Dipping My Toes in the Luxury of La Mer

La Mer The Lifting Contour Serum and The Lifting and Firming Mask

I was originally going to publish this post a lot earlier than today because I’ve been trying these La Mer products out for the past couple of months and it’s high time I told you about it. On the other hand, I felt conflicted to share with you, not because they’re not good (they’re fantastic products) but because, truth be told, these are beauty products that I would never have purchased for myself.

See, thanks to blogging, I’m very lucky to be able try a lot of new beauty products so that I may share my thoughts about them, good or bad, with you. With the opportunity to try out new products also comes the chance to try out very expensive products that I will probably never, ever buy. La Mer skincare is one of them.

I won’t lie, for the serum and mask that I’m going to talk about, their combined price would be able to get me a Sophie Hulme mini leather tote that I’m currently lusting after. Or a pair and a half of Christian Louboutin pumps. Or an entire season and a half’s worth of ZARA outfits.

If I’m not actually going to buy La Mer products (at least, not at the moment), should I be telling you about them? Does my sharing my thoughts about them with you mean that I’m telling you to rush out and buy them but I personally won’t be making any purchases soon?

Sigh. Tough decisions for a beauty blogger to make, isn’t it?

I had the opportunity to try out La Mer’s Lifting Contour Serum and Lifting and Firming Mask (I won’t deny that I did one heck of a happy dance when I saw the La Mer package. Words along the line of “HOLY SHIZZBALLS LA MER?!” may have been spoken). I’ve been using these products for well over 2 months now and I think they’re great products that deserve a mention. Not because they’re so bloody expensive. It’s because they’re actually pretty damn good.

La Mer The Lifting Contour Serum

La Mer The Lifting Contour Serum

I’ve heard so many good things about this serum when it was in its original green bottle that it makes me so glad to be able to try it out. What you’re looking at now is a limited edition lab packaging which is very much like a medicinal, almost apocathery-like bottle, which I absolutely love. (Update on 3 April: I originally mentioned that this was a limited edition bottle but I was wrong. This is a lab sample. If you’re to buy a bottle of this, it will be in the signature green bottle. Personally, I prefer the lab sample packaging. :P )

La Mer The Lifting Contour Serum

The serum is a light gel that absorbs very quickly onto the skin and smells like the sea (again, another plus point). In just less than a week, I’m already seeing the results of softer, smoother and more “lifted” skin. Skin may feel soft to the touch but it’s also firm at the jawline. I didn’t experience any breakouts with the serum.

Do I like the serum? I love it. It’s a beautiful, light, refreshing serum that my skin just drinks up and goes all boing-boing for.

The Lifting and Firming Mask

La Mer The Lifting and Firming Mask

If you like the Lifting Contour Serum, you are going to love the mask even more. This mask comes with a flat brush that you can use to apply the mask. You’re to apply to face and neck in a thin layer with the brush or fingertips every other day after cleansing, massage onto the skin and leave it on for 10 minutes. It also recommends that you do not tissue it off and follow up with a moisturiser.

The mask comes in a heavy glass jar (you can knock someone out with this thing. For real). The fragrance is similar to the serum but smells a lot stronger.

I didn’t use the brush at all to apply the mask. It picks up too much product and it’s a waste because you only need a thin layer of it to work anyway. I’m saving the brush to use with a foundation instead. As for the mask, I use it like I do a serum. Instead of the Lifting Contour Serum, I substitute it every other day with the Lifting and Firming Mask. I don’t tissue it off (don’t waste the good stuff!); I wait for 10 minutes and then apply my usual moisturiser.

La Mer The Lifting and Firming Mask

This is the sort of mask you want to use before a big event. I like to use this in the evenings. The next morning always greets me with fantastic, smooth and radiant skin. It gives the skin extra oomph in terms of brightness and smoothness. To be honest, I didn’t see much of a “lifting” or contouring effect with this mask but for the smoothness and radiance alone, it’s already a winner in my books.

Now comes the hard part: my verdict. These are very good skincare products, there’s absolutely no doubt about it. But are they must haves? No, they’re not. There are cheaper serums and masks out there that give you the same if not better results. I’d be lying if I tell you only this La Mer serum and mask will give you those sort of results. So no, I’m not asking you to rush out and buy them, not unless they’re something you can truly afford to buy. At this point in my life, I’ll have to say no, they’re not. Not for me. Not now anyway.

