I have a bit of a confession. I don’t actually like blogging about something when the hype is still in the air. You know that moment when everyone’s going on about that latest product/colour/style? Which does make me a bit of a PR nightmare because I don’t play by the rules a lot, unless I’m really excited about something. Maybe pay me and we’ll talk deadlines LOL! But when it comes to skincare, I have a strict rule. Don’t bug me till I’ve had a good go at the product. Just don’t.
Which explains why I’ve been sitting on this for about 4 months now. I stumbled on the Melvita Pulpe de Rose Plumping Radiance Duo while browsing online and I was generously sent a bottle to try to see if I’d like it. It became available back in June or July along with a few other products that I haven’t seen but having had about 2 months to incorporate it into my routine, I figured, it’s time to tell you about this product and yes, I like it :)
Melvita is, as I’m sure you’re aware, a certified organic brand of skincare from France (and you can read more about it in this intro post) The Pulpe de Rose is a new range in the Melvita stable, and as the name implies, their key ingredients are harvested from the fruits of the Wild Rose with its rich Vitamin C content, and Wild Rose petals. Its primary function is to fight the early signs of aging and loss of radiance. There are 3 products in this range, which includes this Plumping Radiance Duo, a cream and a serum, the latter two of which I haven’t yet seen.
But this one product is one that I think is worth trying, and if you are new to using a facial oil or just don’t like using facial oils but want to derive some of their benefits, then this one will knock your socks off because it’s just SO. EASY! :D
What makes this product unique, is that it contains floral water and the regenerative rosehip oil in one handy bottle. When you first get the bottle, you will notice that it has a bi-phase solution. Oil at the top, water at the bottom. Familiar with bi-phase makeup remover? You’ll be familiar with this :)
Part of the reason I held off so long before talking about this is because my skin reacts a little to high concentrations of rosehip oil. It seems to clog my pores if I use it neat so I wanted to see if this too, would clog my pores. Happily, it doesn’t. I don’t know if it’s because it isn’t as concentrated, or if its because it’s mixed with the floral water, but it doesn’t break me out or clog my pores and it makes me happy.
The Plumping Radiance Duo comes in a glass bottle with a spray pump (I love glass bottles!) and to use it, you have to shake it up so the solution mixes. What you then get is a rather cloudy liquid (and a lot of bubbles) like so.
Using the spray pump, pump 1-2 pumps into the palm of your hand where it’ll pump out a slightly milky, cloudy looking runny liquid. You will also get the unmistakeable scent of rosehip oil and a touch of fresh roses. Not unpleasant, but very natural.
I actually use just 1 pump each time, spread it between the palms of my hands and press it into my skin instead of just wiping it on. I find that pressing it into skin helps it absorb more easily and if you prefer, spritz on some floral water beforehand.
I find when I use 2 pumps, it feels a bit more oily and takes longer to absorb into my skin. With 1 pump, the texture is more liquid and it settles nicely into my skin, leaving it feeling noticeably hydrated, plumped and importantly, not oily. If you hate the feeling of oil on your skin, you might like this. In fact, you could just as easily mist your skin with a floral water, then pat in facial oils. It helps them absorb more quickly into your skin and feels nicer. Or you could get something like this :)
I also only use this in the evenings because despite it absorbing well into my skin, I do notice that it does leave a very thin film on my skin, that doesn’t sit well in the day especially when I layer on sunscreen and makeup. So I use all my facial oils in the evening and a lighter range of skincare in the daytime.
With regular use, I do notice that my skin feels nicer, plumper and more hydrated especially in the evenings and you will notice these things when you sleep in air-conditioned rooms. I use this after toner/floral water, and I treat it as a serum step, so I always follow up with a moisturiser as well to seal all the goodness in. I didn’t particularly notice any increase in radiance of my skintone, but I did notice that my skin looked more soothed.
I’m actually happy keeping this in my routine. I’ve stopped using it regularly for a while (hazards of the ‘job’) but I keep it on my table and every now and again, I reach for it when it feels like I want a plumping treat (or I’m lazy and just want something quick in the evenings). I do think it’s worthwhile trying especially when you may be in the early stages of trying a facial oil :)
IN A NUTSHELL
The Plumping Radiance Duo is a new item in the Melvita Pulpe de Rose skincare range which is targeted at treating early signs of aging and to add radiance into skin. It has a bi-phase solution of rosehip oil and rose water in a glass bottle with a spray top. Shake up the bottle and spritz it into your palm and then press it into your skin. I find that 1 pump is quite sufficient if you use a moisturiser over. It absorbs fairly quickly into skin without leaving an oily residue and leaves my skin feeling plumped and hydrated and soothed. I think it’s a good introduction to using facial oils and is more comfortable than slathering on oil which is not something many people will enjoy.
PROS: Easy to use, Absorbs easily into skin, No greasy or oily residue on skin, Skin feels plumped and hydrated with regular use, A little goes a long way
CONS: Nothing in particular unless you find it pricey
Who will like this: Anyone who is new to using facial oils, Anyone who wants a quick treat for plumping and hydrating skin
Here is the ingredient list for the product for your references.
The rose water does temper the distinctive smell of rosehip oil somewhat, so it makes for a more pleasant experience.
Have you tried this Plumping Radiance Duo? Do you use facial oils?
I can’t say I’ve been regularly impressed by Melvita’s products, but this one does deserve a rave. I’m no stranger to using facial oils so I don’t mind slathering on oil on my skin, but it’s also nice to be able to derive some benefit without working too hard :D
Melvita Pulpe de Rose Plumping Radiance Duo Price: RM122/50ml Availability: Melvita stores or the Melvita online store