As beauty editors, we get bombarded with a ton of new products every day (we know—tough life). Reviewed is a series where we report on some of the best products we’ve tried. Whether it’s a drugstore lipstick that lasted all day or a hand cream that saved us this winter, you’ll find all of our favorites in this column. Enjoy!
I’ve been a La Prairie fan for years. In fact, I’ve been devoted to the luxury skincare brand for exactly as long as I’ve worked as a full-time beauty editor—seven years—because I’ve had gratis access to the products. Admittedly, they’re incredibly expensive, and such luxury isn’t exactly accessible on a limited budget. So when I was able to score samples, I got hooked. I wax poetic about the brand’s Essence-in-Lotion and Absolute Filler because they’re the crème de la crème in the skincare industry, but I'm not unaware of the cash it takes to own them. Here's the thing: La Prairie's products yield favorable, fast results, and they look good while they're at it. That being said, it’s not until right this very moment, with this specific formulation, that I've felt as strongly about a product's worth. Enter: La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Cream.
- Moisturizes and firms skin
- Tones skin
- Backed by science
- Easy application process
- Price per ounce is expensive
If you’re looking to splurge (without looking back), the newest La Prairie offering, La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Cream, is the one skincare product to do it on.
La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Cream
Best for: Dry skin
Uses: Hydration, firmness, and elasticity
Star Rating: 4/5
Potential allergens: None
Active ingredients: La Prairie's Cellular Complex (a secret, scientific proprietary complex formula)
About the brand: La Prairie is a luxurious Swiss beauty brand that embraces science and unique ingredients in all products.
About My Skin
I have experience with La Prairie products, which is why I was so eager to try (and rave about) La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Cream. The product is meant to be applied morning and evening, and La Prairie recommends applying after using the Skin Caviar Essence-in-Lotion and serum application.
As with any luxury, La Prairie is providing a choice in texture too—a thick, creamy option or one that applies more lightweight and sheer. A sleek spatula is included for application, which helps ensure the freshness of the cream before applying.
Microalgae extract is high in vitamins and antioxidants that lend it various skincare benefits: hydration, brightening, and even reducing the appearance of fine and lines and wrinkles.
After years of research, La Prairie sought out to reinvent its signature Caviar formula with a new incarnation: Skin Caviar Luxe Cream remastered. The luxe packaging, indulgent sensorial experience, and texture are the same. The difference? The skincare brand has included lifting and firming to its remastered formula, using caviar extracts and “caviar mimetics,” along with its signature cellular complex, to strengthen and magnify the results. Coined Caviar Premier, the blend of seven active ingredients helps increase elasticity in your skin—including botanical AHAs and vitamins A, C, and E to gently resurface as well as tons of smoothing, soothing moisture from shea butter and sodium hyaluronate (together they increase your skin's water retention to smooth fine lines). Then, the polyglucuronic acid and microalgae extracts come into play to help stimulate your surface skin to increase firmness. As such, this cream helps to actually support your features, offering up a new tautness and suppleness to your skin with continued use. No injections required.
The Results: Firm and glowing skin
That bliss look above, that was directly after my first application of the cream. You can use it as both a day and a night cream, though I like to do the sheer in the morning and thick come bedtime. The first thing I do each morning is wash with Eve Lom's Cleanser ($80), follow up with SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic ($166) and B5 Gel ($83), and then smooth on this buttery, lovely confection and watch my skin drink it all up. Immediately, you'll notice an otherworldly glow, offering up all the dewy, supple shine you've been missing from your usual moisturizer. Then, over time (for me it was about a week or so), you'll start to watch your skin become more toned, firmed, and lifted.
Immediately, you'll notice an otherworldly glow, offering up all the dewy, supple shine you've been missing from your usual moisturizer.
The Value: A worthwhile splurge
Utilizing caviar science and powerful ingredients that showcase real results, this is a one-of-a-kind luxurious product that you'll be thankful you purchased. At a high price point, it may take some convincing to finally make the purchase, but the results are absolutely stunning. And with ingredients like rich caviar, rare platinum, and opulent gold, the price is somewhat expected. The downside is, if you truly love the product like I do, you'll have to make the purchase more than once.
Similar Products: You have options
SK-II R.N.A.POWER Radical New Age Cream: A lavish skin cream (but priced lower than La Prairie's Skin Caviar Luxe Cream at $235) that will firm skin while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Dr. Barbara Sturm Face Cream Rich: At $230, this is another luxurious face cream for normal, dry, and combination skin that is packed with skullcap, vitamin E, and Avocadin.
Our Verdict: You won't regret it
It's like a magic trick, only it's very real (and backed by science) with quality ingredients. If you're going back and forth on whether to try this product or or not, let this be your go-ahead to make the purchase. Plus, if you're really looking for exponential results, try its newly reformulated Sleep Mask ($390) as well.