The 15 Best Luxury Facial Moisturizer Brands of 2022

Sophie Willis
Jan 13, 2022

Those top-notch face moisturizers with high prices are always labelled as luxury. Makeup artist Elizabeth Siegel said that some face moisturizers are horribly priced, but they are truly effective, and all users say that they’re worth the splurge. Almost all luxury face moisturizers are launched by well-known brands, and most of them are formulated with natural, precious ingredients and adopt technologies with remarkable effects. These face moisturizers work wonders for restoring skin when you stay up all night or during changing seasons to effectively relieve facial oedema and slackness, accelerate cell growth and prevent oxidation while brightening skin tone.

We rounded up a host of brands with a cult following, like La Prairie, LA MER, GUERLAIN and so on. Each brand boasts a wide range of super-quality products, most of which are the winners of multiple beauty awards. Now, if you’re ready to get the perfect luxury face moisturizer, scroll down to check the following list of brands we’ve compiled for you.

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  • 1. La Prairie
  • 2. LA MER
  • 4. Clé de Peau Beauté
  • 5. POLA
  • 6. Helena Rubinstein
  • 7. VALMONT
  • 8. Estée Lauder
  • 9. Cosme Decorte
  • 10. Chantecaille
  • 11. SK-Ⅱ
  • 12. LANCÔME
  • 13. Giorgio Armani
  • 14. Chanel
  • 15. Dior

La Prairie

La Prairie is a Swiss skin care brand established in 1978, which creates the legend of the brand thanks to it persistent pursuit of timeless beauty through the highest standards of advanced technology combined with exquisite formulations. La Prairie started as an anti-aging treatment center, and then it had been a skincare brand in 1982. Caviar extract and platinum are key and innovative ingredients of La Prairie.

PLATINUM RARE HAUTE-REJUVENATION CREAM is a top-notch anti-aging product. Infused with rare platinum and Exclusive Cellular Complex, it effectively works against aging. Although the PLATINUM RARE HAUTE-REJUVENATION CREAM is expensive, it great value for the price. PLATINUM RARE HAUTE-REJUVENATION CREAM offers an exquisite package and luxurious usage feeling. Taking platinum as its selling point helps keep the balance of the skin, accelerate blood circulation, and rejuvenate cells so that it can firm the skin and achieve the anti-aging effect. However, although it contains luxurious and rare ingredients, these functions of the PLATINUM RARE HAUTE-REJUVENATION CREAM have never been proved. The PLATINUM RARE HAUTE-REJUVENATION CREAM has an extraordinary effect on brightening the complexion, diminishing fine lines, reducing dark spots. The dense cream is easy to spread without greasy, and it is recommended to apply it with refreshing serum. The PLATINUM RARE HAUTE-REJUVENATION CREAM works for most skin types, but you should pay attention to the usage scenarios.

The cream from the SKIN CAVIAR series is one of the hero products from La Prairie. The SKIN CAVIAR LUXE series is divided into cream and cream sheer according to the skin types, and the difference is only in texture. The SKIN CAVIAR LUXE CREAM targets mature skin which helps leave the skin lifted and tightened. The lightweight cream is suitable for people with dry and normal skin. Moreover, it can be absorbed by your skin quickly, leaving the skin comfortable. The SKIN CAVIAR LUXE CREAM SHEER is designed for people with oily skin, bringing a refreshing skin feeling. However, you may feel not hydrated enough due to reducing the content of caviar extract and fruitacid.

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LA MER, a skincare brand founded by Dr. Max Huber in 1946, is a member of Estée Lauder group. As a top-notch brand under the Estée Lauder group, LA MER has been renowned and highly praised by people. “Fantastic and expensive" are the words described by consumers.

LA MER only launched one type of cream, namely, Crème de la Mer; and then it released the Moisturizing Soft Lotion and the Moisturizing Cool Gel Cream. With the same ingredients, they are different in texture. The Crème de la Mer specializes in addressing skin problems and working against premature skin aging. Infused with rich seaweed extracts, it effectively calm, moisturize, balance and heal the skin. The mild cream is suitable for applying to the whole face. Although it can’t whiten and firm the skin, it leaves the skin elastic and full for applying frequently. The moisturizing Crème de la Mer has a heavy texture, and it may cause acne. So you’d better emulsify it before applying.

