When I first saw the Givenchy Le Soin Noir Lace Face Masque, I knew I had to try it. But when I saw the $330 price tag I had to think twice.
I’m devoted to my skin, it’s true, but that’s a pretty big investment for something you may or may not like. Luckily, after some time and consideration, my girlfriend and I made a deal with her amazingly devoted hubby. If he sent us this mask for our girls weekend at Blue Poppy Farm, I would write an article on hair loss just for him. (I’d better get on that!)
I’m thinking, but I’m not sure, that Mr. Generous may have planned on catching some lacy facial action on the in-home cameras (did I mention it was their farm?) – P and I lounging on the porch swing, painting each others toenails, discussing our sex lives with our swanky, highbrow, lace masks on.
Regardless of the reason, the end result was the same – we got us some masques (for $330 they can’t be called ‘masks’)!
What is the Givenchy Le Soin Noir Masque?
The Givenchy Le Soin Noir Masque is the latest addition to Givenchy’s swanky Le Soin Noir line, featuring Vital Black Algae Sap concentrate – the latest rage in skincare.
The masque comes in a pack of four individual sachets containing hot little face masques made out of french Calais lace. The sachet has two compartments, one for the mask and the other for the magic algae potion. Before you use it, you simply press down on the potion, sending it into the main compartment, saturating the mask.
3 Important Ingredients
The Vital Black-Algae Sap Concentrate is what leads Givenchy’s marketing campaigns, but there are actually three important ingredients you should know about. Vital Black-Algae, Oat Extract and Kigelia Extract.
Vital Black-Algae Sap Concentrate
Algae’s black molecules are extremely rich in fatty acids. It is said that these molecules hydrate and nourish your skin as well as protect the cells DNA from aging due to environmental exposures.
Job: Moisturize and Brighten
Oat extracts are great for moisturizing. They are loaded with healthy, lubricating fats and proteins as well as natural cleansers called saponins that exfoliate, removing oil and nastiness from your pores, but also have been found to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Kigelia extract is from the kigelia fruit that is used as the active ingredient in many skin tightening products in Europe and the Far East. h brought in as a firming agent for the skin.
When I say extract I mean a concentrated form of the active ingredient.
How it Goes Down
The mask fits well and stays on your face with little loops that go around your ears. The size is pretty versatile too as it fit me and Mr. BeautyBlackBook just as well.
The mask is definitely not as sexy as I thought it would be. It tends to accentuate your ears and nose, but I can see how it might be utilized in certain situations (ones involving a blindfold).
The extract has a faint smell of flowers and is cool on your skin. It’s not crazy sticky or messy, but it’s black so you may want to reconsider rocking it with your new La Perla nightie or anything.
After about 20 minutes I was pretty much ready to take it off but once I did I wasn’t quite sure of what to do with it. It’s too pretty to throw away and it’s 82 bucks after all. I left it on the counter so I’m guessing my hubby did the honors.
I was really quite impressed with the after affects. My skin was absolutely glowing! It felt plumped up and looked pink and healthy. I totally recommend this product before an event (or every morning if you’re Melania Trump).
Will I buy it again though? Nah, I think I’d rather have a HydraFacial which is less than the cost of two Givenchy face masks, which is why I gave it a BBB 4 rating instead of 5.