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Review: Creme de la Mer The Moisturizing Soft Cream

It’s taken me six months to review Crème de la Mer’s latest offering, because that’s how long it’s lasted – but how does it fare?

Mon, Apr 1, 2013, 07:30


Late last year, I met with the team from Crème de la Mer to discuss the latest development in their arsenal: The Moisturizing Soft Cream, a moisturiser that promised to produce the same results that made the original moisturiser such a success, but in a lighter texture, for those who found the original Moisturizing Cream too heavy.

As it was explained, it’s fundamentally a matter of taste: some people like the feeling of heavy, more luxuriant moisturisers on their skin, while others don’t.

The Moisturizing Soft Cream still contains all the benefits of La Mer’s patented Miracle Broth, a seaborne elixir discovered and developed, more than 40 years ago, into skincare by aerospace physicist Dr Max Huber to help heal scars he suffered in a lab accident.

So why the delay in reviewing this product if, as I said, I received it late last year?

Well, it’s no secret that purchasing a Crème de la Mer product is an investment. These moisturisers do not come cheap; at €130 for 30ml, in fact, they come really blimmin’ expensive. So I wanted to give the Moisturizing Soft Cream a really good going over before I reported back to tell you whether I loved or hated it – although, in fact, the truth is a little more complicated than that.

In terms of performance, I was really pleased. A little goes a long way, and it feels lovely on the skin – light and cooling, as well as (duh!) moisturising. I’ve been applying mine in the morning, under foundation, and no matter how little time I give myself, there is very little chance of making a mistake – I’ve applied foundation within 30 seconds of rubbing this into my moneymaker and have never had a problem with foundation slipping or sliding, nor with my skin feeling oily or greasy.

As for my skin, it’s never looked better. The past few months have seen slim pickings in terms of facials, peels, microdermabrasion and so on, and I fully credit this moisturiser for keeping me in tip-top shape with little in terms of upkeep. My skin is bright and dewy (if I say so myself) and I haven’t had a dry patch since we started out on our beautiful path together.

It’s also lasted a good six months, which is more than I can say for a lot of other moisturisers – although this could have something to do with how precious I am with it. I’m very careful to use only the recommended amount, and I don’t share.

The downsides? There are one and a half – the half because the second is largely to do with the first. But we’ll start with number one, and it’s obvious: the price. No matter how well it performs, there is something frightening about spending €130, twice a year, on one’s face. The second? Well, despite the aforementioned pluses – how lovely I think my skin looks (and feels!) and how much I profess to have enjoyed using this product - I just don’t know how much I trust myself. Do I like it because it’s really that good, or have I been duped by the luxury of it all?

The proof, as I see it, is in the fact that the Moisturizing Soft Cream is now on my permanent shopping list. I won’t be buying it tomorrow (I need to do some saving first!), but I will most certainly be repurchasing. And you can bet your bottom dollar I won’t be sharing that pot, either.