Beauty Product Review: Creme de la Mer ‘La Mer’

Creme de la Mer

I don’t know what’s wrong with me, I really don’t. I buy the must-have, super-dooper, will-give-you-lashes-like-a-spider’s-leg YSL Faux Cils mascara – it doesn’t work. I buy the equally must-have, so-expensive-it’ll-make-you-weep Creme de le Mer face cream, and guess what? It didn’t work. Maybe it’s me. Is it me? Does this happen to anyone else?

I so badly wanted this one to work, too. See, I know I haven’t mentioned this much (only about a hundred times or so, not much AT ALL), but I’m getting married next month. It’s “the most important day of my life”, I must look PERFECT, and also: I’m a sucker for a must-have beauty product. So how did I get on with this one? Not freakin’ well, if you want to know the truth…

Before I go any further with this review, I should probably point out that I did NOT pay £575 for my little magic pot of La Mer Creme de La Mer . I may be stupid, but I’m not that stupid. Not all the time, anyway.

No, I got my pot of ‘La Mer’ from eBay – and I’d strongly advise you to do the same. If you go to eBay, you’ll be able to pick up one of the trial-sized pots for not too much money. My tester version cost me around £15, which, OK, sounds like a lot for a 3.5ml tub of cream, but it lasted for over a month, and it at least stopped me making a very expensive mistake with the full sized version. (Because I could totally afford to buy the full-sized version, oh yes I could).

So, onto the nitty gritty…

Some people would argue that the packaging just isn’t importance. Those people are clearly not spending £500 on a pot of face cream though – and OK, neither did I. If I had spent that amount of money, though, I would have expected something more than just an ordinary, plastic pot with a slightly ’80s logo on it. Like, maybe they could have gold plated it or something, I don’t know. Nil points, anyway.

Creme de la Mer is not a light and fluffy cream, which will disappear straight into your skin. But then, it’s not supposed to be, so it’s hard to hold that against it. The consistency is thick and a little bit greasy, but not off-puttingly so.

The cream has quite a strong fragrance, which is… medicinal would be the wrong word for it, but the thing it reminds me of most is Elizabeth Arden’s 8 Hour Cream, which would perhaps be best described that way. Not a scent you’ll want to buy in perfume form, but not particularly offensive either.

Here comes the science bit! Creme de la Mer isn’t designed to just be slapped on like ordinary skincare. Hell, no. According to the information leaflet that comes with it, what you’re actually supposed to do is take a small dolop of the cream in your palms, and rub them briskly together. The consistency should then become liquid, and you pat it gently onto your skin. I’m not sure if this is the bit I was getting wrong (is it even possible to rub your hands together wrong?), but as it’s the only bit that differs from any other skin cream, maybe I did.

The result:
Well, I used it for just over a month, and while my skin is undeniably softer, it’s hard to know whether this is due to the Creme de la Mer, or to the additional water I’ve been trying to drink lately. Even if it is all down to the cream, it’s not so much softer that I’d be willing to spend £500 on it. The couple of lines I’ve started to notice under my eyes (AAARGH!) are still there, so my search for a miracle cream continues, I’m afraid…


  • October 22, 2008


    Hm, you may have been duped with the ebay purchase – ive read that ppl sell a lot of “fake’ La Mer on ebay – the creme actualyl doenst have a strong smell at all; its very lightly fragranced. This is why Im concerned you got a “fake”
    hope your wedding was spectacular!

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  • December 6, 2008


    Most of the creme de la mer on e bay is fake and made in China..
    La mer simply do not give away truck loads of samples.
    You have to buy the product to receive samples usually.
    If it’s not boxed it will most certainly be fake..but the chinese have even copied the packaging too..
    No cream in the world can get rid of wrinkles.
    But creme de la mer certainly slows them down by hydrating and nourishing the skin..

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  • December 15, 2008

    Belinda Thompson

    I bought my first la mer pot from ebay and it was definitely a fake. I am so glad I decided to give it another chance except I purchased it from the second time. It may be expensive but it last forever. I noticed a difference right away. My skin is brighter and much more radiant. Give it another shot and if you do not like it, Lamer will accept returns. Nothing to lose.

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  • February 11, 2009

    list of perfumes

    well when you first apply it your skin is brighter and much more radiant. Give it another shot and if you do not like it.

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  • May 11, 2010


    I think they may have sent you a fake. The real Crem de le Mer doesn’t have a fragrance and is not greasy and since I’ve been using it i’ve noticed a beautiful difference in my skin, more radiant and have gotten lots of compliments. You should problably get it from Nordstroms or Neiman Marcus or directly from De Le Mer online. Good Luck!

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