La Mer The Collection | The Eye Concentrate, The Regenerating Serum, The Moisturizing Gel Cream

THE COLLECTION

“Coveted by those in the know.” – Créme de la Mer

PRODUCT RATINGS:

The Eye Concentrate: ★★★★★★★★★(9/10) – For dark circles & puffiness

The Regenerating Serum: ★★★★★★★★☆☆(8/10)

The Moisturizing Gel Cream: ★★★★★★★★★☆(9/10)

PRICE DETAILS: About $240 for the set. Includes (from top): .17oz. The Eye Concentrate, .5oz. The Regenerating Serum and 1oz. The Moisturizing Gel Cream.  (♦♦♦♦♦)

Available in Travel Retail Locations Only. Hawaii shoppers: Its available at DFS Galleria in Waikiki.

SKIN TYPES: All skin types, especially beneficial for combination skin or warm climates.

QUICK REVIEW: A more wearable version of La Mer’s iconic cream. Luxury skin care at its finest.

the REVIEW (10/31/2011): My “relationship” with La Mer started in the mid-90’s, when the original jars of Creme de la Mer Moisturizing Cream hit the shelves of Liberty House (now Macy’s Ala Moana). It was one of the first skin care products I purchased that had a price tag of $100 or more. Since then, a jar of the original Creme de la Mer has been a permanent fixture on my vanity. Several 2oz. jars has seen me through late (early morning) tequila/live music fueled nights, two pregnancies (Want the perfect shower gift? Jar of La Mer.), sunburns, allergic reations, over zealous peels…you name it. In other words, it is one of the very few products that have stood the test of time. It has lasted longer than just about every other relationship I’ve had.

There are wonderful (and mostly true) stories about Dr. Max Huber, the mastermind behind the original La Mer formula. An aerospace physicist, Huber pioneered the use of sea kelp and bio-fermentation in skincare, creating Miracle Broth™, the foundation of La Mer skincare, to heal the appearance of scars he suffered in a lab accident. Thousands of experiments later, Creme de la Mer and a new generation of skincare was born.

While the original formulation is simply miraculous, I was unable to comfortably use it year round. With the humidity, it was simply too heavy to use during the warmer months. La Mer The Moisturizing Gel Cream ($250) is the ultra light edition of the original and has a fresh, hydrating texture. Leaning more toward a emollient gel, The Moisturizing Gel Cream has the same unique scent as the original cream and when pressed into the skin, leaves a moist but non-sticky finish. Using a small dab around the eyes (after The Eye Concentrate) helped to smooth out any dry lines and boosted moisture.

The Regenerating Serum is fortified with a high dose of The Miracle Broth and has a smooth, creamy, lotion texture that can also be used on its own. The water/silicone base helps to instantly smooth out pores and fine lines and works wonderfully as a primer for foundation – although the effects are cumulative and skin takes on a renewed appearance (in texture and moisture content) within a few days. Since my concerns are more toward pigmentation issues, I prefer to use The Radiant Serum ($250) all over and apply small dabs of The Regenerating Serum around my eyes and other areas of concern. An application of the original Creme de la Mer or The Moisturizing Gel Cream seals in the benefits.

La Mer offers two eye treatments, The Eye Concentrate ($165) and The Eye Balm Intense ($165). Since dryness and firming around my eye area are my main issues, I would prefer the heavier texture of The Eye Balm Intense – while The Eye Concentrate is a lighter weight creamy gel that works wonders of dark circles and puffiness and was an invaluable part of my routine during an intense month of 12 hour days. It wears very well under makeup, although the hydrating benefits did not last all day. It did not irritate my eyes or cause puffiness (although you have to be sure to apply it to the orbital bone only).

the FINAL ROAR: There is literally something magical in a jar of La Mer – and no one has been able to come close in performance and technology. There are few products that perform, and if used properly, La Mer rarely disappoints. If you have to pick only one La Mer product, the original Creme de la Mer Moisturizing Cream is an absolute must. However, The Moisturizing Gel Cream has quickly become a favorite product and stands firmly next to the original as one of my top beauty products.

Dry and devitalized skin will thoroughly benefit from The Regenerating Serum while oily skin or those with pigmentation will like the benefits and texture of The Radiant Serum. Lastly, when picking between the Concentrate or the Balm Intense, its just a matter of preference in texture.

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LA MER THE COLLECTION DETAILS:
LA MER THE EYE CONCENTRATE
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This concentrated cream utilizes three unique forms of Miracle Broth™ to deeply condition, smooth and hydrate the delicate eye area. It significantly reduces the appearance of dark circles, lines and wrinkles for a luminous new life.

