Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

I recently had the opportunity to check out and try several La Mer products over the past few weeks. Since La Mer focuses on skincare, I wanted to test everything for awhile, so I could really give you a true blue review on them! You’ll find a review on eight different La Mer products: Creme de la Mer moisturizing cream, Moisturizing lotion, Moisturizing gel, Eye Balm, Concentrate, Cleansing Gel, Refining Facial, and Hand Treatment.

Overall, La Mer products are luxurious against the skin — there is no doubt about it — soft, silky, and deliciously moisturized and well-balanced skin results from using their products over a matter of days. I love that they’ve come out with several versions of their most popular item, Creme de la Mer, so they can provide products that can really cater to a customer’s individual skin. They have lightweight versions of it, which I found was great for days when the weather was just too hot for anything remotely thick.

Creme de la Mer — I can see why this product is raved about, because it made my skin soft and supple, and I swear there was a touch of glow to it after using Creme de la Mer for a few weeks. It has a very light scent, which is a definite plus for me, as I prefer my facial products with minimal scents. The cream itself is rich and thick, and you have to make sure you warm it up between your palm or fingers before applying in order to achieve the best results.

Moisturizing Lotion — This is the lightweight version of Creme de la Mer, which I just adore for days on the go, hot days, or when I know I’ll be running around like a chicken without a head. Sometimes the original formula is too rich for my skin, so I really find that this is a great alternative. Also, in the winter months, a lot of people experience drier skin, while in the summer months find their skin is more normalized in moisture, so being able to alternate between the two formulas is excellent. Moisturizing Gel Cream is very similar in the results that are yielded as Creme de la Mer and the Moisturizing lotion! Just pick your favorite texture and thickness.

Eye Balm — I’ll have to admit that I was probably not the best reviewer for this, as I’m still young enough where I haven’t been plagued by an abundance of eye wrinkles (though I see them starting, trust me!), but after a few days of use, I noticed my eyes were less puffy and the skin seemed tighter.

Concentrate — I didn’t have a chance to use this yet (probably a good thing?) as it is meant to be used over post-trauma skin to improve and aid in the healing process. This is ideal for use to reduce the scarring and redness from recent surgery, microdermabrasion, etc.

Cleansing Gel — If you want a clean and fresh feeling, this product definitely does it for you. It does a decent job of removing all excess dirt, makeup, etc. off of your face (though I’d recommend using a separate eye makeup remover prior to this cleanser for the ultimate clean). It does leave your skin feeling a bit tight, and I know some people love that feeling, while others prefer cleansers without it. I like that the gel is thick, not loose at all, so you don’t need too much for an individual application.

Refining Facial — Oh, I loved this! My skin felt so soft after I used it – it’s meant to help exfoliate by sloughing off dead skin and really getting into your pores and bringing out the glow and healthy sheen your skin should have. I adore this product for sure! They describe it as your skin feeling awakened, and I have to nod my head in agreement.

Hand Treatment — Let me tell you, my hands thanked me after just a few days of using La Mer’s fabulous hand cream. They literally said, “Where have you been all my life?” to the tube of cream! I’m an obsessive handwasher, which unfortunately results inn dry hands (though I’ve lucked out and they’re not as dry as they could be), so this lotion definitely came in handy. I also used the cream on the heels of my feet on occasion, and it worked great!

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22 thoughts on “Creme de la Mer – Introduction & Reviews of Creme de la Mer, Lotions, Hand Treatment

  1. thanks for this :) i was considering investing in la mer products but cripes they are expensive. From this review and the makeup girl i will definitely try at least one thing !

    • No problem! I know, they’re quite expensive! They’re something worth trying, but it’s definitely an upscale line targeted at women who are going through the aging process. I think me, being 20, I am not their target audience, lol. A lot of the good skincare lines are pricey, though, so it’s worth a shot. Dita Von Teese swears by La Mer!

  2. Nice! I want that hand cream! Does it leave an oily film after you apply it? (hate that!)

    • It gets pretty well absorbed within the first couple of minutes. To fully absorb, maybe 5 minutes or so, assuming you don’t use tons and tons. A little goes a long way, actually!

  3. I might throw down the $ for it then. I wash my hands a lot, too, so I have a major jones for hand cream. Too bad it doesn’t have SPF, though!

