The 14 Best Emulsions of 2022

Laurel Hanson
Jan 13, 2022

Emulsion is a hydrating product that we use every day mainly to lock in moisture, which is especially popular in the dry seasons. Mona Gohara, a dermatologist at Yale University said that the skin is the largest organ of our body, and all organs need moisture. With high water content, the emulsion instantly moisturizes and hydrates the skin. Besides, emulsion also replenishes the necessary oily ingredients to the skin, which forms a lightweight and permeable protective film to prevent the moisture loss and allow the skin to absorb moisture, with conditioning and nourishing properties.

We rounded up a host of brands with a cult following, like Sisley, POLA, ESTĒE LAUDER and so on. Each brand boasts a wide range of super-quality products, most of which are the winners of multiple beauty awards. Now, if you’re ready to get the perfect emulsion, scroll down to check the following list of brands we’ve compiled for you.

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  • 1. Sisley
  • 2. POLA
  • 3. Estée Lauder
  • 4. Cosme Decorte
  • 5. LA MER
  • 6. Clé de Peau Beauté
  • 8. ALBION
  • 9. IPSA
  • 10. La Roche-Posay
  • 11. Avene
  • 12. CLINIQUE
  • 13. CeraVe
  • 14. MINON


In 1976, the Earl Donano and his wife founded the botanical beauty brand Sisley. Combining maintenance technology and great creativity, it has launched numerous beauty and skin care products, which is favored by many stars and celebrities around the world. Sisley all-round emulsion has been regarded as a " classic beauty masterpiece" since 1980 when it is launched. To this day, it is still one of the best-selling emulsions in the world.

Sisley all-round emulsion has a fine texture and an excellent bendability, which is easy to spread. It can nourish and moisturize the skin effectively, so it is very suitable for dehydrated skin. Some people may not be comfortable with the smell at the beginning. The main ingredient is Centella asiatica extract, which can help generate skin collagen, restore skin elasticity, and promote post-sun repair. It offers an obvious effect on skin repair if it is used for a long time. The mineral oil is contained, but you don't have to worry about its safety and stability. However, it is undeniable that some users may feel irritating, and even get acne. So, people with sensitive skin proceed with caution.

Sisley also releases HYDRA-GLOBAL and Sisley YOUTH. The Sisley YOUTH targets consumers with skin ages between 25 and 35. It can be used in early stage and contains certain anti-aging ingredients. HYDRA-GLOBAL is designed for dehydrated skin, especially suitable for dry skin. This creamy emulsion can intensively moisturize your skin and maintain skin balance for a long time.

Compared with Sisley cream, the emulsion has a refreshing texture and use feeling. It is an ideal choice for oily skin in summer. It is undeniable that the main function of lotion is to soften the stratum corneum and moisturize your skin. It is less moisturizing than cream. However, as a luxury brand, Sisley may enhance the skin feeling through the compounding process.

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POLA is a brand under Japanese cosmetics company POLA ORBIS HOLDINGS founded in 1929 in Shizuoka. The B.A series is the highest-end product line. It earned a good reputation since its establishment. It is now upgraded to the fifth generation. The B.A series, including B.A lotion, is the most famous anti-glycation product series in the skin care industry.

B.A lotion, a luxury and all-around emulsion, helps nourish and hydrate the skin effectively, leaving your skin smooth and moisturizing. It also can brighten the complexion. B.A has a subtle fragrance and is east to spread without sticky. This lotion targets mature skin over 30 years old. It prevents skin from glycation caused aging. It can improve skin tolerance, acne and allergies after long-term use.

RED B.A series are focusing on hydrating and antioxidation, suitable for people with skin ages about 25 for early anti-aging. The thick RED B.A Lotion offers an excellent moisturizing effect, especially for dry combination skin.

Glycation refers to the combination of sugar and collagen in the body and causes the skin losing elasticity and aging. In 2010, POLA announced on the IFSCC (International Federation of Cosmetic Chemists' Societies) that the epidermis can resist glycation. The technical achievements of POLA have been recognized by the beauty industry. Glycation is irreversible. Skin care products can improve the initial glycation to a certain extent, but it is difficult to achieve an obvious effect on the aging skin that has been glycated. In addition, not only glycation cause skin aging, but also caused by external factors such as ultraviolet rays, genes, and the environment.

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Estée Lauder

Estee Lauder is one of the world's largest skin care, cosmetics and perfume companies, which is named after its founder and established in 1946. In honor of Estee Lauder, Americans have made movies about her life.

