Why Every Makeup Pro Swears By This French Moisturiser
Our obsession with French things is not a discerning fixation. Men, women, bread, hair, style, accents, animals (French cats, it’s a thing)… the list goes on. Thus, it comes as no surprise that the beauty set’s all-time favourite moisturiser also happens to be French—and like all things French, it’s maddeningly chic yet completely unfussy. Say hello (bonjour?) to Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentraté ($28), the cult French moisturiser in the instantly-recognisable blue and white tube. Thanks to some serious attention online, it exploded a few years ago and has since become a mainstay in many a woman’s skincare arsenal. We couldn’t help but notice that makeup artists especially seem to favour the lightweight moisturiser—in fact, once we started paying attention, we couldn’t name a single makeup artist who 1.) had never heard of it and 2.) wasn’t already carrying it in their kit. What is it about Embryolisse that makes it such an industry favourite? What sets it apart from the thousands of other soothing moisturisers on the market? We went straight to the source and asked—then promptly bought a few more tubes for our emergency stash. Keep scrolling to see why makeup artists love Embryolisse!
Nowadays, the moisturiser is practically ubiquitous in every makeup artist’s kit—but where and how did they first discover it? As with all great beauty discoveries, it seems word of mouth was the catalyst. “I discovered Embryolisse by seeing it day after day in all of my makeup-artist peers' kits,” says makeup artist Afton Williams, who works on campaigns for brands like Wildfox and grooms the likes of Ed Westwick. “I tend to avoid trying overhyped products, but I finally took the plunge and bought a small tube of Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentraté ($35). It was love at first squeeze.” Makeup artist Kindra Mann, who used the cult product on actress Maisie Williams for the SAG Awards, says she heard about it straight from the mouth of a Frenchman. “I first discovered Embryolisse many years ago when I was still assisting this well-known French makeup artist,” she tells us. “I noticed he always had it in his kit and he always had me prep the skin as part of my job, and I fell in love with it then.”
The common denominator seems to be love at first sight—but why, exactly? According to makeup artist Carissa Ferreri, who has worked with the likes of Jessica Stam, says it’s all about the finish. “There’s something extremely special about the Embryolisse finish,” she says. “It moisturises the face while emphasising a beautiful glow, but it never looks greasy.” Williams agrees, saying that the moisturiser is ultra-hydrating while keeping a thin, weightless consistency—she uses the word “dewy” specifically.
Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentraté ($35)
Because of the silky consistency, the moisturiser is also incredibly versatile. Ferreri uses it on her clients as a moisturiser but also mixes it with medium to fuller coverage foundations to create a tinted moisturiser. “I especially like to use it with a cotton swab to clean up any eye makeup residue under the eye for a clean canvas prior to foundation and concealer,” she tells us. (Sidenote: Mann and Williams both apply the moisturiser to clients' faces with a brush, which perhaps we should all consider doing.)
It’s no surprise the moisturiser also happens to remove makeup—the second ingredient is mineral oil, listed by its Latin name of paraffinum liquidum. The ingredient has received some flack over the years because it’s a petroleum-derived oil (you can read about the pros and cons here). Slight controversy aside, this oil is great for breaking up and dissolving makeup—but doesn’t actually have any active skincare benefits other than sealing moisture in. Other than mineral oil, the moisturiser is made with a few emollients (to give it that silky feel), as well as hydrolysed soy protein and aloe vera. Though paraben free, it does contain fragrance—something to note for those with sensitive skin.
Even though it doesn’t seem like there are any ingredients in this moisturiser that make it particularly outstanding, anyone who's tried it can attest that it does indeed feel amazing—and in the world of makeup artists, when prepping a canvas is often the most important part of the job, that can mean everything.
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