The product is supposed to be phenomenal; it feels great, it smooths the skin, it is a miracle in a jar. Well that is what a close friend used to push on me all of the time when she worked for la mer; now since she has left them she 'lost' her enthusiasm so to say.
I actually spoke to a few women, who had known the scientist who had created it, and they said what is in the stores is a pale reflection of the original. They said the original was truly magic in a glass jar, the one in stores now...well, not so much so. You see; the scientist who created this wonderful cream, never actually wrote down the formula, he re-created it always from memory. So when he passed away, and Estee Lauder approached the estate, all that was left to work from were all his old reel-to-reel recordings. So what you are purchasing is a lovely face cream, maybe somewhat close to the original formula, but not exactly the original. And, just to make it even more of a treasure, it costs a small fortune, money better spent elsewhere. I worked in the beauty industry for over 22 years, here are some very nice products that you should sample; I highly advocate sampling before purchasing, no sample= no purchase. Definitely give La mer a try, just to put the desire to rest. Then try; Guerlain Issima products, speak with the consultant to find what is best; Givenchy skincare is quite under-rated, yet truly effective; Yves Saint Laurent, also makes fabulous skincare; Sisley or Darphin are great if you want to stay with 'Botanical' lines, and are pricey enough to fulfill your desire to splurge, yet still more reasonable than La mer. If your concern is first signs of aging, I don't know your age, Chanel came out with the Initiale line of skincare, and it is very impressive. I tried a sample,and my husband commented on how my skin looked 'radiant'; that took me by surprise, radiant.
If you ever have any skincare questions feel free to ask, I love to talk about skincare. I also will never say something is wonderful if I do not believe it. I also will give credit where it is due, the Chanel for instance, since I am not a huge proponent of their 'whole' range of skincare.
Good luck, let me know what you end up going with.
Oh, and yes, I forgot to add that I have tried La mer, my friend kept giving me samples, and I found it quite heavy and uncomfortable. Which is amazing I would say heavy, or uncomfortable, since my skin seems to resemble a parched desert at times. I was not thrilled with the offerings of La mer.