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I went into Harvey Nichols as I wanted to visit their Espresso Cafe, while I was waiting for my friend (I was uncharacteristically early) I decided to browse despite being adamant I wasn't going to buy anything. I was just going through to the 'posh cosmetics' section when a beautifully dressed lady handed me a small envelope which, when I opened it, contained a sample size 'capsule' of La Mer Cleansing Gel - there was no measurement indicated on the capsule but I'd guesstimate it was a 5ml sample, which is a nice little freebie considering the 200ml bottle costs a whopping £65.
It's a gorgeous cleansing gel but no WAY worth money like that, you only need to use a few tiny drops each time you cleanse your face so even my tiny capsule has lasted for a while - the gel lathers into beautifully rich bubbles which feel cleansing as I massage them into my skin, it really does feel like an incredibly luxurious cleanser but I still don't think I could justify spending £65 on it.
An issue is the fact it doesn't do anything for my skin other than feel nicer to use than the cleanser it replaced, I'm having a sort out in my bathroom at the moment which I why I came across this after it had been lost amongst the rest of the 'sample sizes' for a few weeks. I've used quite a few sample sizes of premium skin care products during my sort out and while this might bubble up nicely it certainly doesn't feel like it's anything special compared to other expensive cleansers, and even some cheaper cleansers feel just as good to use if I'm honest.
The La Mer gel doesn't dry my skin but it doesn't moisturise either and that's disappointing - gels do tend to dry my skin usually so credit to this one for not doing that, however for the price of it I would expect there to be better moisturising properties really.
It removes make-up reasonably well, I don't use waterproof mascara but the cleanser struggles with even the most basic eye make-up and won't shift any of the macara brands I wear - it had problems getting some glittery eyeliner off yesterday too, which was a nuisance as I was a little bit tipsy, ready for bed and really not in the mood to be faffing with a separate cleanser for my eyes! Bah!
Would I recommend is the question and the answer would have to be - yes, but not at the RRP. It's just not worth the money, I'm chuffed to have received my sample of such a lovely product but it hasn't convinced me to part with my hard earned money to buy a full bottle.