I do rather have a soft spot for Sisley products, specifically their face powders. I have a bronzer, a setting powder and blush. All of them are very high quality and give a very natural finish that I find quite effortless – their products are not unnecessarily soft, they’re quite hard powders but because of this, there’s no danger of over applying and they seem to last for ever.
So…I was interested in trying this product, the Sisley Phyto-Blanc Lightening Compact Foundation, created for to Asian market (which is full of whitening/brightening skincare and cosmetic products).
This foundation is designed to work well with the Phyto-Blanc skincare range to give brighter looking skin. It contains liquorice extract to help regain radiant and luminous skin. It has a SPF20 and is for all skin types, with a medium courage and natural finish.
It comes in 3 shades only (White Petal, White Porcelain and White Shell) which are light to slightly medium yellow based tones (remember this was created for the South East Asian market, hence the limited shade choices).
This powder comes in a white case which is plastic but decent feeling and has a holographic S on the front. I quite like this design and I don’t usually go for white packaging – Chanel and Dior, in fact all the major brands use white casing for their brightening ranges so this is expected.
All Sisley powders come in these elongated cases, that open vertically. I quite like it – it feels chic and quite compact, even if in reality it’s the same as a case that opens widthways – compared to my NARS foundation compact for example, I find this far less cumbersome and chunky.
Each powder comes with a long large mirror and a rubber sponge which is good quality.
The shade of 03 White Shell is the ‘darkest’ one – I would say it runs slightly pale for me NC30-35 skin tone, but it does blend in fine. The powder has a yellow tone to it, and I do think it has a ‘brightness’ to it – perhaps you can see below what I mean – it’s quite brightening without looking chalky.
Like the other Sisley powders I own, it has a firmish texture (in that, a ton of product won’t come away with a single swipe), and it does have a soft and creamy feel to it.
Lots and lots of Japanese brands have powder foundations that are tailored to the Asian climate (hot, humid) and I find those powders can vary from being overly soft (and looks cakey) or quite ashy toned and therefore makes the skin look dead. I always buy Jill Stuart powder foundations (which I would say are quite similar to this Sisley one in terms of colour and texture) and they generally suit me the best as my skin is on the dry side, I don’t need anything too heavy or ‘absorbent’ on my skin.
I would say that is powder foundation offers light to medium coverage which is build able. A few dabs in problem areas and redness and blemishes are further hidden away (but don’t disappear completely). It blends in nicely as all Sisley powders do and looks almost like it’s not there (no cakey-finish) although if you want to cover major blemishes, you will want to add a concealer or perhaps a try a heavier foundation.
I think it does make my skin look brighter!
Oil control is pretty decent, more than I need I have to say – although I can’t vouch for how it would work on uber oily skins.
This is a pretty specific product that will appeal to quite a specific market in my opinion. For one thing, it’s expensive (£72), secondly it’s for people interested in brightening powders, thirdly there’s a limited shade choice.
Now if you can get over the above, and you are looking for a high quality, long lasting, natural finish, none cakey, skin evening, brightening powder foundation and you have light to medium yellow based skin (another point – I find a lot of Japanese powder foundations are TOO yellow, this is not), then this might be one to try (if it makes you feel better, refills are £54).
I may also use this as a setting powder from time to time as it offers coverage (my beloved Sisley setting powder does not) and will brighten me up a little!
All three shades are in stock at House of Fraser .