Review: CHANEL Resynchronizing Skincare – Day, Night, Weekend

I’m still very happy with my current skincare routine and I haven’t had the desire to change out the SK-II products that I’ve been quite attached to. However, I was curious about the new Resynchronizing Skincare line recently released by Chanel. The concept is unique, but I’ll let you view the video available here on Chanel’s US website. This line is also available at Nordstrom exclusively.

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There are three steps, but the items would have to be purchased separately (which can get very expensive). In an effort to explore the new line without breaking the bank, I asked for samples at the counter. And, I must say, out of all my times of visiting the Chanel counter, the sales associate this particular day was helpful and very generous. The basic philosophy of the line is to “reset your skin” from enduring every day aggressors. Also, all three items act as serums and are designed to supplement your current routine.

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Chanel’s claims: “In an ideal world, your skin’s functions would perform in perfect balance. However, daily life, lack of sleep, travel and hectic schedules disrupt skin’s natural rhythms, causing signs of dullness, fatigue and stress to appear. The complexion can appear tired, with an uneven texture. To restore the complexion to its optimal state, Chanel created three skincare products, customized to your weekly needs. Together, the products help to resynchronize skin’s natural rhythms throughout the day, the night and the weekend for a perfectly balanced complexion – even-textured, smooth, supple and beautiful.”

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This irritated my skin on the first day and it may be because of the Salicylic Acid. But on the second day, my skin was fine. The thin texture of this product allows it be added under your daytime moisturizer and sunscreen, so it doesn’t disrupt your routine. This also helped control oil during the day due to the Salicylic Acid, and I can imagine this may work to help those with acne-prone skin. It felt nice on my skin and I felt special having applied this before my makeup, but I didn’t see anything happen to my skin the two weeks I tried my samples. Also, the scent was a bit much for me.

1.7 oz. & retails for $85.00 USD.

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The night serum is much thicker and feels more like a night cream. My skin felt intensely hydrated and plump and I really liked the effect. While it doesn’t claim to have any real anti-aging benefits, I really did feel like this was helping “repair” and “reset my skin” during the night. My skin felt so nice in the morning after I washed my face. I applied this generously on my neck as well after the first night and I really felt that, in the long run, this could potentially yield some real results.

1.7 oz. & retails for $85.00 USD.

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The ‘weekend’ option is my favorite and the one that I would recommend if you could only get one. It’s also the product that produced the most results as well. Because of the Glycolic Acid Complex, it’s designed to be used as a treatment once a week, or over the weekend — as the marketing suggests. I applied this at night only underneath my night cream and washed it off in the morning using Cetaphil. This truly brightens and awakens my skin — it tightens and really works with the pores on my face. Something about this product is soothing and calming, yet it’s really working too because of the Glycolic Acid Complex. This functions as a mild exfoliator that you can wear throughout the night without irritating your skin. LOVE.

1.7 oz. & retails for $115.00 USD.

Overall, do you need all 3? No. I’d say that ‘night’ and ‘weekend’ serums are most efficient and worth the money. But if you had to pick one, I’d go with the ‘weekend.’ As for the resynchronizing claims — I can’t say that I felt like my skin was totally repaired. However, by gentle exfoliation and deep hydration at night, your skin repairs itself on its own anyway. I wouldn’t say that any of these are completely necessary, but the concept is nice and it feels great. I’ve used the samples for a little over two weeks and then went back to my SK-II. If you really want to invest in skincare, I’d shell out money for SK-II. But I’m glad I requested samples for the Resynchronizing Skincare. I may go back for the ‘weekend’ serum, but it’s only if I can use up what I already have! :)

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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.

CHANEL Le Blanc – Brightening Moisture Lotion

The Chanel Le Blanc skincare range is catered towards those wanting to brighten and illuminate their skin tone. We have to remember to not confuse this with ‘whitening,’ but that’s a whole different ball-game; however, the idea of it remains the same. Another thing to keep in mind (in my opinion), is that eliminating dark spots, age spots, sun spots, and acne scarring takes time; and, I believe products alone cannot deliver such promised results. What I mean by this is that though products like the Le Blanc line can help your skin, it’s unrealistic to rely on them to all of sudden diminish all spots from your face within weeks.

LE BLANC daily brightening skincare ritual marries the power of Eastern philosophy and Western science to illuminate the complexion, delivering more even-toned, radiant skin. Each of the exquisitely textured products in LE BLANC range offers a specific benefit that works in synergy to brighten the complexion. With key ingredients Pearl Protein and Licorice Extracts, this lightweight toner continues to hydrate as it refines skin, rendering it more receptive to the brightening action of LE BLANC ritual.”

