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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

R E V I E W : My Skincare Routine with La Mer

If you followed my blog for a while now, you must know that I'm very devoted to proper skincare, since I think it's essential for getting and maintaining beautiful and healthy skin. So today, I'm going to show you what products I use for my daily skincare routine. By the way, I actually receive quite a lot of mails about my skincare routine, so I suppose you are interested, not? Haha, here we go!

My daily face cleansing routine hasn't changed yet. I'm still using Kanebo Sensai Silky Purifying Cleansing Milk and Kanebo Sensai Silky Purifying Creamy Soap. Read more about my daily face cleansing routine in this post here!

I've been using La Mer skincare products for about 3 months now, thus I feel it's finally time to share my thoughts!

My daily skincare routine consists of:
- La Mer The Tonic
- La Mer The Hydrating Infusion
- La Mer The Moisturizing Lotion

La Mer The Tonic
I always use a toner after cleansing, since I feel the following products better absorbs into my skin.

La Mer The Tonic comes in a simple 200 ml plastic bottle. It has a fresh and lightweight scent to it. I don't feel that this toner is super hydrating, nor have I noticed any other outstanding benefits. I mean, it's not bad, since it doesn't sting my sensitive skin, but that's what I expect from a toner that doesn't contain alcohol anyways. Overall, I must say this is just an average toner.


A soothing tonic that revitalizes and enlivens the skin after cleansing.

The Tonic is the vital transition between cleansing and treatment. Infused with Colloidal Mineral Water, the topical benefits of this soothing tonic are readily apparent. La Mer's exclusive Deconstructed Waters™ within The Tonic revitalize and enliven the skin with no signs of dehydration. Anti-irritants delivered through these negatively charged waters soothe and tone the skin, preparing it to readily receive the maximum benefits of skincare to follow. The Tonic is suitable for all skins.

After cleansing, moisten a cotton pad and gently apply all over face and neck, dabbing in a gentle press and release motion. Repeat until cotton pad comes away clean.

La Mer The Hydrating Infusion
This is kind of a serum, which is to be used twice a day before moisturizer.

It has a light scent to it, which I'm not able to describe. It's not disgusting or anything, but I don't particularly like it.

It comes in a 125 ml plastic pump bottle. It has a runny gel-like texture, which is absorbed really nicely into the skin leaving no sticky residue (unlike many other serums I have tried) behind, but leaving it very moist and supple. I feel it instantly locks the moisture, and prepares skin to absorb the following moisturizer even better. So, I really like it a lot!

And considering the amount you get (125 ml) this bottle doesn't count expensive for being a La Mer product! It will also last you quite a while, since one or two pumps of the product is totally sufficient for the whole face and neck!


A high-potency treatment that saturates the skin with hydration, smoothness and conditioning on demand.

This high-potency treatment saturates the skin with a wave of hydration, smoothness and conditioning, preparing it to receive and boost the transformational benefits of Crème de la Mer.

The Hydrating Infusion’s vital ingredients – vitamins, minerals, tourmaline and Hydrating Ferments – are suspended within a serum-like gel network. This interactive sea gel works with exclusive Deconstructed Waters™ to deliver extraordinary activity on demand.

A cascade of hydration moistens the skin, preparing it to receive and boost the transformational benefits of Crème de la Mer. Dry complexions are replenished, feel soft, firm and smooth to the touch. Skin is strengthened, helping protect it against future moisture loss.

An elaborate bio-fermentation process helps sea parsley and other precious seaborne ingredients realize their fullest potential. Efficiently delivered, the Hydrating Ferments infuse the skin with untold energy and hydration, awakening a healthy, resilient appearance.

Used with Crème de la Mer, the visible signs of damage are significantly reduced. Lines and wrinkles begin to fade from view. A glowing appearance is revealed as skin’s look and feel take on a healthy new life.

After cleansing, sweep over face and neck with fingertips to prepare skin to receive treatment benefits to follow. Use twice a day for optimal skin conditioning and to boost the transformative effects of Crème de la Mer.


La Mer The Moisturizing Lotion
This is the lighter version of the ever so infamous Creme De La Mer. I decided to get this since I thought the cream was too rich for my sensitive combination skin.

The Moisturizing Lotion comes in a simple and convenient 50 ml plastic pump bottle. It has the same fresh milky scent as the cream, which doesn't bother me, since it is not over the top. The Lotion has a creamy consistency which is easy to spread. My skin completely absorbs this, so that no residue is left behind. It leaves my skin feeling moisturized and calmed to a certain degree. Further, it hasn't caused break-outs.

Yet, I suspect it to moisturize the surface of my skin only, rather then moisturize it from within (if I make sense) because every time I cleansed my face, I have lots of dry flakes popping up from nowhere, which then immediately disappear once I have the lotion applied. Isn't that weird?


A versatile, lightweight version of the legendary Crème de la Mer.

Crème de la Mer is also available in a lotion formulation containing the original Miracle Broth™ and its extraordinary benefits. Tailored to the needs of normal to dry skin, The Moisturizing Lotion is ideal for warm weather climates and occasions when Crème de la Mer may be too rich.

