NEW: Chanel UV Essentiel Complete Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50

Chanel has released a re-vamped range of sunscreens this spring, which includes a formulation for SPF 20, SPF 30, and SPF 50. Last year, I reviewed Chanel’s sunscreen but preferred the Shiseido Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector For Face SPF 42 PA +++ because it absorbed faster and was water-resistant.

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The UV Essentiel Complete Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 is what I purchased, and compared to the Essentiel Multi-Protection Daily UV Care SPF 50 from last year, I would say that they’re pretty similar. It’s still the same moisturizing, moderately quick-drying formula; however, the floral scent is more like the Le Blanc skincare range.

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According to the product’s insert, this product is “the fnal daytime skincare step to preserve skin’s beauty all day and all year long.” Chanel claims that this is “the first daily UV shield that effectively protects skin from UV rays, free radicals, and urban pollution damage, while providing skin with unique protection.” The foundation of this product (and the marketing of it) resembles Shiseido’s suncare ranges, so Chanel’s claims are just that — claims. However, it does feel nice knowing that you could be doing something extra for your skin. The three different SPF ranges means that you can pick the one that best suits your lifestyle. Obviously, SPF 50 will provide you with the optimum protection — but, because it doesn’t claim to be waterproof, sweat-proof, or water-resistant like Shiseido, you probably should opt for something else to protect your skin if you’re going to the beach or the pool.

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This new range of sunscreens feels great and is lightweight; it’s perfect for the face and is ideal for wearing underneath makeup during the day. “UV Essentiel guarantees complete and unique UV protection that helps shield skin from photo-aging and hyper-pigmentation. Its UV filters protect against harmful UVA and UVB rays to ensure external protection of the skin, while a unique shielding complex reinforces the skin’s barrier function to provide internal protection.” The “lightweight fluid texture moisturizes the skin” and feels nice and smooth before makeup application. While the texture of the sunscreen isn’t as runny as Shiseido’s, it absorbs nicely (although not instantly) and doesn’t interfere with makeup in any way.

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All in all, I love it. If you’re looking for a fancy sunscreen, then I would recommend it. However, for a sunscreen, it’s quite expensive — especially since you could go to the drugstore and buy a huge bottle of it for $10 or so. This isn’t an absolute essential in your life, but if you’re picky about sunscreen for the face or you dislike other textures because they’re too thick and greasy, you may want to consider this. Another option (and cheaper alternative) is the Shiseido sunscare range. They, too, offer different ranges of SPF protection; and, also, have created different sun protection formulas for different activities (every day to outdoor-heavy).

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Compared to the old formulation, I’d say this performs and lasts exactly the same. The bottle has changed but it still contains 1 fl. oz. As previously stated, the scent is the Le Blanc scent. The texture feels the same (from what I remember), but they did raise the price of the new formulation. I can’t say that all the newly added skincare ingredients have done anything special for my skin or in terms of sun protection. But, it feels nice and helps you feel pretty, lol — just like all Chanel products, I suppose. :)

1 oz.
Retails for $55.00 USD.
Made in France.

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