Monday, 3 October 2011

Review: Origins Plantscription Serum and Eye Treatment


Origins Plantscription anti-aging serum has recently been joined by a sister product, Plantscription anti-aging eye treatment.  Both are designed to minimise the signs of aging, with the new eye cream designed to target fine lines, crows feet and dark circles.  The serum, rather strange, claims to improve the skin's "youthful look of bounce".  I'm not sure my skin's ever been particularly bouncy, but hey.

The texture of both products is smooth and silky, with a that little bit of slip that indicates the inclusion of silicone.  Let's talk about the serum first - and the first thing I've noticed about it is the moisturising properties it contains.  Some serums can sink into the skin immediately, leaving it feeling soft but not really imparting any real moisture.  You know the kind; you apply the serum, and then you apply a moisturiser on top.  I've found that the Plantscription serum actually leaves my skin feeling soft and hydrated to the extent that I've actually skipped the moisturiser a few times when I've been feeling ultra lazy.  My skin hasn't suffered for it at all.  

Excellent hydration aside, I've not really noticed a massive improvement in my skin since I started using it.  It is rather lovely under makeup, though, thanks to the velvety feeling it leaves on the skin.

The eye cream is similarly silky and moisturising, and reminds me of the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye treatment I tried some months ago.  The slightly balm-like texture leaves the eye area feeling smooth and well hydrated, and the inclusion of silicone on a moisturising base provides a bit of instant fine line filling action.  Nothing majorly noticeable, but enough to blur my sleep-crinkled eye area a little in the morning.  I've needed very little to effectively moisturise my entire eye area, and I expect that the pot will last me a good few months before I use it all up.

Both products smell slightly plant-y, but not such that I could pick out a particular scent - it's a subtle, slightly herby fragrance which I suspect most people will find relatively inoffensive.  The prices are pretty typical for a high end high street range - the eye treatment costs £35 for 15ml, and the serum costs £45 for 30ml.  Would I repurchase?  Well... yes and no.  I can't say I've seen enough of an improvement from the serum to justify £45 (compared with say, Nude's Night Oil, which definitely made a difference), but I probably would repurchase the eye treatment, thanks to its silky texture, blurring properties, and excellent hydration.

If you're tempted, you'll find the Plantscription eye treatment and serum at Origins counters and stores nationwide, or alternatively via their website.  What do you think?  Tried Origins products before?  Let us know in the comments!

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