La Mer: Crème De La Mer Moisturising Cream review

product review

La Mer is one of those luxury brands that I have forever admired from afar. One of the main reasons being that it’s pricey, the skincare range starts from £100+. I have always wondered whether the prices were justified, if you spend £220 on a cream does it make you look 10 years younger? Glow like a unicorn? Or just fit into a certain societal stereotype?

I’m a huge fan of budget skincare and make-up. Who doesn’t want a product that performs as well as a high end one for half the price? It’s just logic. But recently I’ve started to delve deeper, and it’s not always that simple. I started to compare ingredients used within skincare. And you will notice that high end products use the same ingredients as budget ones. Let’s use Vitamin C as an example, two products can contain the Vitamin. However, is there a difference in potency? The way the ingredients are formulated could differentiate? These are the questions we should be asking when buying skincare.

My best advice when purchasing skincare is to research ingredients. If you know what ingredients do for your skin, you are then making more informed choices when choosing skincare. In turn, your skin should reward you.

Crème De La Mer Moisturising Cream, £120 for 30ml – Review

When we read skincare reviews, it’s often important to remember that everyone has a different skin type. What works for one person, doesn’t always work for everyone. Crème De La Mer is a heavy Moisturising cream that is aimed at those with dry skin. It claims to minimise pores, reduce fine lines and give a natural glow.

In terms of ingredients, these aren’t mentioned explicitly on the La Mer website. I found this odd, as high end face creams often boast about their natural ingredients. I did some online searching and I found that the cream does contain some natural products; Seaweed Extract, Eucalyptus Leaf Oil, Mineral Oil & Sesame Seed Oil. All of these ingredients are known for their hydrating properties to skin. But, disappointingly the cream also contains Linalool (for Fragrance), preservatives and Alcohol – all of these ingredients aren’t great for those with sensitive skin, or or allergies (Quora, 2018).

I have only been using the cream for a few days but I do notice a huge difference. I have stubborn dry patches that are often irritated by creams, this one soothes it. As soon as you apply Crème De La Mer, your entire complexion is lit up. It’s like putting on a spotlight in a dark room. I can visually see from the difference in my own skin, why this has become a cult cream for many woman.

It’s very rich in texture and thick. You don’t need a lot of it. Before you apply to your face, you must rub it in your hands to warm the cream. As it becomes translucent you rub onto your skin. This is brilliant for those who want bare faced beauty, and a natural glow.

Worth £120 for 30ml?

I’d say this really comes down to personal preference. In a sense, yes it is worth it. Simply because it is a heavy cream, you only need apply a small amount. It will last you at least 6 months. It performs as it claims. It just comes down to how much you are willing to or can afford to invest in your skin!

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Illamasqua hydra veil, hydra money, hydra good? 

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Illamasqua is one of those brands which make their products just look so very appealing. Everything is so classy and monotone. I want it all 😍. 

So I was thrilled to receive their hydraveil primer / moisturiser / gel as a birthday gift, because at £32 a snap, I doubt I would be buying it myself. 

Is it worth the buck? 

The presentation of the product is beautiful. It’s in a bowl with its own spoon, this makes for an easy application. But illamasqua recommended scooping the product onto your hand first, and then putting onto your face with your fingers. 

It’s a gel as opposed to any traditional mousturisers which are creamy. I do like the gel concept, it’s different, and in this instance I do feel wonderfully luxuriant as if I’m putting fresh caviar onto my skin *flicks hair*. 

The consistency of the gel is initially a bit grainy, but once you rub into your skin it does become as smooth as honey (not so sticky, mind you). It did feel very refreshing upon application and it did make my skin soft. But I’m disappointed to say that it didn’t make a huge difference to my make up or appearance of skin. Like, for that price tag I would expect to be blown away by the difference. 

It does make you feel luxurious, but in terms of product effect – it’s a little lacklustre in my opinion. I get a better, or more noticeable result from products which are half the price. 

Sorry illamasqua, it may be hydraveil but it isn’t hydrabrilliant

Overall score 7/10