11.26.2014
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Lait-Creme Concentre (24-Hour Miracle Cream)
Rating
2.6 fl. oz. for $28
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizers/Anti-Aging
Last Updated:11.26.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

The only miracle about this moisturizer is that the company can convince consumers it’s worth buying. Although the price isn’t terrible and the size larger than average, the formula is stunningly basic. It contains mostly water, mineral oil (listed by its Latin name of Paraffinum liquidum), thickeners, and wax. In many ways this makes Clinique’s longstanding Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion look like a superior moisturizer (even though it isn’t, not by current standards for state-of-the-art skin care).

In terms of this being used as a primer and makeup remover, it does both—but so do many other moisturizers with these ingredients. Mineral oil is quite adept at removing all types of makeup, so the claim is far from unique. And as for priming skin, you can do that with any moisturizer or serum; a separate product labeled “primer” isn’t needed, save for perhaps those that work to absorb excess oil (which this doesn’t do).

Please do your best to ignore the unwarranted hype this product has generated. At best, it’s just an okay moisturizer for normal to dry skin. Nothing more, nothing less (but your skin deserves a lot more than this provides).

Pros:

  • Leaves normal to dry skin feeling soft and smooth.
  • Inexpensive.

Cons:

  • Outdated formula leaves skin wanting (and needing) more.
  • Claims of being a primer and makeup remover are not unique to this product.
Claims

A rich moisturizing lotion. This specially formulated lotion is quite versatile; throw it in your travel bag when you don’t have enough space for numerous products. Our creamy lotion is really three products in one: the make-up artists use it as a primer, moisturizer, and make-up remover. It also reduces irritation after shaving!

Ingredients

Water, 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, Fragrance

Brand Overview

Embryolisse At-A-Glance

Strengths: None.

Weaknesses: Outdated formulas; products contain fragrance; does not contain any cell-communicating ingredients to help repair and reinforce a healthy skin barrier.

This small, French-themed skin-care brand was created in the 1950s by a physician (his name was not provided by the company) who wanted to offer products to his patients. We suppose in that sense this line pre-dates the late 1990s boom of doctor-designed skin care, which is really its only claim to fame.

The main problem with Embryolisse products is how outdated the formulas are. These products may have been state-of-the-art in the 1950s, but several decades later we know much more about what skin needs to be healthy and act young. There is no question that skin care ingredient research from the 1950s compared to today is vastly different (to your skin's benefit)!

Embryolisse advertises their line's simplicity, and this line is simple. That can be a good thing for sensitive, reactive, skin (the fewer the ingredients in a given product, the less likely it is that someone with sensitive skin to react to that product). However, in terms of barrier repair technology, these products are far from modern. Where are the ceramides, cholesterol, essential fatty acids, and cell-communicating ingredients that research has shown repair and reinforce a healthy skin barrier? They're not here; instead, you get mostly standard cosmetic ingredients with fragrance—something sensitive, reactive skin never needs.

Last, none of these products contain "active" ingredients as claimed—at least not active in the sense of retinol, niacinamide, or other proven anti-aging ingredients. And although the company states that all their claims are "sincere" without "unrealistic promises" this isn't true across the board; indeed, several products carry claims that stretch the truth or are simply not possible--either due to the formula, or because cosmetic ingredients have limitations. In the end, despite the buzz you may have heard or seen on beauty blogs or You Tube, Embryolisse offers little of value for your skin and absolutely nothing you cannot find elsewhere for less money with (more often than not) better formulas.

For more information about Embryolisse, call (813) 814-9000 or visit www.embryolisseusa.com.

About the Experts

The Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains the commitment that Paula Begoun, founder of Beautypedia and Paula's Choice Skincare made over 30 years ago-to help you find the best products possible for your skin. We do this by relentlessly pursuing and relying on published scientific research so you will have unbiased information on what works and what doesn't-and the sneaky ways you could be making your skin worse, not better!


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02.19.2015
Highly recommended, but make sure to remove at bedtime

I'm 39, and have tried literally dozens of moisturisers on my dry/combination skin (in a Northern Irish, fairly harsh environment). I LOVE it - my skin is supple all day long without being greasy, and a little goes a long way. Combined with an inexpensive primer and my usual foundation, my makeup stays put all day long

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Tara T
01.30.2015
Clogs my pores

I love this product. It moisturizes in the winter when I can't find anything else that does, and it doesn't irritate my sensitive skin at all. And it really is a great primer. Unfortunately it clogs my pores. It's not noticeable at first but over time I start developing huge pimples. They clear up each time I stop using this. I keep going back to it because I love it, hoping it's something else causing the pimples. Alas, it's the Embryolisse.

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Drew
01.30.2015
Works for Me

This works on my extra dry skin. I only use it as a moisturizer, not a cleanser. It keeps my sensitive skin hydrated all day. I love it.

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Anonymous
06.01.2014
It's great on my neck!

Years of perfume use and neglect have left my 43 year old neck with dry, vertical, old-lady wrinkles that no moisturizer seemed to help. Face creams, eye creams, serums, neck creams - they all did nothing. This product is the first thing that has helped the problem. I've been using this product for a month and now you can only see the wrinkles when I stick my neck out and strain. I just have to make sure I wash my hands (or don't touch my face) afterwards - or else: SO MANY PIMPLES! :)

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nennycakes
10.12.2013
Decent moisturizer

I think this review misses the point, however it is correct. This is generally used by make up artists because it is mild, gentle and has no actives. If you are changing a model's make up several times a day, his/her skin will be very irritated and there is no point in using expensive or products loaded with actives (Vit C. retinol etc) because it will be washed off in an hour or so, plus you don't know who's skin will react to what. As a plain moisturizer/base - this is great. For aging - no.

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