Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Gatineau - Discovering a Classic Beauty Brand

Gatineau is one of those brands that I'd never really given a second glance. I can't really give a valid reason for my past disinterest in the iconic French cosmetics brand, other than perhaps I subconsciously associated it with women 'of a certain age'! How this is actually a bad thing, I do not know but I do know that I'm glad I discovered the brand recently. Better late than never, right?

I was actually introduced to Gatineau back in November courtesy of a Marks and Spencer Beauty Christmas press evening (thank you M&S!) and got to try some Gatineau products in the form of the brand's Discovery Collection. I also spilled a canape all down my front that night, but that's a tale for another day.
Gatineau Discovery Collection

First of all, at £20 this collection is excellent value for money. Gatineau is by no means a budget brand so 6 decent sized products for 20 quid is a pretty sweet deal.
The collection is an edit of Gatineau's most loved and best-selling products, so it really is a brilliant introduction to the brand.

The Gatineau Discovery Collection features:
Gentle Eye Makeup Remover - 50ml
Melatogenine Refreshing Cleansing Cream - 50ml
Radiance Enhancing Gommage - 15ml
Melatogine Futur Plus Anti-Wrinkle Radiance Mask - 15ml
Melatogenine AOX Advanced Rejuvenating Cream - 15ml
Age Benefit Integral Regenerating Cream - 30ml'

I have tried all of the products in the set but my favourites are the Radiance Enhancing Gommage, Melatogenine Cleanser and the Age Benefit Integral Regenerating Cream.
The Radiance Enhancing Gommage is one of those products that had me at Hello - the formula contains fruit acids for a gentle (yet very effective) enzymatic exfoliation that really does make my skin glow. Containing Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin C and Apple Extract, the gommage looks like thick honey that liquefies when massaged into dry skin. Once it turns to liquid, it's removed with a damp cloth and glowy-ness ensues. Using this is an extra indulgent step in my skincare routine that I reserve for evenings when I'm in the mood for a nice deep, luxurious cleanse. If you're a fan of the effect of acid toners, this product will be right up your street.
The Melatogenine Refreshing Cleansing Cream is a soap-free cream cleanser that foams as you activate it. Touted as a cleanser, toner and micro-exfoliator in one, the cleansing cream is pearlescent and souffle-like in appearance and texture. In case you're wondering what on earth Melatogenine is, it's Gatineau's very own 'Youth Activating Molecule' which was developed to help reduce the appearance of fine lines/ wrinkles and it's the star ingredient in this cleanser along with Sweet Almond Oil. Despite the lack of soap in the formula, I find that this cleanser leaves my skin feeling 'soap-clean' if you know what I mean, so I'd file it away in the 'summer cleansers' category because I prefer that soap-clean feeling when it's warmer outside. The cleansing cream is aptly named because it certainly does have a refreshing quality to it. It's a joy to use.
The Age Benefit Integral Regenerating Cream is designed to fight the first signs of ageing. In other words, it's best for 30+ skin (as is the rest of the kit really, though I tend to pay little occasion to 'age' restrictions on beauty products - if it feels good, buy/ use it!). The thick, rich cream is absolutely ideal for December/ January/ February because it feels so incredibly soothing on application - perfect for dry complexions, especially throughout winter. The cream contains Artichoke Leaf and Hibiscus Extract as well as Calcium to contribute to hydration and smoothing of facial lines and wrinkles. It's worth mentioning that the Age Benefit Integral Regenerating Cream retails at £97 for a 50ml jar - in the Discovery Collection you get a 30ml jar, along with five other products, for £20. So if you're already a fan of the face cream, buying this set is a very affordable way to keep yourself stocked up.

The Gatineau Discovery Collection is available at Marks and Spencer stores and online - though if you are going in store, call ahead to make sure it's in stock! M&S also have a promotion on at the moment - receive a free Melatogenine Anti Wrinkle Mask with a £30 spend on Gatineau products.
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