The ‘renewing elixir’ Crème de la Mer has been on my wishlist for a long time so I was thrilled to be given samples of five La Mer products to trial over a 7 day period.
I was actually given the samples over the summer during the heatwave and did a little test then but found the moisturizing cream quite rich and thought it best to wait until the weather cools down, which it has rather drastically of late. I sit here with the sun streaming through the window but the heating turned up!
So, I was given:
Moisturizing Cream (£120 for 30ml)
The Cleansing Gel (£72 for 200ml)
The Lifting Contour Serum (£265 for 30ml)
The Revitalizing Hydrating Serum (£160 for 30ml)
The Eye Concentrate (£160 for 15ml)
La Mer is known for its interesting back story – over 50 years ago, aerospace physicist Max Huber created a cream to heal his own wounded and scarred skin after a laboratory accident. He set up a laboratory in California where he could find the ingredient that would help him nurse his skin back to health and he used the sea as his main inspiration and source. He discovered Macrocystis Pyrifera, a type of sea kelp and spent the next twelve years formulating his “miracle broth” and brand Crème de la Mer (cream of the sea.)
Following Huber’s death, Estee Lauder bought the brand from his daughter in 1995 and it now sits alongside other well-known brands such as Clinique, Jo Malone, Bobby Brown and Aveda. Crème de la Mer soon became a cult favourite amongst celebrities and coveted by all those who couldn’t afford the premium price tag (me included).
“Born from the sea, the legendary Crème de la Mer has the power to transform the skin. In a short time, firmness improves, lines, wrinkles and the look of pores become less visible, skin looks virtually ageless. Even the driest complexions are renewed and rejuvenated. With the nutrient-rich Miracle Broth™, the heart of La Mer’s profound powers of transformation, skin is immersed in moisture, sensitivities soothed, radiance restored.”
The first thing you notice about La Mer products is the premium quality of the textures and the delicious scent which does evoke memories of the ocean and carefree summer holidays. Of course, the packaging is also simple yet streamline chic.
I tried two different serums but felt the revitalizing serum was a bit watery and didn’t notice much difference when applied. The lifting contour serum, however, is slightly thicker and made my skin feel more supple.
I was most excited to try the famous moisturizing cream, but I didn’t realise the secret ritual to activate the Miracle Broth and recommendation:
“The secret to activating its renewing power and enjoying its profound benefits lies in a soothing ritual. Crème de la Mer must be warmed for a few seconds between the fingers until it becomes translucent, then pressed gently into the skin.”
So when I first started using the cream I was just rubbing it into my skin and it felt quite heavy but this technique really does make a difference if you can afford the extra time. It sinks into the skin nicely and makes it feel plump and hydrated.
The cleansing gel has a gorgeous scent and removed all makeup and traces of the day easily with a light foaming effect. My skin felt refreshed and invigorated afterward.
I also particularly enjoyed using the eye concentrate which was very lightweight and sunk into the skin easily without feeling greasy. All products were great as a make up base and I also used them at night before bed.
A little goes a long way with the La Mer products but my skin doesn’t feel any different now I’ve stopped using them. Is it worth the extortionate price tag? I’m really not sure if I’m honest. I think if used long term it could improve skin, make it firmer and reduce fine lines and it certainly doesn’t hurt to try. Am I disappointed after wanting to try this brand for so long? Yes, slightly. I guess I was expecting some miracle but that’s what a hyped up, celebrity endorsed brand, and premium price tag does. Also, I don’t have any particular skin issues and I certainly didn’t expect to de-age by 20 years in a week. Find me a product that could give me more energy, enable me to stay awake through a whole film and let me look cool, calm and collected at all times instead of a frazzled mess. Now that’s a brand I would invest in.