Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You

Would you ever pay more than $100 for a skin cream? If you found a skin cream that worked well for you (obviously you wouldn’t spend $100 for something that didn’t work!), would you dole out the cash for it? Would you succumb to pricey creams if they worked for you? What would a $100+ cream need to do for you in order to buy it?

For me, I want visible signs of SOMETHING GOOD, whether that’s increased luminosity, skin health, reduced acne, etc. Since I’m not exactly aging very much, it’s hard for me to really tell when a cream hits home on the anti-aging, wrinkle-reduction/prevention front, but if I could see it? That’d be GOLDEN!

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48 thoughts on “Temptalia Asks You – Would you ever pay more than $100 for a skin cream?

  1. first to comment :P well i would! although i’m stil a student.. i dun mind splurging on gd skincare items.. cos i always feel dat a beautiful natural complexion is better den a bad complexion dat relies on makeup to ‘make it beautiful superficially’.. dat’s my 2 cents worth of opinion! me-> skincare’s the top priority!

  2. hamsandwich

    how bright is the blush from raspberry palette?

  3. Chica

    I have super senstive skin so generally my skin care is expensive just because I can’t pick up my creams on the high street.
    I wouldn’t pay 50 squids for one though, i draw the line at £30 – $60

  4. lisa

    I would probably buy it like once a year or so as a special treat to myself but for sure i would not use a cream that costs that much as an everyday thing.

  5. Katherine

    Yes, several times. I’ve tried La Mer, La Prairie (Time Release Moisture Cream), Darphin’s Arovita C (and probably a few others I can’t recall the name of right now). Yes, I’m a sucker! The best one for me is Darphin’s Arovita C. But I finally got smart in my “old age” – I now only spend over $100.00 on prescriptions from my derm. I’m using Renova (a Retin A Product). Much more difference that the expensive creams at the department store! The department store creams may have made my skin soft and felt luxurious on application, but save your money and get the Rx for real results!

    Katherine

  6. Briodmun

    Depends entirely on how much i would get. If it’s a tiddly little amount then it wouldn’t be worth my time unless it’s some magically (super) awesome stuff! Again, i don’t have a real trouble with my skin, so the only thing creams i use are anti-ageing (rarely – dont really need it) or acne prevention for bad breakouts.

  7. reecespieces

    if it was available at COSTCO IN BULK…YES! LOL hahaa sorry but thats what honestly came to mind. costco has really brain washed me and my shopping habits. i always find myself saying.. “eh i can get that at costco for cheaper and way more”

  8. Shefali

    OMG Reecespieces – that is the funniest answer and SO TRUE!! Costco is a beauty treasure hunt for me…I’ve bought Bobbi Brown lipstick there before at a great price!!

    My answer to the $100 skin cream – HELL NO. I’m 35 and started using anti-aging products at about 32. I don’t have any visible signs of aging (per all the skincare counter people) but I use some products to be preventative so my skin continues to maintain its elasticity. $100 is really steep and there are SO MANY good products out there that are less expensive and work even better than stuff that costs that much.

    • I don’t think I’ve bought too many beauty products at Costco – maybe removing stuff, lol!

      You are so lucky to have such great genes, Shefali :D

  9. Pearl

    Yes, however, you have to keep in mind that you can’t go back in time and erase what’s already been done. At least not in a dramatic sense. You would have to have surgery for a more dramatic youthfull look. But, you can buy preventative creams to help prevent things from happening like aging, etc. Most really expensive creams haven’t been proven to do what they say they will do. You can buy creams from Oil of Olay that will do essentially the same thing. You don’t necessarily have to spend that much. It’s all dependent upon what you need it for. Certain ingredients cost a fortune and sometimes it’s worth the expense. If you go to Saks, every cream costs at least that much it seems. (Besides Clinique, Bobbi Brown and MAC)

  10. Pearl

    If there was a “miracle” cream, then everybody would be buying it!

