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Cult Products. Is it just hype or worth your penny?

With the advancement of technology, we have seen a variety of skin care & makeup products getting more high tech. With tonnes of ingredients squeeze into a tube for a all in one products or one that target specific concerns. From pore/fine lines smoothening, eye bags diminishing, skin brightening, to makeup that last all day & night. Sometimes you wonder, is having more ingredients in a product equals to good quality & efficiency or sometimes less is more?

When you have so much to choose from, you start to wonder where you should really spend your money on to get the most out of it. Today, we will be focusing on 2 cult products that many of the top makeup artists swears by. Are they just a hype or it really does worth your pennies?

1. Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè

Embryolisse Lait Creme gold

Embryolisse Lait Creme, Anniversary Gold Edition

 

This is the most talked about cream in the makeup industry. Well, on the other side of the world, mostly. I have not came across any Malaysian makeup artists that uses/talks about this cream though. I have heard so much good things about it being the all in one must-have product.

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè is touted as a 24-hr miracle cream, must have products for makeup artists, models & celebrities. A cult favourite among the professionals since 1950s! This functions as a 3-in-one product: Primer, Moisturiser, Makeup Remover.

“Its formula remains extremely simple and effective with nourishing ingredients, i.e. Shea Butter, Fatty Acids and Soy Proteins that restores the skin’s natural glow and gives a boost to tired dehydrated skin.” ~ Embryolisse Laboratoires

Its has a light & creamy texture, not too watery or thick. It is easily applied/spread over face. It feels slightly oily at first, but after it is absorbed into the  skin, it leaves a velvety, smooth finish. It does not feel sticky too! Skin feels hydrated, supple & luxurious. Foundation applies beautifully over it, with a soft finish and a hint of healthy glow.

I have tried it on myself which has a normal to combination skin. Slightly dehydrated with very fine lines around my mouth (the laughing lines). I used it alone and noticed that foundation does not clump around the laugh line, the fine lines were not visible as well and my face looked supple at the end of the day. Compared to when I’m using Laura Mercier’s Hydrating Primer alone, my face looked a bit dry, creasing/clumping appear around the laugh lines.

While on the oily areas like around my nose, foundation does wears off. Well, mostly any primer I used so far has the same issue and I’m not particular about it, so I’m ok with it. You might need something specific to counter this problem though and it also gotta do with the type of foundation you used.

I have also tried it on its own, on clients with mature skin and dry skin with slightly rough texture to the touch. Once applied and absorbed into the skin, foundation applied beautifully & smoothly on my mature skin client. While on the dry skin client, foundation does not look dry/patchy or cakey after application; face looked supple.

If you don’t like to put too many things on your face, then you gotta try it to believe it! *I’m finishing my samples I ordered here. So gonna buy the full size!!

Verdict: Worth your penny 🙂

2. Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant

 

This is another most talked about products among overseas Makeup Artists! This legendary, award winning skin protectant, created by Elizabeth Arden herself in the 1930s, helps to calms, protects, and hydrates the skin for up to 8 hours. This amazing product does more than just soothes sun burned skin, heal chapped lips and rough elbows.

“It’s also the secret that makeup artists all over the world use for keeping legs, lips and eyelids shiny; eyebrows in place; and cuticles perfectly manicured.” ~ elizabetharden.com

Of the 8 great ways to use this legendary cream as listed on their website, I managed to experience the greateness of 4 out of the 8 😀

Skin Saver

“Protect skin from drying wind, central heating and air conditioning. This skincare multi-tasker soothes, restores, calms and helps relieve minor skin irritations, including roughness, redness, chapped, cracked or dry skin.”

I have used it on my dry elbows with slightly flaky skin. After just 1 application over the night, my elbows looked normal, like it has never been dry before!

My face usually feels oily when I woke up the next morning whether I apply any skin care or not the night before. However, with this 8 Hour Cream, I woke up to a supple, hydrated, moist face, not oily at all! Even though you feel very oily upon application. Once you allow ample time for it to be absorbed, your skin just feels hydrated, soothed and calmed.

I have also noticed that it helps to soothe small pimples and sometimes it heals them over 1 – 2 days of overnight use, depending on the pimple’s severity. The redness on my face has diminished  quite a bit after using it for a few months now (not every night though, and I have not been using any skin care lately other than this 8 Hour Cream). When I have scabbed due to pimples or it became dry after applying Tea Tree Oil, the skin renewed beautifully over 1 night’s use 😀

Shine Factor

I have read a lot on how makeup artists around the world uses it to add shine for a glossy makeup effect, on the eyes, lips, face. I tried it during a photo shoot few months back, and I couldn’t agree more! I dabbed along the high cheekbones of my model for a high shine effect, and it looked gorgeous!

Cuticle Conditioner

The 8 Hour Cream has restored my fingers to its original state. I used to have a lot of hangnails or dry cuticles. After starting to put this on every night before sleep, I noticed most of my hangnails are gone (now left 1 very stubborn hangnail to be treated), cuticles looks healthy, not dry.

Treat for Feet

My feet are the least taken care of! lol…. It usually has dry cuticles around the big & small toes, heels are a bit dry too. Upon trying it for 1 night, my feet looked happy!

What makes this product so efficient? Thanks to its combination of petrolatum, a skin soothing beta-hydroxy and vitamin E. Petrolatum is an intensive moisturiser that soothes & protects skin, while Salicylic Acid (a form of beta-hydroxy acid) gently exfoliates to reveal smoother skin. Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant that protects skin from free radical damage.

Its texture is like a wax, very thick. However, if you let it warm up on your hand before application, it is easier to spread or apply. This is the best way I found worked for me if I want to apply some on my face. Basically, at night right before I doze off, I squeeze the amount I need on the back of my hand, and would apply generously on my fingers, gently rubbing/massaging it just around the nails & cuticles. Then pick up the rest to warm it up by rubbing it against my fingers and gently massage it onto my face and voila~

On a side note, at times when I have to wake up in the dead of night getting ready for an early makeup job (I’m talking about waking up at 4am, sometime 3am!), I would just lightly wash my face with water and not wash away too much of the 8 Hour cream I put on the night before bed. Then proceed with putting on foundation + loose powder to set. The makeup looked good, not cakey/dry, even though I’m practically/technically slapping foundation on bare skin 😛

 Verdict: Worth your penny 🙂

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