06 January 2012

The Lip Balm from Creme de la Mer



I haven’t been this excited about trying a new product in a very, very long time. You are looking at The Lip Balm from Crème de la Mer, which is hands-down the most luxe lip balm in the whole wide world. It’s probably one of the priciest too, at €58 in Brown Thomas. But it’s La Mer! And it contains the brand’s patented nutrient-rich Miracle broth, packed with sea kelp, vitamins and minerals. I nearly wept with joy when I was sent it to try out, and approached application with all the reverence that this premium brand, so beloved by celebrities and beauty writers, deserves.
The first thing that strikes me is the packaging. That adorable ribbon! The distinctive green and pink colour scheme! And then the pot itself, with its pretty silver lid (the brand recently switched from a white plastic cap to something a little more glamorous) and wide, shallow dimensions, that make it easier to access the product without digging around and getting it trapped beneath your nails.
As with the legendary face cream, you’re advised to warm the balm between your fingers before patting it on, to release the key ingredients. It sort of melts into the lips and a little goes a very, very long way. It feels thick and nourishing and, if you pay close attention, tingles ever so slightly. It’s not greasy and it lasts much longer than other balms.
After the balm wears off my lips still feel smoother, more moisturised. They’ve been dry and flaky, and the bajillion other products I own just provide temporary relief. This stuff sorts out the flaking by the second day’s use. I’m impressed.
And the taste! It’s just like the peppermint creams I made last year -- but better.
I’m not going to attempt to justify the price. You will either want this or you won’t. Is it the best lip balm I’ve ever used? Yes, yes it is. Is it worth the almost-€60 pricetag? I’m not sure. But I do spend a lot of money on lip balm in a year, and this will last a very, very long time...oh, ok, maybe I am going to attempt to justify the price. Of course, if I lost it I’d be devastated (I’ve already dreamt about it -- it wasn’t pretty) but the biggest concern I have is this: is this wonderful lip balm a gateway drug to the rest of the range?!? At €125 for 30ml of moisturiser, that's not really a habit I want to be cultivating, now is it. Though that €65 concealer couldn't hurt, right? Right?!
What’s the most luxe piece of skincare you own? Tell me in the comments!

17 comments:

JenJen said...

Creme de la Mer...seriously swanky! Sounds amazing but at that price it had better be! Am I mad to be tempted? My lips are in ribbons!

July Girl said...

Dunno why but assumed you wouldn't be updating over xmas, checked back today for a lovely surprise, weeks and weeks of lovely fluffy posts!!! Thanks for this post, it's prob the closest I'll get to trying a 60 quid lip balm in my life!!

jimmi lou said...

What a great item to be sent, I love peppermint, might just try that recipe out!

Rosemary said...

I don't think I own any particularly luxe products - I did once own a Diptyque candle but it was a gift and I'm not sure I could justify forking out myself! This sounds great, but I'm sadly not convinced it's worth the price - I'm currently using an Eau Thermale Avene lip balm that I'm finding brilliant, and I can't imagine it'd be outdone by the La Mer version. Plus, I would definitely lose it!

Claire Bradley said...

I don't go mad with my make-up or skincare products but I don't buy cheap ones. I know you'll be horrified to hear that I don't wear make-up everyday, sometimes there's even a whole week without any but now I'm in my 30s, I find there's fewer of those! I own a lot of expensive makeup because I have a boss who travels and likes to buy me makeup. She uses CdlM herself but I can't imagine her buying it for me! I do think lip balm at that price is crazy and am a little disappointed to see it's in a pot you have to put your fingers in. It's less hygenic than a stick.

Sarah Lanagan said...

I actually bought the Creme De La Mer moisturiser many moons ago when I worked in BTs and was standing next to the La Mer counter every day.. the temptation was too much! Of course, being so young, my skin didn't need that much nourishment so it was a little wasted but I did love it and was very grateful for a staff discount!!!

fluff and fripperies said...

Ah, Diptyque...I finished burning my 2 lovely Diptyque candles at my drinks do before Christmas. Like you Rosemary I don't know if I can justify buying myself more!

Sarah, I am most envious indeed.

Claire, I want a boss like that! Mine is great, but male.

Jimmilou, you should definitely try the recipe, it's idiot proof (trust me, even I managed it) and delish.

JulyGirl, I aim to please!

And JenJen, maybe drop a lot of hints around your birthday time...!

xoxo

Ballet Pumps And Roses said...

I am so jealous ! I never used any of this brand but everything I pass by one of their lovely things, I am always tempted to at least stop and stare.


xx

http://www.balletpumpsandroses.com

Krystyna Mmmm said...

This is going on my wish list big time! xx

Dawniepants said...

Oooo Creme de la Mer *awed hush* how very very fabulous!

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Beauty Balm said...

I have once bought this! And I loved it!

My most expensive thing is Tom Ford Santal Blush perfume - I love it! x

Poppy Male said...

I would love to be able to afford this stuff. but it has such a massive pricetag . Not fair. Maybe when I win the lottery heheh :) cute post xxx poppymale.blogspot.com

Claire Bradley said...

I wish I could tell her what to buy me!!

Anonymous said...

well jealous x

little t said...

Oh, very fancy! I love peppermint.

G A B Y said...

I never knew they had a lip balm as well! Well, you're one lucky girl to have been able to try it out and I'm glad you like it (:

Anonymous said...

I know this post is old but I believe the la mer lip balm is worth the price. As a reformed lip balm junky I can justify it. 1. It lasts forever 2. It is the only lip balm you'll ever need/eliminate the need for lip scrubs (which are a waste of money!) 3. For goodness sake being a woman is hard and you deserve a little luxury. Ok so not the more logical justification. lol. ps: I don't dip my finger in and use the Le metier de beaute retractable lip brush with it to keep my balm sanitary. Apply a thin layer on your lips and just rub them together to warm the balm up.