Recently Ici Paris XL Belgium reached out to me and asked me to test their FULL Time Anti-Ageing Skin Care Line. I gladly accepted, as I’m always interrested in finding good products form y readers. MEANING : YOU !!
The line consists of :
- Cleansing Balm
- Overnight Mask
- Day Serum
- Night Serum
- Handcream with SPF 15
As I wrote in my previous (Skin Moments) article, I suppose Paris XL felt the need to create their own brand in order to offer a competitive price range for some of their clientèle. Not everyone can/wants to buy upmarket products.
Overall, the products are nice. I felt the textures are light, absorb quickly and are NOT STICKY to the skin. Which is a plus, isn’t it ? All feel good, cause no irritation whatsoever and I personally believe will be liked by many women (and men).
Fragrance is present, not overwhelming and in the “Lotus” type, I would say (but I’m not a “nose”, so some of you might feel different ; feel free to react if you think otherwise).
Pricewise, they can compeet with many of the drugstore brands we find nowadays. A cleanser will cost you around 13 Euros, a cream will be about 25.
Active ingredients are not present in hughe amounts (it wouldn’t be possible for this price), but there’s one that caught my eye, because it’s quite original : WU-ZHU-YU Extract, which comes from traditional Chinese Medicine.
Wu-Zhu-Yu extract comes from the small berries of a plant called Evodia Ruteacarpa and has been used in traditional Chinese Medicine for centuries. In skincare, it has ILLUMINATING, BRIGHTENING properties and it fights dullness of the skin, leading to a glowing, more even complexion. Nice one, Paris XL !!
Furthermore we find some antioxidants and Hyaluronic Acid for MOISTURE in the products.
I personally would present this line as a PREVENTATIVE rather than a full anti-ageing line, not only because of the choice of active ingredients, but also because of the light, airy textures. For more mature skins, textures might be a bit light, especially during winter …
BOTTOM LINE : if you are usually shopping in the lower price segment and are looking for an original skin care line, consider this one. It offers a range of original products with light, fast-absorbing textures. Great before make-up application, by the way.
A word of thank to Isabelle Poncelet and Christine Thyange from Içi Paris for asking my (humble) opinion J
Time Products are exclusively available at Içi Paris stores or through thei webshop.