Darphin – I love the name! Its so pretty and so French :D But I’ve never used anything from this skincare line before, has anyone? The Ideal Resource Smoothing Retexturizing Radiance Cream is the first item I’ve tried from the brand which, in Malaysia, is sold primarily through salons. It might explain why it hits my blind spot.
This cream is, as you might guess from the name, an anti-aging cream, designed to reduce the appearance of fine lines and to make skin look more radiant. Darphin is one of those skincare ranges that use flowers and extracts of essential oils in their products. The cream itself has a lovely light scent of flowers and I like it. I find it relaxing – not such a bad thing in the mornings, when one has to get ready to face the day :) I did run into a bit of fly in the ointment though… not literally ;)
Texture wise, I found the cream a little thick. So I don’t use very much of it. I also find that warming it up in your hands a little before applying to your face helps, so it does not feel too thick. Warming it up also releases the light floral scent which I really like.
Efficacy wise, I must say that this cream is quite amazing. I used it for only about 2 weeks and only in the mornings, and I could visibly see a marked improvement in skin texture. My skin actually felt much smoother (especially on the cheeks) and I could see that it was more radiant in tone. I would and could have used up the whole tub!
However, all was not well in paradise.
This cream actually breaks me out :( It isn’t a major breakout, but I would get random spots on my cheeks and forehead where I have been relatively spot free for a while. Most of my major hormonal breakouts concentrate on my chin area so when I start breaking out around my cheeks, I start paying attention to my skincare.
I didn’t want to believe it, of course. I stopped using it, cleared up the spots which were of the pimple variety and not cystic acne (thank God!) then a month later, went back to this cream. Within a week of daily use, I’d notice a few spots pop up. Stop using it, and it goes away.
All in all, I gave this cream 4 chances over 6 months. That’s how long its taken me to evaluate this cream to be very sure about it. I love the radiance it gives my skin, and the smooth velvety texture of my skin. However, I can’t keep stopping it to clear up spots. So, I’m sending it onto a better home – Mom! LOL!
In a nutshell
The Darphin Ideal Resource Smoothing Retexturizing Radiance Cream is an anti-aging cream that is targeted at all skin types. From initial use, I noticed that my skin looked and felt very smooth and it was not oily. In fact, used in the day, my skin felt matte for the most part of the day. Also, I did notice that my skin looked markedly more radiant with just about 2 weeks use only in the mornings. All in all, I’d say this cream does what it says on the box, and the only fly in the ointment is that I broke out a little from using it. Nothing major, but it irked me nonetheless.
Pros: Skin felt and looked smoother, Not oily and skin felt matte and velvety, Skin looked obviously more radiant
Cons: Pricey, Hard to find Darphin products easily, Developed some pimples which weren’t major but irritating to me
Who will like this: Anyone whose skin is looking dull, Anyone looking for an anti-aging cream for all skin types
This was my first encounter with Darphin. Although it wasn’t a resounding success, I am quite keen to try other products in the brand. I’m told that they have facial oils too and I seem to recall seeing that somewhere before this, so I would be keen to try the facial oils at some point. I believe the facial oils work a bit like the Clarins ones, for balancing the skin.
I lost my box with the ingredient list but here’s the list I extracted from Makeupalley
Water/Aqua,Hydrogenated Polyisobutene,Caprylic/Capric Tryglyceride,Glycerin,Propanediol,Cetearyl Alcohol,Tridecyl Trimellitate, Boron Nitride, Olive Oil Decyl Esters,Sucrose Polystearate,Glyceryl Stearate,Betaine,Sigebeckia Orientalis(St. Paul’s Wort) Extract,Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract,Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract,Foeniculum Vulgare(Fennel) Seed Extract,Asparagopsis Armata Extract,Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract,Hordeum Distichon(Barley) Extract,Centella Asiatica(Hydrocotyl) Extract,Gingko Biloba Leaf Extract,Solanum Lycopersicum(Tomato) Leaf/Fruit/Stem Extract,Caffeine,Cholesterol,Potassium Palmitoyl Hydrolyzed Whey Protein,Tocopheryl Acetate,Ethylhexyl Palmitate,Oleic Acid,Cetearyl Glucoside,Caprylyl Glycol,Sorbitol,Sodium Polyacrylate,Acrylic Acid/VP Crosspolymer,Squalene,Ethylhexyl Stearate,Butylene Glycol,Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate,Acetyl Glucosamine,Methicone,Sodium Hyaluronate,Hexylene Glycol,Trideceth-6,Silica Dimethyl Silylate,Sodium Hydroxide,Alcohol,Fragrance(Parfum),Tris(Tetramethylhydroxypiperidinol) Citrate,Tetrasodium EDTA,Phenoxyethanol.
Is anyone familiar with the Darphin brand? Have you tried anything from the brand you like that you think I might like to try too? I’m not too sure where we can find Darphin locally to be honest. I was told they were sold exclusively at salons and I’m not even sure where these salons are. I don’t quite notice them. If you do know, or if you are already going to one, please do share! :D
Darphin Ideal Resource Smoothing Retexturizing Radiance Cream Price: RM399/50ml Availability: At Darphin salons locally and online at StrawberryNET.com(aff)