LA Prairie Cellular/Luxe Makeup is a luxurious Treat
by Alison Blackman
I’ve been admiring some La Prairie Cellular Makeup products and haven’t written about them. Maybe I’m a bit over-awed, because they’re from La Prairie, one of the most coveted and luxurious beauty companies in the world. These are packaged in the shiny silver signature boxes as do all the spectacular, high performance, cutting edge La Prairie skincare products. But these are not just skincare, and they’re not just makeup, they are treatments in beautiful compacts that give you visible beauty, and also anti-aging skincare benefits you can’t see,
La Prairie is known for a plethora of skincare treatments in various lines, but not so many color cosmetics. There are only about 14 different products for lips, eyes and cheeks, not counting the excellent foundations (we recently reviewed the awesomely gorgeous Caviar-Rich Foundation and Concealer . After trying the foundation, I thought it would be important to learn what the rest of the color cosmetics were like, especially since they include the age-defying cellular La Prairie formulas that hydrate, nourish and help keep skin looking better (with continued use).
I received three makeup products to test: the La Prairie Cellular Treatment Eye Colour Ensemble; La Prairie Cellular Radiance Cream Blush, and the Cellular Luxe Lip Enhancer. Here are my thoughts on these unique and luxurious items:
The La Prairie Cellular Treatment Eye Colour Ensemble ($70.00): The first thing you notice is the compact. It’s a slim, shiny, silvery square compact with a tiny black rubberized bar that pops open the top of the compact. An embossed band of what looks like tiny caviar beads runs across the entire front. There’s a slim, black velveteen pouch to place it into so it won’t get scratched.
Inside there is an excellent square mirror, and four rectangular squares of the silkiest eye shadow I’ve ever tried It’s so smooth, one stroke blends it almost completely without a struggle, even with the dual-ended mini sponge applicator (I never recommend using these applicators except if you really must when no real makeup brushes are available). My review quartet was ‘Les Cristals,” a soft, subdued blend of dove grey, deep grey, soft camel, and pearly off white. The other collections are: Les Bruns, Les Orchidees, and Les Epices (you can figure out the colors easily from the names).
Performance: You can wear these wet for more intensity, but for daytime the silky-smooth and soft colors seem just right for Spring. The color is natural and easy to blend. Even better, they last without creasing or fading all day and on my test, all evening as well.
If I were giving out prizes, the La Prairie Cellular Radiance Cream Blush ($70.00) would win the blue ribbon for one of the most elegantly presented blushes I have ever reviewed. Inside the silvery outer box sits a cute little zippered pleather “hatbox” which,when unzipped, reveals a shiny silver metal compact with a gold rim, sitting atop a silver satin lining. To open this compact, you have to gently insert your nail under the slightly protruding gold lip on the circular rim, and it will pop open (this could be a bit of a challenge to anyone who has very long nails or doesn’t have any). Inside is a beautiful round mirror, and a large round of cream blush.
I received “Berry Gloq,” a universally flattering, berry with enough pink so it’s not a throwback to the 1970’s. The other colors are Plum, Rose (more pink than rose) and Peach. What is remarkable about this cream blush is just how easily it blends and melts into your skin. It is layer-able for more intensity from sheer to bold and yet utterly natural.
Performance: This is a magical product. It’s the only cream blush I have ever reviewed (and I have reviewed dozens and dozens of them) that’s not sticky. You won’t even remember you have it on your face.The blush offers luminous, long-wearing, color with just the merest hint of shimmer. It’s also formulated with chamomile extract to soothe skin, anti-oxidants vitamins A, C and E to fight free radicals and silica to absorb excess oil without drying out skin, so your face will glow.
The La Prairie Cellular Luxe Lip Enhancer ($50.00) is just what is says it is, it helps enhance other products, but it isn’t a lipstick. You could wear the sheer nude on your lips if you wanted to, but really it’s a lip primer. It’s meant to be the powerhouse behind any lip color you wear and multi-tasks to re-define your lip line, help reduce feathering, and keep your color lasting longer. The shiny silver lipstick case has an attractive band of embossed “caviar pearls” around the middle. The Lip Enhancer itself is a sheer nude color, which can also neutralize the color of a lipstick that is a bit too bright or dark.
Performance: I expected this to be a waxy and heavy primer, but it was a lightweight and silky products that slid on smoothly. When dry, it had smooth, matte finish. It did change the color of some of my lipsticks, but only slightly. I am assuming that the Cellular Treatment in this is also from the Cellular Power Collection, but with or without treatment benefits, it’s a powerfully great and luxurious lip primer. You don’t absolutely need it, but it takes all your lip looks up a notch and is a nice treat.
The Bottom Line about the La Prairie Makeup: You don’t always get what you pay for, but you always pay for what you get. These products are gorgeous, and they make you feel special, pampered, elegant. They’re splurge-y for some, a must-have for La Prairie the many devotees of the brand, and completely out of the budget ballpark for others. These are the kinds of products I personally want someone to buy me for a gift, or I’d consider buying for myself when it’s a very special occasion. That said, it’s easy to fall in love with the colors, the textures, the performance of these products. Warning: try them and you could very well get hooked!