Skin Caviar Luxe Eye Lift Cream has an incredibly insulting price for what amounts to mostly water, thickeners, Vaseline, and vegetable oil. Many intriguing ingredients are included in this eye cream, but all of them are listed after the pH-adjusting agent, and many won’t remain stable once this jar-packaged product is opened. This isn’t luxe; It’s a bona fide bad beauty investment, at least if you were hoping that the cost would translate to a superior product to vanquish every eye-area woe. This eye cream is too greasy and slippery to wear under makeup (at least if you want your undereye makeup to last).
The secret of ageless eyes. Targets the seven most prominent eye areas: fine lines, wrinkles, loss of firmness, loss of elasticity, puffiness, dark under eye circles and dryness. Uses advanced technology to help firm, lift and restore skin's youthful appearance. Helps firm and nourish with Caviar Extracts and La Prairie's exclusive Cellular Complex.
Water, C12-20 Acid PEG-8 Ester, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Petrolatum, Dicaprylyl Maleate, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Propylene Glycol, Acetylated Lanolin, Triethanolamine, Cyclopentasiloxane, Hordeum Distichon (Barley) Extract, Sodium Dihydroxycetyl Phosphate, Glycoproteins, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Caviar Extract, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Salicylic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Extract, Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract, Glycerin, Isohexadecane, Nylon-12, Polysilicone-11, Palmitoyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Laminaria Cloustoni Extract, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Butylene Glycol, Polysorbate 80, Disodium EDTA, Urea, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Triacetin, Guanidine Hcl, Tripeptide-1, Tripeptide-2, Sodium PCA, Caffeine, Propylene Glycol Alginate, Algae Extract, Sea Salt (Maris Sal), Pseudopterogorgia Elisabethae (Sea Whip) Extract, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Polygonum Fagopyrum Seed Extract, Polyquaternium-51, PEG-8, Trehalose, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Glucose, Dextran, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Acacia Senegal Gum, Hexylene Glycol, Hydroxyethyl Behenamidopropyl Dimonium Chloride, Carbomer, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Fragrance, Linalool, Citronellol, Geraniol, Potassium Sorbate, Benzoic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Yellow 5, Red 40
La Prairie has been at the forefront in the introduction of expensive anti-aging products for more than three decades. Many of the products in this originally Swiss skin-care line are called "cellular treatment." After a while, it all starts sounding silly. The attempt to align these products with the concept of being able to affect skin at the cellular level is over the top, although when it comes to making the ordinary sound extraordinary, La Prairie excels.
Assuming your skin could improve with these products, the prices alone might cause premature aging! So what do the women who can safely afford these products get for their money? The prestige of knowing they can afford them, period. High-priced skin-care lines attract women who think that the dollars they spend will buy them something special that most other women can't afford. To some extent, they're right: most women can't afford these products. Yet anyone who reads and understands the ingredient lists would find that price doesn't reliably translate into having better skin. What you're really getting from this line is a barrage of look-younger-now claims not backed up by one shred of substantiated scientific evidence, and a group of unimpressive formulations.
A particularly egregious error appears in the number of La Prairie moisturizers (and my goodness, does this company love moisturizers!) that arrive in jar packaging. La Prairie is in-the-know about the importance of antioxidants and cell-communicating ingredients for skin, yet almost all of their products that contain such ingredients ignore their vulnerability to oxidation. Containers like these ensure that these products will deteriorate shortly after you begin using them. Considering the premium prices, that is an almost unforgivable offense. At least the company gets their facial sunscreen right by including sufficient UVA-protecting ingredients. However, it's interesting to find that a visit to the La Prairie counter involves a lot more discussion about their moisturizers, ampoules, and other "treatment" products, while all the time you know that the only reliable antiwrinkle product everyone needs to use is sunscreen.
For more information about La Prairie, owned by Beiersdorf, call (800) 821-5718 or visit www.laprairie.com.
La Prairie Makeup
The brief makeup section in La Prairie's catalog poses the question "Consider the number of hours a day you wear makeup. Shouldn't the foundation you wear be an extension of your treatment program?" Well, calling most of La Prairie's skin-care products a "treatment" is a bit of a joke and not too far removed from calling Joan Rivers a serious actress. What they seem to mean by treatment benefit has to do with the company's Cellular Complex, but that isn't complex in the least. This complex is primarily glycoproteins. Although it's true that glycoproteins are an integral part of the skin's intercellular matrix, they are far from the only element skin needs to look and feel its best. Functioning primarily as water-binding agents, glycoproteins won't firm, lift, or rejuvenate skin cells in the manner La Prairie would like you to believe. Further, of the makeup products below, only the ultra-pricey foundations contain a significant amount of this complex, and they have drawbacks of their own.Overall, La Prairie's makeup leaves much to be desired, especially given the high to ludicrous prices for what amount to ordinary cosmetics. A few of the products have supple, silky textures, but the expense is hard to justify when similar items are available for substantially less from so many other lines. Many of the products below earned happy face ratings, but keep in mind that you do not have to acquiesce to La Prairie's prices to beautify your face.