Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Le Métier de Beauté Peau Vierge Skincare: Revitalizing Anti-Aging Day Crème, Revive Eye Concentrate & Daily Renew Cleanser


I've been carefully testing a few new skincare items from Le Métier de Beauté, Koh Gen Do and Clé de Peau over the past few months. I'm not one who is adventurous when it comes to trying new things for my skin due to sensitivity. I think it's a miracle that I've finally found some items that have dramatically improved my skin. I've been particularly impressed by Le Métier de Beauté Peau Vierge Skincare, a surprise to me since my skin did not mesh well with their Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Complexe Tinted Treatment (even though it's worked like magic on most everyone else).

A bit of background on my skin: My skin is overall normal but sensitive, slightly oily in T-zone, small pores. I just turned 30 this year and I haven't noticed any significant changes in my skin as I transitioned out of my 20's except that my usual Clinique Foaming Cleanser/La Mer Toner daily ritual just wasn't cutting it to keep my skin clear. I decided to try new things and this year I discovered Cleansing Waters from Lancome and Koh Gen Do and fell in love with the Koh Gen Do Macro Vintage Face Mask. Le Métier's Peau Vierge items have been incorporated into my daily routine now and has revitalized my skin. When it comes to skincare ingredients I'm at a complete loss. Anyone can give me a detailed lecture on various patented formulas, different ingredients and their benefits etc. but I get that glazed look after 4 words (literally). I highly recommend you read the review and commentary posted on Best Things in Beauty, her review is highly detailed and very informative. My attention is limited to three things: 1) is it safe? 2) does it really work? and 3) is this under $100. I don't like to spend a lot on skincare items that work the same as something much cheaper. I have had some experience with expensive brands like Revive, La Prairie and La Mer, but unfortunately, most of the pricey creams don't make a noticeable difference to justify the high price tag. Since I'm not well versed in ingredients, I'll refer you to Neiman Marcus's website for product information (linked below) and focus more on my experience and what these did for my skin. Now, for my experience with Le Métier Peau Vierge.


I was introduced to Le Métier de Beauté Revive Eye Concentrate ($175 for 0.5 oz/15 ml) by Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills back in August and was told it was "the best on the market" in terms of eye creams. I've never been a regular user of eye cream even though everyone (grandmother, aunts, mother, friends etc.) tell me it's an essential. I don't use eye creams because I cannot see a visible difference when I use them. Still I decided to try it with an open mind. The Revive Eye Concentrate comes in a pale pink cream formula that is smooth and creamy but not too thick. It feels noticeably moisturizing and once it sets it feels weightless. I did not notice any fragrance. The Eye Concentrate works well to smooth the eye area and does improve the overall texture under the eye. I don't have any wrinkles yet, except when I smile, under the eye shows some creasing. This cream has helped with dryness under the eye area to help the elasticity of the under eye area. At this time I can't say this is a life-changer, but then most eye creams haven't demonstrated a noticeable difference for me. This does help minimize the look of fine lines though.


During Beauty Week Le Métier counters handed out sample packets of the Revitalizing Anti-Aging Day Crème. I decided to give it a try and found the sample packets useful to take with me while traveling (one packet lasted me an entire week with some still left over). I loved it so much I purchased the full size ($285 for 1.0 oz/30 ml) during beauty week. This is a lightweight cream that goes on a moisturizing lotion. There is a slight scent that is hard to describe, but it's very faint and smells clean. A little goes a long way. The first few days of use resulted in a visible skin purge. Break outs surfaced and there was redness and I had peeling as it was working its way under the layers of skin to purge. Still there was no stinging or irritation, I decided to give it a few days since I was told this would renew the skin. After the first few days of ugliness, my skin was then transformed in an amazing way to be noticeably clearer and smoother and felt like it was glowing. Those tiny bumps on the cheeks from buildup are gone and the overall appearance is a 100x better. I don't use this everyday because I think everyday use would be too strong for me but this cream has worked like nothing else I've tried. (It's amazing!) I currently alternate with Koh Gen Do's Royal Massage Milk (review to come soon) for daytime only (I don't use anything at night). It's worked wonders for my skin. If you can get a sample packet I highly recommend you try it out. (Update: Just to clarify, the surfacing breakouts was a good thing for me with this cream because it renewed my skin by drawing out all the buildup and then my skin started to peel a little bit for a short time period of 1-2 days as it almost rejuvenated my skin, this didn't cause breakouts per se, but rather helped renew/revitalize/clarify my skin condition, hope I didn't confuse anyone!)


