Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask

Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask In a way, I wish that I had never discovered Sisley. You may remember how I was introduced to the brand (that fateful day in the Maldives) you may not  – here’s the little tale: How I Met Sisley. Life was a little easier when I lived in blissful ignorance, when I thought that ‘Sisley’ referred to that clothes shop that sometimes sells nice stuff and often sells tops that are a little slutty. Life was easier then. Now that I associate Sisley with amazing beauty products, life is not nearly so simple.

Take the Black Rose Cream Mask, for example. It’s incredible. It’s also £88. Do I slather it on every week for my instant youth effect? Smoothing, plumping, brightening? Or do I save it for very very special occasions? I had the same dilemma with the Express Flower Gel – to resign myself to regular use, knowing how great the results will be, or to save for rainy days? I’ll tell you this for free: if you have some cash floating about and you’re looking for great skincare, then make friends with Sisley. I have had rave reviews from every single person I have recommended it to – it’s an absolute blessing for dry, dull complexions and its hangover-fixing powers are unparalleled. If you don’t have loads of cash to spare, then on the rare occasion that you decide to have a splurge, make Sisley your first stop.

Lecture over! The Black Rose Cream Mask is the newest treatment from Sisley – they only release new products every once in a blue moon, so I was excited to give this a try. It’s kind of the opposite of the Express Flower Gel; whereas that one is refreshing, lifting, tightening, the Black Rose is plumping, moisturising, radiance-giving. It has the same method of application (a thin layer left on for about ten minutes, excess tissued off)  and the same kind of results (amazingly fresh-looking skin) but the experience is quite different. This one feels more soothing and pampering – more of a traditional skin treat. It smells divine and the texture is, as the name would suggest, creamy. I can’t think of anything that I don’t like about this mask, but I’d say that it’s best used an hour or so before makeup rather than in a rush immediately before! It’s good to give it some time to sink in – of course, if you’re pushed for time then you can tissue off any residue and continue with your routine, but as it costs £88 I think it’s nice to give it some breathing space!

Definitely one to add to the Hangover War Chest!

Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask is £88 from

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  1. Thu
    January 30, 2012 / 7:38 am

    ha! Totally agree about Sisley, I’ve been addicted to it, their AllDay moisturizer is amazing, too. Thick, but not greasy. How do they do it! I’ve tried their mask with Linden Blossom and it’s nothing special. What I love is their Radiant Glow mask (the one in pink), it’s really amazing. You can literally see your skin glowing! I love Sisley. But I do hope someone can hack into their computer and steal their secret ingridients and maybe create a cheaper dupe?

    • Ruth
      January 30, 2012 / 10:58 am

      @Thu hahaha! Wouldn’t that be great?! Or if they had a factory seconds shop – I’d be in there EVERY DAY! xx

  2. January 30, 2012 / 10:37 am

    God, I knew I’d like the sound of this even before I read your review! Weleda also do a Wild Rose Face Masque – how would you say it compares to that? I use the Weleda one in the eves as an occasional treat and just massage in the excess and go to bed. I use it like an intensive moisturiser when I am especially exhausted and it shows on my face – and I swear I have the skin of a peach in the morning. I wonder if you can do the same with this product? I wouldn’t use it around the eyes, its probably too rich for that but everywhere else maybe? : )

    • Ruth
      January 30, 2012 / 10:56 am

      @Yasmin yes, you could. I have never tissued of excess because I just let it sink in, so using it overnight would be perfect! I think that formula wise, I’d imagine it’s more advanced than Weleda’s mask (you’d hope so at this price!) One of the things I love about Sisley is that they hardly ever bring out something new, they spend forever perfecting things, and I think that it shows.. xx

  3. January 30, 2012 / 12:25 pm

    I’ve heard so many things about this face mask but for £88 I’m not sure I would buy it… I might try a sample to see if it’s worth the splurge!

  4. Ida
    January 30, 2012 / 1:40 pm

    The Hangover War Chest. Teehee! Ruth, you would make such an excellent med student.