  11. Maybe, but not for a few more years … I’ll be 34 next month, but my No 7 Restore and Renew serum is working hard at keeping those wrinkles (and breakouts) away. When I start noticing wrinkles, I will definitely switch to a prescription retinol products, but for now the little bit in the No 7 serum is keeping them at bay. I have oilyish skin, so my moisturizers are usually pretty cheap … no active ingredients. I am using Paula’s Choice right now and I really like it.

    My mom has used Prevage ($150) and it did an amazing job at getting rid of sun damage and making her skin more radiant but she stopped after two bottles and she has more damage now … sometimes I don’t know how we are even related!

  12. I actually would. There are a couple I’ve tried that are seriously amazing — Estee Lauder’s Re-Nutriv Ultimate Youth Creme is the best. It’s $250, which is a LOT — but it’s so worth it!

  13. Carolina

    I’m 27 and I would pay 100 bucks for a face cream, if, and only if, it gave brilliant results (toned and shiny skin, kept wrinkles at bay) and it was enough to last 2 months or more. That way, it would be more or less what I pay for my tiny Avene cream tubes.

  14. Erin

    Heeeeeell naw.

  15. Tanya

    If there was a cream that would work as well as a trip to the Derm for results, yes I would buy it. However, I don’t think there are any over the counter skin creams that work that well. But I have spent thousands of dollars on cosmentic procedures at the Derm, I guess if a cream could provide the same results for a lot less (and a 100$ cream is alot less) YES I would buy it.

    Christine, I know that creme you tried really turned your skin around, its expensive, but it seems worth it.

    • That definitely makes sense, Tanya :) I agree that it is hard to find an over-the-counter cream that will work as well as prescription ones, because the ingredients are better/higher percentages in prescription ones.

  16. victoria

    never because personally i have normal to oily skin, any expensive creams, even samples, i would just breakout. my skin likes to keep things simple, light and leave it alone because i sometimes breakout if i fuss around it too much. and my skin works fine with drugstore brands or just a clinique moisturizer.

  17. Tekoa

    Heck no! Especially not that $250 jar. Its so expensive it offends me.
    For me to buy an item over $100 it would have to eliminate acne, oily skin, have SPF, anioxidents out the yin-yang, moisturize and have numerous double-blind studies proving its claims.

  18. Pearl

    Any woman can spend that much as long as she has a rich husband!!!

  19. Eva

    First time poster here… :o)
    No, I wouldn´t pay $ 100 for a face cream..not if I could buy a whole skincare routine from DY for that money-including a SLS-free, ph-neutral cleanser, AHA- and BHA-lotions (or serums) and copper peptides to address wrinkles.
    May not have the fancy packaging, but it´s working. :o)

  20. kat

    Right now, no. But once I grad I’m in a really reallu high paying field, so I can definately afford it… and at that point I probably will when I’m older… (I can’t imagine I’d be spending so much on makeup at that point anyway~)

  21. Charlotte

    I would pay a lot of money for any cream that could keep my face from getting so oily. I bought an Annayake cream for nearly $100, it doesn’t work quite as well as I need it to.

  22. Cosine

    I’m 19 and I have no qualms spending that amount or even more on a single face cream if it works wonders for my skin but I think I’d draw the line at $200… anything more than that will just make my mum go insane. I have sooo many skin concerns so if that ONE single product can make me GLOWWW without my daily ritual of concealer and loose powder, why not?

  23. Tonee

    I would pay $100 (or even more) for a skin cream that is effective in treating certain skin conditions (pigmentation, acne marks, dry skin) but I would not continue to buy/use such a cream on a regular basis.

    I want clear, well moisturized skin but I don’t want to spend a fortune just to be wrinkle free either. I accept aging as a natural process, and don’t believe in splurging on “miracle products” that reduce the appearance of wrinkles. When I hit sixty, I want to have enough money to travel and indulge in good food ;-) so spending $500 to $1000 (when you factor in inflation and what not) in three to four decades time is totally out of the question for me!

    • Hey Tonee!

      I would probably want to be able to use an expensive cream only every other day or something and supplement with a less expensive product, myself.