This $16 Embryolisse Cream Is Amazon’s Best Kept Secret

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We see a lot of beauty and skincare products here at HuffPost, some of which are making a lasting impression despite the constant influx of competition. One of the best examples is Embryolisse’s Lait-Crème Concentré face cream, a staple of the seasoned French drugstore that just might be the beauty world’s not-so-secret weapon.

Over the past few weeks (and even earlier), this $16 moisturizer has been suggested to us by makeup artists and dermatologists and has been the subject of viral TikTok trends like “skin flooding.” Even Netflix’s dedicated “Emily in Paris” fandom jumped on the Embryolisse bandwagon when it was revealed the show’s makeup artist used it on star Lily Collins.

I was persuaded to try the versatile wonders of this face cream several years ago, and can confirm that the hype is well deserved.

If you wear makeup, you know that when your base isn’t right, your foundation can pill, products will separate, and dry spots will look terribly overdone.

This is one of the reasons why Embryolisse is regularly part of the kits of professional makeup artists. Many claim that the shea butter formula works both as a nourishing moisturizer and as the perfect makeup base thanks to its rich, emollient texture that prevents foundation from sinking into fine lines. It also makes it a great option for mature skin, a makeup artist previously told HuffPost.

Model Karlie Kloss even sang her praises in 2009 when asked what her favorite beauty secrets were.

As someone with extremely dry and sensitive skin, I am personally impressed with the level of hydration this cream provides, without being greasy or heavy. It manages to absorb extremely well into the skin while leaving the lesser a little tack so that the makeup layers well and sticks perfectly on top.

Aside from makeup application, many users also point to the cream’s ability to ward off dry, scaly patches of skin as well as redness and irritation.

According to the brand, their iconic formula actually dates back to the 1950s and has remained virtually unchanged ever since. It stays true to a formula suitable for sensitive skin that includes soothing aloe vera, protective beeswax, nourishing soy protein and skin-softening shea butter.

While these ingredients may seem simple, it’s a combination that really underscores the phrase “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

You too can partake in this timeless formulation, whether you’re wearing makeup or not, for just $16. Or, keep reading to see why so many others are also Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré fans.

Promising Amazon reviews:

“Love this! (For context, I’m 61 with really good but very sensitive skin.) With ingredients like soy protein, aloe vera, beeswax and shea butter, I I was worried it might look too waxy or thick. It’s not. It’s a unique, creamy texture that spreads thinner than I expected. It’s nothing like the German Nivea I use (and I love) but almost like a cross between a lotion and a cream. It’s unlike any moisturizer I’ve ever used.” — TM Conway

“I’m 43 and live in Colorado and I’m not kidding when I say I’ve tried over 20 moisturizers over the past few years trying to find something that works in the winter for my super fair skin and super sensitive. I tend to faint easily with certain ingredients and fragrances, and also often deal with flaking/redness. It’s been so hard to find something that moisturizes ENOUGH without breaking out or irritating my skin, but still works I have tried so many Sephora ranges as well as Biossance and Caudalie, many drugstore brands in all price ranges but this cream is amazing Moisturizing enough to use as a night cream but not so greasy that you can’t wear it during the day under makeup, and super soothing for redness and irritation.—KaritaG

“I have never been so satisfied with a product. For some reason my makeup isn’t staying on my face and would pill or look horrible when I haven’t changed anything in my routine. I rarely use primers as they never do anything for me, but I have tried several to try to help. I had heard that makeup artists used this product, so I tried it and my makeup finally went back to normal. He looks flawless! I wear makeup every day, so it was a real confidence killer to know that my makeup looked bad. I have NEVER bought anything that had such an impact, but I will definitely be a customer forever with this one.” —Emma

“I love how hydrating it is without being greasy. It wears perfectly under foundation without clumping or separating. – Laura

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