Crème de la Mer's Miracle Broth™ is suspended within its extraordinary formula. To activate the broth and release its key ingredients, warm a small amount between your fingertips. As you pat onto clean, dry skin, you will instantly feel the soothing effects of the broth. Smooth over your face, neck, even under the fragile eye area. Apply day and night for a lifetime.


Since I couldn't notice any significant improvement in my skin's texture and appearance, the enlarged pores on my nose haven't become finer, and the redness is still there, I have to say that all in all, I find La Mer products overrated, and most important overpriced.

Maybe my expectations for La Mer products simply were too high. I don't have to mention the well known hype about La Mer's miracle broth here, do I? ;) I'll finish the products, but not re-purchase, except for The Hydrating Infusion, which I'm quite fond of.

Now, I'm sad that La Mer on the whole was ineffective for me. Sigh! Honestly, I so wanted to love it!

I hope this was helpful!

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Stay Ohh... pretty!

Source of Product Information: cremedelamer.com


littlewing said...

The hydrating infusion sounds lovely! ♥ I'm sorry to hear the other two haven't worked as well for you. Even though I think you already have lovely skin so there's not much for the lotions and creams to do. ;P I've been wanting to try La Mer since I used a sample of their Gel Cream, but I sometimes feel very sceptical about their "miracle brew". ^ ^;

Tammy said...

Hey Jess! Ahhh your less than stellar review of La Mer has definitely put out the flame I was lemming for it--I guess it's because so many people rave about it! But seriously, if a product costs 10X more than a standard product, then at least it's got to be 5x as good right? The hydrating Infusion DOES sound interesting though. Thanks for sharing your review with us! :)

DSK Steph said...

Hey Jess :)

I read that the La Mer Hydrating Infusion is one of their best products. I've been so curious about it. I have a few samples from La Mer, and I agree with you that they're a bit overrated. Although, I do adore the lip balm, and the La Mer concentrate (it feels so luxurious when you apply it on your face). Thank goodness for samplers! :)

Great review, you definitely need a trust worthy review before splurging on products as La Mer. ^_^

I can't wait to make more of the earrings you have, that way I can share your blog with my readers :)



Anonymous said...

I found your blog yesterday and cant stop reading all the posts! It's really cool that you post pictures of the ingredient lists. I'm considering buying the hydrating infusion.

Diane said...

Hey Jess, thanks for posting. i am always on the look for the miracle products for myself. i was totally gonna get the serum until i read your final verdict! hehe. thanks a bunch!!

ning * star said...

Jess, can you teach me how to make the logo of blogspot at turn into a tiny heart, just like your blog do when click onto you site?

LaMer is just sooo expensive, super high end for me. It costs about 500++ for single items, which is way too expensive. Well, I will try it one day, when I'm rich. haha xD

Anonymous said...

Hehe, thank you! Although my skin is pretty good on the whole, there are still flaws that I want to fight against! ;)

Thank you! You totally hit the nail, yes it should be at least 5x as good! ;)

DSK Steph:
I have yet to try out the Lip Balm (I know it's Fuz' holy grail, hehe...). Oh, yes do make more of the earrings! They are gorgeous! I wear them so often!

Hi! Thank you for leaving me a feedback! I hope, you like my posts, hehe... ;)

I do recommend the Hydrating Infusion! One of the best moisturizing serums in my opinion! And considering the amount you get (125 ml) this bottle doesn't count expensive.

The Hydrating Infusion is a good product!

Angela said...

I would really love to try La Mer, but it is just a little bit too expensive for me right now. But I really want to try its lip balm.

Askmewhats said...

i'd love to "NOT LOVE" La mer because of its price! :) thanks for the review, I'm sorry it didn't work that well for you :)

Oshiya said...

Hi Jess,

Thnx for the review. I've heard that anyone that has used it will never switch to anything else. But I guess it either works for you or it doesn't. Just like every other brand.

I also have heard that Nivea Creme is the same as Creme de la Mer except for the Algae ingredient which is supposed to be an anti-oxidant. The thing is that a lot of "experts" claim that anti-oxidant will lose its effectiveness once it's exposed to air... and so the anti-oxidant in a jar package will not be effective for long. That makes me hesitate and later decide against buying it.

I think skincare stuff is like car. It's 20x more expensive but most of the time it's only 2x better. But if it's still 2x better though, I'd say it's worth it since you will have to wear your own skin for the rest of your life unlike clothing or cars.

amynaree said...

thanks for the review definitely been curious about lots of La Mer products but they definitely are a splurge!! at first I thought that your skincare routine was such a heavenly combo because it's all La Mer but sorry to hear that they didn't make too much difference to your skin!

coffretgorge said...

oh jess! thank you for this thorough review on la mer skincare! really proves that being expensive does not translate into better products. :)

eri said...

ooh, i like this post! it makes me feel better about not using it. hahaha. i tried the creme de la mer years ago, and it broke me out. i was so sad.

♥akisa♥ said...

