Personally, I really liked La Mer's new Blanc de La Mer The SPF 50 UV Protecting Fluid (full review), so I decided to try the first treatment essence in the same new range :). I especially enjoy using a first essence during my monthly and warmer seasons as they feel lighter yet provide the hydration that my skin needs. To be honest, I have never been a fan of their old brightening range as they just didn't work on my skin and I also found them to be quite difficult to be used together with other skincare / make-up products that I was using. Trust me, they were the only range that I've ever refunded within La Mer :P. Haha, it's good that they discontinued it and brought out the renewed version :). And here I am, I'm always happy to try new products from La Mer as I love The Concentrate (full review)! Well, actually I was more curious how it will be different from The Treatment Lotion (full review) XD.
Scent & Consistency
Blanc de La Mer The Brilliance White Infusion smells just like La Mer, but a bit fresher. The texture also feels very fresh and fast absorbing.
It's certainly way lighter than The Treatment Lotion. It penetrates into skin very fast so I highly recommend you to use finger tips upon application. I tried using my palms, but I've noticed that my hands were absorbing most of the product. Yes, I know, it sounds already quite different their The Treatment Lotion. And that's not it, there's more! There's no abundance in hydration, and the finish of the infusion feels rather neat and very light with a cooling sensation.
The skin cooling part is effect interesting as it isn't a common trait in La Mer skincare. It somewhat reminds me of Chanel serums as most of them are also quite cooling.
Effectiveness / Tips
Thanks to its light fresh texture, The Brilliance White Infusion is indeed brilliant for oily skin and even those who live in a hot and humid climate such as Dubai and Thailand whether it's used as a boosting essence or a serum. Having said that, if you use a product that has film forming properties on top of skin, then it can peel off the infusion as they don't seem to get along very well. For that reason, it's best to avoid such products if you decide to try The Brilliance White Infusion, but if you can't, then what I can advise is to minimise the amount of rubbing / massaging when you apply a product over the infusion. Rather than applying in a circle, try to put it on from the middle of the face out in one direction.
My skin is dehydrated and sometimes it can also get dry, so I've been mainly using the infusion as a boosting essence. I've found that it heals and lightens fresh pimple marks a lot faster even just by itself under a moisturiser, but I haven't noticed any improvement on sun spots yet. I personally like to use it with The Concentrate as the infusion by itself isn't hydrating enough, but you can try any serums or moisturisers containing Vitamin C and/or niacinamide for enhanced pigmentation control and prevention along with skin anti-aging benefits. Nevertheless, Blanc de La Mer The Brilliance White Infusion is officially the world's most fresh cooling first essence in the luxury skincare category, and I have a feeling that the infusion will become my go-to essence in summer along with my IOPE one :3.
Where to buy
The new Blanc de La Mer is mostly exclusive to Asia currently, so if you want to try The Brilliance White Infusion, you can get it from a vendor from Hong Kong.
- COSME-DE (Free worldwide shipping & discounts)
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