Saturday, January 19, 2013

Nuxe Creme Fraiche de Beaute Light Review

Desperate for Chanel Rouge blush (swatched here) a few months ago, I arranged for a friend in Belgium to purchase it for me and send it my way, and while we were at it we added a few extra items in I thought it would be fun to try that are not readily accessible to me here in the United States. One of those items was Nuxe Creme Fraiche de Beaute Light 24H Soothing and Moisturizing Emulsion, and I am so thrilled I took a chance on it (even if its name is a bit of a mouthful)!

The Creme Fraiche Light moisturizer is just how it sounds in texture - a light and refreshing gel that sinks into the skin immediately - not at all rich or heavy. I will say right off the bat that I would not recommend this for drier skin as I don't think it would provide enough moisture. For my combination/oily skin, it works fantastically, even in the wintertime. It has a potent earthy scent that I can smell on my skin for about 15 minutes after applying - Boyfriend invariably tells me I smell good if he comes near me after I've put some on - but I don't smell it on my skin anymore after that. I have never encountered another moisturizer that sinks in so quickly and works so well under makeup and yet retains the ability to keep my skin moisturized throughout the day as this product. My oily areas get a little less oily throughout the day when I use it, and I can say with 100% certainty by this point that it does not clog my pores or break me out in the least.

Creme Fraiche Light has no sunscreen, so you will need to apply a separate sunscreen after using it, but I prefer it that way. Additionally, it contains a mild AHA (chemical) exfoliant to keep your skin smooth, and let me tell you, my skin is the smoothest it's ever been since I started using this moisturizer in the mornings paired with my Paula's Choice 2% BHA Liquid (reviewed here) at night. What might surprise you, given the AHA content, is that this product is still recommended for sensitive skin, but I must agree; my skin has reacted poorly to strong AHA treatments I've tried in the past, but it seems to love Creme Fraiche Light used as a morning moisturizer. I swear to you that someone at work actually said to me the other day, "Your skin looks so smooth, I just want to touch it!" and made a stroking motion with her hand. What a lovely compliment!

I have used my tube up about halfway now and I know I will find a way to repurchase it after it's gone, either online or through European friends. Being the beauty addict that I am, I have about 3 other full size moisturizers I need to work my way through and that I want to review as well, so I may take a break from it for a while once it's gone, but I know that come summertime (if not sooner) I will absolutely crave using this product again. For those who think this sounds great but have a different skin type, Nuxe also makes a Creme Fraiche de Beaute (for normal skin) and a Creme Fraiche de Beaute Enrichie (for dry skin).

Readers, have you tried this or any other Nuxe skincare items? I would love to hear your thoughts!


Ingredients: Aqua/Water, Glycerin, Octyldodecanol, Dicaprylyl Ether, C12-16 Alcohols, Glyceryl Stearate, Dimethicone, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Jojoba Esters, Xylitylglucoside, Magnesium Silicate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Hull Powder, Phenyl Trimethicone, Anhydroxylitol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Palmitic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol,Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Capryloyl Glycine, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Cetearyl Alcohol, Parfum/Fragrance, Safflower Oil/Palm Oil Aminopropanediol Esters, Tocopherol, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Xylitol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Allantoin, Carbomer, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Tetrasodium Edta, Dehydroacetic Acid, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Isostearate, Salicornia Herbacea Extract, Sclerotium Gum, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Flower Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Lupinus Albus Seed Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Disodium Edta, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Fruit Extract, Robinia Pseudacacia Flower Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Linalool [N2501/A].

8 comments:

  1. I didn't realise Nuxe was so difficult to find in the States. We have them here in Canada and I'm very glad. I've really fallen in love with virtually every product I've tried from them. Their hair and body oil is a lovely, light product for summer (I think it would be fine on oily skin, because it absorbs very quickly). And their potted lip balm is what gets me through our freezing winters. I could go on, but you get the idea. Will have to try out the version of this cream for normal skin in the near future. Thanks for the review!

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    1. Kate, thanks for the recommendation! I love the Reve de Miel lip balm too - that will be in a forthcoming review, hopefully :)

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  2. Kristina, Nuxe is sold on frenchcosmeticsforless.com. I've ordered other products from them many times. It's a well-liked site on MUA.

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    1. Thank you! I'd never heard of that site before. Good to know!

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  3. BeautyHabit and Skinstore.com both carry Nuxe. Beauty.com has started carrying more of the line, too. I have both Creme Fraiche Light and the heavier cream for normal/sensitive skin, and I love both, though I mostly use Light during the warmer months.

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    1. Thanks! For some reason I never realized this product was on both of those sites XD I feel sort of silly now. I guess it still feels "hard to find" to me because it has to be purchased online and isn't readily available in drugstores like it is elsewhere, but it's definitely more accessible overall than I thought!

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  4. I love Nuxe so much. Having oily skin, I ended up trying the Creme Prodigieuse as a moisturizer and LOVE it. Like you said, I find it helps my oily patches not be so oily by the end of the day. I'm almost on my second tube. I also love their makeup removers, toners and their night cream.

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    1. Thanks for the recommendations and feedback, Annick!

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