Pros:
Lovely packaging
Easy squirt top/nozzle that’s not wasteful
Smells great
Feels clean and moisturizing
Dries on the skin quickly
Skin feels supple and renewed
Non-drying
Noticably brightens TEMPORARILY

Cons:
Expensive
Doesn’t last long (maybe 4 months)
Brightening effect only temporary
No long-term improvements
Will probably work better if using entire range
Didn’t notice any real results

Is this a skincare necessity? No. Is it worth the price and hype? Again, no.

Perhaps there will be some kind of desirable effect if one were to purchase the entire skincare line – but that’s a lot to invest in for something that may or may not work. Another thing to remember is that the illumination and radiance is temporary – in fact, you notice it right away after application. But that’s about it and you shouldn’t expect magical miracles from a toner.

Despite the fancy claims and ingredients, I would skip this and either invest in the serum (which is more potent and designed to penetrate the skin further for better results), or diligently exfoliate your skin to renew it, keep it hydrated, and wear sunscreen on a daily basis to prevent further darkening of the skin.

Also, note that prevention is key. It’s better to protect your skin from damage than to try to reverse damage later on in life.

Retails for $67.50 5 fl. oz.
Made in France.

*Quotes extracted from http://www.chanel.com.

CHANEL UV Essentiel Multi-Protection Daily UV Care SPF 50

Other than my trusty Shiseido and Asian brand sunscreens, the CHANEL UV Essentiel Multi-Protection Daily UV Care SPF 50 sunscreen has been a long time favorite of mine. Recently, I re-purchased my third bottle and was reminded that I hadn’t posted a review for it yet. Because I know that there are so many other sunscreens that get the job done, I realize this may not be something that interests everyone. However, I’ve decided to go ahead with the post for those who are researching and curious.

On Chanel’s website, the UV Essentiel sunscreen is described as “skin’s guardian angel [that] shields skin safely beyond the reach of aggressive UVA/UVB rays.” I especially like that the promo picture is light and bright because it fits the description so well. Also, please make note that the title – UV Essentiel – is spelled correctly in French; and, yes, the American spelling for the word is “essential.”

As always, Chanel’s packaging is beautifully done. The white squeeze bottle is one that you need to shake since the formula of this sunscreen is the runny kind that is watery and thin. I’ve tossed this bottle around in my makeup bag numerous times and it’s held up well despite its white hue. It’s compact and travel friendly, which is always a plus for portability and convenience.

There is a floral fragrance that takes some getting used to if you’re not used to Chanel’s products. The scent is light and fluffy, but it does linger on the skin after application. The formula is great for underneath makeup – cream, gel, liquid, and powder makeup alike – this sunscreen wells wear underneath it all.

The formula is slightly thicker than the Shiseido formulations and I find it to be more moisturizing. I’ve also noticed that this product takes longer to dry on the skin than other liquid sunscreens I’ve tried. The finish is not matte like Shiseido’s, so that may turn some of you off from this product.

As you can see, the texture of this sunscreen is not as runny. It blends well into the skin and does not leave a white cast. Because the finish is a bit more slick, I cannot immediately apply my face makeup over this – in fact, I need to wait a good 10-15 minutes. This is why this particular sunscreen is not my #1 go-to product. Also, nowhere does it claim to be water-resistant or sweat-resistant (like Shiseido’s), so I wouldn’t suggest wearing this to go swimming or to be outside for hours sweating.

Chanel’s website also explains that this sunscreen is “a free-radical and anti-pollution shield with a Vitamin E derivative and plant extracts.” It moisturizes the skin well and is very soothing. The “oil-free, lightweight formula safeguard[s] [the] skin against environmental pollutants.” Other ingredients in this product like “licorice root extract and a highly effective combination of UVA and UVB filters help diminish and prevent the appearance of dark spots and signs of premature aging.”

I enjoy using this sunscreen and will continue to re-purchase it when I run out. As with many of my products, I rotate sunscreen as well from time to time. At the moment, I’m in the process of finishing up my Shiseido sunscreen and will probably move onto my new bottle of Chanel’s UV Essentiel afterwards. It’s nice to use but it’s not necessary; in fact, using Clarins or Shiseido sunscreens have proved to be just as effective with a friendlier price point. However, using Neutrogena on your face works just the same for about $10 – so all this is based on personal preference and budget.

