Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè 24 Hour Miracle Cream Review

July 23, 2012

The Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè (24 Hour Miracle Cream) has been a cult product amongst the supermodels and top makeup artists. Every now and then I come across magazines featuring big names (in the beauty/fashion industry) that swear by this moisturizer, so I had a very high expectation for this product. After using it for more than 2 months and having gone through half a tube of it, my personal thought was that it is over-hyped. I think people are just drawn to the fact that it is made-in-France, and as with many other French products, the Embryolisse is almost impossible to get outside of France.Embryolisse-Lait-Crème-Concentrè-24-Hr-Miracle-Cream

I am always attracted to hard-to-get products, so I scouted the internet high and low and finally found it available here (which is the only online resource I can find)! The packaging is of standard French drug store products  – simple, low key with a ‘medicinal’ aesthetic to it. It’s a lotion with a rich and creamy milky consistency, and it is fragrance free. For a lotion, it feels a little on the rich side. If I apply more than a pea size , it can feel a little greasy on my face for a short while. It doesn’t feel moisturizing enough for me if I apply anything less than that. It makes my skin feel nourished and softer immediately, and it did not make my skin break out. It keeps my skin moisturized for about 5-6 hours.


However, it works and feels pretty much the same as many other basic moisturizers that I have used in the past (far from being a miracle cream!). For a product with such a cult status, I expected more. I prefer a moisturizer that makes my skin feel drenched  in water and plumped up immediately like Shu Uemura’s Depsea Hydrability Moisturizing Cream. Additionally I prefer a moisturizer that makes my skin glow and look “refreshed” and vitalized the next day like Creme de La Mer or Guerlain’s Issima Midnight Secret. I would consider any moisturizer that ticks one of these criteria as a keeper, and unfortunately the Embryolisse 24 Hr Miracle Cream met neither. On a different note, it works brilliantly as a makeup base. It can also be used as an emergency makeup remover.

Embryolisse-Lait-Crème-Concentrè-24-Hr-Miracle-Cream-ingredientOverall It is a very affordable and basic moisturizer that would work ‘safely’ for any skin type at any age group, and versatile enough to be used for other functions. It will be a staple for my traveling kit, but not a moisturizer for my everyday skin care.


{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Sarah July 23, 2012 at 9:52 am

Im so pleased you wrote this post as i too got drawn into the hype of this product – bought it – and was very dissappointed. Not worth the money! x


Jaded July 23, 2012 at 11:49 am

Hi Reika
Been lurking for a few months. I’d been wondering about this brand for a while – glad to read your post. (Doesn’t mean I still won’t try it at some point, though!) And I think there is some truth to the “made in France” hype.

Btw, it’s possible to buy this brand in Sydney at Scotty’s on Broadway http://www.scottysmakeup.com.au/Category/Hydrating-Moisturisers.html . No, I don’t work there, but I used to walk past all the time when I lived in Glebe. 😉


Reika July 23, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Thanks for the comment 🙂
Wow what a great site, thank you so much for letting me know. I can’t believe that even Embryolisse makes BB cream!


Eileen July 23, 2012 at 4:57 pm

This is just an inexpensive (unless you’re buying it outside of Frnace), standard drugstore product and not deserving of the hype. It’s OK at providing an occlusive barrier with plenty of slip, but it doesn’t have ingredients that attract and bind water to the skin (glycerin, hyularonic acid, etc.). It’s basically oil and water with tiny amounts of very few skin nurturing ingredients. Indeed, one of the best skin care ingredients, aloe, is at the bottom of the list which means there is very little of it in the cream. I’m in the US and we have dozens of creams better than this at the same drugstore price point. I’m sure it’s the same in many other countries. I think what some makeup artists like so much about this is that it provides a smooth canvas with plenty of slip so that products can be applied and blended easily. That’s great for a photoshoot, but I prefer a product that is going to nurture, protect, and improve the quality of my skin all day long and this one isn’t formulated to do that.


Reika July 24, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Eileen your comments are always so knowledgeable and I have learnt a lot from you 🙂 You are totally right – it ‘s good to be used as a multi purpose product during photoshoot for MUA.
Just wondering do you have any favorite drugstore moisturizers to share? I would love to hear!


Clare @ cclarebear.com July 30, 2012 at 6:18 pm

This comment just persuaded me not to buy the moisturiser – I’d been wanting it for a while, especially because Nic and Sam from Pixiwoo seem to use it religiously, but I’ll give it a miss now. I have a HG moisturiser already anyway, by Super / Perricone.


Yellowlantern July 23, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Paraffinum liquid/aka Vaseline is a pretty unimpressive second ingredient. You couldn’t pay me to put this on my face, let alone pay money for it. I’ll avoid the hype.

Thanks for showing us the ingredients!


Lunaday July 23, 2012 at 7:48 pm

I totally agree with you, it’s a basic moisturizer for any skin type. It is also very cheap in France 10€ for 75ml, it’s really good value for money. For more specific needs there are better things around.


Laura July 25, 2012 at 10:29 pm

Am I the only one here that LOVES this product? I have oily skin and I am prone to acne breakouts. This stuff provides enough moisture for my skin and sinks in immediately. I find that when I wear it at night, any irritated or broken out skin is calmed, healed and plump the next day. When I wear it in the morning, I can put my makeup on immediately and it doesn’t make my makeup slide off like so many other lotions. My skin sure loves this.


espenine July 30, 2012 at 1:27 pm

I don’t think a cult product should have mineral oil has one of its key ingredients. Makes it no different from other drugstore moisturizer.


Annie August 17, 2012 at 4:23 pm

You might want to try Ohui The First Cell Revolution cream ,essence and Ampoule 🙂 its amazing!!!


Rola August 30, 2012 at 6:32 pm

I tried this and did not love it. It made me break out and I have dry skin and rarely do I break out. I agree that it makes a better makeup remover than a moisturizer.


Lakshmi September 8, 2012 at 2:31 am

Reika, I actually LOVE this product and is one of my HG moisturizers! I found this two years ago and my dehydrated/dry/flaky skin (especially in winter) has changed a lot since! If this was not super duper special to you I suggest you try their Hydra Masque moisture mask: great hydrating mask with hyaluronic acid and skin hydrating properties, love that one! Their rose water toner is also really nice and refreshing, gentle and alcohol free. The eye cream is forgettable though so wouldn’t waste your time/money on that!
In the past few years I’ve really been trying a lot of hydrating serums and moisturizers and my faves are Lierac Mesolift concentre serum (Vit C+hyaluronic acid for moisture and brightness) and I love the Chanel Hydramax line both the serum and moisture cream. In the winter the hydramax cream gives me that plump glowing skin effect like no other product!


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