New Player In Town: Riviere D’or Cosmetics. A Review and A Penny For Your Thought?

This is my longest post yet, so bear with me!

I used to wonder how much better a skincare product would be if the amount spent on advertising, packaging and hiring top notch celebrities and models was actually used on the quality of the skincare itself. When I was approached by an unknown company to test their products, I was initially hesitant. I can’t find any reviews online. In fact, I can’t find much info on the company at all. I did question its credibility, but then even big luxury brands were once a nobody. It takes time to build credibility, and most of all, people who are willing to give it a go.

 

whole line

So I was game, because I didn’t want to be a hypocrite. I was preached what I wanted skincare to be – money actually spent to bring quality instead of money spent on shiny packaging and extensive marketing. I did patch tests to make sure I had no allergic reactions, and I was very careful, very observant of how my skin reacted. I spoke to Keith often, and he is one of the formulators. He used to work in the USA with a well known international brand, came back to Malaysia and decided to formulate his own line of skincare. The products were sold through doctors, with rave reviews from patients, and if you’re a skeptic, you might ask… How do you know if it’s true? Well, you and I don’t. Now the products are available to the public through their Facebook page. I used their range of skincare for 6 weeks since before Chinese New Year and I am ready to tell you more about it.. Are you ready?

Let’s keep an open mind :-)

Before we start, let me just tell you that there are no mineral oils or artificial fragrances in these products. Some products smell like burnt brown sugar while others just don’t smell like much. The foam cleanser is very gentle on the skin. I like that it foams up itself, and while it cleans thoroughly, my skin never felt dry or taut. The makeup remover has to be shaken before use. It is similar to bi-facil removers because I tried NOT shaking it and I saw the separation of oil and solution. This smells a little of citrus and quite pleasant. I find that I need to use quite a bit to get my liquid foundation off completely, so I definitely prefer my own cleansing oils. The toner comes in a spray bottle, and it is yellow liquid. I like to spray it on my hands then pat on the toner all over my face. I was reminded that I only need very little of the products to work because they are ‘potent’.

 

foam cleanser

day

 

For the day, I apply the brown face serum all over my face including eyes, followed by eye cream and sunscreen. The serum’s texture doesn’t glide on like what I’m used to. So I take one pump, dot it all over my face and spread it out as much as I can. The eye cream however, is very emollient. I only need less than half a pump for both eyes. I find that if I apply makeup or undereye concealer too soon after the eye cream, the makeup doesn’t stay very long. So, having that in mind, I wait for about 15 minutes after my skincare before applying my makeup. The sunscreen is in spray form, and it feels like dry oil. I spray it on my hands then pat on my face.

To tell you the truth, it took a bit of getting used to, and my patience was running thin. I wouldn’t have stuck to it for so long if I didn’t see the results so soon. My face started looking brighter and the most obvious result is the disappearance of black heads on my nose!

 

evening

 

For night time, after cleansing my face, I apply a pre-serum which is White Youth Cellular Renewal Booster and then the serum all over my face. I find that my face gets rather dry without any moisturizer, so I use it at night. It is quite rich and I find that it gets quite oily in the day. I sleep in an air conditioned room at night, so I don’t mind my night moisturizers to be heavier. Of course, the eye cream always go on before my moisturizer. It’s just how I like to apply my skincare.

 

moisturizer

 

I wanted another person’s opinion on this skincare, so I let my mom use it. After 2 weeks, she noticed her skin tone more even and her eyes less puffy. She uses the moisturizer day and night and didn’t think it is too rich for her dry mature face. After I got off the skincare, there were a few breakouts especially on my nose (ugh!) but it settled after a couple of weeks. I don’t know if it’s a withdrawal symptom or if it’s purely hormones, so I thought I’d just let you know.

I find that the line of skincare does work on my skin and my mom’s skin as well. It didn’t break me out while I was on it, and I noticed very clean pores and very little black heads. Now that I’m off the skincare, I do find I have more blackheads to deal with, but nothing unmanageable. The list of ingredients for each product is listed on its Facebook page so if you’re interested, do hop on over to have a look <here>. They provide excellent customer service, making sure your skin gets the right treatment for your specific concerns. I compiled the price list for your convenience.

