The new Genaissance de La Mer extensions will complete your luxury skincare experience

The new Genaissance de La Mer extensions will complete your luxury skincare experience

Precious elixirs

Text: Renée Batchelor

If luxury is a complete experience that should touch all your senses, then La Mer has got it down pat with these two, new offerings

What do you expect from your luxury skincare? The answer would probably be a combination of having the right look, scent, texture and of course, effect. In that sense, luxury skincare is no different from a couture gown or a custom car — it needs to look and feel good, not just in theory, but on you. First impressions also count and the first thing we were impressed with was the packaging of the Genaissance de La Mer Eye and Expression Cream and Lotion. Weighty in almost sculptural, amber-coloured glass, the design of the new product is a triumph of function meets form.

The Eye and Expression Cream — designed for the most expressive areas of the face including the area around the mouth — comes with a handy application and massage tool that is attached to the cap. Inspired by the shape and the cool touch of sea stones washed ashore, this tool elevates the application of the melting cream. Unlike many eye creams that sometimes takes a good night's rest to see visible results, this one immediately recharges this delicate eye area, reducing puffiness instantly, and after just two weeks, working on other signs of ageing and fatigue. Our advice? Use this in the morning to wake up tired peepers. Allow it to set into skin well, and while you'll need less concealer, you'll find that any base and eye makeup goes on smoother, with less creasing.

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The Infused Lotion meanwhile is an essential, new part of the Genaissance experience. It contains the crystal miracle broth — the purest concentration of the famed ingredient that is slow-crafted in tiny batches — as well as emollients resulting in a unique, oil-in-water formula with a 'cream' that rises to the top. Blend these two components together to create a cream-infused water that feels like a light oil, yet immediately imbues skin with intense moisture, so that The Serum Essence you use immediately after simply sinks in. Over time, the Enriched Lotion strengthens the skin's barrier function and leaves it silky soft. If you can afford to indulge in only the finest skincare, then the Genaissance collection is certainly one worth experiencing.

$400 for the Infused Lotion and $600 for the Eye and Expression Cream. Available at La Mer counters now