The Most Expensive Skincare I’ve Ever Tried

The Most Expensive Skincare I've Ever Tried

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 Review

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 Review

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 Review

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 and Retrouvé Dynamic Nourishing Face Cream Review

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.

Retrouve Skincare Review

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 Skincare Review

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.

Retrouve Skincare Review

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?

RETROUVE - The Most Expensive Skincare I’ve Ever Tried

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  1. Melissa Locks wrote:

    I used the Somaluxe Triple Collage Eye Gel for the last week and I saw notable improvement in skin texture around my eyes. Dark circles show marked improved also after waking up from 1 single application.

    Posted 1.26.18
  2. Renee Frerichs wrote:

    I need to try the Replenishing Cream! My most expensive are most of the Omorovicza products, I have quite a few of theirs, and my Bionova products, especially the N1 Custom- it’s about $400 for half an ounce- they have you consult with their doctors and they custom make a formula just for you based on skin type, goals, environment, age, gender, medications, health conditions, humidity, etc. They’re both fab lines! :)

    Posted 3.14.17
  3. Woah! That is expensive! A hundred buck product is already expensive for me and I don’t go beyond that price.

    Posted 8.29.16
  4. rika agustini wrote:

    Most expensive skin care products? Nature Bisse cosmetic skin care products, priced at $350 – $750 each

    Posted 8.29.16
  5. I’m going on a trip to Iceland next weekend, and this skincare line would cost me more than my trip! At the same time, looking and feeling your absolute best is a hard thing to put a price tag on. Did they mention how long each of these products typically last? If a $1700 investment lasts me 6 months to a year I feel like that’s at least easier to wrap my brain around than needing to repurchase every 2 to 3.

    Posted 8.28.16
  6. Amazing, I’ve recently started to splash out more on my beauty products.

    Posted 8.27.16
  7. Nikki wrote:

    What? I am so sure this product is a superb! I am not sure if I can spend more on my beauty essentials.

    Posted 8.27.16
  8. Lorraine McNeill-Popper wrote:

    I have purchased all of these products. I have been using them for 4 months now. I love them and they have improved the look and feel of my skin. I recently ran into a woman who hasn’t seen me in a year. She told me I looked amazing!!! I was never in love with my skin and always wore a nice amount of foundation. Now I love my skin and hardly wear any foundation. I know it’s pricey, but the results are magical.

    Posted 8.26.16
  9. Ahh these sounds amazing. I wishhhhhhh I could try them all. I guess for now I’ll jsut start looking for a Vitamin C serum.
    xx, Pia

    Posted 8.26.16
  10. Karla Ramos wrote:

    I would probably be a bit confused at first with the different uses of those cream. Enhanced natural products are better like you said, compared to just the feel and smell of an expensive one.

    Posted 8.26.16
  11. Karlyn Flores wrote:

    That was so expensive, I can’t purchase a set of these, but I am sure it was a good skin care

    Posted 8.26.16
  12. Yekaterina Vysokovskaya wrote:

    My most expensive cream is Clarins gel. The price is 55$. Can’t afford more expensive for now?
    These products look fantastic!

    Posted 8.25.16
  13. $1700 for skin care wow. That is a lot, but it does all sounds amazing! I like the packaging too.

    Posted 8.25.16
  14. Amanda Love wrote:

    Wow! $1700, that’s so much for skin care but if it’s worth it then why not! Thanks for sharing your experience with each one. It’s great that they’re doing their job well!

    Posted 8.25.16
  15. Mai C. wrote:

    That’s really expensive and although I will never really purchase the entire set, it’s good to know how each one works. It’s nice that they exceed expectations, especially for their price. They’re worth it!

    Posted 8.25.16
  16. Cristina wrote:

    The most expensive cream I’ve ever bought is La Mer’s soft moisturizing cream. I had been wanting to try it for a really long time and last February I had the opportunity to get it almost half price so I took the plunge. The other expensive beauty products I buy are from Clinique, my favorite is the Even Better serum, it’s worth every cent. I’ve struggled with skin issues in the past so I will never put on cheap products on my face. Since I can’t afford the most expensive ones (and I’m not sure they are even worth it) I buy still expensive but affordable products.

    Posted 8.25.16
  17. Wow, that is some expensive skincare. I can’t imagine every spending that much on products, even though they sound incredible. Must be so much fun to be able to test it out.

    Posted 8.25.16


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