Fancy treating your skin to some Black Diamond Truffle and Platinum for under £15!

Well you can do just that with the recently launched Optimum PhytoDeluxe range from Superdrug, and yes, it’s under £15!

Aimed at the 40+ market (sadly I fit into this bracket 🙁 ), this skincare regime claims to have similar ingredients to the Estee Lauder ReNutriv Ultimate Diamond Transformative Energy Creme (try saying that when you’ve had one too many sherries) which retails at £225! :-0

To be honest, I’m not usually a fan of High Street branded skincare products, namely because they are very often heavily perfumed, contain far too many potential skin irritants, and tend not to be quite as potent as their professional skincare counterparts.

That said, I wasn’t about to turn down an opportunity to try this regime and discover for myself whether the claims they make hold any weight…

Both creams, one for daytime use (with SPF15 – yey, 1 point here!) and the other, a night cream, come in discreet and opaque, pump action bottles. As I mused about in a previous blog spot What Ingredients Should You Be Looking For In Your Skincare Products pump action is the only way to dispense and maintain the efficacy of a cream or serum, so this was definitely a point in its favour.

Both creams are said to have rejuvenating, toning and skin firming qualities that help to combat the signs of ageing skin.

So what’s with the high end ingredients?

For thousands of years the Black Diamond Truffle has been prized as an aphrodisiac and, whilst more traditionally served as a delicacy in high end restaurants, it contains amino acids that are alleged to have toning and moisture balancing properties helping to improve elasticity and reduce fine lines and wrinkles when applied to the skin.

The Platinum Matrix-EM is a mix of platinum particles and a highly concentrated Tetrapeptide, which has been clinically proven to boost collagen synthesis – think plump skin and a youthful glow 🙂

In my humble opinion…

Both creams are quite strongly scented, which I had anticipated, but given ‘Parfum’ is at the bottom of their ingredient list (meaning its presence is minimal), it didn’t irritate my skin and is probably better than the alternative – the aroma of a soil dwelling fungus :-0

The Comforting Night Cream is just that – mixed with Shea Butter, Vitamin E and Pro-Vitamin B5, it’s extremely nourishing and comforting and ideal for use as a rich night-time treatment. It’s great to use with the Body Shop’s Twin-Ball Massager that I’ve reviewed previously.

The packaging states that at the 4 week point you should see a noticeable difference in smoothness and rejuvenation but, I would definitely say that my skin looks a little more refreshed and luminous already and I’m only 2 weeks in – yey!

The Indulgent SPF15 Day Cream is much the same in terms of ingredients but in addition, it shields the skin against sun-induced skin ageing and it glides on beautifully, absorbing quickly and providing deep nourishment without a greasy feel.


It’s not a bad idea to change up your skincare routine with a change in seasons and, although it’s been unseasonably warm here in the UK for November, I can still feel that chilly wind biting at my face. Whilst the long-term results are yet to be seen, I would certainly consider these two extremely well priced products as winter-time alternatives, and at £14.99 a bottle and a “100% Happiness Money Back Guarantee”, it would be silly not to…

Oh yes, I almost forgot, they are “Cruelty Free” too 🙂

Superdrug Optimum PhytoDeluxe range is available nationwide.

Look after the skin you’re in…