The Crème de la Mer is suitable for people with dry skin, and those with combination and normal skin can use it in winter or dry environment. The translucent Moisturizing Soft Lotion leaves the skin comfortable. The Moisturizing Cool Gel Cream is the most lightweight one which is suitable for people with oily skin. It can effectively moisturize the skin while being absorbed by the skin quickly. Moreover, the prominent functions of these moisturizers are moisturizing, repairing, and balancing the skin.

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The Perfume House Guerlain was established in 1828 under LVMH Group. Guerlain has been famous and earned a good reputation worldwide thanks to its unique aristocratic style and high-quality products for more than one hundred years.

With an exquisite package and a high price, the Orchidée Impériale Black The Cream brings a luxurious experience to you. It helps repair and reduce the visible signs of ageing. The Orchidée Impériale Black The Cream is encased in a masterpiece porcelain jar, which is very collectable. The dense and quick-absorbing Orchidée Impériale Black The Cream has a satisfying fragrance and offers an excellent bendability, leaving the skin supple with radiance. The moisturizing is very suitable for applying it before makeup.

It should be noted that the anti-aging, anti-oxidation and repair effects had been proved by people. The cream helps minimize wrinkles, leaving the skin elastic and radiant. Plus, it can effectively relieve redness and pimples for a short time thanks to its anti-inflammatory ingredients, which is suitable for people who get pimples due to season changes or staying up late.

Although the thick Orchidée Impériale Black The Cream doesn’t offer a superb anti-aging effect, it has been favored by early mature skin aged over 25. If you often have erratic irregular sleep patterns due to work or other problems, the thick Orchidée Impériale Black The Cream is worth considering to address your skin problems.

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Clé de Peau Beauté

Clé de Peau Beauté (CPB) is a top-notch brand under the Japanese Shiseido Group founded in 1982. CPB has spread to 23 countries and regions around the world till now, and has highly praised by its consumers.

Synactif, a top-notch series from CPB, only contains one type of face cream, namely, Synactif Cream. With a high price, it offers extraordinary effects. The cream helps repair and maintain the lymphatic system to work against aging. It contains the CPB exclusive ingredient MACC-PD. The official clams that it can penetrate into the surface of the skin, promote the skin's detoxification and metabolism and enhance the skin's defense capabilities. CPB upgraded the MACC ingredient to LAPQ-PD in 2015 and promised that it could lift the skin. However, the effect may not be as good as officially claimed. Plus, the Synactif Cream repairs the skin indeed. So you can choose it to balance the skin even getting an allergy. Infused with 4MSK, the cream offers excellent effects on diminishing acne marks, dark spots and brighten the complexion for long time use.

The thick Synactif Cream is more suitable for people with normal and dry skin. You should take some skills when applying due to its weak bendability. And it also can be used as a sleeping mask in dry condition. With a pleasant rose aroma, the Synactif Cream makes people relaxed and comfortable.

LA CRÈME is a praised product from CPB. It has a lower price compared with Synactif Cream, but it is more famous and popular than Synactif Cream. The thick and quick-absorbing cream offers excellent bendability. Moreover, LA CRÈME is more suitable for people with dry skin or combination to dry skin to use in the nighttime.

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POLA, a member of Japanese cosmetics company POLA ORBIS HOLDINGS, was founded in 1929 in Shizuoka, Japan. The B.A series is the highest-end product series of POLA. It earned a good reputation since its launch and has now developed to the fifth generation.

Laced with various plants extracts, B.A CREAM restores the elasticity by removing saccharides in the dermis and stratum corneum. The dense cream has an extraordinary effect on working against aging, calming, moisturizing, and nourishing the skin, which is suitable for people with dry skin. Moreover, it is not recommended for oily and combination skin to apply, and people with normal skin should avoid it in summer.  

POLA V Resonatic Cream is the newly top product from POLA with an exquisite package. POLA V Resonatic Cream features high-tech skincare. POLA firstly discovers Retinacula Cutis to replace the anti-glycation, and it believes that the decline in RC with age is linked to sagging of the skin. Official promises that the active ingredients in POLA V Resonatic Cream can penetrate into the subcutaneous tissue like RE-PLASTY AGE RECOVERY Night cream. However, it is plainer and pricier than RE-PLASTY AGE RECOVERY Night cream.

POLA is famous for working against aging and whitening complexion, and it is committed to combine science with natural ingredients. It brings a luxurious experience to the skin, leaving the skin comfortable. With anti-aging care, people with dry skin are worth considering. Moreover, glycation is only one of the causes of aging. There are many factors such as ultraviolet rays and the environment that leads skin aging, so you’d better have a good skin care in daily life.

