I finally have my hands on the Chanel CC cream which I have been wanting since I got a sample in December, or probably even before that. I put it on my 2014 wish list a while back, and waited quite long for stock to come in. Apparently they had a waiting list for it, despite the ridiculous price! I didn’t actually realize that these sell for R700 until I checked my till slip, and perhaps being armed with that knowledge might have been useful. Luckily I had a gift card and my Stila Illuminating Beauty Balm had just finished that morning, so I felt it was as good a time as any to get this.
So was it worth it? It is in the same league as a high-end foundation and absolutely worth a high price tag, but I don’t think any foundation should be priced much over R500. Anyway, that is just my opinion and doesn’t mean the Chanel CC cream isn’t really fabulous. There are similarities between this and the Bourjois CC cream (not surprising since they are manufactured by the same people) but the Chanel one takes the plus points a step further and has fewer cons. It contains hyaluronic acid for hydration and extracts to combat environmental aggressors.
What I love
- It is quite thick, so a little bit goes a long way. No need to use a lot of product.
- I find it really long lasting. Even without a primer underneath not much oiliness comes through around my nose during the day.
- When it starts to slip slightly around my nose by late afternoon I literally just use my fingers to pat the CC cream back in place and it looks fine again. This is difficult to explain, but it doesn’t disappear completely the way the Bourjois CC cream does without a primer.
- I think this would suit dry skin because it is nicely hydrating, but also suits combination skin. Unless you’re very oily perhaps.
- It has an SPF30 (mineral filters), which is the highest I’ve come across in a CC cream and one of the reasons I decided to buy it. It doubles as my everyday sunscreen.
- I think the coverage is good, using other CC creams and very light foundations to compare. Some reviews have listed it as “sheer to medium” coverage but I definitely get a medium coverage from this. It also corrects redness and under-eye shadows very well.
- You can also wear it under foundation if you need heavier coverage, but I haven’t tried this as I’ve found the coverage just right for me.
- It is satin-matte and dry to the touch (doesn’t transfer) but doesn’t look flat or dull. It definitely has a radiance to it without looking shiny or dewy.
- It has a pretty Chanel-like floral scent.
What i don’t love
- There isn’t much I don’t love about this CC cream. As I mentioned, this is the best CC cream I have tried in terms of coverage and longevity as well as he way it looks and feels on my skin.
- The fact it only comes in only one shade, #32 Beige Rose, is problematic. I am the equivalent of MAC NC25 and it works perfectly for me. In the middle of winter I might need to lighten it slightly. Anyone with tanned skin is probably going to look a bit pink or pasty as it is a fair shade with slight pink undertones.
- Some people complain the scent is overpowering. I don’t find this to be the case at all, but just be aware if you don’t like scented products.
- Actually, I don’t love the price!