La Prairie

Cellular Power Infusion

4.00 vials for $ 475.00
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“Outrageous” is the first word (fit for print) that came to mind when we compared the shockingly high price of this serum with its ingredient list. For your money, you’re getting mostly water, alcohol, and slip agents, some of the least expensive ingredients around, not to mention how damaging and pro-aging alcohol can be. Despite the high price, fancy vial packaging, and “energy booster” claims, when they state you’ll never look your age again, they might just be referring to looking older rather than younger, because this is really a powerful product in the wrong direction.


  • Contains some intriguing skin-repairing ingredients and antioxidants.


  • Alcohol is the second ingredient, which is as far from anti-aging as you can get. Please see More Info for details on why alcohol is a problem for all skin types.
  • Some of the main plant extracts (including horsetail and papaya) can be irritating, and irritation causes collagen to break down.
  • Contains several fragrance ingredients known to cause irritation.
  • Outrageously overpriced for what ends up being a truly poor formulation!

More info:

These vials of “treatment” serum are supposed to supplement your regular skin-care routine as needed, with the promise that you’ll never look your age again. Although that sounds great, the formula contains enough alcohol to be potentially pro-aging, so if anything, you may actually look older from using this serum! That’s because alcohol is an irritant that causes dryness and free-radical damage, and hurts your skin’s ability to heal and produce healthy collagen. All of that is the opposite of what you want if your goal is to look younger. Besides, for what this costs, your money would be better spent on cosmetic corrective procedures proven to firm skin and leave you looking younger.

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

A uniquely empowering treatment to be used intermittently along with your regular skincare regimen. Start using it today and never look your age again.

Water, SD Alcohol 40-B (Alcohol Denatured), Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Methyl Gluceth-20, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Glycoproteins, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract, Oligopeptide-21, Chlamydomonas Extract, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Lysine HCL, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Soluble Collagen, Chitosan, Sodium Chloride, Tryptophan, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Cell Extract, Sodium Oleate, Histidine, Genipa Americana Fruit Extract, Lactic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Serine, Calcium Pantothenate, Threonine, Folic Acid, Panthenol, Caprylyl Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Lepidium Sativum Sprout Extract, Benzophenone-4, Disodium Adenosine Triphosphate, Hexylene Glycol, Potassium Chloride, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Xanthan Gum, Cyclopentasiloxane, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Decyl Glucoside, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Extract, Polysorbate 80, Glycine, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Arginine, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isomalt, Tocopherol, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Dimethiconol, Lecithin, Poloxamer 188, Magnesium Sulfate, Squalane, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Algin, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Beheneth-25 Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Glucose, Pentylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Polydecene, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Dimethicone, Polysilicone-11, Butyl Stearate, Polysorbate 60, Calcium Chloride, Alcohol, Fragrance, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Geraniol, Citronellol, Benzyl Benzoate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Evernia Furfuracea (Treemoss) Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Red 33, Blue 1, Ext. Violet

La Prairie At-A-Glance

Strengths: Most of the makeup categories present at least one good, though needlessly expensive, option.

Weaknesses: Very expensive; overreliance on jar packaging; many products contain a potentially irritating amount of astringent horsetail extract; no effective skin-lightening options; poor options for anyone dealing with blemishes (though La Prairie is concerned primarily with selling wrinkle creams anyway).

La Prairie has been at the forefront in the introduction of expensive anti-aging products for more than three decades. Many of the products in this originally Swiss skin-care line are called "cellular treatment." After a while, it all starts sounding silly. The attempt to align these products with the concept of being able to affect skin at the cellular level is over the top, although when it comes to making the ordinary sound extraordinary, La Prairie excels.

Assuming your skin could improve with these products, the prices alone might cause premature aging! So what do the women who can safely afford these products get for their money? The prestige of knowing they can afford them, period. High-priced skin-care lines attract women who think that the dollars they spend will buy them something special that most other women can't afford. To some extent, they're right: most women can't afford these products. Yet anyone who reads and understands the ingredient lists would find that price doesn't reliably translate into having better skin. What you're really getting from this line is a barrage of look-younger-now claims not backed up by one shred of substantiated scientific evidence, and a group of unimpressive formulations.

A particularly egregious error appears in the number of La Prairie moisturizers (and my goodness, does this company love moisturizers!) that arrive in jar packaging. La Prairie is in-the-know about the importance of antioxidants and cell-communicating ingredients for skin, yet almost all of their products that contain such ingredients ignore their vulnerability to oxidation. Containers like these ensure that these products will deteriorate shortly after you begin using them. Considering the premium prices, that is an almost unforgivable offense. At least the company gets their facial sunscreen right by including sufficient UVA-protecting ingredients. However, it's interesting to find that a visit to the La Prairie counter involves a lot more discussion about their moisturizers, ampoules, and other "treatment" products, while all the time you know that the only reliable antiwrinkle product everyone needs to use is sunscreen.

For more information about La Prairie, owned by Beiersdorf, call (800) 821-5718 or visit www.laprairie.com.

La Prairie Makeup

The brief makeup section in La Prairie's catalog poses the question "Consider the number of hours a day you wear makeup. Shouldn't the foundation you wear be an extension of your treatment program?" Well, calling most of La Prairie's skin-care products a "treatment" is a bit of a joke as what they seem to mean by "treatment benefit" has to do with the company's Cellular Complex, but that isn't complex in the least. This complex is primarily glycoproteins. Although it's true that glycoproteins are an integral part of the skin's intercellular matrix, they are far from the only element skin needs to look and feel its best. Functioning primarily as water-binding agents, glycoproteins won't firm, lift, or rejuvenate skin cells in the manner La Prairie would like you to believe. Further, of the makeup products below, only the ultra-pricey foundations contain a significant amount of this complex, and they have drawbacks of their own.Overall, La Prairie's makeup leaves much to be desired, especially given the high to ludicrous prices for what amount to ordinary cosmetics. A few of the products have supple, silky textures, but the expense is hard to justify when similar items are available for substantially less from so many other lines. Many of the products below earned happy face ratings, but keep in mind that you do not have to acquiesce to La Prairie's prices to beautify your face.

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