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Helena Rubinstein

HR is one of the leading brands of the modern beauty industry founded by Ms. Helena Rubinstein in 1902. It was acquired by L'Oréal in 1988 thanks to its rigorous, avant-garde and bold style. As a top-notch brand of L'Oréal, HR has made a great success in the anti-aging category.

The hero products RE-PLASTY AGE RECOVERY Day cream and PRODIGY REVERSIS NIGHT Skin Care feature repairing and working against aging. It is recommended to apply RE-PLASTY AGE RECOVERY Day cream and PRODIGY REVERSIS NIGHT Skin Care together to reach an excellent effect. Moreover, both of them are loaded with Pro-Xylane. The PRODIGY REVERSIS NIGHT Skin Care reach up to 30% Pro-Xylane. It not only helps work against aging but also relieves inflammation, removes puffiness, and moisturizes the skin. With a thick texture, the PRODIGY REVERSIS NIGHT Skin Care offers an extraordinary effect on repairing damaged skin. Plus, you should emulsify it before applying. The PRODIGY REVERSIS NIGHT Skin Care leaves the skin matte and plush.  

 The RE-PLASTY AGE RECOVERY Day cream emphasizes antioxidant and anti-allergen to soothe the skin. It is not recommended for people with acne-prone and sensitive skin due to its amounts of alcohol. The cream is more translucent compared with the PRODIGY REVERSIS NIGHT Skin Care. The RE-PLASTY AGE RECOVERY Day is easy to spread, and you can apply it to your face directly even without emulsifying. It is suitable to use it before makeup.  The LIFE PEARL CELLULAR - THE SUMPTUOUS CREAM also is very popular among people. It helps effectively sterilize and resist allergies, reduce skin sensitivity, and repair the skin. It is more recommended for people with sensitive skin to do a skin test before purchasing due to its various fragrances and plant compounded ingredients. The dense LIFE PEARL CELLULAR—THE SUMPTUOUS CREAM works for people with dry and oily skin. It helps revive radiance and youth to the mature skin, leaving the skin supple. Plus, people with stable, healthy mature skin are worth considering.

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Valmont, a Swiss top-notch luxury skin care brand, is favored by numerous celebrities. The former French President Charles de Gaulle, the former queen and princess of Iran, the kings of Romania and Greece are all huge fans of Valmont .

Valmont launched various face creams that work moisturizing, anti-wrinkle, whitening, and repairing. The hero product DETO2X CREAM launched in 2017 captures ambient oxygen into the skin and accelerates cell metabolism. The calming and soothing functions of the DETO2X CREAM have been proved by people. The lightweight DETO2X CREAM is easy to spread. It is suitable for people with oily and normal skin, leaving the skin refined and smooth. And people with dry skin should apply a moisturizing serum before DETO2X CREAM. Plus, people with acne-prone and sensitive skin are recommended to do a skin test due to its fragrance ingredients.

The Awf collection takes the anti-aging effect as its selling point, creams priced at 250-280 euros. The Awf series contains three types of cream for different skin types. #1 is designed for young people with oily skin or combination skin; #2 targets dry to extremely dry skin; #3 works for oily or dry and mature skin.  

The VOTRE VISAGE, from the highest-end L'ELIXIR DES GLACIERS collection, increases the content of active substances based on the Awf series. Infused with royal jelly and honey, the L'ELIXIR DES GLACIERS VOTRE VISAGE effectively works against aging and repairs the skin.  

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Estée Lauder

Estée Lauder is one of the world's biggest skin care, cosmetics, and perfume companies named after its founder established in 1946. The Americans made Estée Lauder’s legendary life into a movie to show respect for her.

Estée Lauder emphasizes high-end skincare, and the RE-NUTRIV is a top-notch series. The RE-NUTRIV series takes the nano gold leaf as its selling point. Combined with other active ingredients, it has outstanding anti-oxidation and anti-ultraviolet effects. The Re-Nutriv Ultimate Diamond Transformative Energy Creme can promote metabolism, reduce the generation of fine lines, restore elasticity to delay aging. It helps lighten dark spots and acne marks, leaving the skin radiant for long-term use. However, the Re-Nutriv Ultimate Diamond Transformative Energy Creme has less repairing effect. Loaded with amounts nutrient ingredients, it may cause allergy and pimples; so people with sensitive and acne-prone skin are not recommended to apply it. With a thick texture, the Re-Nutriv Ultimate Diamond Transformative Energy Creme is more suitable for use in winter or air-conditioned room rather than in summer. The quick-absorbing cream needn’t be emulsified and keeps the skin hydrated until the next day. However, people who don’t like cream with strong aroma are not recommended to choose it.

