I bought this Sisley Phyto Teint Éclat Fluid Foundation in my quest for a silicone-based foundation that has moderate coverage to make my skin look flawless, but that also looks and feels like real skin when it's on, and photographs well. If you're a regular reader, you'll remember that I loved Face Atelier Ultra Foundation (read my review here) but kept ending up with a bit too much oil breakthrough on my T-zone. I hoped that this Sisley foundation would have the same "wow"-factor but with a bit more oil control (having the oil-absorbing ingredient, silica, high up in the ingredients list).
The shade I bought was "Soft beige (shade 2)". It's the standard neutral beige (no pink or yellow) I always match with. Just as a side story, when I first picked up a sample of this in-store to take home to try properly, the sales assistant tried to fob me off with the next shade up ("Sand", shade 2+), which is a dark, yellow-based beige, despite me having already used the testers to work out that I was "Soft beige". I suspect she saw that I was of Asian ethnicity and assumed that thus I must be yellow. This isn't the first time a sales assistant or make-up artist has made this assumption... and it has started to really annoy me!
This foundation is described as oil-free and long lasting. The full blurb:
"Luminous coverage for an even and natural-looking complexion. Hydrates and mattifies, light is reflected, minimizing surface imperfections and fine lines."
The consistency of this foundation is thin and needs to be shaken to ensure the silicones and water are properly mixed before application. But don't worry, there is a ball bearing in the pump bottle to speed things up. The smell is strong... almost like pot pourri.
Unlike the Face Atelier Ultra Foundation which is completely foolproof to apply, I found out that it is possible to apply too much of Sisley Phyto Teint Éclat because it dries so quickly. If I don't blend it quickly enough, it can look a bit dry on my skin and thus look less like real skin. Also, this foundation accentuates flaky patches so I don't think it would be suitable for anyone with very dry skin.
However, as long as I don't dispense too much from the pump bottle, and if I spread the foundation quickly, the finish is really nice. It dries almost to a fine, powdery finish which is matte but not too dry-looking. I don't think it has the same "wow"-factor as Face Atelier Ultra Foundation but I think that's because it's matte rather than dewy, so it's never going to look as instantly radiant.
The coverage is medium... it evens out my skin tone very well and knocks out a lot of my natural colour (leaving me looking flat until I've applied blusher). It's not as good as Face Atelier at dark circle coverage though. See below for a "before" photo and "after" photos where I am wearing the foundation and no other make-up (not even my usual finishing powder).
Above, naked face.
Above, after applying Sisley Phyto Éclat Fluid Foundation with my fingers. No flash.
Above, a few hours later with camera flash.
Above, another photo using flash, in different lighting.
Having seen these photos, I think where this foundation really impresses is under flash photography. I like the way my skin looks so even and not shiny in the last two photos.
In terms of being long-lasting, it's not too bad... better than Face Atelier Ultra Foundation at holding up against oil through the day, but not as good as L'Oréal Matte Morphose which pretty much looks perfect for 12 hours or more.
So... is it worth £60? Hmmmmm... that's a tough one. Honestly, it's a nice foundation but I don't think it is 5x better than L'Oréal Matte Morphose (which costs around £12) or 2x better than Face Atelier (which costs £32).
Hmmm... my quest for the perfect foundation continues. If only I could combine all the features of the above-mentioned products.
The full ingredients of Sisley Phyto Teint Éclat Fluid Foundation are:
Water/Eau(Aqua), Cyclopentasiloxane, Propylene Glycol, Silica, Dimethicone, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone (Dimethicone Copolyol), Polyethylene, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Chloride, Beeswax/Cire D'Abeille (Cera Alba), Phenoxyethanol, Acrylates Copolymer, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Tilia Cordata Flower Extract, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Gardenia Florida Extract, Methylparaben, Fragrance (Parfum), Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben. May contain [+/-: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)]. (cont. benzyl benzoate, benzyl salicylate, cinnamyl alcohol, citronellol, coumarin, eugenol, geraniol, hexyl cinnamal, hydroxycitronellal, limonene, linalool, alpha-isomethyl ionone).
By the way, if you're wondering how I can justify spending so much on a foundation, I don't have a particular limit on face products if they work (ok, maybe if it's like £100+). Face and skin products seem to last so damn long (sometimes annoyingly long when I just want to move on to the next product!) that the cost per wear is nothing really... compared to frivolously buying loads of lipsticks or nail polishes that I might only use a handful of times.
Update (9th August 2010): I'm still using this foundation regularly and I am liking it more and more. It takes a bit of trial and error in terms of which moisturiser/primer to use underneath, but when it's done right, the foundation stays flawless even after a long day, and the colour is a perfect match for me. Definitely worth the price!
Update (27th October 2010): My skin has got drier coming up to Winter and I'm finding this Sisley foundation harder to apply and I'm having to "drag" on my skin more when I'm trying to blend it. I've put it to the side for now, and am back on the Face Atelier Ultra Foundation until further notice!