La Mer

La Mer was founded by an German-born astro-physicist named Max Huber. After suffering serious burns in a lab accident in the 1950s, he turned to the sea to find and formulate powerful healing ingredients that eventually became Creme de La Mer. It is owned by Estee Lauder Companies and is available online and at luxury retailers worldwide.

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81 products

4,574 reviews

58% would repurchase

Recent La Mer Reviews

Moisturizers -La Mer -Creme de la Mer The Moisturizing Creme


Two words. Overpriced & under-performing.

Firstly: My mother purchased this product for us to use together. Her skin type is: Very dry skin, mature.
We used it over a span of 7-8 months with repurchases when finished (we were hopeful)
We BOTH use LACTIC ACID, RETINOLS & CHEMICAL PEELS (so we need constant skin barrier repair!)

So what was our experience with this? Long story short: It's just a regular moisturiser. Meh.

**CLAIMS: Gives a glow, moisturises and soothes. Sales rep said this was ANTI-AGEING, WRINKLE KILLING, LIFTING.

**RESULTS: Absolutely NO glow or radiance, moisturised yes because it contains so many oils (sweet almond, sesame) & cleansed petrol (mineral oil, petrolatum, etc). NO anti-ageing results including lifting, firming, etc

**INGREDIENTS: you're basically paying for the algae extract. because the rest of the ingredients list can be duped by much cheaper brands like Origins (also an Estee Lauder brand).

But guess what? Algae extract itself isn't an effective anti-aging, glow giving ingredient, but components like ASTAXANTHIN are.
SADLY you need to isolate this component from the algae itself and THEN add it to the product to see anti-ageing/glow results.

You're only paying for the name & marketing, this is overpriced for what it's offering.

**IF you're looking into LUXURY skincare I recommend Sulwhasoo or SK-II. They are actually immensely effective for all skin types & have above-excellent products for skin barrier repair**

5 of 6 people found this helpful.

Scrubs -La Mer -The Refining Facial


The refining facial from LA MER is one of the few products from LA MER that I actually dislike. The formula and texture itself is that of toothpaste.minty smelling, green clay. The product is an exfoliant, to be used once weekly or whenever needed. I usually use this once a week though not anymore. This product is a complete waste of money. First of all, the pieces of tourmaline or abrasive agents are uneven and if used too vigorously can cut into skin, not good! Also the effect is deceiving, this product contains a large amount of clay, therefore when rinsing it leaves behind a slightly visible cast of white clay on the face that makes it appear to look even and bright(similar to the look you have when you wear sunscreens with zinc or titanium in them). You can never truly rinse off this product thoroughly, you will to go in again with your cleanser, in this case LA MER cleansing foam or gel to get the residue off. I took this back to several LA MER counters and all consultants said the exact same thing, you need to use the cleanser to get it off. No thank you! The last thing you want to do with something this expensive is rinse again with your cleanser. Also the effect isn't worthwhile. You can find similar results from any cheap facial scrub at your local pharmacy or drugstore. Don't waste your money on this product. The smell is minty and like toothpaste. I wish all of LA MER's products smelled exactly the same, along with some of the body products and the lip balm they all share this strange minty scent that is not all that refreshing. This has now been reformulated and is called 'Replenishing Oil Exfoliator' which utilises non sea polluting sea salt flakes and sugar crystals. I will post a review on that product very soon after testing.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Treatments (Eye) -La Mer -The Eye Concentrate

on 9/9/2018 9:28:00 PM


I was cursed with insanely dark under eye circles. For years I wondered if this cream would be the answer to my worries but couldn't justify spending so much. When I finally did, I was really disappointed. Yes, it is very moisturizing and wears great under makeup, but a lot of eye creams do that. I have been using this cream for about 3 months day and night and have noticed absolutely no difference in my dark circles. It smells great and the metal applicator helps to de-puff, but if you're thinking about spending $200 in hopes of lightening your dark eye circles, save your money.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.

Treatments (Face) -La Mer -The Concentrate


The concentrate is quite pricey, but it does help my new acne scars heal faster and make my skin smoother and softer. (You will have to put a layer of moisturizer on top of it to "lock in" the moist though. Otherwise, it will dry out in 5-10min after the application.)

I have very dry cheeks and very oily t-zone and lots of whiteheads (the close ones). Each time when I pop my whiteheads, it leaves a new scar on my face. Since I have been battling my acne for years, there's lots of new scars and old scars on my face. The effect on my old scars are not as obvious, but the Concentrate does help my new scars heal faster and help even out my skin tone.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Masks -La Mer -The Treatment Lotion Hydrating Mask

on 9/7/2018 8:33:00 AM


It is another sheet mask said to have micro clothes to be able to deliver the Broth (fermented Algae) into the skin better.

The liquid is basically the equivalent of the Treatment Lotion with a tad thicker consistency as Julia has pointed out, and an additional marine (algae) derived blend of Hypnea Musciformis (Algae) Extract and Gelidiella Acerosa Extract. This algae blend complements the Broth that already has healing properties along with the fact that they are all come from the Ocean.
This blend is marketed by its producer as an excellent anti-inflammatory agent that has shown outstanding results on inflammation that leads to aging of the skin.
(It seems that this is the new "favourite" at the EL Companies and has been used in the EL Re-Nutriv Ultimate Youth Line along with the new LM Cooling Gel Cream and the Dramatically Hydrating Jelly launched under the Clinique brand in the summer of 2018.)

What I like about this mask is that it did hydrate the facial skin, actually more than what I anticipated. Although I find the fluid too sticky after the removal of the mask, it did absorb into the skin surprisingly well leaving a visible (and lasting) glow!
I think (for my combination skin) it will be a better choice in the colder and dryer winter months rather than a more humid and warmer time of the year.
I did like the results even after the first application, but I have to say applying first in the evening and then in the following morning did make a difference! Rather like coming out from a facial at a Spa.

I think the price is outrageous (no matter that there is almost 1 oz/27.9 ml of The Treatment Lotion is in each sachet). I also believe that the actual content of the Broth is somewhere 1-3%, rather 1% and that again will not justify the price.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.

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