As I’ve stated previously in other sunscreen posts, I prefer the runnier and watery formulations for my face because it’s lightweight, non-oily, and non-sticky. It’s also better for makeup application and every day wear as well because it’s just easier to use. Using this formulation in sunscreens has not affected the amount of coverage or protection for me – I know that many people are concerned about not using “enough” for their face for adequate sun protection, since this style of sunscreen is not thick and creamy.

Overall, I recommend this product even though it is a luxury item. Is a high-end sunscreen going to protect you more from the sun than other brands? Definitely not. But it’s nice to use and that’s the only excuse I’ve got. :)

1 fl. oz.
Made in France.
Retails for $54.00.

Active ingredients: octinoxate 7.5%, titanium dioxide 2%, zinc oxide 17.1%
*Quotes extracted from http://www.chanel.com.
*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)

REVIEW: CHANEL Hydra Beauty Serum – Hydration Protection Radiance

Chanel’s previously known Hydra Max line is being phased out and replaced with the Hydra Beauty line. I believe this was already introduced in Europe and I’m thrilled it’s available in the states now – because I’ve been waiting for it. The concept of the new line is the same: super hydration for the skin, with skin soothing and restorative ingredients, and the convenience of a light, fluffy texture.

ACCORDING TO CHANEL.COM: “At the heart of the HYDRA BEAUTY range: Camellia Alba PFA*, an active ingredient that promotes optimal moisture retention within skin cells. When combined with an improved, more powerful version of Blue Ginger PFA, a vital antioxidant, the perfect synergy of ultimate hydration and protection is created. With added Hyaluronic Acid, the Sérum immediately hydrates and protects the skin. Fresh and soothing, it comforts and boosts overall radiance. Ideal for all skin types.”

*PFA: Polyfractioned Active – an ultra-pure, ultra-powerful ingredient created through an exclusive purification technique developed by Chanel.

According to the insert, the Hydra Beauty Serum promises “skin exquisitely comforted with vital moisture” that is “luminous and velvety to the touch.” Along with intense hydration, skin is protected and strengthened “restoring the skin’s natural beauty.” The difference between the Hydra Max line and the Hydra Beauty line is the newly added ingredient: the Camellia flower which helps the “skin maintain optimal moisture levels within its cells.” Also added, is Blue Ginger, which is a “powerful antioxidant [that] helps protect and reinforce skin’s self-defense system.”

I know that hydration is heavily emphasized here and that’s why the light-weight texture is a key point for this review. Normally, intense hydration is associated with heavy, thick creams that feel sticky and goopy on the skin. The Hydra Beauty line is incredibly thin and light-weight. The texture of this serum is gel-like and transparent and when applied to the skin, it’s basically like water because it pretty much melts into the skin. The product is absorbed into the skin immediately; and, with that, I find it interesting that my skin feels like it has nothing on it but it feels soft, supple, and moisturized.

A half-pump is more than enough for my entire face. It spreads easily and instantly so it makes it very easy to work with.

You can see how the serum is very transparent. Hyaluronic acid helps with “optimal absorption and [provides an] immediate plumping effect.” With “lasting moisture and protection, your skin recovers its beauty and radiance.”

The Hydra Beauty range includes the serum, the gel cream (for normal and combination skins), and a cream (for dry skins). I received a sample of the gel cream and it’s still in the testing phase. I purchased the serum first because serums deposit nurtients into deeper layers of your skin that a regular moisturizer is not able to reach. Moisturizers have larger molecules than a serum, so because of this, your moisturizer will not penetrate the skin as far as a serum will.

I like to use the serum + my regular day time moisturizer before my sunblock and makeup. Sometimes I skip the moisturizer and just use the serum before my sunblock and makeup – it just depends on my mood and the condition of my skin. I highly recommend this product and I know that it’s pricey. It’s not a necessity in your skin care routine but I think it helps tremendously. Well-moisturized skin is key to prepping it for makeup application in the morning; and at night, it’s essential to helping your skin repair itself while you sleep.

P.S. Like all of Chanel’s products, this is scented and it’s actually quite strong. It’s very floral and the scent does linger. I like the scent and never cared about it in Chanel’s products; or, maybe I’m just used to it. So if you’re sensitive to scents, this may bother you.

Made in France.
1.7 oz. retails for $135.00
1.0 oz. retails for $97.50

Thanks for reading.
*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)
*Quotes extracted from http://www.chanel.com & product insert