Although La Mer's renewed The Lifting Contour Serum doesn't beat my most loved The Concentrate in their range, I still find the lifting one better for warmer seasons. And the result is also pretty good compared to many other lifting/firming serums on the market as long as you use it in a more effective way which I will discuss more later in the post.
Scent & Ingredients
The Lifting Contour Serum is artificial fragrance-free and has La Mer's classic not overpowering soothing scent like their other serums. Having said that, I don't believe that it's still the best for sensitive skin types as the lifting serum contains certain essential oils like eucalyptus leaf oil and lavender oil to name a few along with other skin allergens including linalool and limonene. It also has PEG's, alcohol, phenoxyethanol and artificial colourants, so if your skin tends to be reactant to those ingredients, then you might want to pass or test to see if you get any sensitivity. If you are new to La Mer skincare, then you will also need to check if your skin's fine with ferment extracts as some sensitive skin doesn't work well with those.
As expected from the vast majority of lifting serums on the market, La Mer The Lifting Contour Serum is also light textured despite the fact that the serum has nourishing plant oils including sesame seed oil. It's in a runny lightweight gel consistency, so many of you might guess that it might absorbs into skin straight away.
The answer is No, and this is great as the serums spreads well that you don't need a lot at a time of usage.
There's no oily feel on skin other than light cooling. I personally like to give myself a very quick facial massage when applying for about 5 to 10 seconds.
Once it's fully absorbed into skin, there's only a subtle glow with slight firming sensation in lower face mostly.
This sculpting serum visibly elevates contours and transforms facial definition. The new seaborn Lifting Ferment helps to promote skin's natural collagen production, creating the illusion of a slimmer, toned jaw line.
Precious, cell-renewing Miracle Broth helps to visibly firm. A more refined silhouette emerges as more lifted features come into new focus.
Declustered Water (-)\Aqua\Eau De-Structuree (-) , Declustered Water (+)\Aqua\Eau De-Structuree (+) , Butylene Glycol , Methyl Gluceth-20 , Peg-75 , Alcohol Denat. , Bis-Peg-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane , Algae (Seaweed) Extract , Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil , Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Seed Powder , Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake , Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Meal , Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Leaf Oil , Sodium Gluconate , Copper Gluconate , Calcium Gluconate , Magnesium Gluconate , Zinc Gluconate , Tocopheryl Succinate , Niacin , Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Powder , Bupleurum Falcatum Root Extract , Sigesbeckia Orientalis (St. Paul'S Wort) Extract , Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Fruit Extract , Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract , Citrullus Vulgaris (Watermelon) Fruit Extract , Yeast Extract\Faex\Extrait De Levure , Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract , Helichrysum Arenarium (Everlasting) Extract , Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract , Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract , Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract , Palmaria Palmata Extract , Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Peel Extract , Asparagopsis Armata Extract , Chlorella Vulgaris Extract , Coriandrum Sativum (Coriander) Seed Oil , Glycerin , Oleth-5 , Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil , Laminaria Saccharina Extract , Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Fruit Juice , Glycereth-26 , Saccharomyces Lysate Extract , Crithmum Maritimum Extract , Laminaria Digitata Extract , Bifida Ferment Lysate , Peg-8 , Squalane , Linoleic Acid , Hydrogenated Lecithin , Micrococcus Lysate , Oleth-10 Phosphate , Sorbitol , Caprylyl Glycol , Ethylbisiminomethylguaiacol Manganese Chloride , Tourmaline , Sucrose , Caffeine , Lecithin , Coenzyme A , Acetyl Glucosamine , Linolenic Acid , Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 , Styrene/Vp Copolymer , Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate , Tetraacetylphytosphingosine , Methyldihydrojasmonate , Choleth-24 , Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate , Ceteth-24 , Sodium Hyaluronate , Hexylene Glycol , Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters , Sodium Benzoate , Sodium Lactate , Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil , Potassium Sorbate , Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil , Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract , Octadecenedioic Acid , Carbomer , Sodium Pca , Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid , Ergothioneine , Sodium Hydroxide , Xanthan Gum , Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride , Disodium Edta , Bht , Phenoxyethanol , Linalyl Acetate , Linalool , Limonene , Red 4 (Ci 14700) , Yellow 5 (Ci 19140) , Red 33 (Ci 17200)
In a word, Yes, it works. To be more specific, it works better on the lower part of face including along the jawline. I didn't see much improvement in the mid-zone of my face, but I've noticed that my face looks less puffy upon waking up in the morning. Having said that, the lifting serum doesn't provide enough hydration so I've waken up with uncomfortable tightness around my cheeks and mouth. If I put on a mineral sunscreen during the day, it actually gets worse as my skin would feel dehydrated and unbalanced. I see people with oily/combination skin will be a better fit for the serum unless the overall climate that you live in is hot and humid. It definitely works better in Summer due to its pleasantly light texture, but the hydration it provides certainly isn't enough for cold and dry weather. However, if you pair the lifting serum with either their The Treatment Lotion or Genaissance de La Mer The Infused Lotion, your skin will feel much better and have no problems for those with normal/dry skin.
If you need an instant enhanced, lifted and toned look on your face along with the long-term benefits, I also recommend you to try NuFACE Trinity Facial Toning Device with the La Mer lifting serum underneath NuFACE gel primer as long as you are committed in the routine. If you do it right, you should be able to see instant results around along the jawline, jowl, corner of the lips and eye brows as these are the main areas that I see the best outcome. In addition to that, I've personally found that La Mer The Lifting and Firming Mask accelerates the efficacy of The Lifting Contour Serum when used together on a weekly basis.
Overall, you can achieve a better toned appearance if you combine either one of those. You will still be able to notice contoured jawline only with La Mer The Lifting Contour Serum, but if you want the most out of it, I suggest you implement at least one of the methods that I've listed. Although the ingredients in The Lifting Contour Serum may not be the best for sensitive/problem-prone skin, it still does a pretty good job considering it's an over-the-counter product. For those with dry/dehydrated skin will need a proper moisturiser followed by the serum application, otherwise your skin might feel uncomfortably tight during the day and/or night. Besides the efficacy of the product, I still don't get this cheap looking silicone cap which I think that the company will need to work on in the future. I know they redone the serum few years ago, but I really hope that they will come up with a better design for it :).
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