Monday, November 2, 2009

Beauty Review: La Mer SPF 30 UV Protecting Fluid

Product Tag Line:
A treatment that is light years ahead of its time.

this high-powered treatment utilizes a unique sunscreen blend to provide broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection while keeping skin soft, comfortable and hydrated

Product Profile in Short:
At I read:
- Tourmaline and malachite gemstones absorb light energy, transforming it into beneficial green light to enhance anti-oxidant activity.
- Exclusive photonic spheres capture light while diverting potentially damaging light from the skin.
- The SPF 30 UV Protecting Fluid utilizes smart seaweeds to keep skin comfortable, hydrated and soothed. These natural humectants attract moisture to the skin and create a protective, emollient barrier, helping to prevent dehydration.
- Luxurious and lightweight to the touch, this transparent fluid formula is an ideal makeup primer.

Close-up on Active Ingredients:
Cyclopentasiloxane - silicone
C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate - Emollient
Phenyl Trimethicone - silicone
Methyl Trimethicone - Skin-Conditioning Agent
Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate - Emollient
Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Sislesquioxane Crosspolymer - VISCOSITY CONTROLLING
Butylene Glycol – Humectant, Emollient
Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer - Film Former; Viscosity Increasing Agent
Glycerin - humectant
Dimethicone - Skin-Conditioning Agent - Occlusive
Chodnrus Crispus – Carrageenan Extract – Skin Conditioning Agent, Extract from Red Seaweed
Laminaria Ochroleuca Extract - Skin Conditioning Agent
Crithmum Maritimum Extract – Sea Fennel Extract, tonic, skin conditioning
Yeast Extract
Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone
Sporbic Acid
Green 5

I didn’t have enough patience to put down all of those long chemical names but I listed most of them. As you see the promised gems are in there! So that’s what we paid the high price for! There are several silicones and skin conditioning emollients at the beginning of the list and I see 2 humectants. All these ingredients should help to keep skin moisturized. Pay attention to several seaweeds extracts - look good!

Texture: very thin and liquidy
Smell: light sweet fragrance

La Mer SPF 30 UV Protecting Fluid sounds mysterious and high-tech with gemstones that turn light energy into beneficial green light to enhance anti-oxidant activity. Usually such descriptions make me suspicious. But let’s remember the famous Crème de La Mer. The legend of how this product came to be is quite unbelievable plus nobody knows how it actually works, even its creator. However I really liked the results. So I decided to give La Mer Protecting Fluid a try.

In spite of my great respect for La Mer, I was not particularly happy with this product. First of all, even though it is the thinnest and “liquidest” sun protection I’ve ever used, it feels very oily on the skin. So even though La Mer says it is “light” I would disagree and call it heavy. I did not like the feeling of oil on my skin and would not recommend it for oily skin types. In addition, I could not find anywhere on the box or product description a mention that it is non comedogenic. Since I did get break outs several times when I was using La Mer SPF 30 Protecting Fluid and taking into consideration that it is oily and does have a couple silicones and occlusives on the list, I attribute the nasty spots to the use of La Mer SPF 30 Protecting Fluid.

Bottom Line:
I will not buy La Mer SPF 30 Protecting Fluid again. It has too many drawbacks for the high price tag. I guess the gems didn’t work for me! Better stick to wearing them in my earrings!

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Emily said...

wow so helpful!!! thanks so much for reviwing

Clearly Beautiful Blog said...

Thanks for the honest and thorough review! I think La Mer as a line is not really suited for people whose skin is still prone to the occasional breakouts. I think the high price tag makes me associate it with rich old women, so I'm staying away. Thanks!

BeautyTalk said...

Yes, La Mer tends to be on a heavy side... The spf fluid was a bit of disappointment... However I tried their lotion - the lightes variant of the miraculous Creme La Mer. I was quite impressed. I think this is the first product that I have tried that had such a great impact on the pore size and oil control in T-Zone.

Clearly Beautiful Blog said...

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Anonymous said...

Ann S.
Your article provided me with some great information. I am always quite skeptical regarding my skin care products and reading an opinion of another professional is very helpful. We have to be so careful when it comes to our skin, making the wrong choices can be quite harmful long term. We all know the dangers that unprotected skin can have against UV Rays, but knowing the right products and what works can make that sunshine fun less stressful.

MyDailySkinRx bloggers said...

Be careful with those SPF numbers too! We did a quick experiment with some different SPF's and it's not clear how much the # really means. Even the "UVA" coverage claim is not reliable.

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