I tried this product in self-defense. Perhaps, I thought, if I gave it a try, makeup artists and beauty types would stop telling me endlessly what a miracle it was. It was a moisturizer, it was a makeup remover, it was the ultimate cure for razor burn. After listening to them all go on and on, I wouldn't have been surprised to hear that it could power rocket ships and solve the energy crisis.
Well, it wasn't quite that miraculous. But it is definitely one of the best moisturizers I've ever used, and that includes both super-expensive department store brands and my beloved Pond's Cold Cream. Also, it's about $20. That's miracle enough for me.
Does It Work?
This is an amazing, amazing moisturizer. My skin is dry like the Sahara in all seasons. In the winter, I blame it on the radiator and in the summer, I blame it on the sun, but really, no matter what's going on in the world, my face is just going to be dry, and that's it. This product made my face look positively dewy, like a lady in her early 20s (which I am not). It reduced the appearance of fine lines, made my skin feel soft and supple, and cured my itchy skin problem. I loved it so much and it was so cheap, I actually used it as an all-over body moisturizer a couple of times.
As for the other claims, I didn't quite feel comfortable using it as a makeup remover, so I can't vouch for that. And I think the shaving claims are probably related to the fact that any razor burn is going to look worse if your skin is super dry. The best cure for razor burn is still avoiding it altogether: if you take the time to observe proper shaving techniques, you won't have to worry about looking for magical cures. (And no, shaving with soap in thirty seconds while propping your foot up on the soap dish isn't proper shaving technique.)
But I was still blown away by this product, and would recommend it to anyone. It's one of those rare products that everyone recommends that's really worth it.
Texture, Feel, and Smell
The only thing I didn't 100 percent love about this product was the smell. There's something almost medicinal about the way this product smells, to my nose. It's very old school, like makeup from the 1950s. (Which makes perfect sense, since that's when Embryolisse was invented.) Still the scent doesn't linger for long. Five minutes after I applied it, I couldn't smell it at all. It works so well on your skin, you can spring for your favorite perfume
to cover it up.
The texture was smooth and rich, and it absorbed quickly into the skin. I used just a small dollop for my face, because I didn't want to look greasy, but if you like the super dewy look (read: shiny) you can always reapply.
Aqua. 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. Parfum.
Bang for Your Buck:
The most amazing thing about Embryolisse is how cheap it is, for its effectiveness and fame among beauty types. It just goes to show that some of the best beauty products out there also among the cheapest. You could spend five times as much (or more) on some high-end department store creams and not get the results you'll get from this product.
Price: Around $20.
Is It Worth It?
Absolutely. Chances are, your drugstore won't have this product, but it's definitely worth looking for online, either through the link at the top of this review, or through Amazon.com.