Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Review: Chanel CC Cream

At the Hong Kong airport, while waiting for my flight to Heathrow, I managed to try a bit of Chanel's new CC cream before the sales lady came up to me asking if I'd like a bottle of the $90US product.

So, after squeezing a good amount (around a bit more than a pea size) on the back of my hand and dabbing a bit on my face, I went on to type what I thought of the Chanel's CC Cream on my iPhone, I also took a bit of time reading through the ingredients list to take notes also.

Let's take a look at the supposed "Complete Correction" Cream by Chanel...

Chanel claims that there are “five actions” in this one product – cornflower water to soothe, hyaluronic acid to moisturise, a mineral sunscreen (SFP30 / PA+++) to protect against sun damage, a restructuring active ingredient, Rejuvencia, and to prevent and correct signs of aging, mineral pigments to even out skin tone and conceal imperfections (redness, dark spots, pores).

Things to note:
- The shade is a cool-toned yellow shade, which may be both good or bad. If you have naturally quite cool skin you may look slightly sickly because of it's green-ish/blue-ish tone (also associated with the colouring: CL77007 Ultramarine)
- While it claims to be packed with 'Hyaluronic Acid', it actually contains Sodium Hyaluronate, unlike Hyaluronic Acid it does not help the skin to stimulate collagen production to lock in moisture in the skin. However, Sodium Hyaluronate can help your skin to absorb water more efficiently
- While it claims to contain an active ingredient called "Rejuvencia", to prevent aging, derived from marine micro-organisms; it's actually just Biotin (also known as Vitamin H or Coenzyme R) and Thermus Thermophillus Ferment (a bacterium strain found in hydrothermal vents that is an antioxidant that can be activated through light/heat), both contained in small amounts - so to make its anti-aging benefits work to the maximum, applying with your fingers and going out to the sun may make it easier to activate the benefits of such "Rejuvencia"

The good:
- Finish is semi-matte, which is flattering for most- it can easily be mattified with a powder
- Covers pores well because of its silicones
- Brightens dull skin when removed- Very blendable
- Contains Centaurea Cyanus Flower Water, which can help prevent irritation (it is used in a lot of eye products), it also has an astringent effect on skin
- Contain Witch Hazel Water which helps with acne prone skin
- Contain SPF30 PA+++ with UVA/UVB filters
- Medium coverage, so it will cover any minor imperfections- such as redness- and gives a natural finish

The bad:
- It will become greasy after a few hours despite its claims (and this is on a plane, where even oily skin becomes dry as a desert)
- Does not completely cover acne scarring and will not cover blemishes
- Limited shade selection, it only comes in B20 (Beige 20), I have MAC N15 skin and it's only slightly darker than me
- The smell is quite overpowering despite how it goes away after a few minutes, it has a powdery floral scent
- Contains Alcohol- to my fellow friends with dry skin- are your warning lights flaring?
- Contains Stearic Acid, which clogs pores
- Contains Methylparaben, which is a preservative that can cause oxidative stress
- Contains Phenoxyethanol, which irritates skin and eyes- it is restricted for use in Japan!
- Like a lot of the normal BB creams that cost much less, the first few ingredients (are silicones, aqua and titanium dioxide which acts as sunscreen), you are paying a lot more for the same thigns you can get for a fraction of the cost

Final verdict:
If you have light skin (not pale- just light), and you do not have any outstanding allergies or particularly sensitive skin the Chanel CC Cream may be something you'd like to try.
Because of its yellow tone it will neutralize most redness on the face as redness is one of the most frequent problem for people with light skin color.
It blends very well and while not as liquid in texture as Chanel's recent foundations, it does feel less thick than Dior's Diorsnow White Reveal UV Shield, it definitely feels up to its value in terms of how the product feels.
The scent is not cheap- candy floral- smelling, and the packaging is sleek and looks aesthetically pleasing- however, the squeeze tube may be considered unhygienic by some.
For those with dry skin this will still stick to any dry patches and for those with oily skin- touch ups and powder are still needed, but for those with normal and calm skin with not a lot of imperfections, this will be a great product for that my-skin-by-better look.
For me, I will not be getting this, for it's price ($90US) I do not think it is worth it, much better products that work better with my skin can be found at a lower price point, as the CC Cream leaves a strange yellow cast on my skin (despite me being Asian and having a lot of surface yellowness already). However, on my dry skin, this CC cream has worked quite well to help my skin retain its moisture.


  1. Interesting review! Thanks for letting me know about methylparaben and what it does, I had no idea. Looks like this product is a big waste of money when anyone could find a much cheaper alternative. Thanks for reviewing!

  2. Much love,
    "Great post <3

  3. Are there other shades available? Thanks for the review, will you repurchase?

    ~Pauline @Kallony

  4. An objective review is very helpful. Thank you for your insights on this product. :)