Masks -Chanel -Hydra Beauty Masque de Nuit Au Camélia Hydrating Oxygenating Overnight Mask

on 5/22/2018 3:38:00 PM

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On the Chanel website it is stated that "A creamy overnight mask that, after transforming into dew-like droplets, helps skin oxygenate during the night. Upon waking, signs of fatigue appear diminished and the complexion looks rested with a fresh radiant glow." It is a leave on overnight mask.

The product is indeed formulated in a way that it does supply hydration to the skin through many hours evenly and continuously. The Japanese emulsion-technology allows the formula to "water-drop" "mimicking" real water droplets that are visible at application and will absorb into the skin immediately leaving a refreshing and light yet not dry or drying feeling on the skin.

This is the exact same technology that Urban Decay have used in their Hot Springs Hydrating Gel that cost a fraction of the price of this Chanel "mask". (Review for the Urban Decay cream you'll find at https://www.makeupalley.com/product/showreview.asp/ItemId=199024/Hot-Springs-Hydrating-Gel-Rehab-Makeup-Prep/Urban-Decay/Treatments-(Face)

This mask from Chanel can be used also as a light refreshing day cream (just as well as a night cream).
It contains a light emollient of synthetic origin (Isononyl Isononanoate), dimethicone and a crosslinked silicone emulsifier that also lends elegance and a flattering finish to the skin, along with some effective humectants (Propanediol, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol).
The only notable and proven actives in the formula are Sodium Hyaluronate, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate and Copper Gluconate that have anti-oxidant properties and can enhance the appearance of the surface of the skin. Although the amount that is used here is unfortunately very minuscule.

Comparing this product to the Urban Decay one, it will leave a more perceptible residue after application, albeit very light. The finish is almost indistinguishable, the only giveaway is that the emollients in the Chanel mask will leave a more perceptible moisturizing feeling longer.
If you have oilier skin or live in a warm/humid climate, the product from Urban Decay will be more favoured. It is after all built on a true to the core Japanese emulsion technology! (The one from Chanel uses the same technology but pared with a less"silicone" and hence "trendier" emollient that also meets the Western audience.)
If you have dryer skin and like to feel replenished even in hotter weather, the mask from Chanel might be more suitable. Note that it is still a very light product and will not feel as a regular moisturizer (nor a mask)!

It contains fragrance that one might find too strong. (The moisturizer from Urban Decay is completely fragrance free.)

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Isononyl Isononanoate, Propanediol, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Camellia Japonica Flower Water, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Camellia Japonica Flower Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Chloride, Parfum (Fragrance), Sodium Citrate, Dipropylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Citric Acid, Phytic Acid, Copper Gluconate, Tocopherol, Sodium Benzoate, Il15A

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Fragrances -Chanel -Coco Mademoiselle

on 5/19/2018 9:19:00 AM

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First time I've used it in 2002-2003 and ever since I come back to it. It's a light citrusy floral fragrance.
I never met a person who disliked it. I always get compliments when wearing it.
This is the most sold fragrance in the World and I totally understand why. If you like to have a unique scent you should stay away, otherwise totally worth trying. Great as a gift, even if the person doesn’t love the scent the bottle looks great on the nightstand.

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Fragrances -Chanel -Chance Eau Fraiche

on 5/18/2018 5:14:00 PM

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Fresh it is! This is a light scent, suitable for warm weather and any office. An improvement over the original Chance, which I thought was just ok.
It isn't very original, so when it is gone, I will probably not replace.

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Mascara -Chanel -Le Volume De Chanel

on 5/18/2018 4:49:00 PM

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I loved this mascara. I loved how it made my eyelashes look, long and thick. Unfortunately only rated a three star because this mascara smudges to the top of your eyelid and under the eye after an hour which is disappointing especially for the price. I have panda eyes before I even start work. I probably would buy another mascara next time because of this reason.

