Let me start out by saying that L’Occitane has always been one of my favorite brands – my husband is French and I love Provencial stuff – lavender, cooking, herbs and all. Over the years I have been a faithful L’Occitane fan and swear by their shea butter products. I wanted to get rid of some freckles and Immortelle came highly recommended from makeupalley.com and other websites. During my summer vacation at Blue Mountain Resort up in Collingwood Ontario, I went into the L’Occitane boutique, and walked out with $250 worth of Immortelle stuff!
This claims to be a intensive moisture cream, and has a gel cream texture. I have been using this for 1.5 months now, and generally enough time to give a review so here it is. First of all, the texture really does feel great on my skin – it felt like a cool burst of moisture upon application. I also purchased the Immortelle Brightening Essence (will be reviewed separately) and used it under the moisture cream. Because I have dehydrated and dry skin, my skin soaks this right up and after 2 minutes, my skin felt dry again. I need to layer up a couple of times with this cream, and another richer cream (currently using Isa Knox Whitening Revolution Cream on top) over all this, and my worst nightmare happened – it rubbed off!
I have read others complaining about it rubbing off. In general, any gel-cream may have a problem with flaking and rubbing off, but I was hoping this won’t happen with L’Occitane. But it does. However, it’s not the end of the world – on its own it won’t rub off, just not under anything else.
The good thing is, this is probably very good for oily skin. But only if you don’t use anything else on top. You can forget about using this under sunscreen during the day because it will rub off.
As for the brightening effects, while I don’t see visible improvement on my light freckles yet, I noticed that whenever my sensitive skin acts up a little and turns red (sometimes when my skin is dry I get small red patches on my cheeks), this cream really tones it down and I wake up to normal skin again. I have tried to use this without another cream on top to see whether this is responsible for neutralizing the redness, and it really was. The hydration isn’t enough for my dehydrated skin though.
I have heard that the Very Precious version of this cream in the Immortelle lineup is better for drier skin type, but I think after this, I will return to the Korean and Japanese skincare. I still have the Immortelle Very Precious Brightening Concentrate which has great reviews especially for drier skin, so after I finish the lighter Brightening Essence I will use the concentrate. Hopefully that won’t disappoint me! 😉
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