Most products from Estée Lauder targets mature skin ages 30+. Estée Lauder provides a comprehensive product line in face cream division with different effects. You can find a right cream here thanks to its large price range.

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Cosme Decorte

Cosme DECORTÉ is a Japanese top-notch skin care and make-up brand under the Kose Group, and products are sold in beauty counters. Kose Group, established in Tokyo in 1946, is one of the three biggest cosmetics manufacturers in Japan.

DECORTÉ AQ MELIORITY INTENSIVE REGENERATING MULTI CREAM has an exquisite appearance like a diamond. As the highest-end product under Cosme DECORTÉ, the INTENSIVE REGENERATING MULTI CREAM features repairing and working against aging. You just need to apply it every one to two days. Infused with selected precious botanical ingredients, it effectively reduces fine lines and diminishes large pores, and resists melanin production to prevent skin aging. The thick INTENSIVE REGENERATING MULTI CREAM is soft to touch and has an excellent bendability, leaving the skin refined without greasy. However, official claims that it is suitable for all skin types; people with acne-prone and oily skin should choose it with caution due to its heavy texture.

AQMW series from AQ series is designed for early mature skin ages 20+. The AQMW face cream has a lightweight texture, but it can’t be absorbed by the skin quickly. AQMW face creams  are classified into detailed categories. In addition to day cream and night cream, they can be divided into whitening and repairing series. However, the AQMW face cream is not as outstanding as other products.   

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Chantecaille is a luxury makeup brand founded by the French Mrs. Sylvia Chantecaille in 1997. It has been popular among Hollywood celebrities since its establishment.

The top-notch Nano Gold Energizing Face Cream is laced with 24-karat gold that offers an extraordinary antioxidant effect. It helps reduce fine lines and restore skin elasticity. The Nano Gold Energizing Face Cream integrates anti aging and repairing into one. Infused with various plant extracts such as centella and Aesculus hippocastanum, it can relieve inflammation; which is suitable to keep the skin balanced after allergy. With a thick texture, the Nano Gold Energizing Face Cream is suitable for people with extreme dry skin, leaving the skin moisturizing. Plus, you may feel grainy and greasy when applying. Formulates with whitening ingredients, the Nano Gold Energizing Face Cream effectively improves dullness and evens complexion. It is worth mentioning that the Nano Gold Energizing Face Cream is not recommended for oily skin, and it is more suitable for use as a night cream.

Biolifting is a high-end series under Chantecaille. The Bio Lifting Cream+ offers an extraordinary bendability and moisturizing effect. It has a certain effect on reducing the appearance of fine lines and working against anti-oxidation. The all-round Bio Lifting Cream+ is designed for dry skin and mature skin, and it is suitable for people with erratic irregular sleep patterns and poor skin condition.

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SK-II is a Japanese cosmetics brand launched in the early 1980s that developed by Japanese scientists investigating the combination of advanced technology and skincare products. SK-II has been a pioneer in launching products with tech since it hit the market with its first skincare product in 1980.  

SK-II R.N.A.POWER NEW AGE, encased in a red jar, has received many controversies since it released. However, it has been highly appreciated by consumers. Infused with the key ingredient PITERA™, it removes excessive cutin, promotes nutrient absorption, and rejuvenates cells. The R.N.A.POWER NEW AGE doesn’t a repairing cream, it targets people with healthy skin to achieve a better look. Laced with nicotinamide and other antioxidant plant ingredients, it helps whiten and moisturize the skin. Moreover, the R.N.A.POWER NEW AGE helps diminish large pores, fill dry fine lines, and prevent skin aging thanks to the other effective ingredients.  

The texture of the quick-absorbing R.N.A.POWER NEW AGE is thick without heavy which can keep the skin balanced. It leaves the skin refreshing and supple, which is suitable for people with non-oily skin. SK-II also launched the refreshing R.N.A.POWER NEW AGE for people with oily skin. With the same ingredients, it has a more lightweight texture, which is suitable for people use in summer.

