When it comes to decoding the ingredients in all the flacons and jars on our top shelf of beauty elixirs, even the help of a beauty glossary can leave us a little confused. But understanding the components in the products we religiously slather on our faces can’t hurt.
Native to the Peruvian Andes, the Black Orchid is very rare for its ebony colour and blooms for three weeks only, unlike similar breeds of its kind which flowers for months. This rare variety of orchid is incredibly valued for its ability to adapt its metabolism through understanding its environment and optimising its fertilisation and fruition.
Thankfully, French Maison Guerlain has done most of the homework for us. As one of the oldest cosmetics and skincare houses in the world with almost 200 years of experience, they know a thing or two about ingredients and how to engineer them in a way to create solutions that make us look and feel our best.
Specifically, Guerlain has dedicated its last 15 years into the study of orchids. Beyond interior floral décor, the flower has been the Maison’s key ingredient in its Orchidée Impériale Black collection. Native to the Peruvian Andes, the Black Orchid is rare for its ebony colour and blooms for three weeks only, unlike similar breeds of its kind which flowers for months. This rare variety of orchid is incredibly valued for its ability to adapt its metabolism through understanding its environment and optimising its fertilisation and fruition.
Today Guerlain introduces a new product to its Imperiale Black collection. Continuing in the vein of Orchidée Impériale Black The Cream, Guerlain’s skincare masterpiece, the famous upscale brand is launching the Orchidée Impériale Black Eye & Lip Contour Cream.
The entire Orchidée Imperiale Black range is based on rejuvenating powers of the Black Orchid, which is known for increasing its longevity by successfully adapting to any environment. Harnessing the powers of the precious orchid, Guerlain’s research and development team has developed the special Blackimmune technology, which targets 95% of cells involved in the skin’s defensive system.
The very same technology has been used in the production of the new Orchidee Impériale Black Eye & Lip Contour Cream, which is developed to target the visible signs of aging in areas around the lips and eyes. The Blackimmune technology helps to minimize the visible signs of aging, making the skin smoother, more defined, and better protected from environmental stressors.
Guerlain’s Blackimmune Technology, the precise extraction of these precious black orchid qualities is made possible, and is said to be the closest thing to a drink from the fabled fountain of youth.
The inclusion of Spilanthes Extract smooths the appearance of expression lines, while the genuine 24K Gold particles help to illuminate the skin. The skin around the eye and lip is left stronger, and more resilient, with minimized signs of aging, less pronounced signs of fatigue, the upper eyelids enhanced, and the lip contours sharply defined.
Directions for use:
Take a dab of Orchidee Imperiale Black Eye & Lip Contour Cream with the small-tipped end of the applicator. Then, using its rounded part, apply to the undereye and lip contour areas.
The eye contour area
Trace a ‘figure eight’. To make the first loop, start applying at the inner corner of the eye, continue under the brow to the temple, then return – under the eye – to the starting point. Repeat for the other eye to complete the ‘figure eight’.
II. To help smooth the eye contour area:
Using the rounded end of the applicator, slowly and gradually apply firm pressure to each of the ‘acu-pressure points’ (see below) for 5 seconds, then release pressure for another 5 seconds.
To relax the entire eye contour area:
1. Apply pressure midway between the eyebrows.
To tone the skin:
2. Inner corner of the eye
3. Sweep from the ‘head’ to the ‘tail’ of the eyebrow.
4. ‘Tail’ of the eyebrow
6. Proceed from the ‘tail’ of the brow to the inner corner of the eye, patting gently under the eye. Repeat for the other eye.
Press firmly and smooth, sweeping along the natural lip contour line, first in one direction, then the other. Perform a similar maneuver, but replace the sweeping motion with gentle patting to plump up the lips.
IV. To gently stimulate the skin:
Apply pressure to a point between the Cupid’s bow and the nose.
All the wonders of time travel can be found in one sumptuous jar. Guerlain’s new Orchidée Impériale Black Eye & Lip Contour Cream is presented in a reusable and refillable black porcelain jar, hand-made by Maison Bernardaud, a prominent French family-owned porcelain maker since 1863. The Cream jar is now available in a refillable version, the ultimate expression of sustainable luxury. Same as its predecessor, the Eye & Lip Contour Cream features a floral scent that blends notes of rose, white musk, and cedar wood.
The luxurious and lavish Guerlain Orchidee Imperiale Black Eye & Lip Contour Cream is available in 20ml refillable jar, and is available at Guerlain boutiques and selected stores worldwide. It comes with a price tag of $580.00. Come into the beautiful world of Guerlain.