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Yes ,you read the price correctly ,this is what a 50ml jar of this miracle cream will set you back! You will also be wondering how I came to be reviewing this blisteringly expensive product, read on dear reader and you shall find out!
Spurred on by my recent interest in reviewing I decided to find out why there was such a huge difference in the price of face creams, many of which claim to do the same thing,,namely to keep you looking younger longer so, I decided to do a bit of sleuthing,(I do like a good sleuth!) So off I went to investigate. Luckily I get to visit Gibraltar fairly often and Main Street, although only 1 mile, long boasts at least 8 perfume and skin care shops which are generally packed out with passengers from the cruise liners that regularly call here.
My favourite shop is "Star of India" as it has a huge selection and helpful staff who don't mind daft questions. Explaining that I was after knowledge, and sadly not buying one of the staff took time out to explain that the price of the most expensive products was so high because of the research behind them was so costly, This being the case with La Prairie,or the nature and quality and availablity of ingredients was so high or difficult to obtain. One company uses a seaweed that takes years to grow, some recent ranges have even been developed by plastic surgeons as a result of their work. When I left she gave me four ,yes ,four samples one of which was La Prairie cellular night repair cream.
This is what their website claims it will do:-
While you sleep, this remarkably restorative treatment is at work, enhancing your skin's natural regenerating mechanism to help restore the natural beauty of your face, neck and décolleté.
Its multi-faceted corrective formula brings together no fewer than four proprietary complexes, which help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, control the skin's response to aging influences, facilitate hydration and promote regeneration and recovery.
You will awaken to see your skin looking younger, visibly improved!
Screw up your courage ,not your face.!
Well I was so overcome by the price of it ,my 5ml sample must cost about 15pounds that I have waited 2months before trying it, but this week I felt brave.! (and wrinkly!) so I gave it a go.
The sample comes in a simple silver ,oblong box ,8cm by 3.5cm ,on the front, at the top is printed in white ,cellular night repair cream, face neck ,decollete. La Prairie Switzerland is also in white at the bottom of the box with the size of the sample,5ml /net wy.0.16oz. The reverse of the box is exactly the same .
On one side is printed Laboratories La Prairie S.A. Clarens /Montreux .Zurich, Baden Baden Milano Paris. Making one feel very continental indeed ,it also states that this is a sample and not for sale.
Inside is a little ,white tube ,with a screw top ,bearing the same information in grey and an information leaflet descibing it´s benefits and how and when to apply .ie at night after cleansing.
After careful cleansing I put this on just before going to bed.
Undo the top and with a little sniff and you get the quite strange scent of the contents. It reminds me of pear drops ,or that funny mouth wash you get at the dentist. The cream itself is of a medium consistency and I very carefully applied it to my face and neck. It goes on quite smoothly but then feels almost as if your face has been coated in a light plastic! If you touch your face for the next hour or so your fingers sort of stick to it! It doesn´t absorb like other creams but sits on your face working ,you hope! Then you fall asleep!
Well I have very ordinary skin of the mixed type and being of more mature years definitely have wrinkles and some sun damage so the first morning I rushed to the mirror (sad person!) To see the results. Because of the price I was sort of hoping that nothing had happened then I could pour scorn on such a narcissistic waste of money, but I really did look better, not hugely better but just well rested and not quite as well worn looking, damn!
After using it for three nights ,it is all used up, My skin does look a bit better but not enough to ever warrant 150pounds worth better.Maybe I am being unfair after such a short test ,but I was also concerned that on the second night it started to sting just a bit and the info leaflet stated that if signs of irritation appear to discontinue use,also to avoid contact with eyes eyelids, lips or broken skin, hmm! The ingredients list is as long as my arm and contains a few natural ingredients but it looks like mostly chemicals to me. It´s been fun , La Prairie, but even if I could afford it I would rather have something more natural that I understand.
Three stars from me for being so expensive!
Available from retail stores and on-line,more info www.laprairie.com
Thank you for reading my review it may appear on Ciao under "Splishsplash"
While you sleep, this remarkably restorative treatment is at work, enhancing your skin's natural regenerate mechanism to help restore the natural beauty of your face, neck and decollete. Its multi-faceted corrective formula brings together no fewer than four proprietary complexes, which help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, control the skin's response to aging influences, facilitate hydration and promote regeneration and recovery. You will awaken to see your skin looking younger, visibly improved! Promotes skin regeneration and recovery via multi-level complexes. Hydrates, smoothes and firms the skin, while reducing lines and wrinkles. Also helps reduce redness and sensitivity caused by environmental aggressors, whilst regenerating and restoring imbalances caused by the skin's ageing process To use: Apply this rich cream every evening after cleansing and toning. Smooth over the face, neck and decollete avoiding the eye area. It may be used alone or over a serum.