Would you pay $850 for a night cream?

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I’m thinking the answer is no. But not so fast—let’s just say you’ve got money to burn. What could possibly justify the kind of price tag attached to Sisley’s Supremÿa at Night (which is just launching now at Holt Renfrew)?

Well, first of all, let me say that Sisley makes EXCELLENT products. Always high quality and the owners get really involved right down to the smallest details. (They’re also one of the few beauty companies that haven’t been snapped up by one of the Grand Poobahs of the beauty biz, i.e. L’Oréal, Estée Lauder or P&G… which probably explains a few things.)

So what makes this cream worth $850? Something called Phyto-Complex LC 12, which is supposed to be a “longevity complex.” The complex contains four active botanicals that are supposed to extend the lifespan of skin cells. (Sound familiar? I just blogged about the trend towards sirtuins in skincare, and although I’m not completely certain this is what Sisley is talking about here, it seems to be along the same lines.)

The other compelling thing about this product is that it’s supposed to feel like a cream, but acts as powerfully as a serum. Quick lesson on textures: serums, because they’re thinner and lipid-based, can typically handle a higher percentage of active ingredients than can be added to creams. So Sisley has, apparently, managed some scientific feat with this one in order to get lots of actives infused within a cream texture.

What’s a little disappointing to my geeky beauty brain is that the results were spectacular—but they were on lab cultures (“skin tissue explants”), not actual living, breathing, human females. In the lab, this product was able to double the life of the skin cells. Will it do that on your face? That’s the million dollar $850 question.

Still, if this is anything like the rest of Sisley’s skincare line, I have no doubt that it’s amazing and WILL give you a firmer, smoother and more luminous look—even if your skin cells don’t shave off half their age.

Available now at Holt Renfrew stores across Canada.


Michelle (Lipstick Rules)
Friday, September 4/2009 at 1:56 pm

Even if I had the money, I would never pay this much money for a cream. Age-ing is not something we should see as a negative and something to avoid. We can’t avoid it. IT is something we need to learn to embrace and be thankful for. We should see it as an achievement.

Might sound cheesy but I believe it.


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Saturday, September 5/2009 at 9:26 am

I agree! Speaking purely about wrinkles, I think creams can work – TO A POINT. They’re never going to perform a miracle and we shouldn’t want them to. I’m not opposed to Botox for smoothing out frown lines (which can make you look angry even when you’re not!) but the crinkles at the corner of your eyes, for example, aren’t really a big deal.

HOWEVER – I do think improving your skin’s texture – which changes as you age – is a worthwhile beauty goal. I would say that’s part topical and part lifestyle/diet.

So yes – paying $850 seems pretty over the top!


Monday, September 7/2009 at 9:18 am

Maybe for a killer pair of shoes – maybe – that’s IF I had the cash to spare, would I spend $850, but never on a face cream. At that price, you’re probably better off getting some derm procedures like Botox, IPL, etc. done. More bang for your buck!


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