Saturday, 11 June 2011

Review: Nuxe Creme Fraiche de Beaute 24hr Moisture Emulsion

Nuxe (pronounced n-ooh-kss, in case you were wondering) products are often overshadowed by the behemoth that is Huile Prodigieuse, their best selling, celebrity endorsed, cult favourite dry oil spray.  It follows, then, that I'd not heard of Creme Fraiche, the line of moisturisers for dehydrated skin, until I had a chance to stick my fingers in the Emulsion variety at a press event recently.

Creme Fraiche de Beaute comes in a selection of flavours for different skin types - there's cream for dry/very dry skin, emulsion for normal skin, and a light emulsion for combination skin.  I've been trialling the normal skin emulsion for four weeks now.

First things first - the texture of this stuff is weird.  It's thick and emollient, but also slightly bouncy, and dipping your finger into the tub is akin to poking a marshmallow.  Seriously.  I suspect that the emulsion is air whipped to give it a light-yet-rich, springy texture.  In the pot, though, you can see none of that lightness - the fingermarks I've left scooping out a little remain on the surface of the product.

Applied to the skin, the cream is easily massaged in, spreading easily across the face and smoothing out with a very silky texture.  It takes a few seconds of rubbing for the cream to be absorbed, and you are left with a slight residue - nothing overly stickly or uncomfortable, just a thin veil of slickness which eventually sinks in after half an hour or so.  Over the course of the day, my skin remains hydrated and feels comfortable, even in an air conditioned office.  

You need very little of it to get long-lasting moisturisation, and woe betide you if you overapply - I've done this a couple of times and found that my forehead and chin have become veritable oil slicks by lunchtime if I use more than a little dab.  Overall, I'm impressed with this moisturiser - it delivers all-day-long hydration and has a very pleasant texture (I might admit to poking it with my fingers just because it's interesting).  At £27 for 60ml, it's also reasonably economical too - you need so little of it that a tub is likely to last at least two months (for normal skin).

I probably won't be repurchasing as my skin isn't normally particularly dehydrated - but if it ever becomes so, I'll keep this product in mind.  If your skin is dehydrated or dry, and you live or work in a dry, air conditioned environment, this product might be great for you.

Nuxe Creme Fraiche de Beaute Suractivee 24hr Moisture Emulsion (long name, eh?) is available at high end department stores and online at a variety of webstores including Feel Unique, where it will cost you £27 for 60ml.  What do you think?  Tried this line before?  Suffer from dehydrated skin?  Let us know in the comments!

* Disclosure: PR sample

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