Creme de la Mer The Oil Absorbing Lotion Review: More Guilty Than Pleasure

By Lynnie | September 7 2011 | 32 Comments

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Glum.

That’s probably the most appropriate word for how I felt on arriving back to reality after 12 amazing days in Zambia. And while I could appreciate how lucky I’d been to be able to take holidays and go there in the first place, that didn’t stop me hosting an intimate little pity party for one.

Sensibly reasoning that getting out of the house and going for a walk would provide some much-needed distraction, I headed out… and then a couple of hours later, found myself leaving a department store beauty hall with a seafoam green bag in tow.

In my extremely vulnerable post-holiday state, I’d succumbed to the charms of a Creme de la Mer sales assistant and bought The Oil Absorbing Lotion, €190.

Two weeks of daily use later, I’m not totally convinced that the spend was worth it. I really like the texture: it feels really light, is easily absorbed, and provides a really nice natural matte finish. While it hasn’t caused an allergic reaction, or made me breakout, or turned my skin green, nor has it done much to make my skin look like it’s on its way to looking a million dollars. There’s been no visible overall improvement, and I’m not sure that it’s even really keeping my skin on an even keel. My forehead’s been looking significantly drier and lines seem more visible are  than usual since I started using it.

For my combination skin, this isn’t the worst product I’ve ever tried, but it is decidedly ordinary.

For the price, I really feel that it should be knocking my socks clean off.

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32 Replies to "Creme de la Mer The Oil Absorbing Lotion Review: More Guilty Than Pleasure"

  • Acat says:

    Post holiday blues are the worst! I didn’t get them this year, an advantage of not going on hols.
    You are so brave to admit you spent 190 on face cream. I would have hidden it at the bottom of the wardrobe and denied it existence forever!

  • MilkyMoo says:

    I just love the tags you attached to this post!

  • Twinkletoes says:

    To be honest, I felt the exact same after buying original CDLM on a whim one day a couple of years ago when I was meant to be Christmas shopping. It was *nice* but no better than any other good moisturiser. And it was 120 euro. Disappointing.

  • Babs says:

    Oh god, I can’t believe you admitted to the price either!! I would have definitely been making up a pretend sale or something!! :) I have been caught out by the post holiday blues before the last time I came back from New York, every other holiday since then I have avoided shops for about a week so as to not over spend.

  • Kirstie says:

    I LHAVE the original! I didn’t used to but then I got a bit older and bam, it really really started to suit.

  • Lurganista says:

    Ah hear the original one has God like status to me! I had to hide it from the OH who became addicted to it gah! I have extra dry eczema type skin and I think creme is aimed at that & the anti age Market.
    Anywho once a year I treat myself to it as everyone compliments my skin & I don’t need to wear serum with it.
    Sorry to hear the combo one was a let down, at least u have tried it on ur skin.
    ;(

  • Kirstie says:

    my fella loves it too – dry, eczema, irritated, psoriasis-prone skin absolutely adores it but you’ll be absolutely baffled and enraged by it if you’re you’re young or normal skinned.

  • Maj says:

    I also purchased CDLM while praying for a skincare miracle. The only thing it left me with was an empty pocket. It has a comfortale texture and pleasant smell but didn’t do a thing for my skin. Stupidly i bought the starter kit at 250!!! Very let down by the hype of this product. I told the once charming sales assistant that it hadn’t done anything for me, and the reply i received was well you clearly weren’t using it properly and just wasted it…delivered in an extremely patronising tone.

  • Aisling Aisling says:

    lynnie – 12 days in Zambia – €190 bottle of Creme…
    ARE YOU TRYING TO TELL US SOMETHING?!

    If you won the lotto my begging letter is in the post!

  • candi says:

    ah god, €190 – seriously!?

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