Phytomer Pionniere XMF Perfection Youth Cream review

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A worthy splurge from the sea

The first night I used Phytomer Pionniere XMF Perfection Youth Rich Cream, I had a vivid dream: I was a mermaid, swimming through an underwater kingdom. I felt buoyant and carefree, zipping through the sea. No, I didn’t eat anything crazy before bed. It was the scent of the product, a cloud of marine extracts mixed with rose and jasmine, that carried me off to mermaidland.

In case this sounds familiar, you might be thinking of last year, when I tested and fell in serious love with the seawater strength of Phytomer Oligomarine Flawless Skin Tonic. However, the way I feel about Pionniere XMF is a whole different category of love– as deep as the ocean, which is, of course, where the cream gets its power.


XMF (Extra Marine Filler) EPS (ExoPolySaccharide) is a 100% sustainable marine extract derived from plankton. This unique ingredient replenishes lipids to make skin plumper and younger-looking within one hour, according to company testing. It works by depositing an invisible film on the skin’s surface, which fills and smooths wrinkles. Beneath the surface, the XMF EPS increases production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid for long-lasting results.

The key ingredients are:
XMF EPS – Phytomer Advance Research’s exclusive discovery; smooths and firms skin.

Morio Orchid – a rare, protected plant sustainably grown by Phytomer; protects against free radicals and complexion-aging sugars.

Schizochytrium Oil – 100% natural oil derived from micro-algae; rich in acids (including Omega-3 fatty acids) that protect, strengthen and lock in moisture.


Obviously, this cream is full of powerful ingredients, and the way it feels is extraordinary. It’s so rich, yet it somehow sinks right in, leaving not a trace of residue, just velvety soft skin. The first time I used it, I checked after one hour and my complexion really did look a little fresher and plumper without being overmoisturized. After two weeks of daily use, I’ve seen continued improvements, as if I’ve turned back the clock a little bit. Phytomer Pionniere XMF Perfection Youth Cream is a stellar product!


We also received Pionniere XMF White Skin Translucency Cream . This cream combines the anti-aging, restorative effects of XMF EPS with EPS Whitech, a new Phytomer development that fights hyperpigmentation and dark spots. The cream immediately brightens skin with its radiant white color, blurring wrinkles and discolorations. According to company testing, one month of regular use offers significant smoothing of wrinkles, and two months use results in up to a 132% lightening of dark spots.

The key ingredients are:
XMF EPS – the same high-tech marine sugar that makes Pionniere XMF so effective.

EPS Whitech – limits hyperpigmentation by inhibiting the synthesis of melanin caused by both sun and pollution.


Phytomer means “plant of the sea,” and every one of their products contains seawater, seaweed or seaside plants. All natural ingredients. No animal testing. Expensive, yes. These are both $247 for 1.6 fl oz. But are they worth the splurge? I would save up and dive right in!


  • turboterp

    Melissa loves road trips, bargain shopping, drive-in movies, lip gloss and rock 'n' roll. She lives in Baltimore with her precious pup Bellarina. skin tone: NC20 skin type: dry to normal favorite beauty product: skincare


  1. You had me at “mermaid”, because I think it’s every girl’s dream to be one, at one point in her life. I remember when I was a kid, I’d float around in the tub and pretend I was Daryl Hannah from “Splash”. If I’m being honest, I totes did that last week, too. Don’t you judge me! :P

    But seriously, I’ve always been extremely impressed with every Phytomer product I’ve ever used, so if this one turns back the hands of time, then I am all in! Great post, @turboterp!

  2. Orchids, sea algae and feeling like a well-moisturized mermaid? This sounds like a dream cream.

  3. You little dreamer you! I love the way you wrote this review!
    I am such a sucker for marine life and all it’s goodness it can give us here on land! I also am a huge facial cream gal so you got my ear here! :)

  4. I recently got to try their body lotion and I LOVE IT. Soaks right in and works so well… Phytomer has high quality and I’ve always loved everything I’ve tried from them.

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