Lait-Creme Concentre (24-Hour Miracle Cream)

2.60 fl. oz. for $ 28.00
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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).


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


  • Outdated formula leaves skin wanting (and needing) more.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

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

A rich moisturizing lotion. This specially formulated lotion is quite versatile; throw it in your travel bag when you dont 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!

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

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Weaknesses: Outdated formulas; products contain fragrance; does not contain any cell-communicating ingredients to help repair and reinforce a healthy skin barrier.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 fragrancesomething sensitive, reactive skin never needs.

Last, none of these products contain "active" ingredients as claimedat 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.

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