Having said that, these are beautiful items of skincare that work very well and if you’re looking to pamper yourself with a bit of luxury (okay, make that a lot of luxury), then I’d say go for La Mer. Methinks you cannot go any more luxurious than that. It’s the Mercedes Benz of skincare after all. :P

La Mer’s The Lifting Contour Serum retails at AU$410.00 for 30ml and the Lifting and Firming Mask at AU$300.00.

What I like about them: Beautiful serum and mask, both gave me soft yet firm (oxymoron much? Oh I’m sure you know what I mean), skin, also gave me smooth and radiant skin.

What I do not like about them: I really should stop stating the obvious, shouldn’t I? :P

Have you tried anything from La Mer? Perhaps any of these products? What do you think? What’s worth the money, what’s not?

Disclaimer: These products were provided for editorial consideration.



18 comments… add one

  1. Chelsea

    I think even if I won the lottery I still wouldn’t use La Mer. I hear amazing things, but I’d really like to see their profit margin.
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    1. Tine

      Not even if you win $50 million Powerball? ;)

  2. Fiona

    I thought the serum is a lab version. I like the packaging too. At least something different from the norm.
    I have yet to try La Mer. My aim is to try every other brand available before trying this mother of all skin care hehehe.

    1. Tine

      Yeah it is. Just clarified and updated the post. I still prefer the lab sample packaging though. I really thought the words “lab sample” was a novelty label! :P

  3. Rose

    At those prices, I’d say they’re more like the Bugatti of skincare! :O
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    1. Tine

      Hahahaha I’m so Chinese and only think of the Merc. Tsk tsk tsk! :P

  4. ponikuta

    Eh, I thought the serum packaging is the lab sample, I was instructed not to reference it as end product shot – it is not a limited edition packaging.

    Consumer can only get the green bottles, also I don’t think it is an existing product. They are both new 2014 products. I could be wrong. :)

    1. Tine

      I’ve updated the blog post to say it’s a lab sample. Funny thing is, I wasn’t told that it was a lab sample when I got it, and really thought it was novelty packaging! I still prefer it to the green one :P

  5. lyn

    According to Connie (smellyocheese), my skin is not high-class enough to use La Mer :-P I have tried the cream before but didn’t really see it doing much for me. Both products you reviewed sound so good though. Hmmm…
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    1. Tine

      Hallo woman, our skin is more high class than any expensive products in the world. It should be La Mer is not high class enough for our skin. Kakakaka!

  6. Victoria

    The packaging is really cute but I think I nearly died looking at the price. Hahaha. Thanks for the review though and I can imagine your conundrum as a blogger on whether to review this product or otherwise. Like Chelsea mentioned, I also would really like to know their profit margin :-)

    1. Tine

      So glad you know what I mean. Difficult to say oh it’s so good but I won’t buy it just because I’d rather buy a new pair of shoes with that money. Ahem. :P

  7. MonicaP

    Sounds like a nice product, but ugh .. the price! I’ll have to pass.

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    1. Tine

      Haha yeah, it’s eye-popping prices indeed. Sigh.

  8. Hilary

    1) YES you need to review stuff like this, especially stuff like this, because its the kind of thing, due to the price tag, I’m (we’re?) not gonna be rushing out to buy without a SHED LOAD of research etc etc – so need to hear if its any good or not.
    2) I LOVE and NEED that serum packaging. Seriously seriously drool worthy and far more attractive than their usual packagings – something that actually would sway me to buy it compared to the normal boring jars they do.
    3) If someone leaves me money in a will (unlikely as I don’t have any family really), or I win the lotto (unlikely as I don’t play), or I find a spare $1K lying in the street all lonely, I would love to go there on this review. Unfortunately I have more important things to invest in at the moment – like saving for a house, or paying off the car, or…….argh the list goes on :( But once all that’s done, I’m so at the La Mer stand lol :D

    1. Tine

      Yes ma’am! :P
      As for #3, if I do find that spare $1k, erm, I reckon it’ll go into a bag or something first before it goes to La Mer. Ooops! :P

  9. Emmy

    Wow!!! they are kinda pricey. They seem like great products to try out but I guess I have to pass on them for I am not the type of spending too much on skin care products.
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    1. Tine

      To be honest, there are far cheaper products that can deliver the same if not better results. This La Mer serum and mask are great products but they’re not Holy Grail material for me.

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