This is probably my biggest splurge of 2013. I put some of my birthday vouchers towards purchasing the Chanel Hydra Beauty Gel Creme after receiving a sample of this moisturiser with a previous purchase, and I was really impressed with the results. I’m used to my cheeks feeling a bit tight by mid-afternoon and my makeup starting to flake slightly beneath my eyes, but since I’ve been using this I haven’t experienced either of these issues.
Because of the hefty price tag I don’t know anyone who goes around using Chanel skincare willy nilly (except those beauty peeps who get gifted with it) so this was definitely a special treat for me. Having said that, I am so pleased with it that I don’t regret the R785 at all. It has a light gel texture which makes it perfect for combination skins, but at the same time it is ultra-hydrating and therefore great for dry skin despite the texture. It contains camelia and blue ginger extract and gives you a refreshing, cooling sensation on application, which makes it perfect for use in summer. It also has a fresh cucumber/floral scent.
The texture, refreshing sensation on application and the amazing all-day hydrating properties are the benefits of this moisturiser. The possible cons I would say are the price, the jar packaging, and the fact that it contains alcohol. I only noticed this after I purchased it, and I admit I freaked out a bit, but I’ve been researching a little and I found this extract from Pai Skincare which calmed me down somewhat.
“Not all alcohols are created equal. They can take various forms, serve different purposes and not all are bad for the skin. There is a class of wax alcohols such as cetearyl alcohol and stearyl alcohol. These are referred to as ‘fatty alcohols’ and are commonly used as an emulsifier or thickener in creams. They actually have a non-drying moisturising effect on the skin. These alcohols are usually naturally derived from vegetable sources such as coconut and are well tolerated by sensitive skin sufferers.”
Chanel doesn’t state what type of alcohol the Hydra Beauty Gel Creme contains but because it does not dry my skin at all, or irritate it, I suspect it is one of those nice alcohols used by Pai. I’ve included the ingredient list below for anyone who can understand one word of it other than aqua and alcohol. Lastly, it does contain fragrance, as with all of Chanel’s products (and indeed many French brands) but my skin definitely tolerates fragrance so this isn’t a problem for me.
So to cut a long story short, if you’re looking for a hydration boost and a luxurious skincare experience, and want to seriously spoil yourself, then I would definitely recommend this moisturiser. I don’t know if I would repurchase it again until next summer, but that’s just for affordability reasons and the fact that I think it’s best suited to summer.