Every now and then Sephora offers deluxe samples on ultra luxe products with an online purchase and I was shocked one day to see they were offering La Mer samples. I’ve never tried anything from La Mer. All I really know about it is rich people love it and their prices are ridiculous. I thought I better try the sample to see if this eye cream is really worth the $240 they advertise.
La Mer “The Eye Concentrate” full size photo. Source: La Mer.
This eye cream retails for a whopping $240CAD or $205US 0.5oz of product. That’s right, HALF AN OUNCE. Oh dear loooord. Other products such as the famous “Creme de la Mer” is priced at $315US. This fancy cream is formulated with a magnetically charged mineral “hematite” to help treat dark circles and unevenness. The top ingredient is algae extract followed by some chemicals I can’t pronounce, glycerin (cheap moisturizer), dimethicone (cheap filler), and black tea ferment along with vegetable oil, sea salt and something called “everlasting extract”.
What’s interesting to me is that on the La Mer website, there are no ingredients to be found whatsoever and I had to head over to MakeupAlley.com to find out. I would be so hesitant to buy skincare from anywhere if ingredients were not listed! What’s even more interesting is that on the La Mer website, reviews are all 5 stars and raving about this cream while at Makeup Alley this product got 3.3/5 out of 133 reviews and only 42% of people said they would repurchase.
-Rich, emollient eye cream
-A little goes a long way (I still have half my 3mL sample after over 2 weeks of use)
-Smells nice but not fake
-Moisturizes undereyes well
-Doesn’t do anything for my dark circles
-Doesn’t do anything for my fine lines
-La Mer is NOT cruelty free
Okay, if money were no object I would probably own this because I really like the texture of this cream- its emollient and rich but not greasy, it absorbs nicely into my skin and doesn’t sting my eyes or contain alcohol. BUT, I haven’t seen any progress in reducing my dark circles or fine lines whatsoever and that’s kind of the point of why you’d want to spurge on a product like this. You can get a moisturizing eye cream from anywhere.
Also, this company has the audacity to charge $240CAD for half an ounce of product but conducts animal testing! La Mer is owned by Estee Lauder, a company that is widely known for testing on animals. If you are going to charge a ridiculous sum of money for a moisturizer, at least don’t do it at the expense of animals. Didn’t see any notable results with this one and the price is insane so definitely will not be purchasing.