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LANCÔME is a French brand founded by Armand Petitjean in 1935. As a world-renowned high-end cosmetics brand, LANCÔME is involved in various product areas, such as skin care, cosmetics, perfume. LANCÔME targets mature women aged 25 to 40 with higher education levels and higher income levels.

As the most luxurious and remarkable face cream under LANCÔME, the Absolue L'Extrait Regenerating Ultimate Elixir has a low-key but exquisite package. Absolue L'Extrait Regenerating Ultimate Elixir features anti aging. The main ingredient Pro-Xylane helps calm the skin, relieve inflammation, and remove cutin; so it is not suitable for sensitive skin and those with thin cuticles. The Absolue L'Extrait Regenerating Ultimate Elixir contains salicylic acid, so it is not recommended for women to apply it during pregnancy. The lightweight cream effectively moisturizes the skin and reduces fine lines, leaving the skin supple without oily. It offers good bendability with a rose aroma. However, people with dehydrated skin are more recommended to use in summer due to its average moisturizing ability.  

In addition to the Absolue L'Extrait Regenerating Ultimate Elixir that works for mature skin, the Absolue face creams and Renergie Multi-Lift Ultra Cream are more suitable for early mature skin age over 25 to prevent skin aging.

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Giorgio Armani

In the mid-1970s, Giorgio Armani met his lover and partner Sergio Galeotti, and then creating the Italian brand Armani named after him. Armani started in men’s clothing, pursuing simplicity and details. Its makeup also retain these features and has an elegant and unique Italian style.

The CREMA NERA SUPREME LIGHT REVIVING CREAM has a low-key appearance and dense texture, which is easy to spread. It should be emulsified before applying. The CREMA NERA SUPREME LIGHT REVIVING CREAM is suitable for people with dry or oily skin thanks to its moderate moisturizing power, leaving the skin refreshing without greasy. The CREMA NERA SUPREME LIGHT REVIVING CREAM targets all signs of aging, restores skin’s radiant appearance and fills fine lines, and calm the skin, as well as relieves inflammation. It is helpful for people who always stay up late.

CREMA NERA SUPREME LIGHT REVIVING CREAM is a SUBLIMAGE LA CRÈME’s competitor, and they have many similarities. However, the cream is more hydrated with an average repairing power, which is more suitable for people with healthy skin. This cream offers an extraordinary repairing ability, and you can apply it even after cosmetic procedures.

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Chanel is a French brand founded in 1910, which is a pioneer of the fashion revolution. Chanel represents a unique style that has lasted forever. Elegance, delicacy, luxury and fashion are its values and inner spirit.

SUBLIMAGE LA CRÈME, with an exquisite appearance, is still popular released nearly for ten years. The creamy yellow cream has a subtle floral fragrance. The SUBLIMAGE LA CRÈME is divided into Texture Suprême and Texture Fine, suitable for different skin types and seasons. The Texture Suprême offers a dense texture, which is suitable for use in winter or dry environments; the Texture Fine is designed for people with normal and dry skin, and it is an ideal choice for people in air-conditioned rooms in summer. Infused with selected and precious plant extracts and moisturizing ingredients, the SUBLIMAGE LA CRÈME works against aging and nourish the skin. Moreover, it clams, repairs, and whitens the skin, leaving the skin radiant. The face cream provides a certain SPF value and is suitable for use before makeup during the day. However, the safety of ingredients is doubtful, so pregnant women are not recommended to choose it.

The upgraded SUBLIMAGE LA CRÈME is the highest-end cream under Chanel. It improves the anti-aging power based on the moisturizing and repairing old version, which targets mature skin aged over 30.


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Dior is a French luxury brand in the perfume, fashion or makeup industries founded in 1947. Dior adheres to the concept of elegant and gorgeous styles. Dior released various face creams for all skin types to achieve different functions.

L'OR DE VIE is the top series from Dior. With a golden package, L’ OR DE VIE LA CRÈME looks very gorgeous. The soft and moisturizing cream offers a subtle aroma and an excellent bendability. It can be absorbed quickly by your skin. The addition of the key ingredient—Yquem sap, from the world's top winery Yquem in the Bordeaux of France, is to leave the skin firm, resilient, and youthful. However, Yquem sap offers an average effect.

Although the function of Yquem sap is not standout, the L’ OR DE VIE LA CRÈME has an excellent age-defying and anti-inflammation efficacy thanks to its luxurious formulas, which is suitable for people with damaged and mature skin.

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