In 2015, The ULTIMATE LIFT AGE-CORRECTING released Renutriv Ultimate Lift Age Serum, which are full of nutrients. The lotion is lightweight, leaving your skin soft and refreshing. Infused with ergothioine and caffeine, it is antioxidant and fight against free radicals, leaving you a firming, brightening, and spotless look. Moreover, it offers anti-inflammatory, and skin-regulating effects.

Re-Nutriv series are the top-notch skin care series under Estee Lauder and launched in 1956, It has a number of stable consumer groups all year round. The series target anti-aging for people skin ages over 30 years old, and specialized in addressing dullness, wrinkles, and dark spots. The Re-Nutriv series covers skin care and base makeup products. The RN ULTIMATE LIFT AGE-CORRECTING MILKIY LOTION is lightweight and helps nourish and maintain your skin. Moreover, it is pricey.

The Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme series are ideal for early anti-aging. The Global Anti-Aging Power Soft Emulsion keeps the skin moisture and elastic, suitable for skin ages 25 to 30.

Estee Lauder Nutritious Micro-Algae is oil-controlling and specially designed for oily skin. The  Nutritious Micro-algae Pore Minimizing Hydra Lotion is clear and softens and refreshes your skin. It also balances oil secretion and moisturize your skin.

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Cosme Decorte

Cosme Decorte is a top skin care and makeup brand of Japan's Kose Group, only sold in counters. Founded in 1946 in Tokyo, Kose Group is one of the three largest cosmetic manufacturers in Japan.

In September 2017, Cosme Decorte launched the new AQ series covering 10 series in the entire line. The emulsion is designed for early anti-aging, whitening, repairing and soothing your skin. It is with a better use feeling and regarded as the upgraded version of Repair Emulsion White. The AQ series, a the high-end series, earned the best reputation under Cosme. At present, it is upgraded into four different series: AQ MELIORITY series, AQ Vitalizing series、AQMW series、NEW AQ PAMPHLET. Emulsions under AQ series are well-known in the skin care industry.

The AQ MELIORITY series are the highest-end line under this brand. AQ MELIORITY oul is designed for mature skin ages over 35 and specialized in anti-aging and nourishing. It can nourish and moisturize the skin effectively. It is more suitable for normal to dry skin than oily skin.

AQMW series is anti-aging for early mature skin aged over 25. The AQMW series are divided into Repair Emulsion series and Repair Emulsion White series. Both of them offer repairing and soothing effect. The packages of the AQMW series are designed by the famous Dutch designer Marcel Wanders, so MW in the AQMW is the abbreviation of the designer's name.

The gel Prime Latte is the best selling product. It is suitable for oily skin, leaving skin cooling. It targets young skin with good tolerance.

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LA MER is a brand established by Dr. Max Huber in 1946, and now is member of the Estée Lauder Group. As the top-notch brand, LA MER earned a good reputation. "Fantastic and Expensive" are the expression of most customers.

 LA MER emulsion series are divided into the regular and the refreshing types. They are differentiated by the color of the cap. The regular cap is white and the refreshing cap is green. The regular type is more hydrated with an oily texture, suitable for combination skin and dry skin. People with oily skin can choose the refreshing type, leaving your skin matte, translucent and balanced. You can apply it with cream in dry and cold areas or seasons.

"Seaweed extract Miracle Broth(TBC)" is the key ingredient of LA MER. It is formulated with a variety of effective ingredients based on seaweed extracts. The official promises that this composite ingredient can achieve anti-oxidation and anti-aging effect. And it also adds to Moisturizing Matte Lotion, which is emulsion and can be easy to spread without tightness. It can keep your skin hydrated for a long time, and can repair damaged skin to some extent. The Moisturizing Matte Lotion is packaged in a white and textured porcelain bottle with a subtle and satisfying fragrance.

LA MER can extraordinarily rebuld and repaire your skin. It is ideal for sensitive skin.

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Clé de Peau Beauté

Clé de Peau Beauté (CPB) is a top-notch brand under the Shiseido Group of Japan born in 1982. CPB has spread to 23 countries and regions around the world till now. It has been highly praised and supported by customers in these countries.

CPB INTENSIVE FORTIFYING EMULSION is the hero product for its extraordinary repairing and conditioning effect. It moisturize and smooth the skin. CPB INTENSIVE FORTIFYING EMULSION can be used in day and night. EMULSION FORTIFIANTE PROTECTRICE comes with SPF, which is always used as a makeup primer. It should be noted that INTENSIVE FORTIFYING EMULSION contains a certain amount of alcohol, leaving your skin refreshing without greasy. It is suitable for combination to oily skin other than sensitive skin. CPB INTENSIVE FORTIFYING EMULSION is for whitening. The official claims that this lotion is laced with a patented whitening ingredient 4MSK, which can accelerate the metabolism of aging keratin, inhibit melanin production to achieve whitening effect.

