A tricky product. I actually returned it the first time I bought it, because I thought it was ridiculously expensive and not all that great...I was just using it incorrectly. Firstly, the packaging is amazing. The case it comes in is beautiful, and the powder puff if comes with is one of the best...I actually hate using powder puffs, but this one is great. I use this only as a finishing powder for liquid foundation. Turn the case upside down, lightly shake, and the right ammount of powder with be dispersed on the puff. Take the puff out of the case, and lightly dabb onto areas prone to shine or areas that need a little bit of coverage. If needed, sweep off excess with a powder brush. This powder is luxurious, and the case with look beautiful on any vanity. I'm very fair, so I'm not sure if the white colour of the powder will lighten foundation, but I doubt it. Don't let the price discourage you! You only need a bit each time, and when you're all done, you can re-use the case and powder puff.
My least favorite La Mer product that I have tried. Even with my oily skin, I found it very harsh, much like the oil absorbing tonic. It has a very strong smell, and it doesn't really foam all that well. I got it in my eyes, and that is when I decided to stop using it. Anything that stings my eyes that badly couldn't be all that great for my skin. A harsh, probably detergent based cleanser, and while it was horrible for me, it might be good for the most oily skins.
I love the smell of this product, for starters...smells like black licorice, which reminds me of my mom. Since I have oily skin, I use this only as my eye makeup remover. It is gentle, and even if you get it in your eyes, it won't sting too bad. For dry skins, it's probably great as a complete face makeup remover. I attribute my lack of dark circles, in part, to this product. I feel that an eye makeup remover with a more creamy and emollient consistency helps prep the eyes for eye cream, etc. Only negative about this product is that sometimes it doesn't remove all eye makeup, but it does an admirable enough job that I will continue to buy it. Recommended.
Use this lightly, don't aggressively spray with it. If you do, it goes fast! For more mature skins, this would probably work extremely well as a way to set your makeup. Also, for dryer skins, it could be used at any time as a refresher. I love the violet colour and the rosewater-like smell. I use it after shaving, and I find it soothing and shockingly hydrating. In fact, it leaves my face feeling a bit sticky, but not gross sticky. A great multi-use product, and probably the one from La Mer you could find the most uses for.
Moisturizers -La Mer - Creme de la mer moisturizer
websterboy20 4/26/2009 2:00:00 AM
This product does indeed make my oily skin a bit too oily to be comfortable, and that's why I use the Gel Cream instead. However, if you can get a sample of this, it makes a great eye cream, if used sparingly. Rub a little between your fingers, then pat on the eye area. I do this every night, and I have no dark circles. Be careful not to use too much, it's very rich! I might switch to it when I get older, but for now, it's a bit too heavy.
As with any La Mer product, try the samples before investing in the final product. I'm not sure this works any better than the average hand treatment, but I always get samples when purchasing other La Mer products. I use a bit before bed, and man does it smell great. Also, the smell lasts for a long time, which is a bonus. It's not too expensive considering you probably will use it as a special treat for your hands, every now and then. I'm not sure I'd rush out and buy the retail product though...
I use this product as part of my makeup-removal regimen. You don't even need one full pump, so this should last a long time. Apply a bit to your fingertips, lightly rub together, and massage over dry skin. You will notice your liquid and powder makeup begin to break down. Now, add some water, and watch it emulsify into a white, somewhat foamy fluid. You can even massage it lightly over your lashes and eyelids to prepare eye makeup for removal. As with any cleansing fluid/oil, follow up with another cleanser, in my case the La Mer Cleansing Lotion.
What I love about La Mer products is that they really do add brightness to the skin. This product is no exception. I use it once a week, after my AM cleanse. Sometimes I leave it on as a mask, as it does have clay in it. Then I hop in the shower to rinse it off. I give it a 4 only because it can be a little bit hard to get every last trace off of your face, and the exfoliation isn't all that great. Still, a great brightening product, to be used as a special treat.
Let me start by saying I have pretty oily skin...with that said, this product was too harsh for me. I've tried the regular tonic as well, and I much prefer the smell as well as overall effect. The oil absorbing tonic seems very alcohol based, so unless you have terribly oily skin, I don't suggest it. Try the regular tonic instead.
If you can get samples of this, I suggest trying it out. I don't use it as an all-over moisturizer, but rather as a spot treatment no bumps or blemishes I feel coming on. A tiny bit, warmed between fingertips, seems to heal up blemishes and bumps a bit faster than if you didn't use it. Too expensive, and the pump-bottle prevents you from seeing how much product you have left.
Firstly, I've never purchased the full 2oz size, always samples on ebay. It's a great moisturizer, but probably not the best for very dry sin types. For those with oily skin, it's probably better than the two lotions that La Mer offers. A tiny bit on each fingertip, patted into the skin, will suffice. For me, it runs out surprisingly quickly, so the price is a bit of an issue.
A great product, and it does indeed brighten the skin. I use this in the AM to give my skin a luminosity before makeup. I wouldn't recommend this as a makeup removing cleanser, as I do not feel it foams enough. Great as your AM cleanser though, leaves the skin crisp, but not tight. Just wondering, for those who use it, do you lather it in your hands first, then apply, or apply it to your face, then massage it in?
Probably my favourite La Mer product. I have very fair skin, prone to discoloration. Also, if I get a blemish, it takes a long time for it to go away completely. With that said, this product really speeds up the process. I use it in the AM after cleansing and toning. One pump is all you need, which makes the steep price much more reasonable. I spread one pump over my whole face, using my fingertips. I feel it really helps control oil, even out the skin tone, and add brightness. I feel I will always use this product...and it smells great too!
Beware! This is the best powder brush I ever used...until I washed it. What is initially the softest, most convenient brush of its kind ends up being a brush that loses tons of bristles after the first time you wash it. Also, the casing is not scratch resistant. Highly recommended...if you never wash it.