  • White Youth Supreme Mousse Cleanser RM188
  • White Youth Power Cleanse Accelerator RM188
  • White Youth Radiant Revelation Toner RM388
  • White Youth Serum Empowerizer RM508
  • White Youth Cellular Renewal Booster RM358
  • White Youth Transformative Eye Factor Extreme -eye moisturizer- RM368
  • White Youth Ultimate Youth Proliferator Extreme -face moisturizer- RM458
  • White Youth Superior White UV Integral Protection Fluid SPF 30+ / PA +++ RM358

 

Now the question remains. Will YOU be spending your money on it? The price is comparable to Dior, Estee Lauder, Shiseido, the more prominent and popular brands which have proved themselves throughout the years. Did Riviere D’or perform so much better to warrant my firm believe that it is worth the price? Fellow blogger Paris B of My Women Stuff put up an article which voiced out a whole lot of concerns about new brands. They are all valid and I understand where she comes from. Perhaps the unknown is a huge factor here. Would I be a hypocrite to say that the brand might warrant more credibility if a famous spokesperson advertise for the company? If there was a dot com store for the brand instead of selling through Facebook? If I see that some money was actually spent on making the brand more visible? All this, while I already told you that the products DO WORK on my skin? Would I seem shallow to tell you that I do prefer the smooth luxurious texture of my Dior skincare, and I actually like to smell something good, other than burnt brown sugar? Perhaps I appreciate aesthetics more than I thought. Let me emphasize again that all these are going through my head while I already told you that the products do work!

Do you see my debacle? I can’t make up my mind whether to tell you to go for it, or just save your money for a luxury brand. I’m no chemist so I wouldn’t know if the ingredients are truly topnotch! I know there are science genius among you readers, so help me out here.

I gave an unknown brand a try. My mom always scolds me for using my skin as an experiment but hey, my skin did get better from this! I also wanted to support a local brand, so there. Now, my question to you is, would you give it a try? If you’re hesitant, what would you like to see before you’d make the jump? I’d love to know the reasons behind your decisions!

 

xoxo Lily

 

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  • http://www.mywomenstuff.com Paris B

    Its interesting, and its good to know it worked for you ultimately. Perhaps the product is worth the money, or perhaps it isn’t, who really knows :) But what bugged me wasn’t the packaging nor the fact it was an unknown. It was primarily the fact that there is no company information available and although it is supposed to be local, the use of “USA” on the packaging is a bit misleading, and when it is sold through doctors, it feels a little strange being able to just buy it off the shelf without medical advice. Still, perhaps because they operate through doctors they can afford to be a little mysterious. Many patients don’t question their doctors where the products come from and most doctors don’t tell either! ;) Would you continue with this or repurchase? I think that’ll be the most telling ;)

    • http://www.chloeash.com Lily

      I would definitely continue with this, but I’m now testing another set of skincare. I have a feeling my mom will keep it to herself though >.< I probably won’t purchase the whole set and if I were to choose, I might repurchase the serum which can be used on the eyes as well. It has a strong burnt brown sugar scent and texture isn’t all that lovely, but it did make my skin better :-)

      • http://FacebookRiviereDorCosmetics Rivière D’Or

        Hi Lily, thank-you for trying our products and we are glad you experienced efficacy success with them. The burnt brown sugar scent as you described is the unadulterated smell of White Youth Sérum Empowerizer. We are extremely careful about our product formulations and we don’t use fragrance, essential oils or any other volatile compound to mask their natural scent. (Rivière D’Or’s extensive research says fragrance in skin care acts as an additive proven to have no benefit for skin) The intentional serum texture has a cocoon-effect to shield/protect our skin from assaults/aggressors found abundantly in our environment. Once applied, within seconds the serum forms liquid crystal structure that mimic the stratum corneum organization of our skin. This helps keep all the beneficial actives in and shield outer aggressors out. For more details, please write to rivieredorcosmetics@gmail.com or Facebook “Riviere Dor Cosmetics”.

  • http://www.s-bitsandbobs.com Sukie

    Hey Lily,
    I’m intrigued by the spray-on sunscreen. I don’t know if I will purchase a product from an unknown brand as I do worry my skin would react badly to it. Fact that it comes with a slightly heftier price tag makes me think twice too. I’m not sure, really! But while you did assure us all that the products do work, I may just give it a try… If I have access to it.

