At the very start of January I was approached by a lovely PR inquiring if I would like to try out some skincare products from one of their clients, Anne Mc Devitt Beauty. They had read my blog and saw that I have a keen interest in organic skincare. The skincare products that they would subsequently send would be from an organic skincare company called Éminence organic skincare.
Anne Mc Devitt Beauty
Anne Mc Devitt Beauty are a leading beauty clinic based in Dublin for the past thirty years. I know, nearly as old as myself. The beauty industry being as fickle as it is has closed many a renowned beauty establishment over the years, so lasting as long as it has in this demanding market place means they are obviously doing something right. I think what has made them stand the test of time is their exceptional customer service, their particular emphasis in treating and creating beautiful looking skin, vast skincare knowledge and being up to date with all the latest advances in procedures and products. Their core philosophy, one that I quite like the sound of, is to deliver the very best service and dedicated care to each and every client. They offer a vast array of services to cater to any skincare concern, carried out by their highly qualified and experienced team of laser and beauty therapists, doctors and master facialists. So as you can imagine I was very flattered that they were interested in hearing my personal opinion on some of their skincare products.
Éminence Organic Skincare
As I had never heard of Éminence organic skincare before, I decided to conduct my own research into the brand and was pleasantly surprised by what I discovered. The brand itself was established in Hungary in 1958 and later moved to Canada driven forward by “a dream to deliver high-quality, organic skin care”. With all of their ingredients grown and sourced from local organic farms and the products created in small batches demand grew by simple word of mouth. Not only has the personal story of how Éminence came to be inspire me but the strict non-use of parabens, animal by-products, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfate, harmful colorants, mineral oils and petroleum in each one of their products has also truly impressed me. The company is also extremely passionate about being eco-friendly and offer green initiatives in both their offices, factories and spas. They also support some truly amazing charities including a tree planting initiative, éminence kids and breast cancer research to name but a few. To be honest I have been completely captivated by the ethics, objectives and overall running of this inspirational brand. It is refreshing to see such a genuine and honest brand existing and looking out for the best interests of their customers and planet in every little detail.
As you can probably tell by my vast ramblings, I have fallen completely head over heels for the ethos of this brand. I would love to meet the incredible owners Boldijarre and Attila if they were ever over in Dublin as I find them both extremely inspiring people. Anyway I should really move on to the skincare products Anne Mc Devitt kindly sent me out to try.
Éminence Firm Skin Starter Set
I am a big fan of skincare starter sets as they are a great way of discovering and testing out a new range of skincare products before you commit to buying full-sized products. That way you can truly evaluate whether something suits your particular skin type or not. I wish all skincare companies would do these starter kits. It certainly would have saved me a lot of money and hassle over the years. The set I got sent was the Firm Skin Starter Set priced at €64. I know it is a bit pricey but having used the entire set, I found it to be well worth the money as I got to see for myself what suited my skin and what did not. So what is in this pretty little bag of treats then? Well it contains a month’s supply of four acai based products (to help combat the signs of aging) which include:
Firm Skin Acai Cleanser (30 ml)
Firm Skin Acai Moisturiser (15 ml)
Firm Skin Acai Masque (15 ml)
Firm Skin Acai Booster Serum (15 ml)
Firm Skin Acai Cleanser (full size 250ml – €39)
This cherry smelling cream cleanser fuses hyaluronic acid with seabuckthorn oil to help restore elasticity to the skin. It also contains acai, blueberry and raspberry juices mixed with bio complex to help firm and revitalise aging skin. I apply a 50 cent coin sized amount of product to my skin once in the morning and once again in the evening. I generally wash my hands before use and slightly dampen my face. I then apply the cleanser in circular movements using my wet hands to my entire face and neck all the while avoiding the eye area completely. The cream slightly foams on contact with water. I tend to leave this foamy solution on my skin whilst I brush my teeth. I then rinse it off using tepid water and leave my skin to air dry before adding a few drops of the acai serum and the acai moisturiser. I am not a pat my skin dry kind of person as I want to lock in as much moisture as possible to my skin.
I have tried many a cleanser over the years and have learnt the types that suit my skin and what simply does not. Foaming cleansers normally do not suit my skin and will tend to aggravate it due to the high level of alcohol contained in them. This acai cleanser however does not contain alcohol and does not dry out or aggravate my sensitive skin. Did I like using it and will I continue to use it? Yes, it felt nice on the skin but I see it more of a secondary cleanser for use on skin completely devoid of makeup as it simply is not strong enough to remove an entire face full of makeup. For me personally I much prefer oil cleansers as I feel I get more of a thorough cleanse from them but if you are a fan of slightly foaming cleansers then I would recommend trying this out.
Firm Skin Acai Moisturiser (full size 60ml – €64)
This tube of sweet-smelling, lightly pink coloured moisturising cream was created to help hydrate and nourish the skin. It is packed full of my favourite skincare ingredient, hyaluronic acid. I find all that is required for one full application is a pea sized amount of product. I apply it after I have thoroughly cleansed my skin and have added a few drops of the acai booster serum. I find it helps lock in all the goodness of the serum whilst also creating a very soft texture to the skin. The acai berry juice helps nourish the skin whilst the hylauronic acid locks in some much-needed moisture aiding the skin in appearing plumper. The moisturiser also contains blueberry and raspberry juice, two powerful natural antioxidants which provide vitamin c, shea butter which helps keeps the skin soft, seabuckthorn oil to protect the cell membrane, homeostatic to prevent dehydration and biocomplex to help improve the overall appearance of the skin.
