What began as a flippant brushing off of such a high-priced mask turned into a real soft spot for the Sisley Paris Express Flower Gel mask. I'd say at least 75% of the time when I've used it, it has perked my face up. It creates a more even tone, brightness, a bit of softness, and a fair amount of hydration after only a few minutes. In fact, that's one of their major claims:
The Express Flower Gel is a very fresh, moisturizing, and toning cream-gel mask specifically designed for dehydrated, sagging, or tired-looking skin. Through its exceptional concentration of moisturizing active ingredients (lily and iris extracts), it regenerates (organic sesame extract), hydrates, tones, removes traces of fatigue and stress, smoothes features, and evens the complexion in just 3 minutes. Two to three times a week, apply to clean, dry skin on the face and neck, including the eye contour. Allow to remain on the skin for 3 minutes, then wipe away the excess. It is not necessary to rinse. This gel is ideal for restoring skin for a well-rested appearance before an evening out. Skin is left toned and hydrated and features are smoothed. Signs of fatigue and stress fade away and skin is left looking magnificent.
White Lily: hydrates, softens Sesame: hydrates, protects, and regenerates Rose: Freshens, softens, astringent Iris: softens, tones
(Taken from Sisley-Paris.com)
It does have a lovely iris scent which, let's face it, I'm partial to in any context. The texture is a true creamy gel in that it spreads onto the skin and remains fairly even in consistency, but definitely has some plushness to it. I like to apply a bit of toner before this mask, then I'll smooth a moderate amount onto my face and chill for a few minutes / an hour and a half. It really depends. I think the fact that my skin is always left feeling softer and a bit more hydrated regardless of the length of time that it's been on my face is worth noting. It's great at perking your face up in the morning while you're waiting for your coffee to brew or something, but it can also be nice to revive the skin before going out in the evening. It's also worth noting that occasionally I'll wash the mask off rather than removing the excess with a tissue because I find that the products I tend to use afterwards just feel a bit heavy if I don't. Which brings me to the most important part of this post:
This is essentially a moisturizer with a bit more of an occlusive consistency.
Sisley Paris are essentially telling you this when they tell you to blot away any excess. Not only that, if you just took a quick glance at the ingredient list without knowing what the product was, you could safely assume it was a moisturizer.
Water, Rosa Centifolia (Cabbage Rose) Water, Dimethicone, Iris Florentina Root Extract, Sorbitol, Lilium Candidum Flower Extract, Peg-40, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Butylene Glycol, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Acrylates/ C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate, Crosspolymer, Octoxynol-13, Sodium Methylparaben, Propylene Glycol, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben. (Cont.geraniol, Citronellol)
With that said, I'll be damned if it doesn't feel like a lush refreshing spa every time I use it. This review is actually a complete rewrite of a negative review because the more time I spent with this mask, the more I liked it. I like that it's versatile. I like that it works. It's not the most hydrating mask of all time, or the most high-tech, but it works. My skin likes it, I like it, and my wallet likes the fact that I bought it off eBay for half price (at my own discretion of course).
So what we have is a mask with a fair amount significance in the beauty industry and skincare community on social media that I personally enjoy using. Many people I have spoken to that have also used it have said mostly great things. I'm almost done with my tube, and I'm not completely against getting another one some day. But I also know that there are other hydrating masks in my wardrobe that work better in the hydration department for less money. After all, that's why I'm using it! If $140 isn't your cup of tea, don't feel like you're missing out on something that moves mountains, in my humblest of opinions. Just know that it works, it's lovely to use, and there are other hydrating masks that will do similar things for less moolah~