I didn’t want to like this range as much as I do.
I love good packaging – if you know me at all, you’ll already know this. I’m a huge sucker for a pretty label or a nice jar. And don’t even get me started on gold foil.
Syrene has all of this. Beautiful, frosted jars with shiny foiled letters… from the moment I laid eyes on them, I needed to try what was inside.
The ingredients sounded intriguing, too. The range boasts a whole host of natural ingredients like:
- Kawakawa extract which is a native New Zealand leaf with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties
- Pohutakawa extract which is supposed to soften skin and promote cell regeneration
- Marine collagen
- L22 which is a skin lipid that is supposed to make you look 22 (I think?)
- Ephemer which is a powerful antioxidant
So why didn’t I want to like this range?
In a nutshell, the price tag. The toner and the lotion retail for NZ$99.99, the creme is NZ$109.99 and the masque will set you back NZ$119.99. So… not cheap.
I was lucky to be sent a sampler pack and I put the range to the test over a week. I would have loved to have tested it for longer as the range claims to have benefits for use longer than 28 days – unfortunately I can’t comment on if these claims are true.
But after using it for the last week my thoughts are as follows:
- It smells lovely. It’s got a sort of oceany smell that’s hard to describe. Also, it’s blue.
- The lotion and the masque leave your skin feeling a bit sticky, but not in an unpleasant way.
- Immediately after applying, my skin was GLOWING. It looked springier and fuller. What fine lines? I have no idea what you’re talking about.
- The lotion was an incredible primer – because it was sort of sticky, my foundation went on smooth and stayed put all day.
- I have sensitive skin and this did not react badly or make me break out. However, my skin is heavily affected by my hormones (lucky me!) and I only had a weeks worth of products so I can only tell you what it was like during the follicular phase of my cycle and not the luteal phase.
I would probably say the only product from this range that I wouldn’t buy is the Aquagel Refreshing Toner – toners don’t really do anything and this was no exception. I also don’t really trust a product that claims to “absorb into skin” and “soak up makeup and impurities”. I don’t think I want my makeup and impurities absorbing into my skin, thanks.
The Aqua Hydrating Masque was lovely, the Aqua Intense Creme was lovely and the Aqualight Moisture Gel made a fab hydrating primer.
All in all, if you’re looking for a bit of a luxury treat for your face, this range is fantastic and will look phenomenal on your bathroom shelf.
Is it worth it just for the packaging?
It’s just a bonus that the product is good, too.
If you would like to try Syrene for yourself, it is available from Health 2000.
As always, this post is entirely my own opinion. I received samples of these products for free however my opinion is completely honest and everything I have written here I believe to be true. It is my duty as a beauty blogger to give you the truth as I see it and I take that seriously.