The other week, the exciting news landed that the high prestigious, luxury skincare brand Lucia Magnani was launching at Harvey Nichols Manchester. If you’re not yet familiar with Lucia Magnani, it’s a real premium skincare brand which redefines science and nature, consisting of a coveted, selected product line-up which offers the ultimate skin care for a healthy, youthful complexion.
I haven’t managed to try out the full range so I can’t comment on the entire collection (which is made up of 6 hero beauty products), but I have been lucky enough to try out two of the brands best-sellers: the Retexturing Radiance Mask and the Rejuvenating Eye Cream.
First of all – how stunning is the packaging? These cutesy little premium pots packed with high quality product literally fit into the palm of my hand, but it’s the stylish leopard print lids and gold engraved banding which I love the most. I literally line these two products up together side-by-side on my dressing table and they just look stunning.
The Rejuvenating Eye Cream retails at £130, which is definitely one of the most expensive eye creams I own, but as well as providing long-lasting hydration to the eye area, its designed to give illumination and blurred imperfections to the under eyes too. I totally need a cream like this – my eye area couldn’t be any more tired looking, puffy and dark right now.
The first thing I noticed when applying this eye cream is that the texture is thick and firm, not watery and ‘fine’ like some eye creams are. With this in mind, you literally need the smallest amount blended into the skin around the brow bone, around the crows feet and lightly underneath the eye.
The eye cream aims to nourish, fortify and firm the delicate skin under the eyes, so its a bit of an all-rounder along with brightening and smoothing. An expert mix of antioxidants and peptides help to preserve the appearance of the upper eyelids too (which shouldn’t be forgotten about!) countering puffiness and providing long-lasting hydration.
Signs of expression, age and fatigue are aimed to be alleviated, and I would say that after using this eye cream for 3 weeks, I’m noticing my under eyes are looking a lot brighter, and less lined.
I like to give eye creams a good 4-6 weeks before I properly investigate the results, but I’m pleased to say I’m really enjoying using this product every night before bed. The texture feels so soft and velvet-y when I blend it into the under-eye skin and eye contour, and I always wake up with that feeling that the skin around my eyes looks much fresher.
Now for my favourite of the two: the Retexturing Radiance Mask. I was expecting a dark green detoxifying type mask, but it’s actually more of a lighter khaki shade mask, which I’ve never experienced before.
What I loved straight away was the same thing as the eye cream – the texture again is incredibly thick and firm, and not watery or mixed down with any liquids. It feels premium, and that all the goodness from the ingredients are intensely packed in and concentrated into this mask.
It has been formulated based on the unique properties of the waters and mud of Castrocaro Terme in Italy, and enriched with the well-known antioxidants CoQ10, Vitamin E and Alpha-Lipoic Acid. The purifying mask contributes to regenerating, strengthening and preserving the skin structure, aiming to help maintain a youthful, radiant appearance with its luxurious formulation, rich in natural minerals and ingredients with known astringent effect on the pores, redness and skin irregularities.
I’ve used this mask on 4 occasions up to now, and it feels super lovely how it just glides onto my skin with a thick, smooth texture, sinking into my complexion and then drying fast. I tend to leave on for around 15 minutes, before rinsing off with warm water.
There’s no sticky bits of residue or tight mask ‘bits’ which linger on and embed themselves into the skin. The mask just melts away when rinsed and reveals a bright radiance pretty much straight away. So many times I’ve been disappointing with face masks before because the rinsing away situation is just pure hard work and a messy scenario!
I noticed that rather instantly, my pores were smaller and imperfections appeared more dried up (especially those large pesky spots), with a clearer, fresher looking overall complexion. The mask aims to mitigate expression lines and signs of time after using the mask repeatedly, and from the results so far, I have quite high hopes this is true.
Both of the products I’ve been trying out are almost scent-free (I can’t seem to smell anything from either!) and I know I keep saying it, but they really do feel high quality and luxury with every use. I can’t get over the thick, rich textures from both, and its made me more wary about other skincare brands who may potentially water down or under-concentrate their products slightly.
The introduction of Lucia Magnani at Harvey Nichols in Manchester gives this city that touch of professionalism and exclusivity within its skincare offering, and I’m super excited to check out the counter itself!