I had been eager to try this for so long, but the price tag always turned me off. While pregnant with my third child, my skin (which pre-pregnancy was oily, sensitive, and break-out prone) went through a rollercoaster of changes. It would be oily one week and dry the next, I was also bothered by flakiness and my skin would feel tight after moisturizing. I had also noticed very fine wrinkles, which I was not happy about. I normally use retinol, but that had started to irritate my skin. I needed something extremely gentle, but would sooth and repair my skin, wouldn't clog pores or cause breakouts, be highly moisturizing, but not too rich. I finally decided I needed to try this. After a lot of contemplation and reading reviews, I went with the Gel-Cream formula.* The Gel-Cream is a translucent, thick, but very lightweight and cool cream. It absorbs instantly into my skin and at first I wondered if it was going to be moisturizing enough. It is wonderful! This is so gentle but deeply moisturizing without being greasy or heavy. It doesn't cause breakouts or clog pores. I'm in love with this cream and it's still just as amazing post-baby. The only con about this was that it wasn't quiet moisturizing enough during the harshest, driest days of winter. I received a sample of the Soft Cream with this and it was perfect on those extra-dry days. Since a little, pea-sized amount covers my whole face, a little of this cream goes a long way. When I get to the bottom of the jar I'll plunk down the cash and buy it again.
* The other La Mer formulas I was considering were the Soft Cream (which I worried would be too rich and cause breakouts), the Lotion (its description was nearly identical to the Gel-Cream, but I was concerned its texture would be too thin and wouldn't have the deep moisture I needed), and the Oil-Absorbing Lotion (which, although oil-free, I didn't think it would help when my skin had a dry week)
I did not like this product at all, it caused lots of tightness, redness and broke me out as well. :/ I've got dry, sensitive skin so it's probably why I would rank the cream higher. Better for oily skin, I think. Don't like the jars either, unsanitary and inconvenient for those of us who have little time to spend on ourselves.
My favourite moisturiser. I have a very sensitive skin, very often I have allergy reactions, but not with gel from La Mer. I use it for few years already, sometimes I try something new from other brands (as I like to experiment), but every time I come back to this product. My absolute must have.
This version of the La mer cream works better on my skin, it contains no mineral oil and does not break out my skin. However, I feel that it is not as moisturizing. Although my skin type is combination, there are areas (cheeks) that are dehydrated and even after applying a generous amount of the cream my face skin still felt dry and not moisturized. I have used it during summer periods and as I apply SPF (Chanel SPF 50 or La Mer SPF 30) on the top of it, it was ok because SPF is already quite heavy and it was good to have something very light underneath. I have use 2 jars of it and will probably not repurchase it as I have been using Alpha-H Liquid Gold for a year, which has worked wonders on my skin but I feel that a proper moisturizer is needed in order to keep the skin in balance. At the moment I use Omorovicza Night cream both day and night and I really like it.
I thought I hated this product when I was trying to use it as a day cream. It has such an airy and lightweight texture, and yet by the end of the day my face would be a greasy, oily mess when I used this. I also wasn't crazy about the sticky feeling upon application. Then, I tried a different product with a similar lightweight gel texture that also left the same sticky-type feeling, except this product was specifically intended for night use (Laneige Water Sleeping Pack). And it turned out to be something I absolutely loved for my skin. So I started to use the La Mer Moisturizing Gel Creme as a night cream instead.
Amazing results! I wake up to dewy-fresh, hydrated skin which actually seems LESS oily. And it absorbs more quickly than the original CDLM so that's a plus. Non-clogging and non-irritating (in fact it has that wonderfully soothing effect on my skin that I always count on La Mer for). But I don't see why they don't package this gel-creme in a pump dispenser rather than a jar, the consistency is thin enough- it would be fine in a pump. But that's a minor complaint about packaging, the product itself is excellent. Would definitely repurchase.
This gel is pretty nice. So smooth, your skin feels very moisturized... I am very acne prone and this has never made me break out. The only things I do not like are the price and the packaging. The price I can handle, having to dip that spoon in every time... Even if I clean it I still feel like it is a little unsanitary. Make sure you give it time to soak in completely before applying any makeup, it is a bit heavy and takes about ten minutes. My other complaint would be that it doesn't seem to do much to help my skin, just not make it any worse.
I ended up trying the Gel cream after I looved the feel/effects of the Original Creme de la Mer, but I'm allergic to petroleum so of course, I can only use it a few days in a row until I develop serious eczema. Which is so disappointing, so many products have it.
So I looked carefully into the ingredients of this one and there's no petroleum- so far so good. I tried it, and I loved it.
The feeling is even better, super moisturizing but fresh and light at the same time, and has a bit of the same smell as the original which I personally love.
I was suprised to learn that this costs the same as the original- this is much, much lighter and you go through it quicker. That said, it's not like the main ingredients (petroleum) of the original were expensive! It is of course overpriced, but like anything, if it works for you, it's worth it. I spend so much more money trying things that never work. (PS- get a sample! I won't buy anything without trying samples first anymore, 99% of what I try gives me a bad reaction and it's a waste of time and money)
Worth the cash. Use small amounts of this product and it will last all day. So much lighter than the traditional cream and fully hydrating.
I'm on the fence about La Mer Gel Cream. I can see this might work better for someone with nice skin to begin with that just needs a bit of moisture and doesn't need much balancing -- I have combo/oily skin that is acne prone and it didn't really work for me. The texture of this gel cream is light and cool to the touch -- it has a light scent, but not overpowering. It feels slightly sticky/tacky immediately after applying but sinks in pretty well after it evaporates (though it still leaves a bit of a filmy feel on the surface of my skin). On days where I have dry patches, this product doesn't seem to help them much. And on days when my skin is oily, this product seems to make it grease up even faster throughout the day. And on days when I have a few inflamed and broken out areas, this gel cream doesn't do anything to help while not making it worse either. Basically, I don't notice this to help make any significant improvements in my skin to be worth the price tag. It provides a veil of moisture over my skin, and that's all. I picked up a full size jar about a year ago and initially I used it daily for a few months having high hopes since I had heard so many good things about La Mer creams. I eventually stopped reaching for it as often after not really feeling it made a huge difference. There is still about 1/4 of it left and I will use it up, but at well over $300 CDN a jar, I most likely won't purchase this again and will try others from this line or other lines.
I've learnt the mistakes of my ways. I use to hate this product, but that was because I over-applied the gel cream thinking more is better. How wrong I was. The more you apply, the harder it is for your skin to absorb and it always cause me to break out.
The whole warming the product in the palm didn't sit well with me cause I felt I was wasting such an expensive product. Now I apply a thin layer, spritz with some Evian water and massage it gently into my face and neck, and allow some time for it to warm up and absorb into my skin. It leave me with the smoothest face and neck from any product I've ever use. Like unbelievably silicone-y smooth. I actually prefer to use it at night as I don't like to sleep with heavy creams on my face. Hope this tip can help some of you guys. Lastly, I wish it came in a pump bottle as that would have been a more sanitary packaging than a jar.
I just wanna add on that I've been doing lactic acid peel on my face for the past 3 weeks. After each peel session, my skin is left slightly irritated and itchy, and nothing will calm it until i apply this gel cream on. It has been a savior for me as it moisturises enough and is gentle enough. HG material, 5 lippies now.