I always liked the original Blanc Universel which was discontinued and purchased its replacement, Le Blanc de Chanel, which I would only use to lighten my concealer, however, lately I have been using this product all over my face, and my face looks more balanced ....... I dab some on my beauty blender, and lightly blend all over and then use my beauty blender and lightly use some of my LORAC's Luminizer in which which I apply to the c's of my cheeks and a bit to highlight my eyes, nose, chin and my face truly looks flawless ......... I have no pores, fine lines are not as noticeable and even a few sun spots I have look diffused ......... Le Blanc de Chanel is $$$ but well worth the higher price tag, plus it works so well with the LORAC Luminizer ...... my face looks fresh all day long.
Why, oh why, did I not purchase this before? I thought it would be just like any other makeup primer, but I was so wrong!
It has this subtle, white reflectiveness to it which is just great for camoflaging my undereye circles. I also put it on my nose to cover my enlarged pores.
It works like a dream! Will keep repurchasing forever.
I swear this is waste of money!,If you acne scars/acne prone and trying to cover this is the worst product you purchase.
Another MUA member contacted me to reassure me that this is not a discontinued product. I am so happy to learn this! whew :)
I went to the Chanel Deja Vu section on their website, and they no longer show this as being discontinued. For Chanel lovers who may not know this, Chanel offers discontinued favorites from both limited edition, as well as permanent lines on their website.
Update: October 12,11
Chanel has this listed as a discontinued item. In an email sent to me, this is among others in the Deja vu offers. It is for sale on their website for $45. I do not know if it is still available in retail stores. Such a shame to see it go (again) I think if they'd packaged it better, there would have been many more repeat sales. Even just offering a pump to add to bottle...
EDIT: Eventually my growing frustration with the bottle led me to transfer this into an empty Roc serum pump dispenser. What a difference! It makes my makeup routine so much quicker, and, if I'm mixing this with a liquid foundation, the ratio is much more precise.
I still am incredulous that Chanel packaged this in the way it did with no pump option. I actually looked around for something with a black or even gold pump which would work with the wide mouth of the Chanel jar/bottle but found nothing. Hopefully someone for Chanel reads productville reviews and catches on that the current offering of packaging is extremely unpopular with consumers.
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Let me preface this review by saying that I never used the original formulation of Le Blanc, so I don't have that to compare it to. Maybe I would have loved it, but even if I did, and this new version is very different, I would still LOVE this new one too!
I don't even know where to start. On its own, without foundation, it makes my skin to where I would actually consider going without foundation on. This is huge for me to say this, because foundation and lipstick are just as important as deodorant in my daily essentials! lol
My skin is not bad. A couple broken capillaries, a few faint old acne scars, two melasma ~ one on either cheek. A stray freckle. Somewhat dark circles. But, what I dislike most is that my nose is darker and redder than the rest of my face. It just is. Not a lot, but a little. No amount of sunblock seems to change it. And I remember reading some well respected makeup artist saying how that was one of the major faux pas that the average woman made, in that she didn't see her nose was darker than her cheeks. So, I'm a bit over sensitive about it.
With this product, everything looks in nice soft focus, it takes away much of the redness everywhere. (even my nose).
But, as nice is this is, I found something I think makes it even more wonderful. I have YSL Teint Resist liquid foundation. This was purchased back when I was on my mission to find THE foundation of all foundations! It took two color exchanges before I was satisfied. But even then,the makeup just looked a little too flat, too much like it was sitting on my skin. Especially in fluorescent lighting. However, I really liked the fact it didn't rub off or oxidize, and no heavy mask appearance. So, I kept it, but it was in the drawer of my vanity rather than being used. (and, a fyi, that foundation, at least the shades I've tried, dry noticeably darker than while still wet)
After I bought Le Blanc de Chanel, I tried mixing it equal parts with the YSL TR. Perfection! really. I use a damp beauty blender sponge. And my face looks amazing. Glowing, not shiny, the foundation keeps its no transfer properties. It lasts for hours and hours. I am so amazed, and so wish I'd discovered the Le Blanc years ago.
I've also used it under Boots #7 mouse foundation with wonderful results. Honestly that foundation goes so far anyway, and with the Le Blanc used as primer first, not even a quarter of a pea size does my face. The radiance created by Le Blanc is not hidden by foundation put on top of it. It comes through somehow, for me anyway.