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Blush -Chanel -Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick

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I ordered this in No. 24, which is a soft coral colour. I have fair (to medium, in the summer) skin with warm, yellow undertones, and it looks really pretty on.

The packaging, as always with Chanel, is impeccable and a real luxury to have in your makeup bag. It's very pricey, but there seems to be a fair amount of blush and you don't need much. I like to apply this by picking it up on my fingertips and patting it on. It spreads out evenly and looks very natural, like you're naturally flushed. It also lasts very well.

This product is perfect for women who like low maintenance routines, or just simply would rather sleep in than do makeup (don't we all)! When I'm being lazy, I just throw on Charlotte Tilbury's Healthy Glow, a little YSL Touche Eclat, and then this on top, and I look well-rested and like me but better.

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Sunscreen -Chanel -UV ESSENTIEL COMPLETE SUNSCREEN UV PROTECTION ANTI-POLLUTION BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 20 SPF 30 SPF 50

on 5/17/2018 2:21:00 AM

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I have been using this product since 2014. I have purchased other spf products, but have always come back to this one. This is the one I actually finish and repurchase.

I have melasma, freckles and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. I am also currently pregnant. As a consequence I use sunscreen as my daily moisturizer. Also as a consequence, I look for products with as much zinc oxide as I can find. Zinc oxide is the most stable and reliable UVA filter (blocker) out there. And UVA is a primary cause of hyperpigmentation and skin aging. The probmems with formulations with a lot of zinc oxide are that 1) it tends to dehydrate the skin and 2) it tends to leave a cast, although not as bad as the cast from titanium dioxide. These ingredients will also give flashback in flash photographs, which is not an issue for me. Tinanium and zinc oxide also protect from the visible range of light, which we now know also contributes to the development of hyperpigmentation.

Anyhow, tihs product beats others in:
1) it has a lot of zinc oxide
2) does not dry out my skin or accentuate wrinkles
3) goes on perfectly under makeup
4) does not make me greasy
5) white cast is ok, having in mind the ingredients

It is the perfect combination

This product is horrible in that
1) it has a lot of fragrance and a lot of alcohol

The alcohol is in my opinion a non-issue here. The formula is so emolient that the alcohol does not at all strip the skin.
The fragrance is the reason I keep on trying other sunscreens. This is very heavily fragranced. Fragrance is actually high on the ingredient list. Fragrance can cause melasma. It can cause irritation, read aging. The fragrance is so strong in this product that I get asthma from smelling it on me sometimes. Usually only perfumes give me this reaction. I can't even tell if this product is doing more good or more bad for my skin, becasue I don't know just how much damage I am getting from the fragrance. What I know is that I have never seen any signs of irritation on my skin when using this. I see my pigmentation improving. At the beach I trust this product. But as soon as I find a fragrance-free alternative that my skin likes as much, I will switch to that.


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Foundations -Chanel -Le Teint Ultra Tenue Ultrawear Flawless Foundation

on 5/16/2018 11:00:00 AM

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This foundation is one of the best foundation I have used in the whole Chanel line and here's why:

Skin Type: Oily/Combination

Texture: This foundation is smoothing on my textured skin (i.e. pit/rolling scars). It has a nice glowy powdery finish and I am in love with the way it looks at the end of the day once my oil mixes with the foundation.

Coverage: It has a solid medium coverage. I think building this up could make it a bit cakey. I suggest using a concealer to cover any blemishes.

Shade: I wear Beige 20 and I am between an NC 20 to NC 25

Application: You have to apply this foundation section by section. I prep my skin using Cerave PM and Biore Aqua rich SPF 50++++, L'Oreal Magic Base for my primer, NYX First Base to hydrate my skin shortly before applying this foundation.

You need to make sure that your moisturizer and SPF has dried up ( 10 mins) and I would recommend using a Fix + or a Primer Spray to help the foundation to move.