  5. Eva
    January 30, 2012 / 2:26 pm

    I have been trying to resist, but after reading this, the sunscreen review and the mask reviews I simply MUST buy some Sisley to try it out.

  6. Fabienne
    January 30, 2012 / 3:09 pm

    Hi Ruth,

    I am 26 (Asian skin) and would like to know if Sisley would be right for me. I have heard that I should stick to “simple” skincare until I am 30. Not sure this is proven
    My skin looks ok most of the time except that I want to get rid of those fine lines under the eyes and dark circles, blah !

    • Ruth
      January 31, 2012 / 1:01 am

      @Fabienne hmmm, I’m always suspicious of the phrase ‘simple’ – it’s used right before you’re told to buy Clinique 3-Step! (Don’t get me started!) If your main problem is around the eyes then you need to find a good eye cream, the rest of your routine is obviously working for you? Type in eye creams into the search box and have a browse of some reviews, let me know what stands out! xx

  7. Mel
    January 30, 2012 / 5:19 pm

    I take it that the ladies who work for Sisley have amazing skin? I’d love to try their whole system.. sounds like I need to work for them.. What is it about them that makes their products that much more expensive? Quality, and quantity of their ingredients or the research? OK my brain is whirling.. to get this brand and give it a try for myself. :D

    • Ruth
      January 31, 2012 / 12:59 am

      @Mel I know, I might take a job there if they get a discount! ; )

  8. January 30, 2012 / 10:57 pm

    I have just joined the lottery syndicate at work and when we win next week I will be buying everything Sisley make – this mask sounds awesome!

  9. January 31, 2012 / 1:20 am

    I’m putting my fingers in my ears (or covering my eyes?) through all this Sisley talk, because the products look SO lovely, and I know that if I ever try them I’ll fall in love, as I always do with outrageously expensive and/or difficult to obtain products!

    • Ruth
      January 31, 2012 / 11:56 am

      @Clare haha!! Sorry… x

  10. January 31, 2012 / 11:06 am

    Heard so many good things about Sisley and every review just seems to rave even more. Sigh, I wish I could afford to make Sisley my skincare staple of choice . . ! Fantastic review x

    • Ruth
      January 31, 2012 / 11:55 am

      @Essjay me too! I would have everything Sisley if I could! Mr AMR would have a fit though… xx

  11. ilke
    January 31, 2012 / 2:30 pm

    Ruth, I do not know whether I should thank you or curse you for introducing me to Sisley (just joking by the way!)
    Ever since I watched the video of yours, using Express Flower Gel and Eye Mask, I have been sneaking in to the Sisley counters wherever I could find and ‘trying’ them out :) So, after trying them for a ‘good’ while, I decided to give myself a treat and went to House of Fraser couple of weeks back – there was still 10% discount in all of the beauty products, hooraayyy!! It was then I saw the Black Rose Mask. After a big big dilemma of whether to buy Express Flower Gel or Black Rose Mask, I decided to get the new one (hoping that the new one would be the better one :S ). It has been a 3 weeks now and I have used them (Black Rose and Eye Mask) only twice :S But to be honest, I am LOVING them BOTH!!! It is one of the best skin product investment that I made… So I guess, I should thank you :)

    • Joana Richard
      June 9, 2012 / 2:02 pm

      So True…. but buy the express Flower too eheheheheh

  12. Nichola
    February 4, 2012 / 12:32 pm

    Ruth you are a bad influence! ;-) This review has lead me to read your previous Sisley posts, spend 30 minutes searching for Sisley products via google, and buy 2 samples of flower gel on ebay.
    This is all very naughty behaviour as I am supposed to be writing my PhD (I should be submitting my thesis in 3 months…at least if this face mask works I’ll look lovely and fresh, finished thesis or not).

