Hi everyone! Earlier this summer I was on the hunt for a good but inexpensive moisturizer. I kept on seeing the Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre and hearing great things about it, so I decided to give it a go.
I’m honestly not sure exactly what my skin type is, but it seems to be mainly normal. It can fluctuate to a bit drier or oilier, but my chin is always pretty oily and the tip of my nose is usually dry and peeling from my allergy medicine. I have acne and some pigmentation/texture issues from the acne.
$16 for 30 ml/ 1.01 fl oz. There is a 75 ml/2.5 fl oz size that seems to cost $28, as well. I purchased this from the Birchbox shop, and it’s available from Target and Sephora, as well, although only one size may be available from any of these locations.
From the Embryolisse USA website:
24-Hour Miracle Cream The must have product for makeup artists, models and celebrities. A cult favorite that has found its way onto countless photo shoots, television and film sets internationally. This creamy lotion is three products in one: primer, moisturizer, and make-up remover. Its formula remains extremely simple and effective with nourishing ingredients that restores the skin’s natural glow and gives a boost to tired dehydrated skin.
It also states that it’s ideal for dry skin types, and can combat loss of firmness and fine lines and wrinkles. This is paraben free and not tested on animals.
From the back of the package (I threw away the box that gave any other info):
For all skin types
Moisturizing* and nourisihing care product for a smooth and elastic, supple and soft skin. Apply to clean, dry skin in the morning and/or evening. Spread gently, and leave to penetrate.
*the outer layers of the skin
You can see that the website says it’s for dry skin and the package says for all skin types, which is a big difference, especially since both of these were written by the brand.
What it is:
A nourishing, multitasking moisturizer that primes, hydrates, and removes all traces of makeup.
What it is formulated to do:
This soothing, luxurious moisturizer primes and preps the skin for flawless makeup application, deeply hydrates, and removes all traces of makeup. Great for all skin types, a combination of shea butter and emollient oils reconstitutes, rejuvenates, and repairs the skin for a healthy-looking complexion.
This does mention all skin types like the tube, but, like the website, it also does explicitly state that it can be used as a moisturizer, primer, and makeup remover (it explains a bit more in the “How to Use” tab, but I didn’t copy that over for wordiness.
I purchased this mainly as a moisturizer, and so my review is focused mainly around that aspect.
Aqua. Paraffinum Liquidum. Stearic Acid. Glyceryl Stearate. Triethanolamine. Cera Alba. Cetyl Palmitate. Butyrospermum Parkii. Steareth-10. Polyacrylamide C13-14 Isoparaffin. Laureth-7. Propylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Aloe Barbadensis. 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol. Tropolone. Parfum.
This has shea butter and aloe in it for more intense hydration, although aloe is listed pretty low on the list. The big thing to note is the second ingredient (first after water) – mineral oil. It’s a bit controversial for a couple reasons, mainly that it’s derived from petrochemicals and not “natural and pure” plants, and that it just doesn’t really do much when the plant-based oils give a lot of other benefits. It also can be comedogenic and every time I’ve used products with it, they seem really thick. The only positive thing I’ve ever heard is that it’s pretty much the only oil that can’t irritate skin. Mineral oil is definitely a very cheap oil, and it’s a surprise to see it in here since this feels like a higher-quality piece.
It comes in an aluminum tube that’s honestly a bit of a surprise in the beauty world. The good part is that the package keeps its shape as you squeeze some out, which makes getting product out, especially when it gets empty, easier. It also has very little air able to get into the tube. It came sealed along the bottom, and you have to pierce the seal like some medical ointments require. So yes, this is definitely safety sealed! This does create a larger opening than most other moisturizers I’ve used, so getting too much product is possible and small amounts of product are really tricky to get out.
From an aesthetic standpoint, it’s a bit more minimal. A white background, with dark gray text in French and English and a large E in blue with a few gray E’s that are cut off but give the feeling that there’s a very large pattern and you are only able to see such a small amount that it barely looks like one. It still looks interesting and I really like the design.
I normally use a tiny, pea- sized amount, which is about the smallest I can ever get from the packaging. It does make my skin feel very soft, smooth, and moisturized to the touch, but it first feels like all the product sinks into my first layer of skin and is thick and greasy there without yet sinking into the rest of my skin. It’s not something I’ve ever experienced with other moisturizers. This honestly sounds more like the primer properties but is still a bit strange. I want to blame the mineral oil for this because it can feel greasier.
It normally takes about two hours for the product to sink fully into my skin. It does feel more comfortable at that point, but the soft and supple feel also seems to go away as this sinks in. When my skin is drier, it seems to go a lot quicker and I don’t really notice the first part because it sinks into my skin so quickly. I’ll also use this more at night than during the day, since a thicker cream does work better overnight. I don’t really use this every day because it can clog my pores.
Despite a kind of negative experience, I can see why makeup artists would like this product – it can take off old makeup and moisturize and prime the skin at the same time. A quick swipe on the face to remove any excess dirt and makeup, and pat on a little more to prime, and the skin is now ready for you to start with your own makeup application. This would be especially good for dry skin types or maybe if the makeup isn’t going to be worn for a very long period of time.
This is a strange product. Its multiuse aspect feels like that’s the reason why it’s so popular with makeup artists. For a more everyday product, though, my skin just doesn’t seem dry enough for this. So I do agree with the Embryolisse USA website in saying that it’s meant for dry skin.
I’m a bit confused by the mineral oil aspect. It seems like a French skincare brand supposedly dedicated to medical breakthroughs should be more willing to use something other than mineral oil, and at this price point, there’s no real reason why something else shouldn’t be used, at least partially.