Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Nannette de Gaspé Essence Noir Polish


Nannette de Gaspé has launched the Art of Noir skincare collection which hosts a boutique collection of luxurious skincare staples in possibly the sexiest packaging ever, if packaging is your thing!

For a few weeks I have been testing out the Essence Noir Polish. It’s an AHA exfoliator with professional ingredients that have an instant noticeable effect on the surface of the skin.

What’s inside?
 Firstly, as with all good exfoliators, Glycolic acid is present. It breaks down the bonds, which hold dead skin cells to each other and the surface of the skin, allowing these dulling textured cells to be swept away effectively.
 If you haven’t used glycolic before then test in a small area first for sensitivity and also be aware of the use of Glycolic in sunlight.
To compliment the Glycolic is Bamboo and Volcanic Sand to give the abrasive texture. There’s no nasty plastics or scratchy fruit kernels in this. Bamboo which is often present in Korean skincare is both healing and an antioxidant. The volcanic sand refines the skins texture and is what gives it that satisfying abrasive feel that you know will leave you glowing.

If you’re prone to breakouts, the added Charcoal in this polish will draw out imperfections, regulate sebum and leave skin feeling purified and comfortably matte afterwards.

 There is also Salicylic acid in here but in a much less dose than the Glycolic.
 The fragrance is derived naturally from the ingredients and has a slightly minty scent mixed with rosemary.

How to use

You need to use this on damp skin. It’s too abrasive to use dry. Moisten the skin and massage a penny-sized amount all over the face. Leave to activate for two minutes where you may experience a warming feel. I like to massage it over the backs of my hands whilst I’m waiting for it to finish its magic.
 Finally, rinse off and I advise going over the skin with a washcloth to ensure you’ve removed the volcanic sand completely.
 Pat dry and then apply your serum and moisturiser as normal.
 A really nice bedtime ritual to use once or twice a week before slathering on your night balm/oil.

It’s a pricey one at $85/£68 but as it’s only necessary to use around once a week then it’s something that you’ll be indulging in for a good few months.


 You can purchase the Essence Noir Polish and other products from the range here.
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