Saturday, February 28, 2009

Beauty Question: Would You Buy a $380 Moisturizer?

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The latest rage in moisturizer? Givenchy Le Soin Noir. Formulated with vital black alge sap concentrate to maintain and prolong cell longevity, this moisturizer is definitely one of the most unique I've seen in quite some time. It's quite thick and lush, not to mention shimmery and black -- yes, black! -- though it sinks into the skin without leaving behind any residue. It's designed to make your complexion firm, glowing and even-toned.

Well, I've tried it, and I do think it's a decent moisturizer. But it rings up at a whopping $380 at Yes, you read that right! So my Beauty Question is this. Would you buy a $360 moisturizer? Or do you think it's absolutely insane to spend that much on a beauty product? My feeling is this: There's just no reason to spend that much on a moisturizer. I mean, come on -- I got my Manolos for cheaper than that at a sample sale!

Let me know your thoughts in the comments!


  1. I have not tried this particular moisturizer. But I have been a huge fan of Chanel's Sublimage. It rings up at a staggering $300 for a jar. I nurse myself along with mini-jars that I have scored with GWP items. In a quest to NOT pay that much, I have tried other less expensive moisturizers and found some acceptable substitutes including a few from Lancome and Estee Lauder.

  2. I spend a lot on cosmeceuticals (e.g. pentapeptides/DMAE/Vitamin C ester, etc.), but my daily cream is good old Olay Microsculpting Cream and Neutrogena SPF 85 sunblock.

    I think your money is better spent on ingredients that have some clincally-based efficacy, rather than indulging a dream of youth with a clinically unproven product.

    I must not be doing too bad, for age 51:

    I attribute this to vigorous sunblock application (SPF 30 plus for decades) and using effective ingredients like AHAs and Pentapeptides in my daily skin care.

  3. Sure I would - but only if the cream got rid of all my fine lines, shrunk my pores and prevented any wrinkles until the day I die. Oh, and no acne ever again either. ;) In that case, I would probably pay more!