garnier offerings. At £11.70 (reduced from £13) it’s more expensive than a 250ml bottle of Bioderma Sensibio H20, but I do think you get what you pay for. Buy here.
You can view the entire A-Derma range stocked exclusively at Escentual here.
What do you think of these products? Have you tried any skincare from A-Derma or Escentual? I’d love to know your thoughts, questions, suggestions and recommendations, so please leave them in the comments section below!
Have a wonderful week!