I got a bit out of my comfort zone when luxury skincare brand Retrouvé gifted me a full set of products that retail for… about $1700. I can’t even explain how excited I was to review the most expensive skincare line I’ve ever tried. In this post, I’m sharing my thoughts on Retrouve products.
Retrouvé Luminous Cleansing Elixir
This luxurious cleansing balm made all the difference to my skin. Not only it has a delightful texture, but it also didn’t leave a film on my skin.
I felt that overall, the dry patches of my skin became more hydrated with this product. I’m so hooked that I’ll never want to go back to my regular, affordable cleanser!
SHOP: $75 at Net-a-Porter.
Retrouvé Revitalizing Eye Concentrate
This gorgeously packaged product is officially the most expensive eye cream I’ve ever tried in my life. It goes for $415 for 1 oz. The product has a consistency that I can compare with something between honey and a facial primer.
My first impression: it looked a little oily. Having said this, I was impressed by how my skin “inhaled” this thick-looking cream by the time I finished applying my facial serum.
The next morning, I was impressed when my typical under-eye circles and puffiness were gone. I decided that it was probably a coincidence and applied this eye cream again the next night. The result was incredible too!
SHOP: $195 at Bluemercury.
Retrouvé Nutrient Face Serum
Ever since I turned 25, I can’t imagine my life without using Vitamin C. Knowing that my high-tag serum by Retrouvé contains a fair amount of Vitamin C (we’re talking 7-10% here!), I was excited to give it a try. And it did not disappoint.
While using the serum, I noticed that my skin is more radiant and not irritated at all. It also doesn’t turn oily the way it often happened before with some anti-aging serums.
Overall, I was delighted with the results of using this serum, especially in combination with other products in the Retrouvé line.
SHOP: $395 at Retrouve.
Retrouvé Intensive Replenishing Facial Moisturizer
To be honest, it took me a while to remember which of these creams is designed for what. In my mind, the word “nourishing” is associated with a nighttime product. You apply a moisturizer during the day and a nourishing cream at night.
In the case of Retrouvé, everything is reversed: you should use a Dynamic cream under your makeup and save Replenishing moisturizer for the night. Go figure!
As a result, the first three days, I ended up googling each product every time I needed to apply one, so it was somewhat annoying. Finally, I simply put a sticky note on the night cream saying “night.” My life became much easier.
While testing this cream, I couldn’t justify why a moisturizer that doesn’t contain an SPF costs that much. My opinion changed after my latest facial when my skin overreacted and became irritated.
At first, I was afraid to use this high-intensity moisturizer on damaged skin. But then tried it anyway, and it made all the difference. My skin healed faster than with any other product I tried — I was impressed!
SHOP: $445 at Amazon.
Retrouvé Dynamic Nourishing Face Cream
My relationship with the night cream was not that cloud-free, though, as I didn’t like the scent of this product. In my opinion, it is a bit too harsh.
I also was not in awe of its absorbing properties. I have combination skin with patches of dehydrated skin. What I noticed after using this product is that it was a bit too heavy for the oily areas of my skin. Everything worked great on the dry patches.
With this in mind, I ended up using this product only on specific areas of my skin, leaving the serum to do the rest of the job on the oily parts. I’m not sure that it was the right way to go, but it worked for me!
Shop: $390 at Bluemercury.
Retrouve: Pros and Cons
The first one is obvious: its price. I don’t know many people who can afford to spend almost 2k on skincare. But the high price tag is one of the things that distinguishes luxury brands from the mass-market ones, right?
I also feel that it’s a bit inconvenient that all the bottles look the same. AKA you need to read what each says before applying the product. I understand that it’s branding, but it’s not very practical.
As you might concluded from the review, the products are truly effective!
I love the idea that Retrouvé positions itself as a gender-neutral brand.
None of the Retrouvé products are tested on animals, which is very important to me, personally.
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What’s the most expensive beauty product you’ve ever tried?