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La Prairie Skin Caviar Liquid Lift- is it worth $500

Is a Solution for:
Sagging Skin
July 21, 2012 Reviewed by Marta 7 Comments
La Prairie recently launched Skin Caviar Liquid Lift and, much to my surprise, this stodgy and overpriced brand gave me a good laugh. First, I was amused by the claims La Prairie makes. Apparently this is a “high-spirited” serum “with a surge of sea-born energy, age antagonist peptides, marine DNA nutrients and oceanic moisture.” Then the $500 price tag made me chuckle out loud. Talking of sea-born energy, this kind of money could buy me a weekend at the Jersey shore.

I am not sure what makes a serum “high spirited.” Sounds like a bit of a party girl to me. And, indeed, alcohol is listed as sixth most dominant ingredient. As for the “surge of sea-born energy,” this could conceivably (I am feeling generous) be supplied by the algin. This is a brown seaweed often used in the fishing industry for packing shellfish. Other industrial processes include tire manufacturing and ice cream. This is a bit of waste since it is a good source of iodine.

Of course, there is a dollop of caviar with omega-3 fatty acids, which we all know are amazingly good for us. Except several research studies insist that omega-3 doesn’t penetrate the skin. Given that it is a signature ingredient of La Prairie’s Skin Caviar range, I am guessing that it must account for Liquid Lift’s “marine DNA nutrients” and “oceanic moisture.” Still, it all smells a bit fishy to me.

As for the “age-antagonist peptides,” here we are back on terra firma. Except that La Prairie lists one here, pentapeptide 31, that I can’t find any information on. Now, there is also palmitoyl tripeptide-38, which it is worth noting is in Osmosis Replenish (a potion that costs a mere $40).

There are helpful botanicals here: horsetail, panax ginseng and acmella oleracea, known as the “toothache plant” and used cosmetically to reduce expression lines. But for a $500 price tag, there are an awful lot of non-actives – around half the formula. To name but a few: isohexadecane (an iso-paraffin emollient), silicones, sodium lauryl sulfate, hydroxyethylcellulose (a thickener), tin oxide, xanthan gum….

If La Prairie’s marketing people weren’t imaginative, it would all be a bit depressing.

Ingredients: Water/Aqua, Sodium Citrate, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Isohexadecane, Alcohol, Linseed Oil/Palm Oil Aminopropanediol Esters, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Glycoproteins, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract, Acmella Oleracea Extract, Pentapeptide 31, Centella Asiatica Extract, Caviar Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Palmitoyl TrIpeptide-38, Lactic Acid, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer 6, Panthenol, Butylene Glycol, Propanediol, Pentylene Glycol, EDTA, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Bicarbonate, Algin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Xanthan Gum Crosspolymer, Hexylene Glycol, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Tin Oxide, Fragrance/Parfum, Linalool, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene, Eugenol, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, SD Alcohol 40-B (Alcohol Denat), Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Sodium Benzoate, Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Iron Oxides (CI 77491).
  • February 25, 2018

    by alexandra

    I'm 72, and have used so many different beauty lines since my forties.
    La Prairie products are head and shoulders above any of the high priced or ridiculous homemade solutions.
    The firming complexes are great. All my friends are getting facelifts, and I buy La Prairie - because it works.
    Trashing a product because you read off the list of ingredients is no review at all.
    I think very little of "reviewers" or bloggers that are blown away by the cost of the product and use that as an assessment of the product itself.
    If all you can afford is a sample of expensive products, do your reviews on drugstore options.

  • January 9, 2018

    by LK

    I was ready to shell out the $550 for this product until I read the ingredients. Perhaps that is why LP does not list ingredients on their site. Maybe $13 worth of ingredients in a 1.7 oz bottle. Say the packaging costs LP an exorbitant $8. That's $21 cost for a $529 profit....and there is very little "caviar extract" in this - less than 10%. You can make ginseng root extract in your kitchen, and it won't have all the parabens, methicones, sls and alcohol. I'll keep looking.

  • June 6, 2014

    by Wendy

    Marta, I am disheartened reading your reviews. It seems you haven't tried the majority of the products you're reviewing, or have only used samples. You really can't judge the efficacy of a product until you use it. A list of ingredients is just that. Many of La Prairie's products are "activated," which maintains the integrity of the ingredients, keeping it from air, light, etc.. This type of packaging isn't cheap. The same can be said for their Cellular Power Charge Night serum, which is quite literally the only retinol product my sensitive skin can tolerate.

    I really implore you to stop writing reviews based solely off of ingredients, and start trying different products. That is the only way you can have a true, informed viewpoint. I don't think any of us are chemists, but we love our skin care. I judge a product by how it works. As for this particular serum, it actually gave me visible results in three weeks. My jawline was tightened, and my skin glowed. Unfortunately, I simply can't shell out the $500 for this product any longer, as I now put that money toward their night serum with retinol. But the fact is, it worked. It did what it promised to do. I used it consistently for three months.

  • October 5, 2013

    by Janet Lee

    Get back to me after using the system for a month, or even just the caviar eye serum and eye lift cream. Surely you can afford those.

  • July 22, 2012

    by Julie Kay

    Dont be sorry, Dennis. It's precisely products like this that shove their way to the forefront and convince an uneducated public that "because" of this pricetag they MUST BE the best. It's sad, greedy and it's wrong. ~jk

  • July 22, 2012

    by Dennis

    Sorry, but outrageously overpriced, mediocre products tap a hidden rage in me

  • July 22, 2012

    by Dennis

    They've got a lot of nerve. I've seen better ingredients in products under $50. Honestly, where do they get off?!?

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