Ok, so the box itself is no longer available – apparently it sold out in under an hour so well done if you managed to get your hands on one of these limited edition glossies! Nevertheless, I thought it still might be interesting to give you my thoughts on the individual products.
This is more of a first impressions post (since the products are so tiny) and I do appreciate that with skincare you sometimes need a bit more time to see whether it’s working or not. I have, however, used other skincare products in the past and seen instant results so it’s not a completely unrealistic ask, especially when it comes to products with such hefty price tags as these!
Something that I noticed with all La Mer products was the almost non-existent fragrance. It seems like such a simple thing yet it’s actually pretty hard to come by a non-fragranced product these days. Another thing that I noticed – and I’m not sure whether it’s a La Mer thing or it’s more about how my skin reacted to their skincare but I had a slight warming sensation every time I applied one of the products. Nothing too uncomfortable and there were no other side effects, just something that I thought was a bit peculiar.
So now on to the individual products:
The Cleansing Micellar Water (full size £70.00/200ml) – this for me is one of those brains-says-no-but-heart-says-yes products. I only really use micellar waters to remove eye and lip makeup before going in with a more heavy duty cleanser so it seems such a waste to invest in an expensive product. La Mer’s offering is so nice, though! It so gentle and calming and it really feels more like an actual skincare product. If you use micellar waters as your main cleansing step I’d say definitely go for it! Even with how little I use micellar waters in my routine I might buy the full size product and if I do I would use every last drop of it and enjoy every second of it.
The Treatment Lotion (full size £100.00/150ml) / The Revitalizing Hydrating Serum (full size £145.00/30ml) – I have grouped these two together because as far as I understand they both have almost identical function – to hydrate and to help any skincare that you put on top to absorb better and deeper. Both products have very light, liquid textures that soak in very quickly and they don’t interfere with products that you apply on top. I definitely wouldn’t buy or use both and if I had to choose one I would probably go for the serum mainly because it’s a format that I am more familiar with. But even then – I can’t say that I noticed that much of a difference in my skin to justify the £145.00 price tag. Sure, my skin was in a great condition for the whole week I used the La Mer products, but then it’s been pretty good anyway and I’m not expecting a sudden decline now that I’m back to my usual skincare routine (you can read more about my current routine HERE).
The Eye Concentrate (full size £150.00/15ml) – it’s very nice and hydrating. Is it £150.00 nice? Probably not. Eye creams are very tricky in that it’s difficult to tell whether their working or not until you stop using them. Once I reach the point in my life when it’s time to bring in the big guns I might revisit this eye cream. For the time being, though, I’ll be trying a few cheaper alternatives and I reckon there is a fair chance I’ll find something that works just as well as this product does.
The Intensive Revitalizing Mask (full size £115.00/75ml) – this did not work for me at all. I did no see any hydration whatsoever even when I used it as an overnight treatment. There are much better and much cheaper face masks on the market – try Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask (£24.00/100ml) or Lancome Hydra Intense Mask (£33.00/100ml).
Moisturising Cream (from £115.00/30ml) – now, the cult classic. This is the one product that comes to mind when you hear words “La Mer”. It has fairly thick texture but once on your face it melts in and absorbs beautifully. It keeps skin nice and hydrated all day long. I really can’t fault this product – everything about it is great: the application, the fragrance (no-fragrance), the packaging. And it does work! It’s so basic yet so brilliant at the same time! Don’t be surprised if you see a full size product pop up in one of my skincare update post at some point later in the year. One thing to note, however, – if your skin is oily the original formula might feel a bit too rich. Not to worry, though, – the cream is available in four other formulas so you can pick one that best suits your skincare needs.
Have you tried any La Mer products? How do you justify high price tags when you buy beauty products?