Yesterday was a public holiday here in Singapore, and it was awesome to be able to sleep in on a Monday! I have the most terrible case of the blues today, and had a rough start. But, like David Guetta says, I will rise above it all. The only thing saving me from looking like a goldfish today (or any other day) are a couple of eye care picks from one of my favourite skincare brands – La Mer!
I’m a big fan of La Mer not because everything in the line works well for me nor for the brand name. The reason why I’m such a loyalist is because it is so focused on anti-aging and healing, and does it well. So naturally when I started looking for an anti-aging eye cream, I first went to La Mer. That was over 10 years ago, and over the years, La Mer has released several different options. I’ve tried them all, but sadly, none seems to work well for me… until now!
La Mer The Lifting Eye Serum does exactly what it says on the box, lifts and contours the eye area like no other. It comes in the brand’s trademark deep sea-green glass bottle with a removable dropper cap that fills up with a single push of the top. The dropper works well, and a gentle push dispenses the perfect pearl-sized drop that I spread on both my ring fingers, before tapping it on both my eye areas. The Lifting Eye Serum comes with an interesting applicator which is perfectly rounded save for 1 side which is flattened. The flat side is meant for spreading the serum evenly across the eye area. Afterwards, I turn the applicator over to the rounded side and sweep it around my eye area in a circular motion to massage. I also press it on several points under my brow bone – inner, center & outer; and also under my eyes to reduce puffiness. The metal tip feels cooling and very comforting, also I noticed this applicator is slightly bigger than the one from The Eye Concentrate and works better!
The Lifting Eye Serum is a light, almost watery, clear fluid that goes on smoothly and gets absorbed fairly quickly. I usually apply my eyecare products immediately after cleansing and toning, and then by the time I’m done with the whole works and start on my makeup, it is completely absorbed. And it takes a few minutes for The Lifting Eye Serum to work its magic, but when I next look in the mirror, my eye area is visibly more toned, the eye contour is better sculpted, and my droopy hooded lids are lifted and more “open”!
Oftentimes, when brands turn out an eye serum, it is just a lighter-textured variant of an existing eye cream. However, that is not the case with La Mer’s Lifting Eye Serum. This serum is formulated with a proprietary Stretch Matrix Complex which forms an “interlaced net” to help support the eye area and gives it a visible lift. The famed Miracle Broth and other sea algae blend helps to promote elastin production and improve skin density over time. The full list of ingredients as printed on the back of the box is included below.
Although it is lightly hydrating on its own, The Lifting Eye Serum is designed to be used in conjunction with another eye product. La Mer currently has 3 other eye treatments to address different eye concerns. The Eye Balm Intense is an improved version of the first eye product from La Mer and specifically targets puffiness. The Eye Concentrate works on dark circles and fine lines. I have used both of them in the past and finished a jar of each, but my favourite is La Mer The Illuminating Eye Gel!
The Illuminating Eye Gel is the lightest of the 3 eye treatments from La Mer, and comes in a sealed bottle with a pump dispenser. For those of you who have sanitary concerns over jar packaging, this one is the perfect choice!
Unlike the eye serum, The Illuminating Eye Gel is more of a gel texture although it is still incredibly lightweight. On my dry lids, it gets absorbed almost instantly and does not leave behind any sticky or oily residue. You can’t see it well in the swatch photo above, but there are some tiny luminous particles suspended in the gel, which is most likely pearl powder judging from the ingredient list below, that helps to brighten up my eye area, and effectively reduces the appearance of dark circles.
The same Miracle Broth is present in The Illuminating Eye Gel, and it is paired with an Awakening Ferment (don’t you love these names!) to protect the delicate eye area against the aging effects of the environment, fatigue and stress. Despite the light texture, I found this eye gel to be very hydrating and keeps the lines around my eye area at bay. As I age, I find the skin around my eyes got drier, and no matter what I use, lines start to creep up under my eye area as the day progresses. So, it was wonderful to find a product that does not cause my makeup to slide around, but still manages to keep my eye area moisturized throughout the day!
Both La Mer The Lifting Eye Serum and The Illuminating Eye Gel have become HG eye pairing for me. I’ve been using the duo for the past month or so, and I can definitely see a difference! My eyes look more awake than I feel inside, and much better contoured, even if I’ve spent all long weekend catching up on sleep it never seems enough. And of course, my makeup goes on far better! Don’t take my word for it, see what Lily has to say about The Illuminating Eye Gel here, and Sara’s review on The Lifting Eye Serum here! The La Mer Lifting Eye Serum retails for SGD350 (15ml) and The Illuminating Eye Gel for SGD220 (15ml), both are out in stores now!
What is your HG eye product?
This post featured products that were kindly provided for my consideration. Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.
hi Linda, thanks for sharing. i’m in searching good eye serum for my dry eye skin. i just wondering…who is the winner between guerlain eye serum vs lamer eye serum?
Hi Felly, depending on your concerns… if dryness is your main problem, I suggest going with the Guerlain Orchidee. La Mer is great too, but I needed an extra eye gel for the hydration, it helps a lot more with lifting. You can also consider the La Prairie Skin Cellular, which I find a good all-rounder.
Sounds lovely and luxurious.
oh it is luxurious indeed, especially that massager!!
Linda, this is such a great review! Very detailed, informative and honest. You covered all aspects related to these products, and after reading your post, I’ll probably pick up samples of both of these next time I’m at the mall. I’m always on the hunt for a good eye treatment, and I currently use the La Mer Eye Concentrate in the evening and Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado in the daytime. I do seem to like most of the La Mer offerings and these two products you’ve reviewed sound amazing and like something I need to try. Thank you for sharing this review!
~ Cat L.
Hi Cat, thank you so much for your kind words and support!! Definitely try them out! And i’m so envious that you are able to enjoy the Eye Concentrate, I wanted to love it very much, but it seemed to irritate my eyes after continued use. :((
Thank you for in depth review. Do u happen to know how much it costs?
Hi Kris, the eye serum retails for SGD350 and the eye gel SGD220 🙂
WOW! For this price seems like they’ll HAVE to work! LOL Thank you!
Thanks for the link love, Linda. I remember reading about this serum. I’m so tempted! I’m now using Dior One Essential eye serum, paired with Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Eye Balm. I don’t have any backups so when I’m nearly done, I’ll have to decide what to purchase! I’m thinking of this duo for sure 🙂
Oh i was wondering how the Dior One Essential eye serum is… i’ve read your review on the EL eye balm and it sounds amazing! I need to make a dent in my eye stash….