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Today, if you've not come across Plenaire before; I'm going to introduce you to this capsule skincare line! The products obviously look beautiful and are very Instagram-friendly, but they're also really well-priced and I'm going to dive into the formulations...
The brand was actually launched less than a year ago by Namrata Kamdar (I'm always here for supporting Women of Colour entrepreneurs who have launch exciting beauty collections), if you can believe it! You can pick up these products directly but Plenaire is already stocked on Cult Beauty and Liberty London too. The collection is really meant to give you the essentials, as opposed to containing any really strong actives, and the feel of the brand is very much about fresh skin and lightweight products. As you can probably see if you visit Plenaire's website; the products are intended to be suitable for all genders and ethnicities and their marketing really celebrates individuality. The line is vegan and not tested on animals, as well the packaging being fully recyclable. My only slight negative is that they are formulated with fragrance, though their blends contain no known allergens. I'm quite clearly not a demoniser of all fragrance in all skincare under all circumstances, but this is obviously a hot topic in the skincare world and I'm just letting you know so you can decide for yourself. The price-point is very much mid-range; whilst it isn't drugstore level, it's still reasonable and pretty accessible for a lot of people. You can also pick up the cleanser and masks in huge 100ml tubes, which I think I'll end up doing with the cleanser. Now you know a bit about the brand, let's talk about the products...
We'll start with the Violet Paste* | £33 | which is a blemish treatment. When I'm having a breakout, I apply this directly to any spots using a cotton wool bud - usually I'd do this overnight, but given the amount of time I'm at home right now; I quite often pop this on during the day and hope I can swerve any video calls... This treatment is formulated with azelaic acid, BHAs and zinc, which makes it a great blemish-reducing all-rounder. Azelaic acid is a very gentle exfoliator that has the ability to decongest the pores and reduce uneven skin texture. Unlike other similar products I've used in the past; this one doesn't contain any overly-harsh drying alcohols, which I do like, because although those sorts of ingredients 'dry out' the spot, they really aren't great for your skin and you don't need that if you're using a good BHA. The BHA reduces the active inflammation and also helps reduce the likelihood of scarring after the spot has healed and the zinc and azelaic acid work with it to support in clearing up the skin. After leaving this on for 8 hours, I find any small blemishes are gone and larger ones are considerably reduced in size. It's something I reach for whenever I'm having hormonal breakouts and it works incredibly well.
Next, I have the Droplet Lightweight Moisture Gel* | £34 | which I would say is most suitable for combination and oily skin types, and for that reason; it's probably the only thing I tried from Plenaire that didn't work out so well for me. This is a very lightweight gel that's oil-free and formulated with humectants like glycerin and hyaluronic acid, which will pull water into your skin. This makes it perfect if you have skin that's dehydrated but suffers with surface oils, because it will help to plump and hydrate the skin without adding oil. However, if you're more on the dry side; it's just not going to be enough for you. I have normal skin that's quite dehydrated, so I personally quite often use this as a serum, with a richer cream on top, because the ingredients lend themselves to that on my skin. Also, towards the end of May, when we had some really hot weather and I was spending a lot of time outside in the sun, I used it as a moisturiser and it was really nice as a lightweight, fast-absorbing gel to add moisture without smothering the skin in the heat. Namrata has advised me a richer formula is in the works, which I think sounds more up my street, so I'll be all over it when it's launched!
Left to Right, Top to Bottom: Droplet, Rose Jelly, Tripler, Skin Frosting, Violet Paste
Onto one of my everyday staples: the Rose Jelly Makeup Remover* | £16 (30ml). I absolutely love this product and think it will also be great for anyone who wants an effective makeup remover that doesn't feel super oily on the skin. This comes out as a clear jelly but melts down into something more oil-based. Simply massage it over your face at the end of the day to loosen up your makeup, splash with water (this formula emulsifies easily) and wipe away your makeup with a damp cloth. It removes everything effectively, there's no greasy or filmy excess left behind on the surface of my skin after use and it's gentle around my eye area. There's nothing not to love here!
Next, we have the two face masks in the range, the first of which is the Tripler 3 in 1 Exfoliating Clay* | £18 (30ml). This product is a mask, exfoliator and cleanser all in one. It's a clay mask, but it doesn't harden on and dry out the skin. You leave it on for around 10 minutes before rinsing. It foams mildly on contact with water when you go to remove it and, if you use a circular motion, you can get a light physical exfoliation from the blackcurrant seeds. I personally prefer chemical to physical exfoliation so never recommend you roughly scrub at your skin. If you want to exfoliate with this mask; I recommend only doing so very lightly. This is a nice, gentle deep cleansing mask that pulls out impurities without feeling drying or stripping on my skin. I also like that it's one step and I can move straight on to my toner after using it.
And, finally, I have favourite product of mine: the Skin Frosting Deeply Hydrating Mask* | £19 (30ml). This is a moisturising face mask formulated with shea butter, coconut butter, camellia oil and coconut oil, which are all pretty great moisturisers. I know coconut oil breaks some people out, though I don't personally experience that myself, it's about midway up on the ingredient list, so it's something to make a call on based on your own skin and what its tolerance is to heavier oils. You simply apply this cream-gel mask, leave it for 10-15 minutes and then remove the excess with a cotton wool pad or cloth; there's no need to really cleanse the skin or try to fully remove it afterwards. The result for me is softer, smoother, plumper skin. It's great when things are looking a bit dry and lacklustre to bring the bounce back into my skin.
Have you tried anything from Plenaire? Are any of these products calling out to you?