report by Lisa L. of the Cosmetic Connection Product Panel
Hello fellow cosmetic junkies! Hope your holidays were happy and safe.
To my delight, I found that I had made Santa's "very good" list, as some
fabulous La Mer products found their way under my tree!
For those of you who don't know the story, here's the short version: Crème De La Mer was invented by Max Huber, a Nasa scientist who was badly burned in an
experiment gone wrong. After countless hours of research, and thousands
of experiments, he created a special cream that radically improved the
appearance of his scarred skin. Be warned, this is one of the most
expensive lines available! Apparently, each batch must be made in small
quantities, and "fermented" for months, thus producing shortages and mass
panic among cranky socialites. One ounce of the original cream is $85, with
other items in the line of comparable cost. Are they worth it? Read on
and find out.
Crème de La Mer ($85 for one ounce)
This is the original - a very, very rich cream that has to be warmed
between the fingers (it breaks down the texture, and makes it easy to
apply) and "patted" onto perfectly dry skin. A dime-sized amount is plenty
for your whole face and part of your neck! While this formula was too
rich for my combination skin, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it
makes the perfect eye cream! The skin under my eyes became noticeably
smoother and more supple. I was also amazed to find that it diminished my
dark circles, as well as strengthened and nourished my eyelashes. (I
thought I was going crazy, but another CC reader confirmed that this was
her experience, too.) I don't know how it works, but thank the celestial
power of your choice that it does. When used as an eye cream, this jar is
actually a good value, and well worth the price. I'm completely hooked.
The Cleansing Gel ($65 for 6.7 ounces)
This cleansing gel is incredibly gentle, yet it thoroughly removes all
traces of makeup, dirt, and sebum. You definitely don't need a toner.
The thing that makes this cleanser special is that it seems to leave the
acid mantle on your skin completely intact. Skin feels squeaky clean, yet
soft and hydrated. I love the stuff, but felt it was just too expensive
when Origin's Mint Wash is almost exactly the same product, and costs only $14
for the same amount. If you've got the cash, the La Mer gel is a nice
splurge, but consider the Mint Wash if you're a diva on a budget.
The Face Serum ($175 for one ounce)
This item really wowed me, and has become my favorite La Mer product. The
serum is the fermented "broth" that is added to the cream. Comprised of
marine proteins, enzymes, minerals, and "a secret lime thing" (according
to the experts at Bliss Spa), this elixir smoothes your skin, clears up
blemishes, and makes your complexion glow like a child's. You only use
5-6 drops for your whole face, so an ounce will last a good long time. You apply the serum under the moisturizer for maximum benefit, and the results are clearly evident after only a couple of days. My skin continues to thank me by producing less oil, and glowing like crazy.
Oil-Absorbing Lotion ($135 for 1.7 ounces)
This lotion is perfect for combination and oily-skinned individuals like
myself. In winter, I can use a slightly richer lotion, but this will be
my top pick for the other 3/4 of the year! This oil-free formula soaks up
excess sebum, and keeps your face matte and fresh for hours. Applied in
the morning, you won't need to touch up with powder until late afternoon.
This lotion also smoothes your skin and fights breakouts, as well as
little lines. Another winner!
The Body Lotion ($135 for 6.7 ounces)
This was the only La Mer product that didn't completely knock my socks
off. It is a nice lotion, to be sure, but I didn't find it lasted long
enough to "skip a day" as they claimed. It smells nice, and moisturizes
well, but for this price you want it to be "the best" by a mile. Sorry,
it isn't. I prefer Alpha Hydrox "Silk Wrap" lotion, which makes skin
amazingly soft, with even texture and tone, with a mixture of 10% alpha
hydroxy acids and vitamins. At $11 for 10 ounces, it's an affordable
product with results that suggest a much higher price.