My local counter kindly made me a small sample cup of the Daily Renew Cleanser (which lasted 3 uses) and I was hooked. It comes in a squeeze bottle ($50 for 4.0 oz). It's a yellow-orange gel with orange and white beads. Gentle and effective, it's almost a scrub-cleanser hybrid. I do not use this everyday but alternate with Cle de Peau's Gentle Foaming cleanser but it works well to smooth the skin and exfoliate gently. It has a soft citrus-orange scent and lathers well to deep clean the skin. I find that it does renew radiance after use. I like this better than traditional scrubs which I find too harsh for my skin.

Overall, I really love what the Le Métier de Beauté Peau Vierge has done for my skin from using the day cream and cleanser. The eye cream feels pleasant but I haven't noticed a visible difference from use yet. I did try the toner during a recent makeover but passed because it made my skin tingle (not in a good way). My local Le Metier artists did not recommend the night cream for me (said it would be too strong). The day cream has reached life-changing status for me but the hefty price tag has me wondering what I will do once I've used up one tub.

Have you tried the Peau Vierge line yet? What's your skintype and what were your thoughts?

The Revive Eye Concentrate was provided courtesy of Neiman Marcus/Le Métier de Beauté free of charge for review. All other items were purchased by me.

18 comments:

  1. I actually used the eye cream for about 2 months and loved it! I have some fine lines which really were lessened with the cream. I also found it extremely hydrating. I just purchased the night cream to help combat some lines on my forehead. How long did the period of purging last for you?

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  2. Productdoctor, that's good to know about the eye cream! Thanks for sharing. My purging period with the day cream was about 5-6 days, a little under a week.

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  3. I received a packet of the day cream and tried it a while back. I have dry and sensitive skin. I liked the scent and the light texture. My face was visibly smoother after using it for about 5 days and I did not experience any breakouts from it. Although my skin can tolerate the cream, the price is too high for me.

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  4. The Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Complexe Tinted Treatment didn't work for me either. It may have been due to my sensitivity to chemical SPF. I'm glad to hear the rest of the line is working for you.

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  5. Thanks for the review. I have been using the eye cream, the night cream (sparingly, it is strong), the moisture cream (it comes in a black tub but it is not the day cream) and I just ordered the day cream. Overall, I have been very impressed. What really impressed me is that when I use the day cream, I have not had to use a primer to control shine in my t-zone during the day. The day and night creams are expensive, but they should last a minimum of 6 months because a little goes a long way. Not sure about how long the eye cream will last because you can't see how much product is in the bottle. I may try the cleanser next.

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  6. Great review! Next time you go to LMdB counter you should ask for a sample of the night creme. Even though the SA told you it's too strong. I have extremely sensitive skin, yet I didn't react to it at all. Plus, just after one use it totally changed my skin for the better. Never in my life have I seen such dramatic change and I've a lot of skincares, from Estee Lauder, Lancome, SKII, La Mer, La Prairie, Revive, etc.

    You can always patch test it at the counter or at home on the jawline and see. I think you will love it.

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  7. Thanks for the thorough review, Sabrina. I’ve recently learned that climate influences how my skin accepts and reacts to makeup and skin treatments. I have very oily skin and live in a very humid climate. The Peau Vierge day cream was much too heavy when I began testing in the heat of late August - it made my oily skin seem oilier. I’ll try it again when it gets cooler. Ditto the night cream. The eye cream hasn't relieved my biggest concern, puffiness, which it claims to do. I’m going to try applying it more liberally. The cleanser and toner weren’t available when I got my eye cream, but I’m eager to try them after your review. I’ve been a faithful user of Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Complexe Tinted Treatment for about a year; it has really brightened and evened out my skin tone.

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  8. I currently use the Replenishing Daily Solution, which I love. I really want to get the rest of the line, but prices are a bit too steep to do that at the moment. Ah well, eventually! Thank you for your review. :)

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  9. Hi Sabrina, love the sneak peek to your vanity, would you do a feature on how you organize all your makeup. I'm sure it's amazing and extensive.

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  10. I got a sample of day cream last week but didn't start using it until yesterday. I am 37 but have pretty good skin until a month ago, my pores in my cheeks look sooo much bigger, even my regular Chanel makeup artist was surprised when I saw her 2 weeks ago, hence I turned to LMDB. I am keeping my fingers crossed. Glad to hear you have positive experience.
    Thanks for the review
    Daisy

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  11. Agreed! your vanity looks super polished and organized.

