Jumping on the Embryolisse Bandwagon

When I first got into the habit of reading blogs, Into the Gloss was my go-to place for a fresh dose of all things beauty-related. I remember reading and rereading their The Top Shelf articles, constantly admiring the glorious beauty stashes and putting certain products in my mental,

when-I-grow-up

wishlist. One such thing was th

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré moisturizer, which kept popping up in almost every ITG top shelf post (

so, it had to be good right?

). As I reached the grand old age of 23 and my skin had made a permanent shift from oily to combination, I decided that it was the right time to finally give it a try.

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré was formulated back in the 1950s by a French dermatologist Dr. Tricot, and it was marketed as a bland, nourishing moisturizer to suit all ages and skin types. A simple yet effective formula was said to be appropriate even for those with extremely sensitive skin, protecting it from aggression and accelerating cell renewal. Now, more than half a century (and probably a few reformulations) later, this versatile product promises to work as a moisturizer, makeup remover, primer and even as a nourishing mask. Instead of giving you a general review of the product, I thought I'd use it in various different ways and report back on how it performed.

As a moisturizer

, during the colder months, it worked great. I diligently worked my way through the 30ml tube throughout this past autumn and winter, using it strictly as a daytime moisturizer. As a result, my skin felt nourished, plump, with a hint of natural glow and no clogged pores in sight. I think it might be a bit

too

heavy to use on oily skin, however if you happen to have slightly dry to combination skin, be sure to give this one a go.

As a primer

, it was even better. The texture of 

Lait-Crème Concentré is rich, yet it sinks in instantly and dries to a silky smooth finish (all thanks to the notorious mineral oil), creating a fuss-free canvas for any base that follows. On me, it seems to work better with foundation rather than a tinted moisturizer, but all in all, it attributes to my makeup lasting just a tad bit longer. 

As a makeup remover/cleanser

, it felt odd. Even though in theory it should work, somehow I couldn't get past the feeling that I'm rubbing moisturizer over a face full of makeup. While it

kind of

removed some of my foundation, my mascara and eyebrows were left just slightly smudged.

As a face mask

, it works, though I prefer using overnight masks for an extra boost of hydration. The more you layer it, the richer it gets - which is the rule with most, if not all, moisturizers. Again, I didn't notice any clogged pores or breakouts after having layered it on extensively.

In all, it definitely is a great moisturizer for cooler months, though I wasn't impressed by its cleansing abilities. Now, I've moved on to a hefty 75ml tube, which will definitely get me through those early spring days.

Have you tried the 

Lait-Crème Concentré

?

Vanda MBeauty, Skincare