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Luxury Skincare Empties & Mini-Reviews

Luxury Skincare Empties & Mini-Reviews
  • On December 8, 2013

 Wordy Post Alert!

Let me start by saying that this post is extremely late… at least 6 months late (oops). It was one of those pictures that were shot months and months ago so that I could get rid of my empty bottles. Unfortunately, as soon as the bottles disappeared down the rubbish chute, so did any memory of the picture and post… Until now, just as I was spring cleaning my iPhoto.. Ooops!

Rather than deleting or simply archiving this picture into a (not posting) folder, I thought I should just share with you my thoughts on these high end products and whether I would repurchase them.

La Mer Creme De La Mer Moisturising Cream

This is the original and mother of all La Mer creams. I first started using this when I was living in Scotland and London because I needed something that would help combat the cold dry weather. It is an extremely rich moisturiser which has a consistency so thick that you can’t simply scoop from the container and apply onto your face. You will need to warm it up between your fingers until it melts into a soft cream. It is a pricey investment – the smallest bottle at 30ml would set you back by $255. But it is well worth the money if you have dry or dehydrated skin and sleep in an air-conditioned room every night. I only use this moisturiser at night because it is way too rich to wear under makeup during the day.

What I love most about it is the hydrating properties and how it leaves my skin feeling so soft and supple each morning. Although it is a very expensive product, a small 30ml bottle would last around 6 months if you only use it once a day.

Would I re-purchase?

Yup! In fact, I bought a 60ml bottle at $440 and it’s my night time routine at the moment. This is one of the most criticised and debated luxury skincare due to it’s lack of new technology/innovation over the years. Formula has been the same for this particular one, unlike the newer versions released in recent years. Well, it works for me and I guess that’s all that matters when it comes to skincare.


Chanel Sublimage La Creme Texture Supreme

I was first introduced to the Chanel Sublimage range when I attended their workshop way back in 2011. It was a new product that contains Enriched Planifolia PFA (Polyfractioned Active), a superb-pure and powerful ingredient, meant to provide revitalising action while imparting optimum moisture. Again, this was a very rich cream that I only used at night. It has a very distinct but soothing vanilla scent from the panifolia extract.

During the period that I was using this, I consistently work up each morning with not only a very hydrated skin but also very luminous skin. For some reason, this moisturiser was able to provide a beautiful glow to the skin every morning which I love. However, it did not work too well on the anti-aging front. I did not see much improvements in my laugh lines along the side of my mouth.

It was a very luxurious cream with luxe packaging and a luxe price tag of around $500 fo 50g.

Would I re-purchase?

No, because I can get the same brightening effect from other serums and moisturisers at a more affordable price.


Chanel Sublimage Eye Cream

I got this alongside the Chanel Sublimage La Creme moisturiser because it came in a set with a lovely box from DFS. Again, this product contains the same technology as the moisturiser and claims to combat fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes.

Although it was moisturising, I found that it was too oily to use during the day under concealer as it will “eat” up every concealer I apply and cause massive creasing. It did nothing for me apart from hydration.

Would I re-purchase?

At $286 for 15g of product, it did not fair well enough for me to purchase another bottle.


SKII Cellumination Deep Surge EX

This was the only moisturiser that I have tried from the SK-II range. Which is so weird because I’m such a big SK-II fan! I have also used the Cellumination EX Serum from the range and loved it. Don’t be fooled by the gel-like texture of this moisturiser, it is extremely hydrating and has a brightening effect, especially when used together with the cellumination serum. The texture is very similar to the Clinique Moisture Surge which is a highly recommended moisturiser for cold, dry weather.

50g bottle costs around $205. The cheapest place to get SK-II is DFS. The prices are about 20% cheaper than retail prices everywhere else in Singapore.

Would I re-purchase?

Yup. Perhaps when I finish my current bottle of La Mer.


Shu Uemura UV Armor

This is THE BEST sunscreen I have ever used. I have gone through countless bottles of this. It is lightweight, does not smell like typical sunscreen and comes in a very sanitary squeeze bottle. It comes with SPF 50 PA+++ and is loaded with Depsea Water TM to reinforce skin’s immune function & boost moisture level. Although it’s got a high SPF of 50, it doesn’t cause massive flashback in photographs, so that’s good!

I have tested the limits of the SPF and wore it when I went diving or tanning. Even when my body (which has sunscreen protection of SPF 50) got burned, my face remained clear without any damage from the sun.

Would I re-purchase?

Absolutely!! I can’t wait to finish my current YSL sunscreen so I can re-purchase this again. A 40ml bottle costs around $65 and lasts at least 6 months.


SK-II Facial Treatment Repair C

Contrary to what a lot of people may think, myself included, this product does not contain any trace of vitamin C. The “C” in it’s name stands for Concentrate. This is a concentrated serum with high levels of pitera and moisturisers which help to provide immense hydration which also prevent wrinkles and fine lines.

This was the first serum that I ever used back in 2005 and have used countless bottles of it. I like that I’m able to apply this all over my face, including around the eyes. It is an excellent product for maintenance rather than repair. It did not diminish any fine lines but it does seem to prevent the formation of new ones. I love it.

Would I re-purchase?

Yup! Perhaps when I finish a couple of my serums. I like switching up my serums and skincare routine so that my skin does not become accustom to a single product and stop working for me. I believe the 15ml bottle is going for about $102.


If you made it this far, thank you so much for reading 🙂

I really hope this has been helped you make a more well-informed purchase if you are considering any of these skincare. My personal policy has always been to never stinge on skincare because it is an INVESTMENT to ourselves. 🙂


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