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The Packaging: Lots of men and women possess a gripe with jar packaging for sanitary reasons. This product is in a jar, meaning that all of it will be subjected to air multiple times. The jar packaging in La Mer causes the ingredients to become unstable. What small benefits you are really getting for your cash are basically being thrown out the window following a couple of uses.
Judging by the ingredients list and also the packaging, not only are you paying to get a wide range of garbage (and a small number of benefits that may expire before you get the chance to actually use them), but you're paying to quite potentially irritate your skin.
Still, I'm not the sort of individual who likes to take other's opinions and roll with it. I wished to analyze La Mer out for myself, so when I got my free sample, I was excited to see what all the dither (or cynicism) was about.
My Experience: After speaking to the girl at the La Mer counter (who proceeded to tell myself the aero-physicist story, because I had heard it so many times, and I just grinned and nodded), she demonstrated the way to make use of the product. I kind of believe that "warming up the product to activate the fixings" is bullshit, but the product is really quite thick so rubbing it between my fingers helped to apply it a bit more equally. She said that the miniature sample jar should last me about 10 uses (2x daily). Myself almost laughed after I learned that, but it really did last 10 uses. Actually, it continued longer than 10 uses for myself, but I was perhaps not being generous with it because in the cost it sell to the black market.
Okay, chat that is actual. I wasn't head over heels in love with this lotion. The creme is not nasty, but that's just it. It is not just nasty. Myself still wouldn't pay $50 for a mere third of the price, if it were It. It feels quite luxurious, as it costs more than 75 iced coffees at Dunkin Donuts, but myself really don't believe it's worth it. It did not physically irritate my skin, but I hadn't been using it. To get a moisturizer which not only does not have any anti- aspects that are aging, but also loses its little amount of benefits in a few uses once it gets too much exposure to the air, I simply can not see the delight over it. It does not even moisturize that good--the drier areas of my face (cheeks, notably) were dry when I had wake up. If myself spend $155 on a moisturizer that really doesn't even moisturize enough, admit me into a mental institution because I must have severely gone insane.
There's a rumor going around this product is not dissimilar to the Nivea cream in the blue container, but from what I hear it's not true (then again, I haven't tried it). Seemingly, the ingredients are not dissimilar to Nivea, but minus the seaweed extract (since Amazon sells that oh my God myself'm so mad, but it okay). Thus, it is not exactly like the USA version (the US always gets stuck together with the shittier variant it appears, particularly since Europe has like a billion bad products banned and the U.S. has like seven). But, it might be just like the German version. Still, since I wasn't impressed with La Mer, I'm not so interested in finding a dupe for a so so product.
Final Verdict: This moisturizer isn't worth the hype. It does not do the things it claims to do, but it still wouldn't be worth the price even if it did. This moisturizer was pretty typical having a side of "meh." That's an insane cost, for no reason at all, apart from the very fact that pricier products look more luxurious and splurge- worthy and folks like to pamper themselves. I am shaking my head at all of this rubbish, and this does not get the College Attractiveness Buff seal of approval. I will save my $155 as any college student should to spend on sushi and iced coffee, and I advise you do exactly the same. However, if you don't need to listen to myself, it can be bought by you on La Mer's website with free shipping, because it's the least they can do for making you pay $155 for Vaselinea and a bunch of preservatives.
I was once brainwashed by a lovely lady who stood by a glowing fish tank who told me an amazing story about the roots of this face cream. The fact that is a LUXURY brand, contains a miracle broth and how it helped a man's face that was covered in burns. I was compelled to buy a pot. (It was these stupid investments that I am not paying back in my 'student loan form') I was impressed with the pot and I used it for around 3 years before deciding it was too expensive. I managed to get 3 months from a pot and at a £105 for a small pot; spending £420 on face cream per year was too much.
==Price and availability==
For £105 you get a 30ml tub and you can buy it from the dedicated staff and the fish at department stores....
The cream is white, creamy and it does not have a strong scent but smells vaguely fresh. The cream comes in a lovely white resin pot and it also comes with a small spoon so you do not contaminate the pot. The cream needs to be spooned on to your finger (pea sized amount) rubbed between your fingers until it goes clear and then added on the skin in dabbing motions.
