As a skincare fanatic, I’m always in the market to try out new skincare products. Most of the skincare products that I use and review average around $100, which is already pretty luxurious, but La Prairie blew my median out of the water with their new launch, the La Prairie Cellular Radiance Perfecting Fluide Pure Gold.
New for February 2016, the La Prairie Cellular Radiance Perfecting Fluide Pure Gold (C$670 for 40mL) claims to improve skin quality and texture from within; helps stimulate skin’s regenerative capacity and rejuvenates skin’s appearance; and softens the look of dark spots and enlarged pores. It contains real gold and diamond powder, as well as La Prairie’s signature and patented ingredients such as niacinamide (vitamin B3), ginger root extract, field horsetail extract, nicotiana sylvestris leaf cell culture, amino acids arganine and lysine, lotus extract, garden cress sprout extract, raspberry fruit extract, and a whole list of other plant extracts. These ingredients help to improve skin quality and increase radiance, reduces pigmentation of age spots, provide anti-wrinkle, anti-aging and energizing benefits, as well as decrease irritation. You use this as the last step to your moisturizing regime, before sunscreen, and it can also be used in conjunction with other moisturizers or facial oils.
Now you’re probably thinking, for $670 it’d better be absolutely amazing. Well if you are a person who shops based on value then you can turn away now because La Prairie is a high end, luxury brand which produces luxury products for luxury prices. If your $15 or $50 or $100 cream works for you then there’s nothing I can say that will convince you to switch to La Prairie.
My personal experience with this moisturizer has been very positive. My initial impression is that the light gel-creme fluid texture is ultra lightweight and smells like the signature La Prairie powdery floral scent. The fluid contains suspended pearly and gold shimmer that mixes together and mostly It absorbs quickly, leaving a smooth, mattified finish. Despite being such a light fluid, my skin feels very comfortable and balanced. When used in the evenings, I wake up with my skin looking and feeling normal with no additional shine or random dry spots. When used during the day, the hydrating yet matte finish makes for a great base for foundation. My skin feels ultra smooth and my foundation also finished more matte than usual. I prefer using this during the day over using it at night because then I can take advantage of that great glow this moisturizer gives me.
Now for the best part, i.e., what makes this moisturizer magical. A few minutes after I applied this fluid, I looked into the mirror and was surprised by my own reflection because my skin looked absolutely radiant. The gold from the fluid warmed up my skin and made it glow from within. It was a very natural-looking glow that isn’t cosmetic at all.
If I had to point out any downsides, it’d be that if I was having a particularly dry day, this product wouldn’t be enough to keep my skin moisturized. When this happens though, I mix in a few drops of facial oil, such as my La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil (quick review below), and it gives this fluid a boost of moisturizing properties without sacrificing the radiance effect. In addition, the second ingredient on the list after water is dimethicone, which is a silicone. Over the years, I’ve learned to be okay with silicones in my skincare products, but with such a high end product, I would have preferred to see less fillers.
In conclusion, would I recommend? Yes and no. If you are looking for a luxury skincare product that’s lightweight with skin perfecting properties, and you have the budget to shell out, then yes I do like this product. The ideal skin type to use this product without adding anything is normal, combination to oily, but if you have dry or dehydrated skin, then you may want to skip. Or you know, you don’t want to spend $700 on a single product.
Because the products work so well together, I also wanted to do a quick review of the La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil (C$385 for 30mL). I received a 5mL deluxe sample of this oil, which is actually perfect for me because I only use a few drop per application. The first time I used this oil was in conjunction with the La Prairie White Caviar Illuminating Moisturizing Cream (which I thought was just meh on its own), and I woke up with incredibly soft, supple, and radiant skin. I was shocked at how good my skin looked with just a single drop of this oil. The Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil contains sweet almond oil as the main carrier oil, as well as sunflower seed oil, jojoba seed oil. The 11 ingredients that follow after the carrier oils are all essential extracts with no fillers.
The oil is ultra refined, and despite its oil-nature, very lightweight and dries down extremely quickly with no greasy residue. This was the facial oil that made me realize I can indeed use facial oils on my face and it won’t become a giant greaseball! I’ve tried this out with a few La Prairie moisturizers and it works wonderfully with each of them. I’ve also used this with my non-La Prairie moisturizer and it also provides a boost of moisture, although I don’t feel like my skin looks as good as when I do pair it with a La Prairie moisturizer. This is a great supplementary skincare product when you want to maximize the efficacy of your other products. As a facial oil, you can use this on its own or with another product, and it’s a great introductory product into the world of La Prairie because the price is not as high as other La Prairie products but you still get that luxury experience.
Ingredients of the La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil: Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower Seed Oil), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Soldanella Alpina Extract, Saxifraga Oppositifolia Extract, Algae Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Rubus Idaeus Leaf Cell Culture, Ubiquinone, Gentiana Lutea Root Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Alchemilla Alpina Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Silybum Marianum Ethyl Ester, C10-18 Triglycerides, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Seed Oil, Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract, Tocopheryl Triglyceride, Fragrance (Parfum), Farnesol, Benzyl Salicylate, Eugenol, Butyphenyl Methylpropional, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Evernia Furfuracea (Treemoss) Extract, Hexyl Cinnamal, Amyl Cinnamal, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Citronellol, Hydroxycitronellal, Benzyl Alcohol, Linalool, Phenoxyethanol.