    I have the cleanser, toner, moisture replenishing solution, and day cream. I agree with you about the toner. It smells a little weird to me (I think it's the ginseng in it?!) and makes my skin tingle in a bad way at times. I will not be repurchasing after I finish this bottle.

    As for the others, I have to say I'm in love. The cleanser makes my skin feel *clean* like it has never felt cleanliness before. I'm not yet sure if the moisture replenishing solution actually works, but I like how soothing it feels on the skin. I bought the day cream because I finished up two of my sample packets and decided I couldn't live without it :X

    A testament to the efficacy of my current skincare routine is my skin still looks great even when I've been running on 3-5 hours of sleep and kinda have bad eating habits (not proud of this!)

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  12. Say what you will about not knowing your skincare, it was nevertheless such a thoughtful review.

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  13. Thia was such an informative post - thank you Sabrina! I have more "mature" skin and used up that beauty week sample in 2 days! I really want to try the eye cream now, especially since it is packaged in such a way that it will not expose the ingredients to air and lose it's effectiveness. @Daisy - enlarging pores can actually be caused by aging as the skin losing it's tautness - maybe the LMdB can help. @Anonymous re: the eye cream - I have found as I age that I now need to layer eye creams. Start with a small amount, let it sink in, and then add more - maybe you will find this more effective on puffiness.

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  14. Thank you so much for the review. I am currently looking for new skincare line due to some skin changes. I will take a look at the Le Métier de Beauté. Thank god we have a few counters now in Chicago area:)

    Did you change the way you store your makeup? It looks a little different, very nice tray!

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  15. Hi Sabrina! I was just wondering if you've tried the cle de peau intensive eye contour cream, if so, how are they compare to each other? I heard many good comments from the cle de peau line too. Currently, I'm using the Chantecaille Nano Gold Energizing eye cream. It works wonder but I am running out and have this urge to try either the Le Metier or Cle de Peau. What do you suggest? Thanks much!

    C

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  17. I recently began to use this product line which I purchase from Bergdorf Goodman in NYC. I originally went to their counter to purchase a creme blush and mascara, but after speaking with the line's representative I decided to give the skin care a chance. I have sensitive skin that is made even more sensitive by Retin-A, so the retinol-containing products were not a good choice for me. In the end, I purchased the Daily Renew Creme Cleanser (a soap-free, fruit-acid cream cleanser) and the Daily Replenishing day cream (contains a SPF but no retinol) which I use both day and night.

    I am in love with this product line. It really isn't hype, and I've tried many very high-end product lines. Yes, it is expensive but very long-lasting, and I expect to get at least six months out of the jar of moisturizer and creme cleanser.

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  18. Thank you for this blog, Sabrina, and all the feedback. I fell in love with this line by accident. I'm a colorist/artist and crave quality in skincare, especially as I age and my face increasingly becomes more my canvas. I rarely go to NM where prices are so high, but the quality I craved required my doing so. It started when I was at the LMdB counter for the tinted moisturizer, despite the price... whereupon I received several and tried samples of other products in the line. Suddenly, $123.00 felt perfectly reasonable. I then noticed the gorgeous eye shadows tucked away in a corner. I fell fast. I was eager to investigate the craft of LMdB's skincare line.

    Being the skin care junky that I am, I had been feeling the need to step up and refine my skincare regimen. I relished the samples I received and was back at the store two days later. I'd been using Chanel skincare but was not enthralled enough to spend more money on the line, and tired by making my own products by mixing in other products. And I didn't need to: LMdB has done it. The Daily Solution, based on a combination with hyaluronic acid as a key ingredient, works pretty quickly, helping to plump the skin, evening out wrinkles, lines, and jowls. The Night Cream's inclusion of Retin-A, while strong for many, is at a low enough level for a few weekly forays -- but stop if it's too much. It does work on a deeper level of the dermis, kicking off cellular turnover so it's well worth the trial.

    I must confess, though, that over the past few years I've been working on getting my post-cancer chemo, prematurely menopaused, celiac diseased skin out of its sickly pallor zone. I'm anxious to go through the remaining products I do have before I can completely switch out. [Perricone's Cold Plasma line is the only keeper. It works synergistically with LMdB.] I have a surprisingly countless number of people tell me how beautiful/gorgeous/porcelain-like my skin looks. I've no doubt of the quality of LMdB line. The payoff is well worth it

    El em

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