Recently the wonderful folks at la prairie sent me a sample of their Skin Caviar Essence-In-Lotion to try out.
And what is Skin Caviar Essence-In-Lotion I hear you ask? Well, it’s a whole extra step in your skincare arsenal. The marketing boffins at la prairie are pitching it as a “pre-serum” that is “infused with distilled caviar water that helps to prepare skin to reap the benefits of serum and treatments to follow.”
It’s a light yet potent hydrating and conditioning formula that contains 100 percent active caviar water, which, apparently helps to lift, firm, and minimize the appearance of pores.
So, first you cleanse, then you tone, then you use the Skin Caviar Essence-In-Lotion, then you use a treatment serum, then you use your moisturiser.
Thankfully, it takes just a few extra seconds to apply. Simply pour a small amount of the essence into the palm of your hand and smooth over your face. Despite it being a fluid, don’t confuse it for a toner. You use this after toner.
I do immediately feel my skin tighten upon application, and it also has a refreshing cooling, conditioning feel, which leaves skin feeling silky smooth…and it has that wonderful la prairie scent that just oozes luxury. Not only that it comes in a gorgeous, weighty cobalt blue glass bottle, with a heavy silver twist top and elegant sliver lettering. I know I shouldn’t be seduced by lovely packaging, but, let’s face it, nobody wants ugly looking products cluttering up their vanity.
I’ve splurged on a few la prairie products in the past and there is just something fabulously indulgent about using such a high-end brand.
However, with such a luxurious skincare brand comes a price tag to match. The Skin Caviar Essence-In-Lotion comes in at a whopping $250. Having said that you only need a tiny amount, so a 150 ml bottle would last you at least six months with daily use. But, I’m still not entirely convinced that this extra step is really all that necessary. A luxury yes, a necessity no.