Our Rating: 4 stars

Reviewed by Emily on October 22, 2010


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.