I’m not sure why it’s taken me so incredibly long to review this moisturizer since I’ve been using it for about five years, but better late than never, right? This is by far the best moisturizer I have ever used. I see such a huge difference in my skin when I use this product, and quickly if I’ve been using something else and then switch back to Crème de la Mer. Does it come with a hefty price tag? Definitely, but I’ll get into the pros and cons (what few there are) a little bit further on in this review so you can decide if it’s worth it to you or not!
And yes, this is the most high end luxury product I have ever reviewed on my blog. I honestly debated even posting this because I don’t want to seem like some kind of skincare snob, but I wanted to give an honest, in depth review for people who are considering purchasing this moisturizer because it’s such an investment. I am in no way, shape, or form, saying that everyone needs to go out and buy this product. In fact, I’m posting a drug store moisturizer very soon that I love almost as much as Crème de la Mer!
This style of review is going to be a little different than usual because it’s only about one product, which is a type of product that I rarely review. Plus I’m kind of winging this, so I hope you like it!
Note: I just uploaded these photos and realized that they really, really suck. I’ll try to redo some but I threw out the box already soooo sorry about those photos. I apologize for the dookie quality but I said this post would be up today, so here it is!
The packaging for this product is, as you can see, very pretty and reminds of me of the soothing colors you’d see at a spa. Although I don’t have photos to show you, the box is mostly made up of the lid of the box. The bottom part of the box is pretty much just a plastic tray that the jar itself tightly rests in. That way, it’s protected from being broken or damaged until it gets home with you. The jar is made from incredibly heavy duty glass and feels very luxurious. Don’t worry, though, I don’t think you could break this jar unless you dropped it onto the street from several stories up. I can’t recall how many times I’ve dropped mine onto my countertop or a tile floor and I’ve never broken one of the seven or eight jars I’ve been through.
This comes with a little spatula so you can scoop out product in a sanitary way and make sure you scrape the last bit out of the jar. I don’t know if it makes me gross and lazy because I just use my fingers, but it’s never had any ill effect on my skin or the moisturizer itself. I mean, I just washed my face if I’m applying this, so my hands are already clean, right?!
The description on the La Mer website reads as follows:
“Ultra-rich, dewy finish.
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 Miracle Broth™ in Crème de la Mer is suspended in an extraordinary formula. 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.”
This is the basic summary of what Miracle Broth™ is, pulled directly from La Mer’s website… “Our pacific sea kelp is combined with calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, and lecithin, Vitamins C, E and B12, along with oils of citrus, eucalyptus, wheat germ, alfalfa, and sunflower and then put through a bio-fermentation process that lasts three months. Like alchemy, the resulting Miracle Broth™ is more than the sum of its parts – it’s as alive as the sea itself. The Miracle Broth™ is at the heart of every La Mer product and is the secret behind the coveted Crème de la Mer”. If you want to read more about the La Mer story, you can check it out here.
If you would like to purchase some Crème de la Mer, you can get it from the La Mer website, Sephora, Nordstrom, in person at some Dillard’s locations, and many other high end retailers. If you just want to try it for the first time and get the smallest container, it’s going to cost you $85 for 0.5oz of product, from there it goes up to $170 for 1oz, $315 for 2oz, $475 for 3.4oz, $1,080 for 8.4oz, and $2,095 for 16.5oz. I know that seems outrageous but keep in mind that a little bit goes a VERY long way. I usually get one 1oz jar for Christmas every year and using it once a day, every night before bed, that lasts me until about September. I included a photo below of how much product I use to cover my entire face, and I can get away with even less when it’s not winter and my skin isn’t so dry and dehydrated! If you keep reading, you’ll learn that in my opinion, you truly get what you pay for with this product.
As far as being cruelty-free, La Mer itself is, as far as I know, a cruelty-free company. However, like many brands sold in China, in that country, their products may be tested by an independent lab (not their own) as required by the Chinese government. That doesn’t mean that La Mer has any part of the animal testing itself, but it does mean that they are aware that their product might be tested on animals *in China, by another lab*.
This moisturizer is a super rich, highly concentrated, thick cream formula that contains loads of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients that *help* improve your skin, *help* to prevent any further aging, and *help* to protect your skin from any additional damage. I’m not saying it’s going to entirely erase and reverse damage, age spots/hyper-pigmentation, scarring, lines, etc, but it will start to repair existing issues like that and keep your skin healthy and supple, minimizing any more problems in the future if you keep using it. I find that this is best suited for dry and dehydrated to normal/combination skin.