The cream is thick and feels hydrating on the skin. You do not need much at all however when it is so expensive I was very reluctant to use much anyway. The cream does have a good effect on your skin and my usual dry patches were no longer a problem. I also have the off spot break out on my nose and with the cream, I had much less. Since ceasing using the cream, I have found other products that give me the same results. So yes it worked for me, however I can achieve the same for less. I applied the cream on a morning and night and I found it thick enough to use as a night cream as well as being balanced as a day cream.
This is good cream and if I ever had a serious skin complaint I would be prepared to buy it again. I miss the lovely feeling of opening a green box and discovering the cream with the odd free sample however I will not pay that sort of money for this again. If it was the only product I could find that soothed my skin then I may but so far so good.
Creme de la Mer Face Cream
I was lucky (!) enough to receive for my birthday a small pot of the uber-glamorous and uber-expensive Creme de La Mer moisturing cream. At an exorbitant £105 for a teeny-tiny 30ml pot (I googled it!), you can imagine I would never buy this for myself. Nevertheless, I was VERY excited to try this. In all honesty, I was part expecting miracles from the wonder-cream, expecting it to take off 10 years, that I would emerge from the bathroom lloking like Catherine Zeta-Jones ... I was sorely disappointed.
The moisturiser comes in a tiny white pot, and is accompanied by a measurement spoon-thing (I suppose it needs to be rationed at this price!), and contains a white creamy substance.
The cream itself does have a nice consistency - smooth and glides onto the skin, but it is a bit of a faff to apply - you must rub it in your fingers to heat it a little, before applying (and let's be honest, who has time for that!)
There is no scent, which to be honest was quite a relief - I was a bit concerned my face would smell like rotten seaweed (to cream is derived from sea kelp don't you know!).
Once it had eventually soaked into my skin, I waited for it to work its magic. And waited. And waited. While I suppose a drastic change was a bit over-ambitious, I had expected some difference from my usual Olay moisturiser. But nothing seemed different at all. My skin wasn't smoother, clearer or visibly better in any way. I had wasted 2 months following these silly application rules to no avail, and would not recommend this product.
While the Creme de La Mer cream was a nice consistency, and had attractive packaging, it is in no way worth the cost. The regime is over complicated and there has been no visible improvements on using this compared to much more reasonably priced creams out there. So my advice is save the money - stick to your Olay!
I was bought Creme De La Mer face cream and lip balm by my sister for my birthday and I must admit that I was very disappointed with both of them. The face cream was extremely thick which I took to be a good sign as I have rather dry skin with an oily t zone. I did, however, find it rather difficult to apply and it tended to 'drag' on my skin a bit. After using the cream for about 3 months though (which is how long the pot lasted) I must admit that I really didn't notice any difference between this cream and my normal (and MUCH cheaper brand) For the price of it, I was hoping that I would notice a difference in my skin tone and elasticity but I can honestly say that I didn't. I have, therefore, decided not to splash out on another pot and have reverted back to my trusty cheap brand face cream.
I have read many reviews about Creme de la Mer and they tend to focus on the price, unsubstantiated ingredients and difficulty of application. I agree that the price is quite hefty however you will find that a small pot does go a long way. This is because the cream is very thick (it will stay in the jar if you hold it upside down). The counter staff will tell you because of the thickness that you need to rub it in your fingers before applying it to your skin. You will also be told that this will release the miracle broth. I find that if you dab a few bits it on your face by the time you come to smooth it in you will find that the heat from your skin will have softened the cream. Also why not let the broth release itself on your face as opposed to your fingers? This application method will make it easier to smooth into your face. I would not recommend rubbing it in to your skin as this can subject the skin underneath to stress and actually cause more lines and wrinkles.