CPB INTENSIVE FORTIFYING EMULSION is all-round and can maintain and nourish the skin for daily use. As a high-end emulsion, it also brings a satisfying experience to consumers. It has a delicate package, and leaving your skin comfortable with a pleasant aroma.

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Shiseido is a popular Japanese famous cosmetics brand founded in 1872.

SHISEIDO VITAL PERFECTION was launched as a high-end skin care series in 1979. This representative collection is designed for anti-aging and whitening. Infused with exclusive ingredients VP8 and 4MSK, VITAL-PERFECTION White Revitalizing Emulsion can nourish the skin. It also can brighten skin tone, prevent skin aging, and increase skin elasticity to some extent. It should be noted that it doesn’t work for wrinkles. There are refreshing and moisturizing types, for oily skin and dry skin respectively.

The White Lucent is designed for young skin ages under 25. WHITE LUCENT Luminizing Surge is the hero product for whitening. It is infused with the a small amount patented ingredient 4MSK. The WHITE LUCENT Luminizing Surge is a regular moisturizing skin care product, and can meet the basic needs of the skin without sticky. People with oily skin may get acnes after using due to its high moisture degree.

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Albion is a Japanese high-end cosmetics brand founded in Tokyo in 1956. It has great value for the high price and has developed the initial 5 series to more than 1,000 series, with each a classic product.

Albion EXAGE is different skin ages, including EXAGE, INFINESSE, EXCIA and EX-VIE. The products are also selected as “the hall of fame” in Japanese COSME Beauty Awards. The EXAGE has moisturizing and whitening series with three texture models: Ⅰ,Ⅱand Ⅲ for oily, combination, and dry skins respectively. This series is suitable for people with healthy skin without extra skin care needs, especially for people skin ages under 25 years. The INFINESSE is divided to moisturizing and whitening versions, for all skin types. It is quite suitable for 25 to 30 skin. The EXCIA is an upgraded version of the ALBION INFINESSE WHITE with a more comfortable skin feeling. Infused with anti-aging ingredients, the EXCIA is more expensive than the INFINESSE WHITE. The EX-VIE is Albion's highest-end series. It integrates moisturizing and emollient, whitening, and anti-aging, for over 35 skin. The fluid emulsion under EX-VIE series offers extraordinary moisturizing effect, suitable for people with dry, combination and dry skins instead of sensitive skin.

The key whitening ingredient of Albion EXAGE is ascorbyl glucoside, which is a VC derivative. It offers an extraordinary whitening effect and stable chemical property. Moreover, the ascorbyl glucoside is gentle for the skin. However, Albion EXAGE may not achieve an obvious whitening effect due to the limited amount. Besides, the whitening products is laced with a small amount of titanium dioxide, which can cover blemishes and brighten skin tone to some extent.

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IPSA is a Japanese well-known skin care brand and is an independently owned by Shiseido. Moreover, products are sold in a beauty counter.

IPSA ME has developed to the 8th generation since the establishment. It is the leading product of IPSA, including five series: R, EX, S, SE, and Premier Line. The products are four textures and skin feelings for different skin types. The #01 is suitable for oily skin.The #02 is for mixed to dry skin. The #03 is for mixed to oily skin. The #04 is for dry skin.

The R is the basic product of IPSA emulsions, which have moisturizing, conditioning, anti-inflammatory and calming effects. The EX emphasizes whitening and brightening the skin. The S is for moisturizing, whitening, anti-aging. It should be noted that the emulsions of the R, EX and S contain alcohol, leaving the skin more plush. But people with sensitive skin should choose it with caution. Moreover, The SE is highly recommended for sensitive skin due to its soothing and conditioning ingredients. It is ideal for calming and repairing skin. There are only #01 and #02 emulsions under the SE. #01 is suitable for sensitive to oily skin, while #02 for sensitive to dry skin.

The Premier Line is the high-end series of IPSA emulsion, covering #01, #02, and #03. The Premier Line lunches the most all-around products, which can infiltrate the stratum corneum, prevent melanin and pigmentation, brighten the complexion, and maintain skin elasticity. IPSA emulsion is pricey.

IPSA ME is free of fragrance and easy to spread, leaving your skin comfortable touches. On the whole, IPSA ME can condition your skin, but it has no extraordinary whitening and anti-aging effects.

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La Roche-Posay

The La Roche-Posay pharmaceutical company is located in La Roche-Posay town, which adopts thermal spring water as its core ingredient to develop products with rich minerals. All products are produced following GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice for Drugs) standards, and offer products with gentle ingredients and excellent efficacy.