DO NOT DOT THIS ALL OVER YOUR FACE. This sets immediately, so apply it one section and then move on to the next.

Voila, flawless finish that lasts all day. Hope this helps!

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Lipstick -Chanel -Rouge Coco

on 5/16/2018 8:05:00 AM

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I have two colors from this line and love them both. The pigmentation, texture, longevity are all good. Personally I found Dior's Rouge Dior series a little better on the texture and how long it stays but there isn't much difference between the two. For lipgloss it's the opposite; I think Chanel does lip glosses a little better than Dior.


Liquid -Chanel -Vitalumiere Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Makeup SPF 15

on 5/14/2018 4:34:00 AM

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This is my favourite foundation!! Your skin looks luminous & fresh. Great for older skin with lines & wrinkles as it goes on smooth. Love it!

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Fragrances -Chanel -Coromandel

on 5/13/2018 10:32:00 PM

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Unfortunately, Chanel and I never really got along. No. 5 is all aldehydes. Allure smelled wonderful on a stranger in 1999, but smelled annoying and sharp on me. Madamoiselle smells great on my sister, headachy on me.

Then came Coromandel. My first reaction was, "Well, I could just wear this the rest of my life." I dabbed a teeny amount on my wrists and my husband - who in 10 years of marriage has never noticed a perfume - said, "You smell nice. Is that a new perfume?" And then repeated the compliment a week later after I came home from work.

It does get noticed, even in teeny amounts. The patchouli dominates but it is, to me, very wearable. Even when it is very warm out, I crave this scent. I will likely continue purchasing/hoarding small samples of this, as I don't want to get tired of this scent by overwearing it.

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Palettes -Chanel -Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour Powder

on 5/12/2018 11:31:00 AM

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This is for the summer 2018 edition of this powder. The texture is very silky and finely milled, Imo silkier than 2017’s new release “Ensoleillé” powder (the one with ridges on the surface and a uniform color all over). Close to the classic Les Beiges Sheer Glow. It also has a very elegant, more neutral-toned microshimmer compared to a very golden-toned (like even rose gold) microshimmer of the Ensoleillé. It is released in 3 shades, I was choosing between Light and Medium to use as a bronzer for my nc10 complexion. The Light surprisigly was light even for me (ie as a bronzer) and with a cool pinkish undertone, so even for my complexion imo it would be a glowy highlighter not a light bronzer (the SA told me the same). The Medium is close in shade to the Ensoleillé in Light - again, with a more neutral-toned microshimmer. Both the very blendable shade and the sheeny glow are very flattering :) Altho there are visible microshimmer particles in the pan, when applied they barely show if at all, giving a soft glow (idk, maybe a rare speck would shine up on the cheek). My preferable application is in the “C” shape. However, I’d say the microshimmer (when blended) is imo mild enouph to be used as an all-over powder for an evening look, also on the collarbones to unify the glow. Or if you focus on the “C” and then apply all-over with what remains on the brush, it won’t look excessive. Of course, the glow is much more pronounced than the polished sheen of the classic Sheer Glow.
Unlike the Sheer Glow (which imo is a bit of a misnomer as the powder is not sheer - however can give more of the *appearance* of a sheer polished base) the Multi-Coloured is quite sheer in its base, giving a mild bronzy colour and glow but not adding a “substance” layer (which the Sheer Glow imo does bc it is specifically made to be a base/foundation product). In that, it works well on top of the summertime moisturizer+sunscreen+base product mixture not adding that kinda heaviness.
Compared to my Givenchy Bonne Mine Healthy glow, it gives much more glow and less color bc colour comes with the glow so packing on could get excessive, so imo isn’t really an option. And the Chanel is not as translucent as the Givenchy (which is a totally translucent wash of color and mild glow/sheen - its sheen is closer to Chanel’s Sheer Glow). They are both very good but different-focused products: the Givenchy is a dedicated bronzer without any coverage, the Chanel is a soft glow with sheer-ish coverage + multi-colored bronzer good to softly “contour” the face (eg applying the lighter shades to the center in that “triangle of light”, or in the “C” shape, or whatever you choose, or not bothering to do that) + blush (focusing the brush on the part with the blush shade stripe). In that, the Chanel is very versatile, but my Givenchy is a nicer bronzer-only.
The ingredients list is identical to the Poudre Ensoleillé.

