PRICE DETAILS: $95 for 4.2 fl.oz. ($22.62/oz) (♦♦♦♦♦) – and worth every ¢.
PRESENTATION: Plastic bottle with pump
TEXTURE & SCENT: Lightweight watery gel-fluid texture with slight clean fragrance. Absorbs readily into skin with no sticky residue.
SKIN TYPE: All Skin Types
KEY FEATURES: With the nutrient-rich Miracle Broth™, the heart of La Mer’s profound powers of transformation, tone looks more even, skin is immersed in moisture, sensitivities soothed, radiance restored.
QUICK REVIEW: This instantly glow boosting pre-serum liquid may not rid you of major discoloration – but skin is left smoother, more hydrated and noticeably brighter.
The last thing most of us need is an extra step in our skin care routine – most nights, we’re lucky if we take our makeup off! La Mer The Brightening Infusion Intense is a pre-essence treatment that adds a brightening boost of hydration, Bio-Ceramic White Algae and Creme de la Mer’s signature Miracle Broth™ – making the extra step worth your while.
NOTE: I used the La Mer The Blanc de la Mer Infusion but will refer to the product by its U.S. counterpart, The Brightening Infusion Intense. The Blanc products are available in select International markets and in select Travel Retail locations (DFS Galleria Waikiki).
the PM ROUTINE:
Cleansing Oil → Cleanser → Toner/Lotion → Infusion → Serum → Moisturizer → Eye Cream
There has been a La Mer product in my routine (I don’t think I’ve every used a La Mer product for every step at once) for at least 10+ years. A perpetual jar of the original Creme de la Mer The Moisturizing Cream has been a steady fixture on my vanity for at least 10+ years and for good reason: There is NOTHING like the original cream when your skin is in dire need of major repair and rejuvenation.
→ LIME TEA EXTRACT: This proprietary La Mer ingredient is a powerful antioxidant that helps neutralize free radicals and protects skin from environmental aggressors so it can focus on repair.
That said, I haven’t tried The Brightening Infusion Intense with the recommended The Brightening Essence Intense – but I did use The Brightening Lotion Intense and substitute the Essence with the Estee Lauder Idealist Even Skin Tone Illuminator ($60 – $90, esteelauder.com) or the La Mer The Regenerating Serum ($260, lamer.com). A touch of one of the La Mer Moisturizers (Original, Soft Cream or Gel-Cream) and a touch of the original cream around the eyes, finished the routine.
the EXPERIENCE & RESULTS: Using any La Mer product can be equated to using a Hermes handbag – it is undeniably and ferociously luxurious. The Brightening Infusion Intense has a slightly fragrant (but not cloying) scent and a liquid-gel texture that spreads quickly over skin (I leave skin moist from the Lotion) and absorbs completely. The hydrating effect was refreshing and didn’t leave any residue or pill under additional products. The morning after I used it for the first time, skin was more “alive” and had a more even texture.
← BIO-CERAMIC WHITE ALGAE: This potent algae is a key component of the Blanc de la Mer Brightening Collection and helps clarify, smooth and nourish the skin to reveal a more even, lifted, firmer complexion.
I’m sure La Mer The Brightening Infusion Intense does not take the place of The Brightening Essence Intense, which likely has a much higher concentration of key ingredients. My experience leads me to hypothesize that by infusing skin with hydrating/brightening ingredients prior to essence application “primes” skin and therefore allows the essence to “focus” on improving skin. Whatever the reason, I have come to depend on La Mer The Brightening Infusion Intense to give me a boost when my skin is looking tired and dull. Brighter, plumper, happy skin is worth the extra 30 seconds.
LA MER THE BRIGHTENING INFUSION INTENSE (THE BLANC DE LA MER INFUSION) PRODUCT DETAILS:
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION (THE BRIGHTENING FUSION INTENSE): This advanced sea gel delivers brightening and anti-aging benefits and is designed to target the look of dark spots and boost the benefits of The Brightening Essence Intense. With the nutrient-rich Miracle Broth™, the heart of La Mer’s profound powers of transformation, tone looks more even, skin is immersed in moisture, sensitivities soothed, radiance restored. Smooth over face and neck with fingertips. For optimal brightening, use twice a day and follow with The Brightening Essence Intense. (Source: lamer.com)
LA MER THE BRIGHTENING INFUSION INTENSE (THE BLANC DE LA MER INFUSION) INGREDIENTS: DECLUSTERED WATER (-)AQUA\EAU DE-STRUCTUREE (-), DECLUSTERED WATER (+)\AQUA\EAU DE-STRUCTUREE (+), ALCOHOL DENAT, YEAST EXTRACT\FAEX\EXTRAIT DE LEVURE, METHYL GLUCETH-20, ASCORBYL GLUCOSIDE, ORYZA SATIVA (RICE) BRAN EXTRACT, PALMARIA PALMATA EXTRACT, CORALLINA OFFICINALIS EXTRACT, GENTIANA LUTEA (GENTIAN) ROOT EXTRACT, HYDROLYZED RICE BRAN EXTRACT, SEAWEED (ALGAE) EXTRACT, SESAMUM INDICUM (SESAME) SEED OIL, EUCALYPTUS GLOBULUS (EUCALYPTUS)LEAF OIL, SESAMUM INDICUM (SESAME) SEEDS, MEDICAGO STIVA (ALFALFA) SEED POWDER, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEEDCAKE, PRUNUS AMYGDALUS CULCIS (SWEET ALMOND) SEED MEAL, SODIUM GLUCONATE, POTASSIUM GLUCONATE, COPPER GLUCONATE, CALCIUM GLUCONATE, MAGNESIUM GLUCONATE, ZINC GLUCONATE, TOCOPHERYL SUCCINATE, NIACIN, SCCHAROMYCES LYSATE EXTRACT, BETULA ALBA (BIRCH) BARK EXTRACT, CITRUS AURANTIFOLIA (LIME) PEEL EXTRACT, GLYCERIN, PLANKTON EXTRACT, CHLORELLA VULGARIS EXTRACT, SUCROSE, HYDROLYZED WHEAT PROTEIN, ACETYL GLUCOSAMINE, ALCALIGENES POLYSACCHARIDES, CAFFEINE, PANTETHINE, JOJOBA WAX PEG-120 ESTERS, PPG-5-CETETH-20, LECITHIN, POLYSORBATE 20, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, SODIUM RNA, SODIUM HYALURONATE, TOURMALINE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, SILICA, FRAGRANCE (PARFUM), GERANIOL, LIMONENE, LINALOOL, HYDROXYCITRONELLAL, CITRONELLOL, DISODIUM EDTA, PHENOXYETHANOL, GREEN 5 (CI 61570) <ILN36198> (Source: Product packaging – Cosmetic Monster is not responsible for any errors)
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