I want to start this article by telling you that I've been testing these Darphin products for the last couple of months and comparing them to other products in my beauty drawer - everything from drugstore, to mid-level to natural skincare because I wanted to give you guys a fair assessment of Darphin Paris and answer, "is it really worth the money?".
Just a quick overview before we dive in, Darphin is a Parisian skincare brand that launched in 1958. When I say they're luxe, I mean it. Starting at $36 pimple cream (It's called blemish clearing gel btw) to $235 for Wrinkle Repair Serum, the brand prides themselves in quality ingredients made with the finest botanicals, most which come packaged in beautiful glass bottles and jars. If an entire line of skincare that targets specific troubled-skin isn't enough, you can always swing by the Darphin Vendôme Insitute in Paris for a luxurious spa experience. I know I'm crossing my fingers that I can visit one day!
I used everything from makeup remover to serums, moisturizer and micellar water from Darphin. Now that I'm in my 30's I find my skin is more sensitive and a bit textured on the surface. When I use Darphin, my skin is more hydrated and feels smoother. Makeup applies better and stays on longer too. I also find their products to be really calming and soothing since they smell heavenly- best described as a spa retreat mixed with fresh air and a subtle hint of flowers. They apply very silky on the skin as well so it's fair to say the brand offers are a true sensory experience.
So, is the price worth it? Yes absolutely!
I'm aware the price point on most of these products is high, but if I could recommend 5 must-have items from Darphin they would be:
Hydraskin Light All Day Skin Hydrating Cream Gel, $75
If there's only one Darphin product you can buy, make it this one. My skin feels and looks so good whenever I use it. I'd even go as far to say it's my new favourite moisturizer.
Aromatic Cleansing Balm with Rosewood, $45
Warm up a bit of this solid cleanser between your fingers before massaging it onto your face to remove makeup and then rinse away with water. I usually use a micellar water after to make sure all traces of makeup are gone but then again, I do that with every cleanser. I love how this one is gentle on the skin and leaves it moisturized.
Micro-Refining Smoothing Fluid for Combination Skin, $90
If you have textured combination skin like me, you're going to love this serum. While doesn't get rid of my texture completely, I find it helps calm my skin A LOT.
Dark Circles Relief and De-Puffing Eye Serum, $100
I love using this serum to prep my dark under eyes before my eye cream. I makes me look more awake and it feels really good.
Exquisâge Beauty Revealing Eye and Lip Contour Cream, $118
This eye and lip cream firms and feels really soothing. I dab it on my under eyes after the serum and dab a bit on my lips before applying lip balm.
If you guys are convinced you need Darphin in your life, you can find it at Sephora online and in select stores.
This post is in collaboration with Darphin Paris. All opinions and photos are my own.