Review: La Mer The Illuminating Eye Gel

I know that brands come up with catch phrases that are very attractive. AND we should take it with a pinch of salt. Then again, ah, the woes of a new mom. I take care of a newborn (now 2 months old) full time. The baby used to wake up every 2 hours throughout 24 hours for feeding. Then, there are those times when they need nappy change and plain soothing. Now that he’s a little bigger, he feeds every 3 to 4 hours and sometimes, there are bad nights when he’d wake up every hour. Some people will say “Sleep when the baby sleeps!”. Bull crap. This baby is a light sleeper in the day so there’s no way I could sleep when he does. Also, he literally catches a wink. Half hour up, half hour nap. I also have to squeeze in chores, errands and blogging. So when La Mer promises eyes that look youthful, energized and awakened, I’m excited and bloody hopeful. And I’m sure now you know why I jumped for joy.


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I have done a few reviews on La Mer skincare, and my skin takes it very well. In fact, I was surprised how quickly my skin reacts to La Mer products. I have nagged and preached about the importance of eye creams and the consistency in application, and I know a bunch of you who don’t agree. Some of you use face moisturizers, and some of you lucky ones don’t even have to use eye creams. I on the other hand, must use one. I have to be careful that the cream is not too rich to avoid milia but rich enough to sooth my drying eyes. Age is not kind to the fragile skin around the eyes and that’s where fine lines first occur. Together with lack of sleep, my eyes are dry all the time, making me feel like I should drench them in creams.


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I have been using La Mer The Illuminating Eye Gel (RM520) every morning and night for the past month and it has been my eye savior. My eyes don’t feel dry even though this eye gel is not creamy. It is a gel (duh!) that sinks into the skin leaving it feeling smooth but not slippery like silicones. I think my eye bags shrunk and my dark circles became bearable. How much more can I say? I used the Estee Lauder ANR for Eyes and even bought a backup and then I got this. This is at least twice as powerful as the Estee Lauder ANR because I could tell the difference since I used this. I only use half a pump for both eyes, just a small dollop like the size of a grain of rice. La Mer promises to blur the fine lines around the eyes, brighten the eye area and sooth the area on contact. It is also supposed to strenghten and help protect the delicate skin in the future.

I don’t know how it’ll be in the future, but *gasp* I think it actually does as promised. Here’s a photo of me, bare faced, haven’t had any sleep that’s longer than 3 hours at one go for the last 2 months. Stressed to the max, tired as heck, I should be able to scare zombies away. I was debating whether or not to put up this photo but you need to see it to believe it. I still have eye bags but trust me when I say they have shrunk. Still some darkness under my eyes, but hey, at least they don’t look as bruised as before. Picture was taken around 6pm bouncing off the warm evening sunlight. I didn’t do anything to my face since my morning skincare routine. Slight shine and there are fine lines and redness here and there. I am 36 going on 37 baby it’s time to think, better beware of fine lines and wrinkles, baby you’re on the brink… 


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I’m not fishing for compliments, but please tell me I’m not lying to myself. Can you tell I haven’t slept much (or at all) for more than 60 days? Do I look like how I’ve been feeling? Half dead? You can always burst my bubble. I’ll just go hide for a while, but I’ll be fine in no time. To skeptics – Have I been raving about La Mer just because I want to impress the PR to keep sending me products? If you’re a long time reader, you should know how I review stuff. If it’s no good, you’d know. But this one… worth every penny.

In case you’re interested, the other products I use on my face are – Cleanser, toner, Estee Lauder Micro Essence, Estee Lauder ANR, Dior Capture Totale moisturizers for day and night. This Illuminating Eye Gel will be available at La Mer counters starting February 2015. I have to start saving up for the next bottle.


xoxo Lily


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  • You look great Lily! I remember those days-i swear Marky didn’t sleep through the night for 3 years. I believe you when you say this works. I’ve recently found an eye cream that I LIKE-I KNOW. ME. I’ll go eat my shoe now…. 😛

    • Lily

      OK you have to tell me what eye cream it is that you like! Must be awesome to have impressed you 🙂

  • Bella

    I remember those days too well, and I not only felt but also looked like crap. You look wholesome and healthy! I have not tried this product…I have tried two other La Mer eye creams and haven’t found them nourishing enough (I turn 47 this year!!!) though I have oily skin elsewhere. So I stick to Sisleya Eye and Lip contour cream, and have done for the past 8 years. I always buy it during the 25% off skincare weeks at my parfumerie LOLOL.

    • Lily

      You’re like an advocate for Sisleya, Bella 🙂 This eye cream (gel) is launched in February, so maybe you can get a sample and try it out? It is not rich or creamy, but does the job better than creams!

