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

By Lynnie | September 7 2011 | 32 Comments

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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 says:

    lynnie – 12 days in Zambia – €190 bottle of Creme…

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

  • candi says:

    ah god, €190 – seriously!?

  • littlesis says:

    Oh jaysis, €190 on anything is a lot but for it be just ordinary is very upsetting!

  • allie12 says:

    A good friend who just got married recently, on a trip to her house the day before the wedding had to full range of CDLM!! She hung her head in shame as she admitted that it hadn’t done anything for her and that it is obviously designed for older skin (she is 40 now but does have good skin!). Think I will wait till I am 50 to start trying it!!

  • Twinkletoes says:

    My skin is LOVING the Kiehl’s Rosa Artica that Kirstie blogged about recently as a possible stand-in for CDLM though. Currently using it as a night cream.

  • I got this a couple of years ago in NY and lovvvvved it! It was the only thing I’d ever used that kept my skin shine free for the whole day. Next time I go to NY I’ll totes be buying more :)

  • jlo066 says:

    €190!!!! stroke!

  • Feefurs says:

    OMG €190

  • Trillian says:

    I was at a friend’s 40th and a friend of hers was there looking at least 5 years younger than her contemporaries who were all oohing and aahing at how great she looked. She eventually ‘fessed up to using only CDLM all the time for the last couple of years. I could see everyone looking slightly shocked and I suspect they were totting up the cost of exclusive use of CDLM products for 2+ years! She really didn’t appear to be the type you’d expect to spend that much cash on cosmetics- she wasn’t wearing any make up and was dressed normally – no designer gear, nothing unusual.

    It did make me consider it, but then luckily or unluckily real world events (ie suddenly becoming infinitely poorer!) made be reconsider. But I’d definitely give it a go with a lotto win. 130 squids is a lot for a mattifying cream Lynnie all the same ;)

  • omg €190 thats half a plane ticket to New York ha ha theres no way i would spend it on a cream like seriously whats in it that makes it so expensive ?? ovbiously noting that amazing for the price !! can you not bring it back and tell them that its not suiting your skin ?? xx

  • Michelle says:

    Oh I really think i will purchase the orig Moisture lotion..can’t find anything on the market to suit me since they discontinued Lancome’s Bienfait lotion,which was loovely.

    Am living day to day for over a year now on various moisturisers that just aren’t cuttin it!

    Where is the best bargain to be had with this?
    Up North or online?Or a friend is goin to NYC shortly?

  • LuLuBabe says:

    I use the normal lotion and it’s great on my aging combo skin. I wouldn’t swap now. I only buy it in the US or in the airport. Will not pay full whack for it.

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