My skin definitely appears smoother after each application with the effect lasting for hours. I also like how the lightweight cream sinks into the skin, not sit on it. I find my skin can breathe whilst wearing it and it does not aggravate my skin in any way. Would I buy the full-sized version of it? Yes I would. I know it is a bit pricey at €64 but given the small amount required for use, I believe it would last a long time and I would get my money’s worth. The delicate fruity scent also appeals to me as I feel it appears more natural than other moisturisers on the market.
Firm Skin Acai Masque (full size 60ml – €58)
This acai masque also contains the unique mixture of acai, blueberry and raspberry juices but this time with the addition of blackberry juice to help keep the skin looking fresh and youthful. Hyaluronic acid, seabuckthorn oil and biocomplex are also added into this product to help plump the skin, great for attacking those fine lines. The sweet-smelling purple and slightly gloopy mixture can be combined with a few drops of water before applying to the face, neck and décolleté. I only apply this masque once a week as it contains high levels of vitamin C which can be harsh on those with sensitive skin. I pop a light but even amount on my skin about 10 minutes before I hop into the shower. I then rinse it off at the very end of my shower with warm water followed by a quick splash of cold water to close the pores.
So I bet you are dying to know my thoughts on this masque? You have probably seen whilst browsing my social media pages, that I have a slight obsession with face masks. I do not know what it is but this special type of skin treatment really appeals to me. So how did this acai masque fair in the grand scheme of things? Well, it is a nice fruity product to use but not really my cup of tea. I am more a fan of sheet masks or thicker gel/cream masks that sit on the skin until you wash them off. The overall effect of this mask does not produce the results which I would expect from a masque in this price range. I personally feel it is just too expensive to justify buying a full-sized version of it. Sadly, I will not be purchasing it but I had fun trying it out. I must reiterate it may suit someone with a different skin type better than my own. Hence the fun in trying out these starter kits.
Firm Skin Acai Booster Serum (full size 30ml – €58)
This little bottle of fruity goodness is the most delicious smelling facial serum I have ever used. It is somewhat like Ribena juice and hylauronic acid got together to form an interesting slightly sticky mixture. I apply 3 drops of this purple serum to my cleansed skin every night and allow it to dry in for a few minutes before applying the acai moisturiser. Even though it contains acai berry, jojoba and maral root, all rich in vitamin C, I do not find it to be harsh or drying on the skin. The addition of hylauronic acid adds in some much-needed moisture along with homeostatine to prevent the skin becoming dehydrated. Biocomplex also helps in reducing the appearance of fine lines.
I really enjoy the cool feeling and easily absorbed properties of this fruity serum. It does not appear gloopy on the skin and absorbs in quite quickly. It causes no aggravation whatsoever to my overly sensitive skin and provides a nice hydrated glow after each use. Would I buy the full-sized version of this serum? Yes I would. It is very easy to apply to the skin and I am someone who requires a hylauronic acid based serum at all times in their skincare routine. Yes €58 is quite pricey but I believe it is important to invest in a good quality serum. Serums contain a more targeted treatment that is more potent in ingredients and easier absorbed than say a moisturiser. A few drops of serum each day is all that is required for use so you should get a long time out of a bottle.
Cucumber Eye Gel (€69 for 30ml)
This award-winning cooling eye gel is priced on the more expensive side of things and quite honestly is pushing the top end of what I would pay for an eye gel. Having said that it is the most gentle eye product I have ever used and does not aggravate my eyes in the slightest. Even when eye products are marked ‘suitable for sensitive skin’ my eyes still tend to water or sting a little. I know I am such a sensitive soul. This cooling and soothing gel is easy to apply and helps in decreasing puffiness around the eye area with the addition of cucumber, wild hops, shea butter and evening primrose oil.
I am struggling to see how the bearberry helps in reducing the appearance of age spots as I saw no difference to the pigmentation around the eye after use*. Marketed to reduce fine lines, I cannot help but feel this product just slightly fails in its objective. Yes I am a complete hylauronic acid nut but I feel the addition of this ‘wonder’ ingredient would greatly improve the products effectiveness. On its own it is a nice and convenient product to use but by simply adding hyaluronic acid could make it really pack a decent punch. Then again that is just my personal opinion. Would I go on to purchase this product when it runs out? Sadly not, but if it was redeveloped to contain hyaluronic acid then I would be swayed to try it out again. As it remains at the moment, I do not think it answers to my exact requirements of what I am looking for in an eye gel. For me personally my main concern is fine lines around the eye area.
I know this was far from a short and sweet review. When I review products I want to give an honest thorough review not just say a simple yay or nay. I also like to provide some background into the company or brand as I feel it is also an important factor when deciding what products to buy. I am very grateful to Anne Mc Devitt Beauty for kindly sending me out these products to try and I would be very interested in exploring some more of Éminence’s range of products. Some of the products may not have been quite my cup of tea but as with everything, it is important to try out new things. It is the only way to discover true gems that really work for you. If you want further information on the products I tried out simply pop over to Éminence Organic Skincare or Anne Mc Devitt Beauty. Anne Mc Devitt beauty clinic is located on Wicklow Street in Dublin.
* I was contacted with this response after the review went live “it takes a good while to work, perhaps months depending on the skin type”. I trialled the eye gel for one month.