  • Hey Lily, gah between you and my bestie whose kid has been sick for the whole month (the doctor said it’s normal. Apparently that’s what happens when they go to daycare/kindergarten), I am really not sure I’m ready for this kiddy business!

    The eye gel sounds promising tho! I am more about eye creams, but it does seem to work great for you!

    • Lily

      Ah yes, Ashlyn got sick quite frequently after I sent her to nursery. When a baby gets sick, everybody else does too! So I’m glad I don’t have to work now, so Ashton doesn’t have to go to the nursery so young. Eye creams or gel, both are good for me as long as my eyes like them 🙂

  • You look lovely!! If I had skin like your’s I’d have no need of all the millions of foundations clogging my draws. As the weather warms, I’ll be wanting lighter but effective eye care, and this sounds like something amazing!

    • Lily

      Thank you Noodles. If you get to try this, please let me know if you like it!

  • Jaa

    I don’t have any kids but I have been getting about 4-5 hours of sleep for the last year and a half. LOL. And I blame blogging! It really has taken a toll on my skin so I’m trying to pamper it with good skincare products and healthy food. I can’t afford this one for now (heck, I don’t think I can afford anything La Mer!) but I do have a few eye treatments I’ve been using and seeing promising results. I hope things get back to normal (as normal as it can be) for you soon! We #bbloggers need our 8-hour beauty sleep every night!

    • Lily

      LOL Jaa. I don’t let blogging get in my way of precious sleep. I needed my 7 hours, but now, I’ll be happy to get 3 hours of uninterrupted sleep. If I have 4 hours of uninterrupted sleep, I think I’ll be a brand new person! Haha

  • You look AMAZING! I would never have the guts to post a naked morning shot like that. My eye are always feel super tight, so maybe I should give this a go. Is someone willing to sponsor? lol

    • Lily

      Thank you Melissa. Yes, I hope I get a sponsor for my next bottle! And you know, when you want the hubs to read this, he probably won’t. Hahaha!

  • Hi Lily,
    I am testing the same product at the moment, I love your review, you have written it very well. I am going through a stressful time at the moment and it has been my saviour.

    • Lily

      I’m glad you like it too, Sara. It’s amazing that I can actually see the difference in a month!

  • The sole fact that you posted a bare (yet glowing!) FOTD pic says it all. I think you look great!
    I have been using eye cream lately, too. I think it is a bit difficult to find something that gives visible results when it comes to eye cream, but this time I believe I really have found one that does. If I could just find some time to blog about it! ;p

    • Lily

      Thank you Lena, and you have to blog about the eye cream that works for you. You’re right! Visible results are hard to come by, and I’d love to know what you’re using 🙂

  • Liz

    I think you look so beautiful in that picture, Lily. 🙂 You must be so tired but you look radiant and happy. A friend and I were recently drooling over La Mer the other day. Whatever it was that we tried on our hands felt amazing. Expensive for what they may be, can’t deny that their products are good.

    • Lily

      Thank you Liz. I have also mastered the art of fake happy smiles for photos. I have to make sure my eyes smile as well so that gives a happy vibe. LOL LOL!!

  • I can’t believe this is you with zilch makeup on! I’ve extremely dark circles that you saying you look like a zombie is not being true to the zombie race :)) I can’t believe you’d enable me to buy something this $$$$! But yes, La Mer – I’ve always believed in its marine voodoo. All my mom’s friends and aunts who’ve used it (even bathe in it!) for years now have amazing skin. They swear it’s La Mer.

    • Lily

      Thank you Shari. Maybe the light is forgiving so I don’t look as bad but this is after I used this eye gel for more than a month. Before this, I was a mess! LOL at marine voodoo 🙂 Yes, there’s something about La Mer. If only it doesn’t kill my wallet. Hahaha!

  • silverkis

    36 going 37? Can’t tell in the least! Hey, we’re the same age!!! I totally understand what’s going on there with the lil one now… which is why i’m not planning another one any time soon! My baby didn’t sleep, ever. I don’t know how you’re even getting any blogging done, i couldn’t even go take a shower! So for all that, you’re looking terrific!!! I’m so running out to buy that now!

    • Lily

      Oops, I missed this comment. And hey, we’re the same age? No fair! You look so much younger!! Oh, I know what you mean about not having time. I do it (blog) when the little one is asleep. Thanks for the kind compliments too – I look tired, but at least not as bad as scaring people. I’m done with having babies. I think 3 is a good number and I’m ready for the next phase of my life 🙂