A makeup artists' staple in their kits... but why? I had been skeptical from the start, as an owner of oily skin. I never thought the idea of slathering on a thick heavy moisturizer like this one would help makeup stick, much less last for a long time, but after extensive use in makeup school, I think I had approached the idea of Embryolisse as a whole incorrectly.
The point of this moisturizer is that it leaves one of the most beautiful finishes on the skin. It's glowy, it's dewy, and it's full of life when you massage it thoroughly into the skin - and this is important, because you want the skin to absorb some of the product. And that alone makes it ideal for the perfect base before foundation goes on. Not every moisturizer, believe it or not, gives the same visual effect as the Lait Creme Concentre. I've tried substituting it with others but it doesn't work, especially if I'm working on people who have much drier skin than I do.
One great thing about the moisturizer is that it plays nicely with highly pigmented, wax based foundations. I use it frequently in conjunction with Kryolan Dermacolor. On especially dry skins, I layer a hydrating serum first and then massage Embryolisse on top, making sure that the skin is super moisturized and glowy. It's touted as a multitasking product which I agree with. It mixes reasonably well with other foundations, and removes hardcore eyeliner as well. On normal to dry skin, it's a wonderful primer. I personally love the packaging and find it easy to travel with.
So, should you buy it?
This is a very YMMV thing. If you're oily skinned like me, it's not as functionally useful compared to somebody else who has dry to normal skin. I do use it but quite sparingly, and usually under a matte foundation. If your skin is acne-prone, I wouldn't feel comfortable recommending this for personal use as it contains shea butter which can be comedogenic to some.
If you do have dry, mature, or normal skin, I definitely recommend it as it will really help with keeping your base looking fresh and dewy without breaking it up. It really plumps up the skin and makes it look healthy. If in doubt, I recommend buying a small tube of this, and if it doesn't work out, it's still a great moisturizer for the hands and body.
If you're a makeup artist - this is a cult classic for a reason. I promise you that it is worth the investment. Some makeup artists don't like it as much as I do, but you really have to work with it in order to have an informed opinion.