One of the benefits I’ve noticed of being a woman and not a teenager is that my skin is a million times clearer than it was when I was growing up. I’ve tried a few skincare products from different boxes recently, and something has caused the worst breakout I’ve had in 10 years. I’m devastated as I’m usually so careful with skincare and my skin has been relatively clear for a long time because of it. I have my suspicions about which product(s) may not have agreed with me, but I don’t know for sure so I won’t name any of them. I’m hoping it’s none of the La Mer products as I’m continuing to use them, and the next product I’m reviewing is from the La Mer Limited Edition Glossybox. The card says:
“Launched in January, La Mer’s newest serum instantly infuses skin with much-needed energy and hydration. Micro-droplets help skin attract and hold moisture, while delivering the key active ingredients deep within the skins surface layers.”
This is 5ml sample of The Revitalizing Hydrating Serum, but the full size bottle is readily available to buy in 30 ml bottles for £145.00. If you wish to buy direct from La Mer you can find it for sale on cremedelamer.co.uk. Based on a similar pricing structure, this serum would cost £4.83 per ml or £24.16 for the sample. La Mer products are expensive as the brand is so high end, but even so I think the equivalent value of £24.16 for a tube of serum the size on my index finger seems a little steep. Or maybe it’s just super awesome? I don’t know yet, but I hope it’s the latter.
The sample is packaged in a neat little green box, with white writing. The front of the box has the La Mer branding, and product name. Turning the box around clockwise, the next side has the item’s bar code. The back of the box notes that the sample is not for sale, and there are various translations of this and the product name into various other languages. The bottom half of this side of the box is dedicated to listing the ingredients. The final side of the box is a continuation of the list of ingredients – it’s a very long list! Underneath the box is a listing for the company contact information, and the place of manufacture.
“The Power of a Miracle. Inspired by the curative powers of the sea, physicist and La Mer founder Dr. Max Huber set out to help heal the appearance of scars he suffered in a lab accident that severely burnt his face. Pioneering use of sea kelp in skincare and mastering the art of bio-fermentation, he took 12 years and 6,000 experiments to create Miracle Broth – the seaborne elixir known for its healing energies at the heart of the legendary moisturiser, Crème de la Mer. The result was nothing short of a miracle. Dr. Huber’s skin appeared dramatically renewed and crystal clear: softer, smoother and more refined.
The Essentials for a Lifetime. Experience La Mer’s original miracle with The Essentials, a simple and personalised skincare regimen powered by The Miracle Broth. Comprised of a La Mer moisturizer, eye treatment and Serum best suited to your individual needs and preferences. The Essentials work in synergy to deliver a clearer and more pure,hydrated and luminous appearance as the journey toward the look of youth begins.”
Also inside the box is a shiny bottle containing the serum. The bottle is also green, but it’s a much darker shade of green than the box and reminds me more of the colour of seaweed than the colour of the sea. The La Mer branding is prominently shown on the bottle, and the product name is also printed in grey text (which is hard to see in the picture as the grey is also quite dark). The lid of the bottle is also green, and there is a chrome coloured banding separating the lid from the bottleneck. If I remove the lid I can see that this is a pump action bottle.
Directions: Apply two drops to fingertips and press the serum over the face and neck. Use morning and evening, after cleansing and before applying moisturiser and SPF.
Tip: If you have oily skin this Serum is all you need in the morning and leaves skin perfectly primed for makeup.
One pump of the nozzle delivers a decent amount of white coloured cream. The cream smells quite strong. It’s not a natural or flowery smell, in fact I’d describe it as ‘hearty’, but I don’t think it’s unpleasant either. Following the instructions I apply the cream to my skin, and I’m amazed at how light it feels. Some skin care lotions are quite heavy and feel like they’re coating the outside of my skin in a layer of plastic. This feels refreshing like I’m spreading water over my skin, and I can feel it being absorbed quickly.
My skin is left feeling soft and hydrated, but not greasy or sticky. I almost wasn’t going to try this skincare product until my skin had settled down a little but I’m really glad I did as it’s the first time I’ve not frowned at my skin for a few days. I still think the price tag of this serum is very high, but for anyone who can affford to buy this regularly I would absolutely recommend it. If you’re like me and it’s not practical to bring it into your daily routine it could be worth getting as a treat, or looking out for opportunities like the Limited Edition Glossybox to try a sample as it really is a great little bottle of loveliness.