Here’s the gosh-honest truth: I was all for keeping this a secret skincare staple of mine, but I suppose good things must share…
But seriously, this brightening booster of a mask is #DaBomb. The newest and niftiest addition to La Mer’s Blanc de la Mer suite, the Brilliance White Mask is a luxuriously lightweight leave-on night treatment that also ranks among the gentlest I’ve tried.
You start off with a Soothing Primer (30ml), which boasts a blend of algae and nourishing nutrients to reduce redness and prep the skin for the second step. The latter is a Gel Cream (50ml) suffused with a marine-derived melange of potent peptides that promise to stamp out stubborn spots, diminish dullness and ward off wrinkles. You use one after the other, let the goodness sink in for a couple of minutes, then proceed with the rest of your regime. Easy, right?
Now, with great claims come great responsibility. Let’s kick off with the twin textures, both of which are supremely sumptuous and silky; thumbs up to the fine folks toiling away at La Mer’s R&D division for absolutely nailing it, consistency-wise.
Application-wise, I’ve been slathering my skin in the PM for a month or so, and I’m happy to report that my cheeks are supple and springier than ever. Perpetually ZZZ-deprived like yours truly? This treatment seems to tack on the appearance of a good eight hours of sleep, especially on nights when I’m hardly getting any.
As for its purported long-term brightening powers, I can only relay an amusing personal anecdote: One of my girlfriends pulled me aside to ask if I could tone down on the illuminating highlighter, as my colleagues were sick of being literally outshone by my complexion. (And for the record, I wasn’t using any.) Make of that what you will!
No complaints whatsoever when it comes to packaging, either. The reassuringly solid, almost obscenely opulent white-and-chrome bottles practically demand pride of place on your dresser – and make for the perfect props for a #flatlay shot.
Big beauty bonus: Both the Soothing Primer and Gel Cream more than pass the smell test; the crisp citrusy notes are energising and just evanescent enough not to overwhelm.
And really, when it comes down to it: What’s there not to like? No splashing off with water, no sticky mess, no elbow grease on your part – just perfectly pampered and plump skin the morning after.
Bottomline? If moolah isn’t an issue – this does command a very La Mer-esque price point at $440 per pop – then I say take the plunge and do it. Because hey, anything that allows me to go from lethargic and lacklustre to divine and dewy literally overnight is #VeryHerWorld in my books. You can thank me later!