If your skin is oily then I would not necessarily recommend this cream as you may not need such a heavy cream. Although saying that my skin is combination and it has not caused any break outs on me (and I have been using it for over a year). Leaving aside the application method in terms of results, you will find that it does give your face a glow that will last a long time - most of the day in fact. I think this is due to the thickness of the cream. I also found that the dry areas of my face were no longer dry and remained moisturised all day. This was a first for me as I have used many different creams and although most creams promise this most do not deliver. If you have a very dry skin, your face will love this cream and I suspect, correct me if I am wrong, you will not need to apply anything else all day nor will your face feel tight later in the day. Admittedly I do use a serum underneath the cream. The reason for this is because although I am confident on the cream's ability to moisturise I am not sure if its technology matches modern day creams (which have moved on since it was developed). I therefore like to hedge my bets and pair a good moisturiser with a new technology serum. I am mid thirties and do not have any lines on my forehead nor around my eyes. I hope this is because of my regime and until I start to see things go downhill I will continue what I am doing. I would recommend this product
*NOTE* Firstly id like to make a note to the people who slate creme de la mer. What i have found with these people is that they are the people who have no read the leaflet or on the website on how to use this prodcut correctly. There IS a special technique to using this product. It is NOT a slap-it-on-your-face-and-rub-it-in product.
So go and read how to use correctly before you bad mouth this amazing cream.
Anyway, I have been using creme de la mer for 6 years now ( I am 24) and i LOVE it so much. It is amazing for all skin types. i have a combination skin and it keeps my drier areas beautifully moisturized 24/7 and it doesnt add oiliness to my more oily areas (tzone).
The cream is heavy and you need about a pea size amount for the entire face. do not over use it or you are jsut wasting it. It keeps my skin flawless and i remember the first time i ever used it and i woke up the next day to see instant results that i couldnt believe, ever since that day i have been loyal to creme de la mer.
Yes it is pricey but the process this cream goes through is extreme.
If you cant afford to use it over the entire face then its fantastic as just a eye cream, amazing for people who get dry skin around the eyes! its sooo hydrating its unlike anything else you will ever try.
If you do get the chance to try it then do, but with caution because youll be hooked!
I have used CDLM for 4 months running and the best proof that it works is that i am so comfortable going without makeup which is something that never happened pre-CDLM. My skin is transluscent and luminious. Having said that, I actually tried the original, Gel and Oil absorbing cream before concluding that the Gel worked phenomenally with my skin. My two cents is that new users should try the different creams, while remembering to warm the cream before pressing into the skin. Believe me, once you get the hang of it, you will not go another day without it.
HiHave used creme de la mer for 5 years and it is brilliant, I have many allergies and it is the only cream I can use. I am surprised at the comments.I have bought other products such as elizabeth arden estee lauder, lancome, but could not tolerate the strong fragrances in them and they brought me out in a rash.recommend it.
Hi there ok Creme De La Mere and Prevage i have tried pretty much everything , firstly creme de la mere do not waste you money a ridiculous price does zero looks lovely the usual.I also paid and was excited by this wonder product for about 3 weeks i wondered was something going too happen , answer no better off putting plain water and any moisturiser on too trap the water.I also went too purchase a skin serum and was overwhelmed by sales people raving about prevage , this cannister is again one you can not see the ammont in , anyway burning sensation and zero results i think i paid 120 euros if not more utter trash do not be fooled a lot of reps are writing reviews i have used these products exrtreme disappointment Shea butter and creme de la mere same.
I've read up all of the reviews for this product, and it's interesting to see such a range of reactions to this product. From what I can tell, some people get severe allergic reactions to the basic 'creme'. Which I can imagine must be really disappointing (especially after having forked out a big wad of cash)!
I've never used the creme itself, but I have used the Moisturizing Lotion and the oil absorbing lotion. My mum adores the various creme de la mer serums and eye cremes (no averse reactions it seems).
At around 20 I was still suffering from pretty bad skin, luckily with minimum scarring, but with a strong tendency towards oiliness and spots in some areas and dry flaky skin in others. I've used many different moisturizers, cleansers etc (La Prairie face wash for example, which dried out my skin really badly, and an oil of Olay moisturizer which gave me a rash after the first use), and was on a constant see-saw of really dry skin after using face wash and then oily skin after having applied moisturizer.
So in a last-ditch attempt, mum forked out for a bottle of the Oil Absorbing lotion. I don't want to say it was a miracle, a dream come true or whatever.. but it was really really nice. I never really did the whole warm it up pat it on stuff, just rubbed a small dollop of creme between my fingers and applied it over my face. This moisturizer combined with a decent face wash (Freederm) has really helped settle down my skin.
