Nuxe 48 Hour Moisturizing Cream (Crème Fraîche de beauté) Review

Hey beauties! Since the Nuxe 48 Hour Moisturizing Cream (Crème Fraîche® de beauté) made it into my 2018 Skincare Favourites I thought that I should get an actual review up of it before I finish my jar. I tried a lot of moisturizers in 2018 when I was sent a ton of them to test for the Elle Canada Grand Prix. The Nuxe 48 Hour Moisturizing Cream was by far my favourite. I normally prefer a gel moisturizer but this cream has made it into my top 2 moisturizers!

Skin changes from season to season, often becoming more dry in the winter and oilier in the summer. While my skin does get oilier in warm weather I still have very dry skin year round. The dry patches surface more in the winter but they can pop up in any season. I’ve had no issues with my skin aside from some diet & stress related acne since switching my moisturizer to Nuxe.

Nuxe 48 HR Moisturizing Cream Review

Nuxe 48 HR Moisturizing Cream (Crème Fraîche® de beauté) Review

Nuxe 48 Hour Moisturizing Cream is sold in 30ml & 50ml sizes. I am reviewing the 50ml jar which retails for $39CAD. Nuxe is a France based brand so the packaging reads Crème Fraîche de beauté as well as the English name 48 Hour Moisturizing Cream.

The Moisturizing cream contains the active ingredients: Plant milks, High-Tech* Algae Extract, Allantoin, and Almond & Orange White Flowers. It is meant for sensitive skin and is scented with Orange Blossom, Petitgrain & Cedar. I personally like the scent but I know that a lot of sensitive skinned people out there don’t do well with fragrance so keep that in mind if you’re thinking about trying Crème Fraîche® de beauté.

Product Claims

Nuxe doesn’t have any ostentatious claims for the Crème Fraîche® de beauté 48 Hour Moisturizing Cream like other brands like to pile on. The claims are simple and give you a good idea of what you can expect: 48 Hour Hydration, soft & soothed skin and an anti-pollution shield. I’m a little bit iffy on the anti-pollution shield. I don’t know how you really measure that. But I have a good idea on how the product performs on the other fronts.

Nuxe 48 HR Moisturizing Cream | Crème Fraîche de beauté Review

If you’re wondering why the jar is covered in sticky residue it’s because Elle Canada taped over the labels so I wouldn’t know what I was testing. It wouldn’t all come off!


The 50ml size of Nuxe 48 Hour Moisturizer comes in a little white plastic pot with a blue lid. The packaging is simple but doesn’t look cheap to me. I personally have no issues with my skincare coming in pots, I tend to use moisturizers one at a time so I go through each one quickly. But for those of you who dislike jars & pots of skincare I would recommend the 30ml size which comes in a squeeze tube.

This is definitely a more expensive moisturizer for the drugstore, my other favourite is the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream which retails at $25CAD for the same size. The two formulas are quite different so I don’t know that it’s fair to compare them.

Nuxe Crème Fraîche de beauté 48 HR Moisturizing Cream


This is my first experience with Nuxe products and I’m sure it won’t be the last. The texture is smooth & creamy. It’s not whipped and airy like the Olay Total Effects Whip that I reviewed earlier this year, but it’s not the thickest cream out there either. It’s somewhere in the sweet spot of not too light but not so heavy that my face feels greasy. Because this moisturizer is a cream as opposed to a gel it doesn’t pill under slicone primers.

Nuxe 48 Hour Moisturizing cream makes my skin feel so soft! It is a soothing experience applying it and I haven’t noticed a single resurgence of my dry patches. When my dry patches start showing it’s a pretty good indicator to me if a moisturizer works for me. It’s now dipped below -10 degrees celcius and my skin is still soft & smooth with no sign of irritation. I also didn’t break out when switching to Nuxe but I did when trying out other moisturizers from Elle.

As to the 48 Hour Moisture claim I find that really hard to test. I don’t know about you guys but personally I wash my face in the mornings & evenings which negates any 48 hour claims this product might have. However, I decided to forgo cleansing & moisturizing in the morning for testing purposes after having used Nuxe the night before. My skin still felt hydrated in the morning and it actually held up pretty well throughout the day with the help of a hydrating setting spray. As predicted though I did start to break out after two days of this routine so I don’t recommend skipping your morning cleanser. But you guys didn’t need me to tell you that 😉

In Conclusion

I really like Nuxe Crème Fraîche de Beauté 48 HR Moisturizing Cream! I don’t know if I’m going to go back to Hydro Boost or keep using Nuxe.

Nuxe has a strong comitment to the environment but as far as I can tell isn’t cruelty free. Neutrogena has no environmental policy on their website and their Cruelty Free Statement reads:

“Neutrogena doesn’t conduct animal testing of our cosmetic products anywhere in world, except in the rare situation where governments or laws require it”.

So basically their products ARE tested in places where it is required (for example, China) meaning they aren’t really CF. So there’s a little ethical dilemma there, because both moisturizers are the best I’ve ever used. Why can’t they both be environmentally friendly and Cruelty Free!?

Update: I have found a cruelty free moisturizer that is just as good as the Nuxe! The Pixi Rose Ceramide Cream is a dream come true for dry skinned girls. I love it!

Have you tried Nuxe 48 Hour Moisturizing Cream?

Thank you for reading! I hope you found this review helpful. Let me know what your favourite moisturizer is and if you consider Cruelty Free or Environmental Status when purchasing products. Talk soon! xx


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