La Mer Review
Hellooo! I hope you all are having a great week so far. Today’s topic is La Mer! I was very lucky to receive some La Mer products as a gift so I dragged Kevin into testing them out with me for several weeks. In case you’re not familiar, La Mer is a luxury French skincare line known for their “Miracle Broth.” One jar of their infamous moisturizing cream will set you back $170 before tax. Before I jump into the review- I have sensitive/dry combination skin with pore/redness/fine line issues. On the other hand, Kevin has dry skin with lots of wrinkles. Now the million dollar question- does it really work?
Crème De La Mer ($170): The first thing I noticed about this cream was the fragrance! It smelled like a strong, mature perfume. I’m not a fan of that, but was willing to look past it. Aside from the smell, crème de la mer has a thick and heavy texture. You have to warm it up/melt it between your hands before application so that the product can absorb into your skin. If you skip that step the cream will just sit on the surface layer of your skin. After applying this cream my face was shiny and sticky. I didn’t feel like the moisture was sinking in to hydrate my skin. :( On the second day of using this I started to see more redness and was questioning if I was having a reaction. Day 3 is when I woke up to more even skin tone, but my face was very blotchy after application. On the other hand, Kevin liked how it felt on his dry skin. His skin was not as reactive as mine so he did not experience any redness or irritation. His only con (which also happens to be the most important for him) was how his face felt sticky after application. This cream is definitely for those with extremely dry skin; however, the fact that I did not feel hydrated makes me hesitant to recommend this especially because of the price.
The Moisturizing Gel Cream ($310): The gel version of their cream was better than the original. I liked that it gave me a light layer of hydration, which was perfect for the warmer weather. It has the same fragrance and I felt this sank into the skin better than the creme de la mer. I didn’t find anything extraordinary about this to warrant the price so I would not recommend this unless you have lots of cash floating around.
The Moisturizing Soft Cream ($170): This is a thinner version of the original cream and is, in my opinion, the best one from the entire line. It provided the perfect moisture level for me without leaving me greasy or sticky. My skin felt very soft from using this cream and is the one item I would be more willing to purchase.
The Eye Concentrate ($200): This eye cream has a thin texture and is very lightweight on the skin. It smells light and fresh like cucumber. I am used to heavier eye creams so I didn’t feel like this one did anything for me. Similar to the other products, there were no noticeable differences after using this twice a day for a couple weeks (including Kevin).
The Lifiting Eye Serum ($240): This serum reminds me of an essence as it is very watery. I didn’t notice a fragrance to this product and it also doesn’t seem to do anything. After continued use, the lines under my eyes were still clearly visible. I did experience some minor breakouts near my under eyes and I am not sure if this one is the culprit.
The Concentrate ($360): This concentrate has a gel/silicon like consistency with a strong lavender scent. It feels like silicon and reminds me of a face primer. This dries down to a natural finish with no shine, but feels slippery. This product is supposed to save the skin, and soothe irritation and redness. Unfortunately, this one did nothing for me. My skin was still red and irritated. If anything it made it worse.
The Cleansing Foam ($90): I hate to say it, but I did not like this cleansing foam. It stripped my skin and left it feeling tight and dry.
I have to be honest that my trial time with La Mer was cut short by the 4th day because my face erupted in rashes. Horrible, red, bumpy rashes that eventually turned into pustules. They were everywhere and it was so visible I didn’t want to leave the house. I’m not exaggerating- it was bad. It took a good 3 or 4 days for my skin to calm down and I was left with red marks. I should have realized that I was actually reacting to the products day by day, but I was ignoring the symptoms. I’ve sampled the Soft Cream on its own before and did not react to it so I’m pretty sure that one is safe, but aside from that one I have no idea about the rest.
On the flip side, Kevin had no adverse reactions to any of La Mer. He noted no significant changes in his skin tone or texture. The only notable thing was that the moisturizing cream was ‘very moisturizing.’ -_- I didn’t see any improvement in his wrinkles either.
Our conclusion is that La Mer did not work well enough for us to purchase. None of the products seem to provide a significant result to wow us. As usual, just because it didn’t work for us does not mean it won’t work for you since everyone’s skin is different. I strongly advise getting samples so you can test them out yourself before investing in them.