The latest La Prairie serum promises to reverse the hands of time. But is its steep price tag worth the splurge?
Like many women, I believe in investing in skincare. After all, a good complexion is an asset, especially as I get older.
At 37, I am battling fine lines around the eyes and forehead. My laugh lines are beginning to get more obvious, and I have enlarged pores on my nose and cheeks. Sigh, reality bites!
The good news is that there are many products out there that claim to slow down the effects of ageing and improve one’s complexion.
But what’s a realistic amount of money to spend on skincare? And are costlier products necessarily better than cheaper options?
These are questions that we’ve been discussing lately at Shape, and that’s why I decided to put the new La Prairie Platinum Rare Cellular Night Elixir to the test.
Launched in January, this night serum is no ordinary serum. It works to detoxify and regenerate your skin on a cellular level as you sleep, thanks to the inclusion of the brand’s Advanced Platinum Complex and Exclusive Cellular Complex.
In terms of visible results, you can expect firmer, more refined skin as well as softer lines and wrinkles. Dullness will be eradicated and your skin will appear brighter and more even-toned.
All these amazing benefits come a price though – a whopping $1,890 to be exact. One bottle of this potent serum is 20ml and each bottle is said to last up to two months, depending on usage.
This serum costs about 10 times more than the serums I usually use. That’s crazy! Still, I was curious about the benefits of this luxury product and wanted to know if it could dramatically change my skin.
So I used the La Prairie serum nightly for a month. Here’s what happened:
Using the serum was easy enough. I used it after cleansing and toning, and before moisturising. I liked that the packaging featured a dropper applicator that dispensed the exact amount I needed. The serum’s delicate floral scent was appealing too. I stuck to my usual nightly skincare during this period. (I used products from Mamonde and Clarins, incase you’re curious.)
I couldn’t quite see any difference in my skin during the first two weeks. Neither did my husband, colleagues nor anyone I met. Thankfully, weeks three and four were a little more positive. My skin started to look more radiant. Even a friend noticed during a night out. We were having dinner in a group and she exclaimed, “Hey, your skin looks amazing. What’s your secret?” Pleased, I told her about this skincare experiment I was on.
After a month, I can safely say that my skin definitely looks more youthful. It’s as though my skin is in soft focus ALL the time. The lines on my forehead, in particular, appear less obvious. Unfortunately, the pores on my cheeks still look more visible than ever. But overall, there is a glow that I’ve never had before and that’s something I really like.
While the La Prairie Platinum Rare Cellular Night Elixir lived up to its promises, using it in the long-term isn’t sustainable, unless I’m willing to give up other creature comforts so that I can drop $2K every other month. My advice is, if you can afford it, then it’s worth considering because it does work wonders. If not, stick to brands you can afford. Or invest in a facial package – it’ll probably cost just as much as this serum, but at least you’ll get to reap the results for much longer.