La Mer dupe — Is this it?

Nivea Creme vs La Mer

When it comes to skincare I’m willing to spend a little more if a product truly does what it claims. However, finding a La Mer dupe would definitely help my budget out. I like to keep things simple with face wash and use the ol’ standby, Cetaphil.  Eye creams and moisturizers I’m comfortable spending more on since I know they’re sinking into my skin and staying on longer than a quick rinse. However, I’m not a quick sell when it comes to people pushing $150+ face serums. I like to do my research, compare options and really see if it’s worth the cost.

Earlier this week my skin went from combination/oily to dry. Very dry. My normal moisturizers and even face oils weren’t doing anything to combat the dryness and with engagement pictures next weekend, I needed to get this under control. It was then that I started reading about Nivea Creme. With many of the same ingredients as La Mer and raving reviews I knew it was worth trying. Products that have reviews from women in there 60’s who’ve been loyal to a product for twenty plus years is one that peaks my interest. This article was a great example of comparing La Mer to Nivea Creme and the benefits of each.

Last night I picked up a jar of Nivea Creme from the grocery store and used it over the dry spots on my face. Be forewarned, the lotion is very thick. Take a pea size amount on your fingertips and rub it between your hands to warm up and loosen the creme. From there, apply to any dry patches. It was so hydrating and calmed the dryness in minutes.
I’ll check back in in a month on if it’s a La Mer dupe and report back on the effectiveness of the cream. I plan on using it at night since it’s on the thicker side and will absorb by morning.

Have any of y’all heard the comparisons or tried either product? I have no doubt La Mer is amazing, but if I can find something that’s almost as good, or even offers great results, for a fraction of the price, why not give it a shot?

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  1. April 17, 2014 / 6:27 am

    Egyptian magic is an awesome moisturizer.(sold in health food stores) Lauren Conrad uses it after her normal cleanser at night.(which is how I discovered it) I swear it is a miracle worker. I use it over night as well because it has a bit of a greasy texture. It is supposed to be really great to apply after a retinol treatment. Every morning so far Iv’e woken up with amazing skin.(especially the eye area)I’m sure Nivea is good, but I am allergic to their lotion so I’m not going to risk breaking out my face lol.

  2. April 17, 2014 / 6:37 am

    I use this every other day. It is perfect for the summer too if you have been outdoors. I like the smell too, but it is very thick so use in moderation!

  3. April 17, 2014 / 8:05 am

    Ohhhh I can’t wait to hear the reviews because La Mer is never going to be in my price range! 🙂

  4. April 17, 2014 / 8:08 am

    Hmmmmm. Very interesting! I love tried and true drugstore products! I posted about Egyptian Magic Cream a few weeks ago. I swear by it. I ran out and didn’t use it for several days while waiting for another one to be delivered. My skin suffered. I put it on after my retinol/Vitamin E/Vitamin C serum at night. I can’t wait to see how the Nivea works long term. Please share!

  5. jillian
    April 17, 2014 / 8:35 am

    i cant wait to hear how you liked it after a month! i cant spend that much on the la mer cream so this would be a great alternative! xo jillian – cornflake dreams

  6. April 17, 2014 / 8:50 am

    I’ve heard about this before! I gave it a try back in high school. I remember reading something to the effect that Nivea has factories in both Germany and in Mexico, and the German made version is a dupe for La Mer, while the Mexican version has an extra ingredient or two. Not sure if there is any truth to that, though! I stopped buying when I couldn’t find any more “Made in Germany” tins, but maybe I need to do some more research and give it another try!

  7. April 17, 2014 / 9:14 am

    I can’t wait to hear what you think of using Nivea and if causes and breakouts or irritation. I caved, like the skincare junkie that I am, and tried La Mer a few months ago. Now don’t get me wrong, it was quite lovely, but nothing I would run out and repurchase. My friend felt the same way! I expected a miracle in a jar and the results were very similar to moisturizers I use at half the cost! Keep us posted on your results!

  8. April 17, 2014 / 9:23 am

    I’ve been testing out skin creams and eye creams lately (I got a slew of samples from the counters at Dillard’s) but my skin is so sensitve. Especially around my eyes – everything burns! I’m interested to see what you think after using this for awhile!

  9. April 17, 2014 / 9:25 am

    Wow crazy that they have similar ingredients – ill need to look this up more – thanks for sharing! I currently use ole henriksen’s truth creme and love it!


  10. April 17, 2014 / 9:34 am

    I’ve always had good experiences with Nivea products, but I’ve never used La Mer (obviously!) haha good to know

  11. April 17, 2014 / 9:58 am

    I’ve heard great things about Nivea and I love their lip butter! I’ve never tried the cream and La Mer definitely isn’t in my budget but if they’re similar and have similar results… heck yeah!

    <3, Pamela

  12. April 17, 2014 / 10:22 am

    Haven’t tried either, but let’s talk about your engagement pictures! Where are you taking them and what photographer are you using??

  13. April 17, 2014 / 11:13 am

    Ashley this is SO good to know! I got a tiny sample bottle of the La Mer eye balm and I love it, but the price is outrageous so I ration the hell out of that tiny tube. Looking forward to hearing your results!

  14. April 17, 2014 / 2:56 pm

    I’ve used La Mer and definitely was NOT impressed!!! They have this big song and dance about how you have to emulsify the cream before applying it but I just found my skin became even more dry after using it.

  15. April 19, 2014 / 5:08 am

    I have actually heard pretty good things about the Nivea!

  16. April 20, 2014 / 10:15 pm

    Oooo I will definitely be checking back for your update!