By request, here’s an overview of The Moisture Collection by La Mer, now boasting 5 products with each offering their own set of unique textures and finishes. Having trying out each of them under various circumstances, I have my bias whereas one was a tad disappointing. For reference, I have combination skin type with a typical over-productive T-Zone with signs of dehydration around my cheeks and nasal folds.
▶ The Moisture Collection – Swatches & Comparisons
• Crème de la Mer – S$255/30ml; S$440/60ml
※ Luxurious, rich cream; Dewy finish
The only product with a liquid crystal structure that requires a rubbing friction and heat to activate the Miracle Broth™. Having found it to be “filmsy” from my initial experiences a few years back, I feel the Crème is moisturizing but still a tad oily now that I’m plagued with dehydration issues. I prefer to reserve this rich formula for night use.
• The Moisturizing Gel Cream – S$255/30ml; S$440/60ml
※ Ultra-light gel; Velvet finish
Launched in 2007, this ultra-light version of the original Crème, it is highly favorable for use under Singapore’s humidity due to its high water content. I utilized the same pea-sized amount and my skin drinks it up seamlessly.
• The Moisturizing Soft Cream – S$255/30ml; S$440/60ml
※ Smooth, weightless; Luminous finish
The latest addition and my favorite out of the bunch, the souffle-like texture instantly softens the skin after massaging it in, and leaves a radiant finish. I’m definitely had a kick, staring at my skin through the mirror in front of my desk as I see it glow despite having no makeup on. There is still a need to blot periodically throughout the day. I hope to purchase this during the next TANGS 12% Rebate but kinda resent how it always falls on a Thursday which is my busiest day of the week!
• The Moisturizing Lotion – S$370/50ml
※ Lightweight lotion; Satin finish
Available since 1997, this lightweight edition of the original Crème initially comes across as rich and heavy but my skin drinks up the lotion quickly, leaving it feeling supple and smooth. Despite its heavier consistency compared with the Moisturizing Soft Cream, my skin handles the texture well during the day but I would much prefer to leave it for night use. This is, in my opinion, a keeper!
• The Oil Absorbing Lotion – S$370/50ml
※ Oil-free lotion; Matte finish
Armed with oil-absorbing powders to combat over-productive oil glands, the gel texture proves to be extremely efficient as previously mentioned. Although it does the job with soaking up excess sebum, but the lotion leaves my skin high and dry and pores appear visible. This may be attributted by my parched skin.
If you’re still clueless on which moisturizer to get, try out this diagnostic tool or head down to any La Mer counter for a personal consultation.