Lately I’ve been more and more interested in skincare, so I was of course happy to oblige when the lovely people at Collin offered to send me this Mini Facial Kit to review recently. I received a kit specifically tailored to my skin type, for normal/dehydrated skin, as well as some very helpful instructions which explained what all the products were and how to use them. Collin is an exclusive French skincare brand which has a wide variety of products available to suit all skin types and concerns, and can be purchased from salons across the UK.
So how does the kit work? The first step is to cleanse your face with the Refreshing Cleansing Milk, which has a light creamy consistency and you can feel it practically melting away the remains of any makeup. Next up is the Refreshing Toning Mist which, as the name suggests, felt really refreshing and gentle on my skin, unlike some toners which can feel a bit too harsh. The next step is to apply the first of the masks, the Granular Intense Exfoliating Scrub. It’s a cream with small exfoliating granules which is applied all over the face and neck and then left for around 5 minutes for the enzymes to work and then, with damp fingers, you exfoliate in circular motions to remove any dead skin. I loved the smell of this scrub, it reminded me a bit of Parma Violets which I know aren’t to everyone’s taste but I love them! It also made my skin feel noticeably a lot smoother and softer. The next step is to apply the Immediate Hydration Mask all over the face, including the lips and eyes. I always kind of forget that lips are included in skincare, so I thought this was a really useful step to include! After you’ve left it for 5 minutes, massage it into your skin then rinse off. Then massage the Dehydrated Skin Intensive Concentrate into the face, followed by the Smoothing Anti Fatigue Eye Gel around the eye area. The concentrate felt really moisturising on my skin, and sank in really quickly rather than just sitting on the top of my skin. To finish the facial off, apply either the High Diffusion Hydrating Cream or Gel Cream, depending on preference. I tried both products and didn’t notice a huge difference between them, but I prefer the slightly lighter consistency of the Gel Cream so would probably opt for that one.
Considering there are quite a lot of steps involved, the whole routine took a lot less time than I was expecting – around half an hour in total. It’s not something I could be bothered to do every day, but definitely once a week or so as a bit of a treat for my skin. All the products felt really luxurious and I found it strangely fun playing around with all the lotions and potions and pretending I was in a real salon! After using the Mini Facial Kit my skin felt so much smoother and more hydrated. It made my skin feel and look much nicer for the following couple of days after using it, and if used regularly I think it would definitely improve my skin in the longer term.
If I could afford it, I would love to purchase all of these products and incorporate them in to my regular skincare routine. However, as I’m on a student budget and most of the products are somewhere between the £20-40 range, I think I would be more likely to choose a couple of my favourite items rather than the whole kit. The cleanser and toner would be great ‘everyday’ skincare purchases, and I really loved how the Granular Intense Exfoliating Scrub and the Dehydrated Skin Intensive Concentrate made my skin feel, so they would be good when my skin was in need of a bit of a pick-me-up.
Have you tried any Collin products?