Hair & Beauty

Tried and Tested: Luxury Face Creams

I can’t lie. I’m getting a little older. And getting older means taking even better care of your skin. I have definitely started investing more now I’m in my mid-thirties than I ever would have dreamed of doing in my twenties.

But does better care mean using more expensive products?

I decided to try some of the more exclusive creams on the market, to see if they’re worth splashing the cash on. Here are the results!


Kiehls Cryste Marine Ultra Riche – 50ml for £44.50

Helps improve skin’s firmness and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and lines overtime. Contains Hyaluronic Filling Spheres, Rice and Soybean Proteins.

Kiehls Cryste Marine Ultra Riche Lifting and Firming CreamWhen I started using this cream I was impressed with just how rich it is. I used every night before bed. Heavy and luxurious, you can really feel it working on the skin and it gives you that superb refreshed feeling. It doesn’t feel greasy, and takes a while to absorb. Also, You don’t need to use much, so it lasts well. However, after a week or so, I started to get the occasional spot – something I’ve never done. A friend from the beauty industry advised me that it was probably just my skin getting used to a richer product, so I chose to stick with it. A few weeks later, my skin was clear again and was looking plump and renewed.  I like this cream and it’s not too expensive compared to others.Perhaps a little too heavily scented for me, although the smell is a pleasant one so shouldn’t complain!

111 Skin Anti-Age NAC Y2 Facelift Day Cream – 50ml for £130  / 111 Skin Facelift Repair Serum – 30ml for £190

The next generation of anti-ageing skincare developed by renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Y. Alexandrides MD of 111 Harley Street, London, in collaboration with space scientists.

I tested both the face cream, and the Facelift Serum (available for £190). It almost feels naughty using products that are this expensive, and I was genuinely excited to see/feel the results. First of all, I used the serum and I have to say I was in two minds. It’s quite difficult to determine how 111Skin Productsmuch to use; it sinks in quickly so you need to use a fair amount to cover the face and neck – but take that too far and it feels a bit greasy, or slippery. However, when I use the serum at night, my skin feels plumper and still soft in the morning. Definitely what you want when spending this much! However, due to the texture, I wouldn’t necessarily spend my money on this product at this price. A tad too expensive for me.

Moving on to the Facelift Day Cream. The texture of this was much more preferable to me, and just a tiny amount covers a large area, which is great. After use, even normally dry patches feel nourished, silky smooth and smell delicious – this is delicately scented with a deliciously floral fragrance. The silkiness of my skin lasted for hours, and this is a great cream for day time.  I don’t have many wrinkles on my face (luckily!) and haven’t been using this product for long so I can’t necessarily comment on the long term anti-aging properties, but can say that my skin felt great, my complexion was brighter after use and when I tested a tiny amount on the back of my hand, the tiny lines did seem to smooth away. I really enjoyed this cream and if I had pots of cash to spare right now, I think I’d invest in this product! I would never recommend putting yourself in financial trouble splashing out on something this expensive though, so please don’t be silly. If you’re in two minds, pick up a sample from Harrods and see what you think.

Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Repair Cream – 50ml for £73

Helps strengthen skin by enhancing skin cell renewal and helping to repair the lipid barrier with Deep Sea Water and helps prevent and diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with Green Tea Extract.

Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Repair CreamI bought this product on a whim at Selfridges when the counter I was planning to visit was mobbed. I didn’t ask the price so gulped when it was rung through (I also bought the foundation) but have never once regretted the investment. This is my favourite face cream, possibly ever. It’s not a heavy cream, but feels luxurious, and you can really feel it absorbing into your skin and doing its goodness. Again, you don’t need much and it has a nice scent – they say it’s fragrance free but to me it smells nice! While they say this is a day cream, you can use this cream morning or night. and I tended to stick with night time as I usually use something really light in the mornings. It’s dermatologically and allergy tested to minimize the risk of allergy or irritation, and provides SPF 15 protection from damaging UVA/UVB rays. I am down to the last scrapings now and have been trying to eke it out. I love it and would recommend to anyone.

So, in my opinion, these creams are all good in their own way. However, I also believe there are less expensive products that can give exactly the same results. For example, Olay creams are a fraction of the price of some of these and are proven to offer brilliant effects.

What are your thoughts on this – would you spend your heard earned pennies on the more expensive ranges, or would you stick to the more readily available high street brands? Let us know in the comment box below!

JJ Miller

JJ is the Editor of This Little Lady, and a guest contributor to many other sites around the world. A lover of travel, food, great design and a perfectly mixed Bloody Mary.

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