The first 50ml bottle of oil absorbing lotion lasted me about a year, and since I've splashed out on a bottle of the moisturizing lotion. It is greasier! If I use it without having washed my skin properly, it WILL make it oily! But even a tiny amount spread around my face makes my skin feel really soft, and does not leave it oily if it has been washed beforehand.
So on the whole, I don't think it's a miracle lotion like others claim it to be, but the two moisturizers are definitely lovely to use. I've had this second bottle for over a year (the pump means you can control how much you use easily) and there's still about a third left. It makes my skin feel really nice and soft, and smells lovely to boot! From what I've read, I wouldn't use the basic creme, but I would definitely recommend the two moisturizers (Just remember to use face-wash beforehand to remove excess oil from your skin!)
Tried this creme in John Lewis (Oxford Street) today, hearing so many good reviews. I have sensitive skin, and I am not alergic to chemicals (just did an alergy test recently). In 2 minutes my face got red, extremely powerful alergic reaction followed. My face felt iching and on fire after 1 hour still, and I felt horible. I'll stick to Burt's bees, they are 100% natural.
Do not believe the stories that they tell you: "this creme was invented by a guy that worked at NASA" - that's just propaganda. This expensive creme is not for everybody. Try it in store first, before flushing the money down the toilet.
I do not recomend it for people with sensitive skin that look for a 100% natural product. I asked in shop for the ingredients, and some of them are: Sodium, Potassium, Copper, Cianocobalamin, Panthenol, and much more like these. Half of it it's syntetic and artificial stuff that might not work for your skin.
After reading various glowing reviews of La Mer Crème de La Mer I decided to give it a go to see if it would make me glow as well.
I had been using a combination of Clarins prodicts for many years on my oily skin, which had worked well up until recently when my skin began to dry a little. It was at this point that I decided to purchase a sample size of Crème de La Mer.
I used the crème for about a week, following the instructions of warming I a tiny amount between my fingers and patting it on to the skin. However after the week was up my skin looked no different. I hadn't suddenly broken out in hives or acne, but also had seen no specific improvement. I ended up going back to Clarins and purchasing a slightly richer moisturiser from them.
I really wanted to believe in the magical properties of Crème De La Mer but ultimately for my skin type it yielded no better results than a cheap face cream.
My advice if you want to try Crème de La Mer is to purchase a tiny sample size and see whether it works for you.
As so many people have said, I couldn't believe there could be a face cream worth paying this much for, but for me it's been nothing short of miraculous. I've had breakouts and dry patches since being a teenager, (the usual oilier t-zone and dryer cheeks) and this has worked wonders. My skin is more even, the colour of my skin is more even (previous patches which tended to be redder appear calmed) and the cycle of break-outs and drying seems at last to be broken. For me, it was a matter of trying this as a last ditch effort to help myself before asking to be referred to a dermatologist (I shudder to think what that would have cost) and now I wouldn't be without it. Do get advice on how to use it (it's not like a normal moisturiser) and don't be put off by the tiny looking pot - it last for months.
I must admit I felt very guilty spending such a lot of money on a cosmetic but how pleased I am!!!! I have never had any problems with my skin and I am only 22 so I haven't really noticed any dramatic changes but immediately I noticed my skin was clearer, softer and brighter. I even noticed that my skin was looking pretty good after a heavy night out on the town. I love creme de la mer and I will continue to use it for as long as I live (providing I keep my job haha).
I've read lots of reviews as I have sensitive skin and didn't want to fork out loads of money if it wasn't any good. I have to say I've been using it a week and have immediately noticed the difference!!! My husband has also commented on my skin and he doesn't normally notice these kind of things. I've always used expensive brands and although I'm 43 I have good skin but Creme De La Mer has made my skin look and feel wonderful. The lady at the counter also gave me a sample of the new eye concentrate which again is great...that's next on my list of 'must buy'!!!
An ultra-rich skin treatment that aims to heal, nourish and rejuvenat skin / Aims to make skin look and feel softer, firmer and smooth in a short period of time /