    • I can give you the product sample I have – it’s not tons, but it’ll give you an idea! I have some other stuff I generally use, IF I remember, lol.

      Remind me and I’ll bring it on Saturday for our date!

  4. helen

    hia Christine,

    which would you say is better the la mer moisturizing lotion or the moisturizing gel cream. im very keen to buy one but am not sure which one to get out of the above 2.

  5. Nicci

    I have tried the the creme and it made me breakout :( it was a little too thick and greasy for my sensitive skin. I tried the gel and have no issues. I have been using it since it December 08. I have been using the Concentrate Serum and it has really improved the texture of my skin. I don’t have acne but had a little before during college and had a couple scars from it. I have been using it morning and night and my scars are slowly going away. It is pricey, yes, but I feel it was worth the money. I also use the Cleansing Foam and my skin feels soft and very clean afterwards, I don’t use any toner…I don’t feel like I need it. I also have the powder and it’s great as well. I tried a sample of the eye balm but for some reason it made my eyes burn if they got watery. I stopped using it.

    I’m only 25 yrs old but I feel I have benefited from using their products :)

    • I’m glad the gel has been better for you, Nicci! It’s too bad about the creme, but hey, if the gel does the trick 😉

      Have you tried their new SPF moisturizer?

      • Sugarcrumb

        Yes, has any1 tried the new UV Fluid in SPF 30? I was also thinking of getting the Radiant Infusion which is supposed to be something in between a toner and a serum. I’ve been thinking about the Refining Facial (it was a toss-up between La Mer and Kiehl’s Microdermabrasion) but will now go for the La Mer one (not THAT big a price difference).

  6. inuchan

    Dear Christine, dear Beauty Ladies,

    I know it is a bit late, but I have a question: I hear lots of people saying that Creme de La Mer is in fact the same as Nivea Creme, and that there is no miracle effect. That for 130 EUR/jar (the price in my place) they would have been better off buying Nivea Cream instead.

    I also read about complains regarding the fact that Creme de La Mer contains quite a lot of not-so-good ingredients (such as petrochemicals derivatives). Is that true?

    I have never tried Creme de La Mer myself, so I wanted to know, what do you think about it all?

    Thank you!

    • Nathalie

      Some people say that Nivea Crème is the same as some products of La Prairie (which wouldn’t be too surprising as they both belong to the same group, Beiersdorf). I didn’t know they said this about La Mer as well! It’s so bizarre.

      • inuchan

        Hi Nathalie,

        Thank you for your reply! OMG you are right about both brand belonging the the same group, I had neer noticed (might explain the scent thing 😉 )

        Well I just read some complains about this, while browsing for information. I guess it is also a question of a product that work for some people, and not for some others?

    • I haven’t heard that before, to be honest. The best thing to do is look at Creme de la Mer’s ingredient list to determine for yourself!

  7. Nicci


    No, I have tried the SPF moisturizer. I have read really positive reviews about it though. Have you tried it? If you did, I would imagine you have reviewed it by now :) I have been bad about using SPF…I just started using a moisturizer w/spf. I like it but won’t be repurchasing since it is way too expensive and I know I can find other good ones for cheaper.

  8. inuchan


    Finally I could receive a sample for Creme de La Mer! (I went to a new beauty shop, and I guess my buying some Chanel products did help, as the sales lady told me that the samples were available on purchasing La Mer products only ^^ guess I got lucky !!

    I thus got a “Creme de La Mer – Moisturizing Cream” sample. It is so cute I really am afraid to try it on, but at the same time, I cannot wait to see by myself how this cream will react when applied on my skin :)

    Life’s good!

  9. Gail Preston

    Do not waste your money on this! I have tried many different lines of skin care products, and this product is, without a doubt, the WORST moisturizer I have ever used. It is difficult to put on. It leaves a glossy, greasy sheen that never disappears even after several hours. The only way to get rid of that horrific sheen is to wear face powder, which is not something I want to do every day.

    I am not a young woman, so one would think that the product would be absorbed easily into my skin, but it doesn’t. It stays on top of my skin like a greasy mess. I SWITCHED to using the Vitamin Enhanced Moisturizer from the Made From Earth skincare line of products. It moisturizes my skin, and it is absorbed easily into my skin – I see a major difference in how healthy my skin looks with the Vitamin Enhanced Moisturizer.