    • http://www.chloeash.com Lily

      Patch test, darling. Always :-) Yes, the spray on sunscreen is something new to me too. My skin didn’t break out or go crazy so you might want to try it :-)

    • http://FacebookRiviereDorCosmetics Rivière D’Or

      Effectual Control Superior White UV Imperceptable Finish Protective Mist SPF 30+/PA +++ is designed to feel like bare skin hence the word imperceptible. This powerful liquid protects skin with very effective sunscreen actives (not just one or two but five to ensure/confirm all UV spectrum are covered) and super antioxidants proprietary. The RI (Reflective Index) is adjusted so that your skin looks polished (sort of like wearing a beautiful liquid foundation) yet it’s tranparent. It acts as a sunscreen, base and transparent makeup. You will notice brighter, more refined and polished complexion. For details please write to rivieredorcosmetics@gmail.com or Facebook “Riviere Dor Cosmetics”.

  • http://mybeautysample.com/ Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    Wow whitening skincare products are really exploding right now, huh? This line sounds really nice! I am curious about trying more whitening/brightening products now!

    • http://www.chloeash.com Lily

      Whitening skincare products have always been HAWT here. Ever since I can remember, actually :-P

      • http://FacebookRiviereDorCosmetics Rivière D’Or

        Completely with Lily.

    • http://FacebookRiviereDorCosmetics Rivière D’Or

      Whitening products are marketed and named differently in the West. They are usually a single skin care item (a spot or even skintone corrector) unlike here in Asia where you’ll find them in a series of products within a subline.

  • http://kissandmakeupsbeautyblog.wordpress.com/ Kiss & Make-up

    Great honest post, thank you!

    • http://www.chloeash.com Lily

      You’re welcome :-)

  • http://beautyreductionista.blogspot.ca/ Liz

    I have to confess, I just go the most affordable/easiest to obtain route when buying new things. If the products aren’t readily available from “safe” vendors (e.g. Sephora where we can return things we don’t like), chances are, I won’t buy. This stuff sounds good, and I’m amazed at anything that can reduce blackheads, but I feel weird about buying something off a Facebook page.

    • http://www.chloeash.com Lily

      I understand where you’re coming from, Liz. I’d probably feel the same if I didn’t have the opportunity to try the products myself.

    • http://FacebookRiviereDorCosmetics Rivière D’Or

      Rivière D’Or has a specific customized product specially created to banish blackheads, whiteheads, sebaceous hyperplasia, clogged pores and keratosis pilaris called “Beta Power Spot Targeting Excellent”. You will be blown away. Please more details, please write to rivieredorcosmetics@gmail.com or Facebook “Riviere Dor Cosmetics”.

  • http://theconvenientbeauty.blogspot.com JoanneP

    Main reason for my skeptical is I need to get samples, testers, and a generous return policy to make sure I don’t react with the products, especially when it comes to high-end skin care. It’s a big investment and I’ll use the products everyday. Sounds like a really good line. I’m not a fan of whitening skin care though.

    • http://www.chloeash.com Lily

      There is no return policy here in this country which is a bummer. We have to live with the bad choices we make. LOL! However, brands usually give out samples so we can test if there are any unwanted reactions to the product. Whitening skin care is a hit here! Then again, I’m in Asia. Haha!

  • http://www.beauty-reflections.com Tracy@Beauty Reflections

    Hmm, it’s interesting the point you bring up for sure. Personally, I’ve always been a fan of French skincare lines, so the drugstore is where I usually buy my skin care when I do buy something. I trust brands like RoC, Vichy, and La Roche Posay. The only department store skin care I’ve tried is Estee Lauder and Clinique. Estee Lauder does nothing at all and won’t buy ever again.
    I think skincare is a gamble every time you try it no matter what, it’s all just a matter of what you’re willing to spend. :)

    • http://www.chloeash.com Lily

      I love Vichy and have yet to try RoC and La Roche Posay. Dior does lovely things to my skin, and Estee Lauder’s ANR works wonders too. Skin care is just so personal and you’re right. It is like a gamble every time!

  • http://eyeheartit.blogspot.com Larie

    It’s an interesting point, Lily. A lot of things we do are a gamble, I guess! Even a lot of big brands out there use controversial ingredients sometimes. I probably would stick to something that is sold in the US, just because of easy access and things like that, but I’m not against small lines. A lot of my perfumes and bath and body products are from small indie companies.

    • http://www.chloeash.com Lily

      Yay to giving Indie companies a chance! Skin care is so personal though. What works for me may not work for you. So, gamble it is!