The La Mer Moisturizing Soft Cream is the new addition to the La Mer skincare line. It is supposed to do the same thing as the infamous Creme de La Mer but with a lighter texture.
The original cream is a celebrity favorite as well as many other’s holy grail. I have used both the original La Mer cream and the gel version before. I never liked the original cream because it is very thick and rich. You have to rub it in your fingers to warm it up to “release its ingredients” and then pat it into the face. Even so I find it hard to spread and takes awhile for it to absorb. Although the cream is very moisturizing, but because I have slight oily skin in the T-zone area, this cream makes me look like a grease ball at the end of the day. Therefore, I can only apply it at night. After I finished it, I never purchased it again and instead went to try the gel version which I like a lot better. The gel was lightweight, easy to apply and absorbs fast.
When the soft cream came out, I decided to give it a try as I feel the gel wasn’t moisturizing enough for the winter months. The soft cream was made with the same ingredients as the original cream and as the name suggested “soft,” in fact, a lot softer than the original cream. There is no need to warm it with the fingertips so it is a lot easier to work with. It is a lighter texture than the cream but thicker than the gel. It is very easy to spread and apply. Like the gel, it also absorbs fast and sink into the skin. It is very moisturizing and makes my skin very soft. As with the other two moisturizers, the soft cream has a strong La Mer fragrance which to me is kind of grandma-ish like some Olay products. I personally don’t mind the scent and find it to fade quickly.
Overall, I like the soft cream for the winter months and the gel for the warmer months. As for the original creme de La Mer I would recommend it to people with really dry skins that do not mind the extra step of warming it up with fingertips. I’m very lazy and like to get ready in the morning and at night as fast as I can, so I find it annoying to add another extra step to my skincare routine :p
The price for the three different moisturizers are the same in term of size. $150 for the 1oz and $275 for the 2oz, which is pretty pricey for a face cream. La Mer seemed to raised their prices. I remembered I used to pay $250 for the 2oz and my sister-in-law said back in 2009 she paid $225. For me I don’t mind the price as long as the product works for me. However, if I do find a cheaper alternative that work just as well I don’t mind switching.