    • Ruth
      February 4, 2012 / 9:29 pm

      @Nichola haha!! Sorry. : ( Get on with your work! xx

  13. ei
    February 13, 2012 / 9:29 pm

    after reading this and some other blogs, I bought this in Duty free at Amsterdam airport last week. I was hovering around the Sisley counter and actually left the shop before scuttling back in and buying it (eyes closed as I handed over my credit card!) This is truly fantastic. I use a really thin layer, the best way I can describe it is the way your skin looks after a nice facial. I actually think the effects are even better than the Hydra floral mask

    • Ruth
      February 13, 2012 / 9:45 pm

      @Ei so glad you love it! x

  14. Rajdeep
    February 19, 2012 / 6:54 pm

    Hi Ruth! I have been wanting to buy a Sisley mask after reading so many rave reviews, but I’m just confused as to which one to get! They all seem wonderful but since I will be spending so much I wanted to get the one that is best for my skin! I have oily, acne-prone skin. I mainly want to add luminosity to my skin. (I have medium-dark skin so evening out my skin tone is important since discoloration is very evident on my skin!)
    Thanks! And oh yes… I absolutely love your blog! :)

    • Ruth
      February 19, 2012 / 7:00 pm

      @Rajdeep none of them will really target acne specifically, so if that’s what you want to achieve then perhaps they aren’t the right choice for you! They are indeed wonderful, but if you want some serious brightening and evening-out, then perhaps look to something like the Liquid Gold mask from Alpha-H? xx

  15. mogie hargoon
    June 12, 2012 / 12:26 pm


  16. Charlotte
    July 25, 2012 / 10:11 am

    Hi Ruth!
    I was wondering if you know much about the Sisley All Day All Year cream? I am very tempted but it is so expensive!! Do you know of any other good sun protection face products that only need to be applied once a day?
    Thank you!

    • Ruth
      July 26, 2012 / 10:10 am

      Is the Sisley a once a day SPF? It depends where you are and what kind of heat we’re talking! Most SPFs will last out a typical British (overcast) day, but if it’s hotter then yes, you’d need something stronger.. x

  17. Nat
    September 4, 2012 / 11:52 am

    hear hear, its nauseatingly pricey to purchase a sisley skincare routine, but what do you get? results. I want to love kiehls skincare coz its so reasonable but face it ppl, they only make good body products!

  18. Chessy
    October 12, 2012 / 5:05 am

    Hi Ruth, please please please help me to decide which one to get: The Express Flower Gel or the Black Rose Cream Mask? Which one that you love the most by the way? I am 27 y/o, I have problems with dullness and my skin is combination, which is partly dry and partly oily. I really wanna look fresh and dewy/glowy but not oily for just like a saturday night event. This is going to be my first Sisley product and hopefully I will fall in love with Sisley like you did! :) xx

  19. April
    October 20, 2012 / 6:14 pm

    Hi ruth, do you think it would be okay if I wore this mask for a longer time, lets say, over 7 hours as a long haul flight mask? xoxo

  20. Serena
    January 26, 2013 / 6:29 pm

    Anybody know if they test on animals or use parabens

    • Anonymous
      April 4, 2013 / 11:56 pm

      I’m not sure if they test on animals, but they definitely use parabens.
      Their botanical floral toning lotion contains: water, rosa centifolia
      (cabbage rose) water, centaurea cyanus, hammamelis virginiana (witch
      hazel) destilate, peg-40 hydrogenated castor oil, octoxynol-13,
      phenoxyethanol, propylene glycol, methlyparaben, chlorhexidine
      digluconate, butylparaben, ethylparaben, fragrance, isobutylparaben,
      propylparaben (cont. geraniol, linalool, limonene)

      • caretia
        December 10, 2013 / 7:16 pm

        they say on their site under FAQs that they do NOT test on animals and the also do NOT test their raw materials on animals, which is more than many companies are wiling to disclose

  21. Wendy
    May 21, 2014 / 11:07 pm

    I absolutely love this mask. I use it as an overnight treatment and awake to gloriously plumped and hydrated skin.

  22. Ivana
    July 14, 2017 / 4:06 pm

    I was beyond excited to get my hands on this mask. Then, after using it, I had breakouts all over my chin. I wonder what ingredient in this mask, doesn’t agree with my very normal to be honest, skin. Based on the rave reviews EVERYWHERE, I must be the only one, that experienced it

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