As virtually everyone else has commented, the bottle is a pain. Yes, it looks pretty on the vanity, but its messy to pour out, spatula is messy too, & its difficult to use the same precise amount (if mixing with a foundation). If I'm not mixing with foundation I just tip with a couple of fingers over the opening. If I am mixing, I dip the tip of a spatula in. Really wish it had a pump! I'd pay extra.
All in all, it is one of my top favorite discoveries. I love that I can put this on and do nothing else to my face, and feel pretty.
After all of these years, I can finally be the woman who can be ready in just moments, with this on my face and a swipe of lipstick(and maybe some eyebrow pencil). But really, less than two minutes and I can be out the door. I also like that it does not contain sunscreen so I don't have to worry about having "ghost face" for photographs.
This is a fantastic product! It leaves the skin naturally even toned, while brightening it... I do not use it as a primer as I don't wear foundation. I think that it is better worn by itself, as foundation seems to distort my natural skin colour, which is accentuated immediately with this product. I purchased armani's face fabric second skin in the white shade, only to find out that chanel does it more naturally... If you have a really dark skin though, apply just a small quantity!
Although at $45 USD, Le Blanc de Chanel is definitely on the pricey side for a base/primer, for me it is well worth it and I've already repurchased after discovering this product in early 2010. It was recommended to me by an SA at the Chanel counter in Boots to wear under my Chanel Mat Lumiere Foundation and works beautifully.
I have oily/acne-prone skin and was a bit skeptical that this would work (and last) on my skin type, but it does! It evens out the bumps and redness in my skin and gives a great smooth, silky texture. I find that with it on, I need to put on less foundation to get the same coverage and that the foundation lasts much longer. It also gives my skin a healthy, luminous glow under my foundation. I still use a translucent powder to set everything once I am done, but I don't notice that oily-ness is a problem. And although I am prone to breakouts, this product doesn't clog or irritate my skin.
My only major complaint is the packaging. I would rather that it comes with a pump, but instead it comes with a dipstick that you dip into the product and then pull out. It's not a major problem, just a bit messier than a pump! All in all, worth it if you have the money to spend!
I love this primer! I bought this after reading the reviews here. I was used to silicone primers so I needed to get used to this as it has more of a cream/lotion consistency. I have some redness and this helps to reduce the redness a bit. You don't need a lot of product, a little goes a long way.
Lately my T-zone gets really oily this product mattifies my T-zone. Normally I have to blot 1-2 a day, but whenever I use this primer, it's not necessary to blot. This product is so much better than the mattifying primer (SPF 50) from MAC. It works great with every foundation and even with my La Mer foundation, which has light reflecting properties. It still gives my complexion a nice glow without looking greasy. The only downside of this product is the packaging and the price. There is no pump, however it comes with a spatula. I don't use the spatula. I turn the bottle upside down and put some on my fingers.. Works for me :).. Despite the price, I would definitely buy this again whenever I run out. Overall highly recommended and definitely HG for me!
I love this product. I can't believe it. It gives a glow to the face while mattifying. The only thing I wish is that it had a pump.
This product is amazing, i was searching for a product to keep my oily complexion lookin matte all day so i thought of buying the chanel uv essentiel sunscreen cuz i read some reviews about its matifying properties.
At my country they dont sell uv essentiel so i tried to find a similar product. at first i was skeptical about whether or not this could help me, but after thinking it i decided to buy it.(Price its $52 i dont think its that much expensive considering its Chanel comes in a luxurious packaging)
I have to say this works like magic, its texture its a silky smooth white liquid that makes my face even toned, refines the surface by minimizing any imperfection, hides fine lines, pores (which i have some cuz of my oily skin), it made my skin look paler i have to say but this pale made my skin look even-toned.
i went to the toilette mirror to touch up my shiny oily nose, guess what? there was no sign of shine, i will not lie to you by saying that my nose didn't produced any oil but this primer-base haves a blurring effect that made it look matte! no shine at all,the packaging its a little messy to work with i wish it had an air pump. i'm completely happy with this. my face looks naturally perfect.
This is a fabulous product and by far the most natural of all primers I have tried. So many including Mercier and Smashbox tend to roll or can be somewhat dry. This product is simply clean and fresh looking without heavy sheen but also gives the skin the flawless look and for my age..............I'm sold! BTW....I've been using it a long time with combo/sensitive skin. This has never irritated my complexion. Well worth the money. I think you use less foundation as well.