beauty buzz: la mer’s the radiant serum

Friends, I almost didn’t even test this product.  Partly because I couldn’t believe my eyes when i saw that it was $250.  And partly because I knew you wouldn’t be able to believe your eyes either.

But, it’s La Mer, after all, so eventually, my curiosity got the better of me, and I pulled the sample out of my testing bin.  I had high hopes, friends.  I highly hoped it would be mediocre.  I hoped it wouldn’t be any better than any of the other serums I test, so that I could come back and say:  $250?  Not worth it, people.

Sadly, this was not the case. It’s completely, 100%, totally worth it.  Because La Mer’s new The Radiant Serum (you know it’s special because they call it “The”) did amazing things for my skin.  And not after a week, or a month.  After one use.  One use, and my skin was suddenly all glowy.  Three uses, and the redness on my cheeks is almost gone.  I hardly know what to expect after a week, but I’m thinking I’ll look exactly like Christy Turlington.

The press release talks about things like “dark spots, hyperpigmentation, dull texture and tone, and a loss of firmness.”  I have all of those things!  It tells me this serum will “recapture the visible glow of youth,” and that it’s Brightening Ferment will “generate an explosion of activity that remarkably plumps, firms, and lifts the skin’s appearance.” It also mentions diminishing redness, reducing dark spots, and “gently promoting an even and bright complexion.”  For the first time in my writing history, a press release is actually understating things.

What I do know is that I am going to cry when I run out of this serum.  But here’s what I’m thinking: maybe we all chip in and buy one bottle to share, and we pass it around to whichever of us has a special event coming up, and they can use it for the week leading up.  It will be like the Sisterhood of the Traveling Serum.


Fair enough.  But, I do have a serious question for you.  Being the wonder potion I’ve found it to be, would you ever consider splurging on a bottle of The Radiant Serum for yourself?  It’s a pricey pill to swallow, I know, but when you break it down, it amounts to about $50/month to look quite amazing.  Would you pay it?

(Incidentally, if you do decide to splurge, I strongly suggest splurging at Nordstrom.  Their lovely return policy will come in very handy if, by some weird twist of fate, it doesn’t work for you.)

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8 comments on “beauty buzz: la mer’s the radiant serum

  1. A

    this is bad news for me. but $50/mo is cheaper than a facial. when do you use it in relationship to your moisturizer?

  2. shoppingsmycardio Post author

    serum is always the first thing that hits my skin, both in the AM and PM. i try to apply while skin is still damp from the shower or from cleansing…it absorbs best that way (and you use less). let it sit for maybe 10-30 seconds before you apply moisturizer, so it has time to soak in.

    you make a good point about the facial…i’m not a regular facial-goer to begin with, but i like where you’re going with that 🙂

  3. Kristina

    I guess I’ll be the first one to say “No.” It’s been my experience that yes, you get what you pay for and the more expensive stuff is usually better – but only to a point. I think at this level of $ you’re paying for the name and you can find the same ingredients in another product for a lot less.

  4. Rachel

    $250 is just way too much…I would consider if it was closer to $100-150 range. Fyi: Amazon has it for $220 plus $10 shipping. Always check amazon. Plus, it’s pretty easy to accumulate amazon gift cards through all those survey sites that are out there now.

  5. shoppingsmycardio Post author

    Aha, there are my dissenters 😉 I definitely hear what you ladies are saying…believe me. Much as I’d love to replace this when it’s gone, I just can’t imagine spending the money. It is amazing stuff, though.

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