If you have more normal to oily skin, this particular formula may not be right for you, but La Mer makes several other types of moisturizers as well as many other type of skincare products that contain their Miracle Broth™ and are better suited for oilier skin. They even have a mattifying one now! I know that my skin changes to more combination/oily during the summer, but Crème de la Mer still works for me, I just use less of it and typically switch to applying it only at night. I believe that you can get a small sample of this if you go to a store that actually sells it, so I definitely suggest doing that if you aren’t sure if the Crème de la Mer would be right for you, especially since it costs so much.
When you apply it, you’ll want to wait a few minutes after using any serums or oils. Obviously, you should always apply products like that first because they’re more concentrated and meant to entirely soak into the skin rather than sit on top of it, which is what will happen if you apply a moisturizer before them. Anyway… You’ll want to either use the spatula that the Crème de la Mer comes with or just barely dip your finger into the jar to scoop up a very, very small amount of product. Once you have some on your fingers, hold your fingers together but try not to rub them together too much or they’ll absorb some of the product. Once the moisture cream is heated up, it will feel thinner and won’t look as white… That’s when you want to apply it by gently pressing it into your skin, then you can rub it in very gently if absolutely necessary. By pressing it into your skin rather than rubbing it in, you won’t waste any product or cause any pulling, which will actually create lines and wrinkles if you do it all the time and nobody wants that to happen!
Once this is on, your face will feel a bit tacky and look a little shiny at first, but it shouldn’t feel TOO sticky or look like an oil slick on your face. If it does, you may have applied too much product. When my skin is more on the dry side, it takes 15 to 30 minutes for Crème de la Mer to really soak in but once it has, it doesn’t feel like it just disappears and stops working like many moisturizers do. It really lasts all day or night without having to reapply it. If you use this in the daytime, make sure you give it at least 30-60 minutes to thoroughly soak in before applying makeup or your foundation may end up sliding around.
Now we’ll move onto my own experience using Crème de la Mer:
It’s very nourishing, which becomes apparent as soon as you apply it. In the winter, my skin is extremely dry, at times dehydrated, and gets tight and flaky very easily. I was using the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel-Cream for extra dry skin (which I’m reviewing very soon) before I switched back to the Crème de la Mer on Christmas Day and I was still having some issues with flaky areas, especially on my nose and cheeks. I’d apply the Hydro Boost moisturizer before bed and wake up the next day with mostly moisturized skin, but the dry, flaky spots would still pop up a few times a week. Fortunately, Santa Claus came and brought me more Crème de la Mer! My skin literally changed overnight. When I woke up the morning after applying it before bed, I had no flakiness or tightness in my skin at all, it was still nice and glowy, and felt SO hydrated. I’ve been using this twice a day rather that at bedtime only like I used to because lucky for me, there was a little mixup and someone accidentally sent the 3.4oz jar for the price of a 1oz jar. Since I have over three times the amount of product that I usually receive for Christmas, I figure that even using it twice a day, this jar should last me at least a year if not longer! It’s been three weeks since I started using the Crème de la Mer and I feel like my face is brand new.
My main skin issues, aside from dryness, are sun spots or mild age spots, old acne scars that are both texture and discoloration, breakouts, sensitive skin, redness, and fine lines which are mostly between my brows, along with smile lines and the beginning of crows feet (I use La Mer’s The Eye Concentrate for the eye area and will review that product soon). I can honestly say that Crème de la Mer has helped improve EVERY single one of the problems I have with my face! It also seems to have renewed the elasticity in my skin and sort of plumps it up to make it look more youthful, which wasn’t even something I realized I could use a little help with until I started using this product again.
I just turned 35 and I don’t think I look my age, nor do most people who meet me… They never believe I’m over about 27 or 28 and I think a great deal of that has to do with using high quality skincare for so long. My mother is 30 years older than me and also uses La Mer… She looks like she’s in her early 50’s at most. In the past few years since she started using La Mer products, I feel like she’s lost honestly several years in her face and also has more “plump”, radiant skin with fewer lines and less or at least much less pigmented age spots. She also has issues with redness like I do, and I see that for both of us, it’s barely noticeable any more.
This review is really just my own opinion and experience with this moisturizer, so take it however you like. I’m not saying that it will work miracles for everyone that uses it, but I do think that if you’re really into skincare, Crème de la Mer is worth every penny. It’s not something worth going in massive debt over or buying instead of something more necessary, but if you have the money to spend on it and want to, treat yoself!
I know this review was probably a little all over the place because I put it together really quickly and I’m tired and on some pretty legit cough syrup for the flu, but as always, thank you SO MUCH for reading! If you want to keep up with me on social media, you can add me on Snapchat, as well as follow me on Twitter and Instagram, all of which are @lesley_makeup! I like to hear from you guys and get feedback or suggestions for future posts, so don’t be afraid to hit me up!
This post expresses my own honest opinion. I purchased these with my own money and did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this review.