Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré: a beauty editor's honest review of the industry's affordable skincare icon

A multi-tasking hero

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré Moisturiser

A multi-tasking hero

When I first started working in beauty, there were a few products that I quickly realised were going to feature quite heavily in my career. One of those was Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré.

This French pharmacy beauty staple is one of the best moisturisers for creating the perfect base for make-up, soothing irritated skin and creating a smooth, plump and glowy complexion.

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré Moisturiser, £20 | Feelunique

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré Moisturiser, £20 | Feelunique

I discovered it over 10 years ago, but its popularity has remained the same. It has over 6,000 5* Amazon reviews, 10.1 million views on TikTok and one currently sells every 13 seconds.

Undoubtedly, the moisturiser of choice of make-up artists across the globe. I spotted this in the kit of pretty much every MUA backstage at most fashion weeks. Why? Because no matter what condition the models' skin is in - long hours, heavy make-up, lack of sleep don't exactly add up to create the most flawless of bases - Embryolisse manages to diffuse any irritation and redness.

It wasn't long until I started using it in my own skincare routine.

It's important to note that this is classed as a multi-use product, because of its priming abilities. However, I wouldn't class it as a skincare make-up hybrid. It is definitely a moisturiser that just prepares your skin for make-up beautifully.

It's said to have five uses - primer, moisturiser, cleanser, overnight intensive hydrating mask and after-shaving lotion. I don't shave my face, so I can't comment on that, but I definitely wouldn't use it as a cleanser - stick to your reliable best cleanser. However the three other uses? Tick, tick, tick.

It's a super lightweight moisturiser, very similar to a lotion, and absorbs incredibly quickly. It's worth saying that I have dry skin and my thirsty skin drinks it up willingly. You don't need to use much, a little goes a long way. It's not too rich and doesn't leave behind any tackiness on the skin.

What it does give is a seriously dewy complexion that seems to smooth the skin surface, even when I have a few blemishes. You might think that because it's so lightweight, it won't keep you hydrated throughout the day, but you'd be wrong. My skin looks good even at that dreaded 4 pm point when everything tends to turn a little peaky.

I really couldn't recommend this cream enough, especially if you're a make-up lover who wants to create a flawless base before applying your foundation.

At just £20, it's also one of the best skincare products under £20. The brand does handy minis too, I often take the 30ml tube on holiday with me as nothing hydrates my skin better when I'm flying.

Katie Thomas

Katie Thomas is the Senior Beauty Editor at Marie Claire UK. With over 10 years of experience on women's luxury lifestyle titles, she covers everything from the best beauty looks from the red carpet and stand out trends from the catwalk, to colonic irrigation and to the best mascaras on the market. She started her career on fashion desks across the industry - from The Telegraph to Brides - but found her calling in the Tatler beauty department. From there she moved to Instyle, before joining the Marie Claire digital team in 2018. She’s made it her own personal mission to find the best concealer in the world to cover her tenacious dark circles. She’s obsessed with skincare that makes her skin bouncy and glowy, low-maintenance hair that doesn’t require brushing and a cracking good manicure. Oh and she wears more jewellery than the Queen.