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La Vie Celeste Day and Night Restorative Face Cream Review

is a Solution for:
Combination Skin, Dry Skin, Large Pores, Oily Skin
October 22, 2010 Reviewed by Emily 6 Comments
TRU Rating
Recommended for oily skin since it dries to a matte finish


Light-weight, wears well under makeup


May not be hydrating enough during the winter

As my interest was initially piqued by TIA’s first La Vie Celeste review—Marta’s September 7 post on the glycolic mask, a product that sounded absolutely terrific and just what I was looking for—I was thrilled to have the chance to test and review the line’s day/night cream, the La Vie Celeste Day and Night Restorative Face Cream ($65 in the shop). The timing couldn’t have been better; I started using it just about four weeks ago, as summer weather turned to fall and I realized that the policy of benign neglect that I’d practiced through July and August (just serums, along with heavy and sometimes pore-clogging sunscreen, etc.) would be woefully inadequate as the days shortened and humidity plummeted. I knew I needed a moisturizer I could use daily and didn’t really want to spend a small fortune on the cream my dermatologist sells. I am entirely pleased with my experience and congratulate TIA on having made yet another wonderful discovery: a terrific, well-priced line that does what it says.

I was not expecting too much of the day/night cream when I first used it. The texture is almost surprisingly light and it absorbs with a smooth, matte finish.  I guess I’d been accustomed to creams that leave a bit more “moisture” on the skin. But it worked flawlessly under makeup and after a couple of weeks of morning-and-night use, I was very happy with how smooth, healthy, and well-hydrated my face seemed.

I should also point out that about a week or so in, I took advantage of the TIA Shop’s special offer on the La Vie Celeste Restorative Exfoliating Gel Mask ($60 in the shop) and the Restorative Rose Hydrosol eye Cream ($60 in the shop) and added both to the mix. Not surprisingly, the products worked even better in concert: minimized pores, good tone and texture, and neither flakiness nor break-outs.  I am a particular fan of the mask, but the eye cream is also a very good product, though I do alternate it with TIA’s favorite, the sainted and unequaled Your Best Face Correct ($150 in the shop). But I’m sufficiently impressed with La Vie Celeste that I am planning to try both the exfoliating cleanser and toner reviewed by TIA a few weeks ago (I’ve been using Nutra-Lift’s cheap and cheerful non-soap cleanser, which is certainly still a good, effective choice).

As the weather gets colder and drier this winter, I can imagine I’ll want to use something a bit richer at least occasionally as a night cream. But I’m 55, and my skin is dry to begin with. La Vie Celeste’s Day and Night Cream will remain part of my arsenal and I know I will continue to rely on it as an everyday solution. It’s great to find an effective product at a sane price point that delivers on all counts.

  • December 11, 2010

    by L

    Awesome mask!!!

  • November 26, 2010

    by L

    I got their eye cream, mask and face cream in two days ago
    and I like the eye and face creams. The face cream has really helped my face feel super soft, but not greasy. I like the eye cream, but havent used it but a few days as well. Now I will try the mask.

  • November 26, 2010

    by Junko

    Hi L, see Marta's post and read thru the comments. It's recommended that you leave it on for 5 minutes but that depends on how sensitive your skin is? Marta says she left it on for an hour and I questioned if one could leave it on all night. I'll be buying the Try Me Kit this weekend (20% & Free shipping SALE) so that I can give it a go too! Let us all know how you like it!

  • November 26, 2010

    by L

    I just found the directions Marta gave on Sept. 7.
    I'm good to go now.

  • November 26, 2010

    by L

    How do you use the mask?
    I have the sample of it but I don't have any directions?

  • October 30, 2010

    by VickyL

    Hi Emily,
    Thanks for this review. I have wondered about this cream since I also got the mask and eye cream TIA special and was very impressed with both.
    The eye cream leaves a creamy matte finish (I also alternate with ybf Correct) and it sounds like this day/night cream does too.

    I like to use serums under my cream so I think this will work well for me.

    I hope we hear about your experience with the cleanser and toner too!

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