Fortified with an iron-rich mineral, The Eye Concentrate dramatically dissolves the appearance of dark circles. It works in tandem with a specially-engineered, silver-tipped applicator which helps cool the skin, immediately improving micro-circulation.

LA MER THE EYE CONCENTRATE INGREDIENTS: Seaweed (algae) extract, cyclopentasiloxane, glycerin, yeast extract/faex/extrait de levure, dimethicone, saccharomyces/xylinum black tea ferment, vinyl dimethicone/methicone silsesquioxane crosspolymer, caprylic/capric triglyceride, caprylic/capric/myristic/stearic triglyceride, hydrogenated vegetable oil, polysilicone-11, sea salt\maris sal\sel marin, saccharomyces/copper ferment, helichrysum arenarium (everlasting) extract, algae extract, gelidium cartilagineum extract, tourmaline, polygonum fagopyrum seed extract, saccharomyces lysate extract, sesamum indicum (sesame) seed oil, eucalyptus globulus (eucalyptus) leaf oil, sesamum indicum (sesame) seed, medicago sativa (alfalfa) seed powder, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seedcake, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) seed meal, sodium gluconate, potassium gluconate, copper gluconate, calcium gluconate, magnesium gluconate, zinc gluconate, tocopheryl succinate, niacin, hematite, corallina officinalis extract, isomerized linoleic acid, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, acetyl hexapeptide-8, whey protein\lactis protein\proteine du petit-lait, hesperidin methyl chalcone, linoleic acid, caffeine, cholesterol, tetraacetylphytosphingosine, sigesbeckia orientalis (st. paul’s wort) extract, butylene glycol, crithmum maritimum extract, biotin, acetyl carnitine HCL, acetyl glucosamine, steareth-20, aminopropyl ascorbyl phosphate, nylon-12, avena sativa (oat) kernel extract, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) seed extract, glycine soja (soybean) protein, isononyl isononanoate, sodium citrate, cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 dimethicone, phytosphingosine, hydrogenated polyisobutene, retinyl palmitate, propylene glycol dioctanoate, sucrose, dipeptide-2, dimethicone crosspolymer, triethoxycaprylylsilane, trimethylsiloxysilicate, isododecane, PEG/PPG-18/18 dimethicone, silica, hydroxyethylcellulose, alumina, fragrance (parfum) , phenoxyethanol, potassium sorbate, titanium dioxide (CI 77891) , mica
LA MER THE REGENERATING SERUM
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Fortified with a high concentration of The Miracle Broth™, The Regenerating Ferment™ and The Marine Peptide Ferment, this active yet comforting skincare powerhouse helps complement skin’s natural production of “youth proteins,” collagen and elastin. You will see a difference in a day as skin is rejuvenated on contact. Over time, the appearance of lines, wrinkles and pores is diminished as a firmer, more lifted, beautifully ageless look is revealed.
LA MER THE REGENERATING SERUM INGREDIENTS: WATER\AQUA\EAU ,  DIMETHICONE ,  SEAWEED (ALGAE) EXTRACT ,  HDI/TRIMETHYLOL HEXYLLACTONE CROSSPOLYMER ,  HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE ,  HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OIL ,  CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC/MYRISTIC/STEARIC TRIGLYCERIDE ,  POLYSILICONE-11 ,  YEAST EXTRACT\FAEX\EXTRAIT DE LEVURE ,  ALGAE EXTRACT ,  PEG-8 DIMETHICONE ,  CITRUS AURANTIFOLIA (LIME) PEEL EXTRACT ,  SIGESBECKIA ORIENTALIS (ST. PAUL’S WORT) EXTRACT ,  POLYGONUM CUSPIDATUM ROOT EXTRACT ,  SACCHAROMYCES LYSATE EXTRACT ,  SESAMUM INDICUM (SESAME) SEED OIL ,  EUCALYPTUS GLOBULUS (EUCALYPTUS) LEAF