Luxury Moisturizer: The Ultimate Top 3 (August 2012)

Surveyed 50 products from 7 retail websites in July, 2012 for the bestselling Top 3:
Neiman Marcus Beauty Award Finalist 2012

Allure Best of Beauty Award Winner 2011
CEW Beauty Insider’s Choice Award Winner 2010

Neiman Marcus Beauty Award Winner 2012

Luxury Moisturizers: The Ultimate Top 3 (July 2012)

1. La Mer Lotion   $220 (1.7oz), $365 (3.4oz)

Named “Hall of Fame Moisturizer” in Elle magazine

2. La Prairie Anti-Aging Day Cream SPF 30   $215 (1.7oz)

Vogue Beauty Awards 2011, India – Best Day Moisturizer

3. Sisley Paris Botanical Moisturizer with Cucumber   $170 (1.5oz)

Marie Claire: “Products we love…just can’t live without”


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Luxury Moisturizers: The Ultimate Top 3 (June 2012)

Are you tired of researching laboriously for the ultimate beauty product? Have you ever wondered how you may ever save yourself time and energy to get the absolute best moisturizer without resorting to reading tons of online reviews or spending money on new products you saw on magazines?

Here is your answer: has done the work so you won’t need to.

We have extracted top three beauty products in different categories by tabulating weekly best-seller results from four major U.S. department stores and a French beauty-chain conglomerate.  We also study user reviews and take into account reputable beauty awards. While we realize that numerous beauty products exist and new, innovative ones release annually; there has to be a methodological, scientific way to assess the creme of the crop.  And we think we have found it.

We have also decided to keep up with the latest trend by choosing “top three” products monthly! That’s right!

Here comes the “Top 3″ Luxury Moisturizers of the month:

1. La Mer Creme de la Mer   $140 (1oz), $265 (2oz)

2. Shiseido Future Solutions LX Night/Nuit   $260 (1.7oz)

3. Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Intensive Lifting Creme   $170 (1.7oz)

La Mer Creme de la Mer is one of those all-time favorites you hear about again and again. My first encounter was in my mid-twenties. My manager at the time had an unusual glow on her face for a couple of months. Mind you, we had a very hectic schedule and working 10-12 hours per day was a norm.  I asked what her secret was, and she smiled appreciatively and told me it was all La Mer.  She had gone on vacation and went back home during winter. At that time, her mom’s friend visited and my manager couldn’t resist asking for her beauty regimen because she appeared at least twenty years younger!  That lady simply said La Mer, and proudly said she had been using it for years.  My manager immediately switched to that and three months later, I was asking her the same question!   As you can imagine, I was sold. I bought my first jar that week.  It is divine. No regrets. You’ll notice the difference in 2-3 months. In winter, the cream works perfectly. I no longer see my nose peeling during dry seasons.  During summer, I would switch to La Mer lotion (there are even two types, Moisturizing Lotion or Oil Absorbing Lotion; selling for $220 each, 1.7oz). You can even get a gel version, The Moisturizing Gel Cream ($265, 2.0 oz).

Shiseido Future Solutions is another one of my beloved lines. I have only tried the night cream samples after purchasing my Future Solutions eye cream.  The cream is rich and yet not too heavy on skin.  It moisturizes well. Fabulous results but pricey.  A daytime cream is also available ($240, 1.7oz).

One of my good friends works at Estee Lauder Corporate Group and she highly recommends the “platinum” Estee Lauder skincare lines. After doing some research I purchased my Re-Nutriv cream.  The Estee Lauder skincare line has the most confusing brand names ever.  Many of the them are labeled Re Nu-triv(!).

Allow me to clarify:

  • The most expensive Nu-triv line is Ultimate Lift Age-Correcting cream ($260, 1.7oz).
  • The second most expensive is Intensive Lifting Cream ($170, 1.7oz). See featured above as top three.
  • Then, the Replenishing Comfort Cream ($135, 1.7oz).
  • Lastly, there is the golden packaged Re Nu-triv cream line ($85, 1.7oz) not to be mistaken for the platinum Re-Nutriv lines.  The two classic Re Nu-triv creams, Light-weight and Intensive Lifting, are both selling at the same price.

Got it?  I have tried the most expensive one (hit me).  The lifting part really appealed to me since sagging skin is one of the first signs of aging.  The cream is lighter than both La Mer and Shiseido Future Solutions.  It absorbs quickly, leaving without a trace and does not make your face appear oily.   I wouldn’t say it lifts your skin but I noticed a firmer facial contour.  I would think the Intensive Lifting Cream would achieve similar results.

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