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Makeup Brushes -Chanel -Les Beiges Kabuki

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This Kabuki brush is ideal for applying liguid foundation. I was initially hesitant to use with foundation, but it's like nothing I've ever tried before. Flawless results.

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Makeup Brushes -Chanel -Les Beiges Kabuki

on 5/12/2018 2:53:00 AM

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Love it so much that I repurchased to have two on rotation. It is the perfect size for me not only for travel but for everyday use. It is the same diameter as the Mufe #214 but is less fluffy and has shorter bristles - hence less kick up and dust cloud of powder. It is the most softest brush I’ve ever tried! As much as Mufe’s are soft, this is still softer and silkier. It is very dense, so can apply powder densely, but its softness allows to get a sheer coverage using lighter hand and tapping off excess. It works *beautifully* with my JI powder foundation, which is very finely milled and has dimethicone for extra slip/silkiness (like, it almost applies itself, no need to *really* buff in). So it works great with silky powders. However, I find it might be too soft to buff in the grittier mineral foundations (like from organic brands). With liquid products - idk, have never tried, but the bristles are too soft to apply creamy texture, so maybe if only a liquidy liquid...
It is extremely gentle to the skin.
The cream-colored bristles are great to indicate when the brush gets dingy and needs a wash - my inner germaphobe rejoices :). I wash it with shampoo about every 3 days and dry it on a central heating pipe - which technically we’re not supposed to do but I have been doing with great success for many many years with all makeup brushes after I accidentally noticed that a big powder brush didn’t fully air-dry inside the ferrule even after almost a week on a full-of-daylight windowsill - which was a shocker for me (that was a retractable Guerlain terracota brush). If the pipe is too hot, I put a tissue underneath the brush.
It has a full-metal case, aluminum I believe. On Chanel in-store stands this brush frequently looks totally disheveled - people aren’t being shy to fluff it up - which might mean that the ferrule glue isn’t that solid. For that, I just don’t tug on or twist the bristles, esp. while washing. In almost 8 months since I purchased the first brush, it has not changed/worsened in the least bit.
The cap seals it well - I don’t get powder dust in my makeup bag/purse.
If you need a travel-friendly powder brush, this one is great. There’s a synthetic retractable one by Tom Ford from the Soleil range - it is about twice as expensive as the Chanel but has very harsch bristles which might work for creamy products but is horrible for powders; is also larger and heavier and doesn’t really look/feel well-made. The Too Faced is harsher and larger (and a kinky pink) and costs (over here) almost as much as the Chanel.

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Brows -Chanel -Sculpting Brow Pencil

on 5/11/2018 10:08:00 PM

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I don't see how anyone except die-hard Chanel fans would be willing to repurchase it.
This product hasn't changed in last 15 years while the brow industry did a big step forward. You're paying for the name, not for the performance.
This pencil is soft, too soft to be used on the oily skin and even on my dry skin/dry brows is smears like nothing else every time I accidentally touch it. Due to the pencil softness, I have to continuously sharpen it to make it work on my naturally thin eyebrows. Literally every time I use it! I also have a very hard time making it look natural. 4 shades just do not cut it.
The spooley is big, it's designed for people who have great full eyebrows. Nothing like what I have to work with.
I prefer more precise, low maintenance and long-lasting products.

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BB Cream -Chanel -CC cream

on 5/10/2018 1:13:00 AM

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Lovely cc cream, there is already a new version only sold in Asia with a plum extract that has a record vitamin C content.

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