OIL ,  SESAMUM INDICUM (SESAME) SEED ,  MEDICAGO SATIVA (ALFALFA) SEED POWDER ,  HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEEDCAKE ,  PRUNUS AMYGDALUS DULCIS (SWEET ALMOND) SEED MEAL ,  SODIUM GLUCONATE ,  POTASSIUM GLUCONATE ,  COPPER GLUCONATE ,  CALCIUM GLUCONATE ,  MAGNESIUM GLUCONATE ,  ZINC GLUCONATE ,  TOCOPHERYL SUCCINATE ,  NIACIN ,  VITIS VINIFERA (GRAPE) SEED EXTRACT ,  ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY) EXTRACT ,  SELAGINELLA TAMARISCINA (SPIKE MOSS) EXTRACT ,  PUNICA GRANATUM (POMEGRANATE) JUICE EXTRACT ,  BUPLEURUM FALCATUM ROOT EXTRACT ,  CITRUS RETICULATA (TANGERINE) PEEL EXTRACT ,  NARCISSUS TAZETTA BULB EXTRACT ,  MIMOSA TENUIFLORA BARK EXTRACT ,  PEG-10 DIMETHICONE ,  BETULA ALBA (BIRCH) BARK EXTRACT ,  CHLORELLA VULGARIS EXTRACT ,  HUMULUS LUPULUS (HOPS) EXTRACT ,  LAURETH-4 ,  CORALLINA OFFICINALIS EXTRACT ,  GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) SEED EXTRACT ,  MICROCOCCUS LYSATE ,  WHEY PROTEIN\LACTIS PROTEIN\PROTEINE DU PETIT-LAIT ,  AMMONIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYLTAURATE/BEHENETH-25 METHACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER ,  TARTARIC ACID ,  INULIN LAURYL CARBAMATE ,  GLYCERIN ,  HYDROLYZED WHEAT PROTEIN ,  LAURETH-23 ,  BUTYLENE GLYCOL ,  SUCROSE ,  COENZYME A ,  ACETYL GLUCOSAMINE ,  CAFFEINE ,  DIPALMITOYL HYDROXYPROLINE ,  LINOLEIC ACID ,  TETRAACETYLPHYTOSPHINGOSINE ,  ALCALIGENES POLYSACCHARIDES ,  BIFIDA FERMENT LYSATE ,  PENTYLENE GLYCOL ,  ERYNGIUM MARITIMUM CALLUS CULTURE FILTRATE ,  DIPOTASSIUM GLYCYRRHIZATE ,  PALMITOYL OLIGOPEPTIDE ,  PEG-8 ,  SORBITOL ,  TOCOPHERYL ACETATE ,  HYDROXYPROPYL CYCLODEXTRIN ,  HYDROGENATED LECITHIN ,  NORDIHYDROGUAIARETIC ACID ,  CYCLODEXTRIN ,  MALTODEXTRIN ,  ACETYL HEXAPEPTIDE-8 ,  GLYCERYL POLYMETHACRYLATE ,  GLYCOSAMINOGLYCANS ,  GOLD ,  TOURMALINE ,  LINOLENIC ACID ,  SILICA ,  ETHYLBISIMINOMETHYLGUAIACOL MANGANESE CHLORIDE ,  DISODIUM EDTA ,  POTASSIUM SORBATE ,  PHENOXYETHANOL ,  FRAGRANCE (PARFUM) ,  LIMONENE ,  LINALOOL ,  HYDROXYCITRONELLAL ,  CITRONELLOL ,  GERANIOL ,  GREEN 5 (CI 61570) WATER\AQUA\EAU ,  DIMETHICONE ,  SEAWEED (ALGAE) EXTRACT ,  HDI/TRIMETHYLOL HEXYLLACTONE CROSSPOLYMER ,  HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE ,  HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OIL ,  CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC/MYRISTIC/STEARIC TRIGLYCERIDE ,  POLYSILICONE-11 ,  YEAST EXTRACT\FAEX\EXTRAIT DE LEVURE ,  ALGAE EXTRACT ,  PEG-8 DIMETHICONE ,  CITRUS AURANTIFOLIA (LIME) PEEL EXTRACT ,  SIGESBECKIA ORIENTALIS (ST. PAUL’S WORT) EXTRACT ,  POLYGONUM CUSPIDATUM ROOT EXTRACT ,  SACCHAROMYCES LYSATE EXTRACT ,  SESAMUM INDICUM (SESAME) SEED OIL ,  EUCALYPTUS GLOBULUS (EUCALYPTUS) LEAF OIL ,  SESAMUM INDICUM (SESAME) SEED ,  MEDICAGO SATIVA (ALFALFA) SEED POWDER ,  HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEEDCAKE ,  PRUNUS AMYGDALUS DULCIS (SWEET ALMOND) SEED MEAL ,  SODIUM GLUCONATE ,  POTASSIUM GLUCONATE ,  COPPER GLUCONATE ,  CALCIUM GLUCONATE ,  MAGNESIUM GLUCONATE ,  ZINC GLUCONATE ,  TOCOPHERYL SUCCINATE ,  NIACIN ,  VITIS VINIFERA (GRAPE) SEED EXTRACT ,  ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY) EXTRACT ,  SELAGINELLA TAMARISCINA (SPIKE MOSS) EXTRACT ,  PUNICA GRANATUM (POMEGRANATE) JUICE EXTRACT ,  BUPLEURUM FALCATUM ROOT EXTRACT ,  CITRUS RETICULATA (TANGERINE) PEEL EXTRACT ,  NARCISSUS TAZETTA BULB EXTRACT ,  MIMOSA TENUIFLORA BARK EXTRACT ,  PEG-10 DIMETHICONE ,  BETULA ALBA (BIRCH) BARK EXTRACT ,  CHLORELLA VULGARIS EXTRACT ,  HUMULUS LUPULUS (HOPS) EXTRACT ,  LAURETH-4 ,  CORALLINA OFFICINALIS EXTRACT ,  GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) SEED EXTRACT ,  MICROCOCCUS LYSATE ,  WHEY PROTEIN\LACTIS PROTEIN\PROTEINE DU PETIT-LAIT ,  AMMONIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYLTAURATE/BEHENETH-25 METHACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER ,  TARTARIC ACID ,  INULIN LAURYL CARBAMATE ,  GLYCERIN ,  HYDROLYZED WHEAT PROTEIN ,  LAURETH-23 ,  BUTYLENE GLYCOL ,  SUCROSE ,  COENZYME A ,  ACETYL GLUCOSAMINE ,  CAFFEINE ,  DIPALMITOYL HYDROXYPROLINE ,  LINOLEIC ACID ,  TETRAACETYLPHYTOSPHINGOSINE ,  ALCALIGENES POLYSACCHARIDES ,  BIFIDA FERMENT LYSATE ,  PENTYLENE GLYCOL ,  ERYNGIUM MARITIMUM CALLUS CULTURE FILTRATE ,  DIPOTASSIUM GLYCYRRHIZATE ,  PALMITOYL OLIGOPEPTIDE ,  PEG-8 ,  SORBITOL ,  TOCOPHERYL ACETATE ,  HYDROXYPROPYL CYCLODEXTRIN ,  HYDROGENATED LECITHIN ,  NORDIHYDROGUAIARETIC ACID ,  CYCLODEXTRIN ,  MALTODEXTRIN ,  ACETYL HEXAPEPTIDE-8 ,  GLYCERYL POLYMETHACRYLATE ,  GLYCOSAMINOGLYCANS ,  GOLD ,  TOURMALINE ,  LINOLENIC ACID ,  SILICA ,  ETHYLBISIMINOMETHYLGUAIACOL MANGANESE CHLORIDE ,  DISODIUM EDTA ,  POTASSIUM SORBATE ,  PHENOXYETHANOL ,  FRAGRANCE (PARFUM) ,  LIMONENE ,  LINALOOL ,  HYDROXYCITRONELLAL ,  CITRONELLOL ,  GERANIOL ,  GREEN 5 (CI 61570)
LA MER THE MOISTURIZING GEL CREAM
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Combining the emollience of the original Crème de la Mer with the unique gel structure of sea kelp, this ultralight texture deeply hydrates and conditions skin on contact. It’s the ideal choice for warm, humid climates and those who enjoy an instantly refreshed feeling.
LA MER THE MOISTURIZING GEL CREAM INGREDIENTS: seaweed (algae) extract ,  cyclopentasiloxane ,  butylene glycol ,  lime extract ,  glycerin ,  ammonium acryloyldimethyltaurate/vp copolymer ,  sesame seed oil ,  alfalfa seed powder ,  sunflower seed ,  sweet almond meal , eucalyptol ,  sodium/potassium/copper/calcium/magnesium/zinc gluconates ,  tocopheryl succinate ,  niacin ,  aloe leaf water ,  palmitoyl oligopeptide ,  dimethicone ,  sucrose ,  trehalose sorbitol ,  sodium hyaluronate ,  oleth-10 ,  caffeine ,  tocopheryl acetate ,  glyceryl polymethacrylate ,  phenoxyethanol ,  potassium sorbate ,  limonene ,  hydroxycitronellal ,  linalool ,  geraniol ,  citronellol ,  parfum (fragrance)
**La Mer The Collection was submitted by Estee Lauder Travel Retail for review consideration. This is not an advertisement for this product. All reviews and information was gathered independently by Cosmetic Monster – and no compensation is received based on the outcome of this review.
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SHOP NOWLa Mer The Collection is available through Travel Retail Locations Only. Individual products available at cremedelamer.com.

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6 thoughts on “La Mer The Collection | The Eye Concentrate, The Regenerating Serum, The Moisturizing Gel Cream

    1. La Mer’s The Radiant Serum may help with some surface discoloration – but you have to go hardcore to really rid skin of age spots and freckles. Since we live in Hawaii, the hardcore treatments aren’t worth it since its virtually impossible to stay out of the sun. Twice daily use of a good antioxidant serum and high spf is your best bet.

  1. Hee hee. At first I thought your title was “Lamer.”

    I like your site design. I wish you could truncate the product info within the article so that I don’t have to scroll so far down to find Lynn’s comments. lol

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