You may remember that, about six weeks ago, I started using the fanciest skincare products I’ve had the privilege of trying in my 30-odd years on this earth: the Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal range, along with some other products by luxury skincare brand La Prairie.
Now that I’ve had the chance to properly incorporate the products into my skincare regimen, I figured it was time to report back with my findings.
As a wee reminder, I was sent four products to try:
Cellular Cleansing Water for Eyes & Face* (£65);
Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Eye Cream* (£164);
Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Transforming Cream with SPF 30* (£134);
Cellular Radiance Perfecting Fluide Pure Gold* (£355).
Among those products are two I would buy for myself, one that I found a wee bit disappointing – and one that I still haven’t really gotten to the bottom of…
Let’s get the disappointing one out of the way first: for £65 a bottle, I expected better things from the cleansing water. It takes me two fully-soaked cotton pads to take all of my makeup off, and my face never feels properly clean afterwards. I suspect this is personal preference: the La Prairie cleansing water is designed to leave the skin soft, while my budget micellar waters probably have astringent qualities that aren’t so good for my skin. There’s still a little left in the bottle which I’ll definitely be using up, but I don’t think I’ll be replacing this one.
The eye cream, on the other hand…
The eye cream, I absolutely love. It’s a thick, luxurious formula and a little goes a long way – I feel as if I’ve barely made a dent in the tub, which means that for the admittedly heavy price tag you’re getting an investment product that lasts. The results are noticeable too: the past few weeks have been some of the busiest of my life, but there’s room for far less shopping in the ol’ undereye bags right now.
Look, I’m not going to bullshit you here: while I’m not getting any younger, I’m hardly in the market for miracle cures yet. That said, the eye cream is explicitly designed to target the first signs of ageing which I guess makes me the target market.
The Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Transforming Cream was, if you’ll remember, the product I was most looking forward to trying. It’s a luxurious tinted moisturiser-type product with built in SPF30 that comes in four shades, of which I was on the palest: Rose. I’ve been wearing this over daily over the Cellular Radiance Perfecting Fluide and I’ve been really pleased with the results – it gives me soft, natural-looking coverage that lasts all day, particularly when I remember to use some transparent powder to set (I’m currently loving the NYX HD Studio Finishing Powder, on the recommendation of Laura at A Life With Frills).
As for the Pure Gold? Well, I still haven’t been able to work out exactly what I’m supposed to do with it, to be honest. I’ve been wearing it as a replacement for my day moisturiser: although you can supposedly use it day and night, it seems like too thin a product to do the nighttime heavy lifting. Plus, if you’re going to wear “pure gold” on your face you at least want people to see it, you know?
The sales pitch tells me that using this lotion will bath me in “golden light, visibly perfected” – but it’s been six weeks and nobody has told me I have a face like a Snapchat filter yet. In a way, it’s a relief – could you imagine I’d tried out a £355 moisturiser and it turned out to be a must-have product? It’s been fun giving it a go though.
Have you tried any La Prairie products? Would you like to?
This post contains PR samples, but all views are my own and unbiased.