I know I'm way overdue for a My Current Favourites post, but I really wanted to do a review of the Chanel CC cream first because it's slowly making its way into one of my current favourite foundations.
I say slowly because I have had problems (which I will go into detail later) with this Chanel CC cream, but as I figure out solutions to fix these problems, I'm loving this CC cream more and more.
I bought my rather expensive Chanel CC Cream from eBay for about USD$64, which I thought was a fair price - not so cheap that you really question the authenticity of the product and not so bank breaking expensive. It certainly looks genuine - the tube, the box it comes in, the little information booklet.
The little information booklet explains what a CC cream is, the benefits and how to apply it. I'm just going to
"With its double CHANEL signature, CC Cream combines the benefits of a complete skincare product created by CHANEL Research and the results of a natural complexion finish created by the Makeup Studio.
Backed by true expertise regarding the precise needs of Asian women in terms of flawless skin, CHANEL Research developed a specific cream, a fusion of skincare and makeup.
In addition to being an ideal cream for day-long confidence, CC Cream gives your skin what it alone can offer: a fresh and flawless complexion.
This skincare formula is adapted to sensitive skin. It delivers complete correction and long-wear makeup with a lightweight, non-oily texture.
- Soothes: Cornflower water comforts sensitive skin.
- Moisturizes: Hyaluronic acid helps maintain hydration levels all day long by trapping and retaining moisture inside the skin.
- Protects: SPF30 and PA+++ sun filters block aging-accelerating UVA-UVB rays. The cream is formulated with a mineral filter for higher tolerance on the skin.
- Prevents: The Rejuvencia active ingredient of natural origin, derived from marine-organism, is the best prevention shield against external aggressions.
- Evens out imperfections: redness, dark spots and pores are visibly diminished. The complexion is lastingly fresh and natural."
Unfortunately, I don't have sensitive skin nor have problems with moisture retention, as my skin is classified as oily-combination.
I haven't been exposed to much sun (or "external aggressions") lately either, so can't really say much about the protection and prevention properties of this CC cream .
Fortunately for me, it matches my skin tone when it's blended out. For reference, I'm a NC20-25, Estee Lauder Double Wear in Sand. I would describe my skin tone as light-medium with golden/yellow undertones.
Anyway, I purchased three of these beauty pods and they came in the mail this morning because all the reviews I've read say that it is basically the same non-latex sponge but with the hexy price tag attached. It doesn't come with any cleansing liquids though, but the instructions say to clean it with warm soapy water.
Going back to the review of Chanel's CC cream, I found that the beauty pod is amazing at applying the CC cream. I guess it's because it mixes the CC cream with a bit of water, and so it doesn't dry as quickly, allowing you to blend it out properly. However, I have used about twice the amount of foundation with the use of the Beauty Pod. Besides that, the other con about using the Beauty Pod is having to wash the damn thing after each use. If you're like me and are usually in a rush to slap makeup on your face and run out the door, I don't think the Beauty Pod is a viable solution... BUT it does work.
The CC cream has a pleasant perfumey (I'm thinking floral) smell, and it is quite strong but not enough to bother me... in fact I kind of like it.
So to conclude, these are the pros:
- I really like that the Chanel CC cream lasts all day and sets itself (although a bit too quickly). Despite it setting itself, I still like to
smother a crap loaddust a little bit of powder over the top (out of habit).
- I also like the feeling of applying something so luxurious on my face everyday (I'm a bit of a brand snob). Especially since I can't afford any Chanel apparel.
- Like the smell of it as well.
- Non-comedogenic - doesn't break me out.
- Sets a bit too quickly.
- Price tag attached to this CC Cream.
- Hard to get, as it's only currently available in selected Asian countries.
- Only one shade available.
I'm sorry that this review is all over the place, but if you have any questions, please feel free to ask!