Monday, April 14, 2008

Beauty Review: Luxurious La Mer Skincolor

When I think of La Mer, I think of the brand's cult classic Creme de la Mer moisturizing cream. Some have loathed it and others have called it the holy grail of anti-aging creams. I, however, have not tried this product simply because when I think of the women that use it, I picture glamorous ladies adorned in fur- with lots of money! When the opportunity came up to try La Mer's new Skincolor collection, I was more than eager to put this luxurious line to the test. The innovative line fuses skincare benefits and colour together, working continuously to improve the skin. The collection includes The Treatment Creme Foundation SPF 15, The Treatment Fluid Foundation SPF 15, and The Powder.

The Treatment Creme Foundation SPF 15 ($120 CDN 30 ml) inspired by Creme de la Mer, is described as a "rich souffle engineered with weightless color and La Mer's remarkable skincare benefits to transform the complexion. Gemstones capture light energy to create a translucent color palette, optically erasing imperfections to reveal a naturally flawless complexion...Blue Algae Lift Ferment adds radiance and continuously lifts the skin...dewy finish...".

Wow, I don't think I've ever tried a foundation this creamy! And as rich as it is, the foundation still feels light-weight on your skin. I chose the Tan shade and when I opened it I thought it may be too dark. But when I applied it to my skin, it blended in nicely matching it perfectly! My skin looked flawlessly AMAZING almost like I'd been airbrushed! The medium-full coverage provided a dewiness which is nice in certain areas but after a while I found my nose got a bit too shiny. I find using a mattifyer on the nose fixes the problem. It comes in a little jar and is accompanied with a convenient little spatula for scooping and keeping bacteria out. Only a tiny amount is needed or else you run the risk of looking too made up. Once the foundation settles, it looks like your natural skin but much better. The SPF protects the skin and doesn't irritate or itch - major plus for me. It also never caused my skin to break out. For dry or mature skin, this foundation is fantastic and will keep you looking youthful and radiant!

The Treatment Fluid Foundation SPF 15 ($110 CDN 30 ml) is a lighter liquid version of the creme foundation and is made with the same ingredients. This one suits my skin much better and has the same luminous effect but with a more natural finish. My nose doesn't shine like it does with the creme foundation. Although it is a liquid form, the texture is creamy and not runny (which is the only thing I dislike about Face Atelier's). The coverage can be light-full by layering until you reach your desired coverage. It is long-wearing, leaving you looking flawless from morning to night. Once on, you forget you're wearing foundation. It comes in a handy pump bottle and dispenses the right amount of foundation. Lovely foundation for those that like a natural, perfect complexion.
The Powder ($90 CDN 25g) is described as a "luxurious finishing powder so incredibly light it appears to float. Developed with symmetrically shaped, uniquely coated particles, it magnetically attracts to the skin for a perfect fit. Airspun seaborne particles - some of the lightest materials on earth - create an imperceptible finish that leaves the skin looking flawless...".

Every time I open this powder, I really do feel luxurious and glamorous! The packaging isn't adorned in gold or anything but the powder looks like crushed diamonds! It makes my skin look amazing and kind of melts into my skin. The powder finishes the makeup enhancing the overall radiance. It doesn't really mattify so those with oilier skin are probably better off using a matte powder. Included in the jar is the softest, most plush powder puff I've ever tried! Applied with the powder puff the coverage is heavier but with a powder brush it looks more natural. Sometimes I'll just rub the puff on my face for fun - may seem weird but it feels amazing!

Overall, I'm really impressed with La Mer Skincolor. My skin always has a gorgeous, airbrushed glow and I always get compliments on my skin whenever I wear the products. I've resorted to only using it on "special occasions" because once it runs out it may be a while before I can get my hands on them again! If you are a Creme de la Mer fan, you'll certainly be happy with Skincolor. Skincare and makeup can sometimes be huge investments so if you are going to dish out a lot of money I recommend sampling the products before committing. There are less expensive brands that have the same effectiveness but don't have the same skincare benefits La Mer Skincolor offers. I personally have become a fan and if I have the money in the future it'll definitely be a must-have on my beauty list! Have you tried Skincolor? Love it? Hate it? Happy shopping!

The Skincolor range is available at Holt Renfrew across Canada.

1 comment:

psychoexgirlfriend said...

Yikes! I wouldn't be able to afford this stuff but it sounds amazing!