La Mer launched The Revitalizing Hydrating Serum a few weeks ago, which made me very excited as I'm a massive fan of their The Concentrate (full review) and their moisturisers. Although I haven't been that into La Mer serums other than The Concentrate, I thought I should give their new hydrating serum a shot. Who knows, I might like the new one! From the name Revitalizing, I instantly noticed where La Mer is sort of heading to.
Recently, I was given almost a full size worth of new hydrating serum samples (27mL) to see if I'm interested in adding an extra serum in my collection :3. Due to the nature of the brand image, I also got my man to try it out to see if he wanted to use it as he has eczema prone skin which I talked about it in my previous post, and also because he has been using their moisturisers :). So here goes, how we feel about the hydrating serum.
I was actually very surprised that the new hydrating serum doesn't smell much like La Mer. There's a slight cooling sensation along with a mild alcohol scent at the beginning. Some people may not probably notice the alcohol scent as it doesn't come as outright like Chanel skincare. It comes quiet, but I might feel that way since there's a very mature fragrance followed by the alcohol scent. To phrase it in a good way, it smells like the one that most of mature ladies might like. From the other perspective though the serum unfortunately reminded me of my father's after-shave, just not as strong. However, note that my man finds it very smelly and too floral. He thinks that it overpowers so much that he can't even smell the moisturiser that he puts on after.
At least it's good that it didn't give me a headache, however, it made me feel a bit sick at the start that I had to slowly increase the frequency of the serum usage. I may not have the most sensitive skin, but I am very sensitive to smell. It doesn't matter whether the scent is natural or artificial, it's all about whether the fragrance is too strong. I certainly wouldn't recommend the new hydrating serum if you are pregnant or sensitive to fragrance regardless of the efficacy of the product.
As expected from the alcohol scent, The Revitalizing Hydrating Serum is one of the lightest serums in La Mer, and also one of the lightweight hydrating serums of all luxury skincare brands.
However, it's quite interesting to see that the serum feels very similar to La Prairie Hydrating Serum (full review), which I guess isn't very surprising as they are competitors. Anyways, La Mer hydrating serum spreads very well and easily, meaning you won't need much at all as its coverage is pretty impressive.
It goes on very light like a watery gel serum that I thought it would be absorbed instantly. There's when you find La Mer-ness in the texture despite the fact that the scent wasn't very La Mer-like. Although I would say that the serum penetrates into skin way faster than their other serums, I had to massage it in for a few seconds, then it took a minute or two for it to be fully absorbed.
There's no heavy or oily residue at all. In fact, it feels very refreshing and neat that I almost suspect it being La Mer as it's very difficult to find such a lightweight hydrating serum on high-end skincare market other than Amore Pacific Moisture Bound Hydrating Serum.
This deeply replenishing serum awakens vitality one drop at a time, flooding skin with sea-sourced actives and the healing energies of our Miracle Broth™ Tiny micro-droplets of The Deep Hydration Ferment—with an interactive blend of green, brown and red algae—are designed to penetrate rapidly, revitalizing deep within skin’s surface. With 8x the immediate effects of a humidifier, this refreshing serum creates a haven of all-day hydration. Lime Tea Concentrate—a powerful antioxidant—protects against the elements, allowing skin to thrive, Cells plump and lines are visibly softened as natural repair is energized. Skin becomes visibly radiant, youthful. Full of vibrant life.
Thanks to its fast-absorbing texture, it's great news indeed for people with oily skin and for those living in a hot and humid climates. Once the serum is all set, skin feels very smooth and soft upon touch, which also makes a great make-up base. Although the finish of the serum is neat, it gives quite a nice subtle glow.
I'm actually quite curious why it took so long for the company to launch an actual hydrating serum where they already sort of had their own soothing hydrating serum, The Concentrate. Regardless, if you ask me whether you need to replace your regular La Mer serum that you've been enjoying, then my answer is "it depends". I personally think that most of La Mer serums already hydrate almost the same as their new hydrating serum or even better. However, if you have been using one of those serums purely because La Mer didn't carry a specific hydrating serum, then you may try the new one as it's more economical.
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