La Roche-Posay LABORATOIRE DERMATOLOGIQUE is designed for sensitive skin, covering INTENSIV BERUHIGENDES and TOLERIANE ULTRA LIGHT. Infused with simple and gentle ingredients, it is free of preservative and fragrance, and other risk and allergenic ingredients, suitable for pregnant women. It is refreshing and moisturizing, especially suitable for sensitive, combination and oily skins.

The gentle and moisturizing TOLERIANE ULTRA LIGHT can relieve skin redness, tingling, repair slightly damaged skin, and improve sensitive skin. It is extraordinarily moisturizing. Officials recommend that people with mixed and oily skin can apply it, but especially for dry skin or sensitive skin.

For its acne removal collection, EFFACLAR MAT can unclog pores. The alcohol is infused to sterilize and improve acne skin. This emulsion has an extraordinary oil-control effect, and people with oily skin can use it as a makeup primer.

La Roche-Posay has a minimalist packaging in blue and white, reflecting "simple and safe". Most of the products are fragrance-free, and give people a safe feelling.

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Avene is a popular French brand founded in 1990.

The Avene Tolerance collection is for extremely sensitive skin and intolerant skin types. The Tolerance Emulsion is highly appreciated by sensitive skin because it contains simple ingredients that provide a stable self-repairing environment, especially for damaged, sensitive, and fragile skins. It is free of preservatives and alternative preservatives. It has mild ingredients with excellent emollients and certain antioxidant effects. Of course, non-sensitivity is not absolute, it may cause allergies for extremely sensitive skins. Therefore, it is advisable to have a sensitivity test. If you are allergic, you must stop immediately. For healthy skin, Avène Tolerance Emulsion only has a moisturizing effect.

Avene established its own aseptic workshop in 1989. All products adopt aseptic production and packaging. The unique cap design of Avène Tolerance Emulsion physically isolates the external contaminants, and it can stably maintain the aseptic state of the lotion even after use.

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Clinique Laboratories was founded in New York in 1968. Now it is a member of the Estée Lauder Group.

CLINIQUE DDMiD CONCENTRATE is for personal customization, and is a compound product based on Clinique Dramatically Different moisturing Lotion and essence. Three kinds of oil, oil-free, transparent butters are matched with five kinds of DDMiD essence, which offers 15 types. You can distinguish the five DDMiD essences by the color. Orange is for dull skin, purple for anti-aging, green for soothing and repairing, blue for minimizing pores and rough skin, and white for whitening.

Clinique Dramatically Different moisturing Lotion has been the well-known for more than 40 years, and was sold a bottle every two seconds as its official claimed. It is divided into two types: oil-free and oil. Among them, the oil-free is highly praised for its smooth skin feeling, suitable for oily skin and combination to oily skin. The oil is suitable for dry skin. Moreover, both contain simple and gentle ingredients and have extraordinary moisturizing effect, which is more suitable for young people who have few skin problems. It is to be noted that the light yellow is made with colorants, not the color of the product itself.

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CeraVe, a niche American skin care brand, specializes in addressing skin problem for sensitive skin and has an extraordinary moisturizing effect. It has gained numerous fans after being recommended by various beauty influencers on the Internet in recent years.

CeraVe specializes in aspects of cleaning, moisturizing and repairing, sunscreen, and baby products. You can distinguish CeraVe products series by colors. The blue is the most classic moisturizing series. CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion is blue and takes hyaluronic acid and ceramide as the main active ingredients. In addition, it has a simple formula structure, so it has a low sensitization probability. CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion is suitable for all skin types. CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion is repairing in blue. Compared with CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion, it adds a certain amount of niacinamide to whitening and brighten skin. But people with intolerant skin should choose it carefully. People with oily skin may feel greasy after applying, so it is more suitable for normal skin and dry skin.

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Minon is a Japanese skin care brand founded in 1973, specializing in developing non-irritating skin care products for sensitive skin. Amino Moist is a popular open-shelf product, which always has won Japan COSME Awards since its launch in 2015.

The compound of 9 types of amino acids is the patented ingredients of Minon, which is also added to Minon Amino Moist. Coupled with Butylene glycol and a small amount of mild preservative ingredients, it has low irritation. It is free of fragrance with simple and gentle ingredients to achieve an extraordinary moisturizing effect. Minon Amino Moist is hydrated without sticky, which is suitable for all skin types.

However, this lotion only meets the basic needs for skin moisturizing other than anti-aging and whitening. So it is more suitable for consumers with young skin and healthy skin. The Minon Amino Moist is cost-effective.

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