I was tempted to get the Creme de la Mer moisturising cream but maybe not anymore!! haha.. I have my eye on a Dior serum which is cheaper than La mer.. thanks for the review Jess! P.s. Day 1 of using La Prairie and I'm in LOVE....... darker than I thought but I can pull it off.

Sheila P said...

I'm sorry to hear that La Mer didn't work out for you! Now I'm really hesitant to try their products because I wonder if its all just hyped up >__>

Thanks for the reviews!

Shanghainese Dumpling said...

Awww I'm so sorry to hear that La Mer didn't work out for you, I find myself only liking one product out of the whole La Mer range which is just the simple creme de la mer, but at least you have tried it now :)

Anonymous said...

I totally agree with you! Either it works or not, true!

I'm so glad to hear that you like the La Prairie powder!

Anonymous said...

Nice blog. I found it when searching info about the Lunasol Water Cream foundation - could you say what kind of finish it has, I mean, does it really absorb into the skin or just stay creamy on the surface?

Old Cow said...

I am sorry it didnt work for you! It didnt work for me either, in fact it was worse!! It broke me out :(

Anonymous said...

The Lunasol Cream Foundation does absorb into skin, not feeling sticky or something on the surface. It has a very dewy finish. The coverage is medium to high.

xbbkay said...

thanks for the review. i agree with the overrating. Beautiful skin can come with a cheaper price tag. lol

Lulu said...

Hi Jess, thanks for the reviews! It sucks that these things didn't work as great for you as you had hoped. I also had a really high expectation of la mer, hahaha, cuz it does contain "miracle broth" right? :p When i bought my la mer loose powder I received a sample of the creme de la mer, I found the fragrance a bit strong actually, but it does make my skin feel very moisturized and smooth the morning after, so hopefully it is actually doing something! Doing something well enough to make me buy a full sized container? we'll have to see about that! I know creme de la mer has a gel form that's not quite as rich as the original, maybe you could give that a try and see how that compared to the lotion? Have you tried anything else from la mer that you'd recommend?

Babybubblz said...

Great to hear this review! There's an upside to this, you save and get to try more products! Have you tried SK-II products by any chance?

LS said...

Hey Jess,

I totally agree with you on the La Mer products being overrated and overpriced. After reading another beauty blogger's ravings, I've tried their refining facial, oil absorbing tonic, eye concentrate and balm, the cream and radiant infusion. Basically most failed. The cream is just too rich and I so wished I got the gel or lotion. Also the scents are weirdly strong which I didn't like either. The most important part is that they didn't do much to my skin. I didn't see the miracly glow in the morning. Anyway check out my blog when you have time.

Catherine said...

Aww, thanks for sharing your thoughts! I rarely hear anything but raves for La Mer products so it's really nice to see a well thought out and balanced review. I don't like the sound of flakies whenever you wash your face! Especially since your cleansers aren't especially harsh or anything!

Ah, well. What are you planning on trying next?

Ceecile ~Priscilla Clara~ ^^ said...

ooohh.. La Mer is very luxurious indeed! ^^ but if it doesn't work on you, well.. it's too bad.. :(
thank you for the reviews! ^^

sugarmizbunni said...

Thanks for sharing.. was considering buying la mer product after reading your review, I have to think twice because la mer product is so expensive.

Daituf said...

Phew... thank god u think la mer sucks.
Here I was thinking I'm missing out on some miracle cream...

Sapphire - www.sapphirecosmetoaddict.com said...

I'm not attracted by La mer products. I think the range is too pricey and too rich for my oily skin. Moreover I'm certainly too young to use these products ^^

izumi said...

so sad that they didn't work out for you, especially since la mer is so expensive! :|

LilliChantilly said...

Wow, for skincare that expensive, you'd think it would do SOMETHING. But I guess it's kind of a good thing- you won't have to waste all that money anymore! Still kind of disappointed though. I hope to try it out some day! :) xx

annoiii said...

It's a shame they didn't really work for you, but you've got fantastic skin already!

Anna said...

Hello lovely Jess! I can't believe I haven't commented on one of your posts for sooo long, I'm really sorry :(((
Actually, every time I saw La Mer stuff I always thought about you (I'm not joking!) and wondered how you were doing with it...well, now I know! Sorry to hear it's not doing much for you, apart from creating holes in your wallet, haha! Great hauls in your previous posts, by the way, you always look so pretty and fresh and lovable! Hugs, xx
PS: I was about to forget: I tagged you last week, you MUST do it, I think we all want to know more about you!

Eva said...

Thanks for the review glad i can skip this good for my wallet hehe

lindah said...

@_@.. isn't la mer like super expensive over in europe?!?! o_O

Musicalhouses said...

Great review! Thanks for the frank review..I agree, La Mer isn't really worth the money it costs...

Tiffany said...

Ya I heard La Mer was overrated too! It just seemed wayyy too expensive to me. You're from Taiwan!! That's so cool...I am too :) Born in Taipei but family lives in Kaohsiung...moved to the States when I was 2 and I've been living in LA ever since. Always glad to meet a Taiwanese sistah!!!

Missy Hii said...

I felt the same too!wanted to love it but it's over price and done nothing special to my skin!

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