You’ve splurged on your first work bag, that quality omakase meal, hey, even an extra cup of bubble tea this week. No judgment here, you deserve it. So how about this — splurging on your face, your skin that is, it has to be worth it, right?

You see, quality comes at a price — in other words, it’s more likely that you’ll need to spend on reputable beauty brands, in order to achieve the consistent results you desire. The holy grail of glowing, hydrated, plump, youthful skin, et al. Yes, all beauty lovers adore drugstore miracles — we have to start from somewhere — but if you’ve ever considered investing in beauty, this one’s for you.

Chanel Skincare Regime

Do you have to reach for a $1,000 cream to transform your skin? Nope. But consider this, you’re not just splurging on a cream, you’re backing a brand that too has your back in terms of extensive, qualified research, along with innovative technology that works for your skin.

And if you’re going for luxury on your face, then Chanel Beauty has to be at the top of your mind. The brand’s not just synonymous with the 2.55, their makeup line boasts a cool Parisian attitude, while I’d say that their skincare’s pretty underrated for something that delivers so well. I’d know, because I gave the Chanel’s Hydra Beauty skincare range a go for a full month, or, an eternity in beauty editorial years. If it’s your first time encountering the ultra-hydrating line, read on so you know what to — deservingly — spend on.

CHANEL HYDRA BEAUTY — My Full Skincare Regime

After a consultation with a Chanel skincare professional, here’s my recommended regime:

All Chanel.

Review: Overall Impressions

Hands down, my favourite part of the regime has to be the amazing textures — clear standouts being the Micro Liquid Essence and Camellia Water Cream for their fresh, lightweight feel. If you don’t like that heavy — or worse, oily / slick — feeling on your face after your skincare, this is the place to start.

I have normal-dry skin, so the Hydra Beauty line, with its focus on hydration, suited my daily needs. The Camellia Water Cream, in particular, absorbed quickly while still feeling quite rich — like it won’t just disappear after a couple of hours. As for the Essence, the watery texture really contains micro-droplets of camellia extract that burst onto contact, which not only helps preserve the quality of the ingredients, but also makes it feel extra refreshing when applied.

I’m also a fan of suiting skincare to our climate, and since we’re all too familiar with “hot and humid”, you’d agree that lightweight creams and gels are key — items such as the Gel Créme (especially when compared to the other richer moisturisers) in my regime helped replenish, and also gently balance, my skin. Fyi, all the items are free of alcohol and surfactants, though there’s a distinct fruity-floral scent that’s key to the range; it didn’t react to my skin, and in fact, makes skincare application feel more luxe than usual.

After a full month’s use, here’s what I can vouch for: my skin felt plump and refreshed throughout, without any annoying breakouts that may happen when you switch whole regimes. It was a breeze to use throughout, so no crazy 10-step routines to deal with, while I realise I actually look forward to skincare in the morning. Even without much daily sleep, my tired skin always felt alive after. Clear and smooth skin, with a subtle glow. Isn’t that the dream?

What Is Hydra Beauty?

Before delving into the individual items though, here’s a quick overview of Hydra Beauty and why it delivers:

how hydra beauty works

The first thing you must know is what it can do for your skin — each item in the range aims to infuse your skin with hydration, which means giving it a hydration boost that lasts for a long while. This then leaves your skin smooth and glowing.

  • Key Ingredients: White Camellia, Blue Ginger

The Camellia flower has always been emblematic to the brand, so we’d expect it to feature here too. The Camellia Alba PFA is at the centre of the Hydra Beauty line, extracted from white camellia flowers that are handpicked from the fields in Gaujacq, southwestern France, and then crafted by the Chanel research labs into a pure, powerful active ingredient. It helps with moisturising — having our skin restored to a healthy state, while maintaining optimal moisture levels in the cells and preventing it from escaping.

As for Blue Ginger, this powerful antioxidant protects our skin from free radicals, and reinforces our cells’ natural defense system, so our skin can deal with environmental stressors on its own.

  • Microfluidic Technology

This has to do with the delivery of your skincare. The groundbreaking technology enables the brand to create droplets of pure ingredients; you’ll find this in the Essence and Serum, which suspend camellia micro-droplets in the formulas. The delicate micro-droplets protect the effectiveness of the active ingredients, ensuring that they remain intact up until the moment of application.

For a more in-depth breakdown, you can read an earlier article of ours.

BREAKDOWN: Each Item in the Skincare Regime

Cleansing — La Mousse

Chanel La Mousse, $64

While not technically part of the Hydra Beauty range, I was still introduced to the La Mousse, mainly for its simple and effective formula… and I liked it so much that it’s now in my regular routine! Straight from the tube, you’ll see this rich cream texture (on the right) — what you’ll need to do then is to add a bit of water to see it instantly transform into fluffy, dense foam.

I find that most foam cleansers take some time to lather, or require a lot of water that then dilutes the product; this cream-to-foam one is effortless in comparison. As a foam cleanser, it didn’t feel stripping either, and left my skin with a clean feel. And it’s gentle enough, even after using a makeup remover before for all the heavy-duty stuff.

What I also like is its anti-pollution formula; sure, I can’t literally see it happen, but knowing that it deals with pollutants, dust, sweat and other irritants (along with excess sebum and traces of makeup) gives me that peace of mind.

Essence — Hydra Beauty Micro Liquid Essence

Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Liquid Essence, $143

Meet the other addition to my regular routine. This is also arguably my favourite out of the Hydra Beauty range, and it’s once again, really down to the texture. Chanel says it’s “the strength of an essence and the texture of fresh water”, and as ridiculous as that sounds, it’s true!

You can barely see the essence pumped out (on the right), and when smoothed and patted onto my skin, it also feels fresh and watery. Being so lightweight, it sinks into the skin fairly quickly.

And that’s when the magic happens — the essence gets absorbed, and gives an immediate plumping effect, so I feel like my skin is revitalised again. With Chanel’s microfluidic technology, this means that the micro-droplets that contain the ultra-moisturising camellia ingredient, burst only upon application, so you know its working at its most effective.

Next: if something is this ultra-light, does it work? From my experience, the formula still stays put within your skin and does its work; it feels barely-there but you can feel its effects of smooth, hydrated skin. Works especially well when I need a good skin perk-me-up on tired mornings.

Serum — Hydra Beauty Micro SÉrum

Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Sérum, $200

At the centre of the Hydra Beauty line, you’ll find the Micro Sérum, and the pioneer item that reinvented hydration for the beauty brand — it’s the first serum that comprises of camellia micro-droplets and the microfluidic technology that I mentioned earlier.

What I noticed upon application is that same lightweight, refreshing effect, though of course its smooth consistency is more viscous than the essence. Good thing then that there’s a more intense plumping effect with this one — that surge of moisture it promises, even visibly. I’ve even tried it sans moisturiser (though layered with the essence) and can say that the hydration stays intact. The serum kept my skin continuously hydrated throughout the day. With both Camellia and Blue Ginger working in conjunction, you’ll feel your skin’s moisture levels restored and well-protected against free radicals.

Day Cream — Hydra Beauty Camellia Water Cream

Chanel Hydra Beauty Camellia Water Cream, $96

Here, you’ve got the latest invention in the Hydra Beauty range, and it’s certainly unique. I love it as a day moisturiser! And you’ll see why.

First of all, it applies wonderfully. I previously mentioned loving the skincare line’s textures, and this in particular deserves mention — it’s a fluid cream that doesn’t feel heavy at all, absorbs quickly while still having that velvety, comforting texture after. It’s like your skin’s softly enveloped, evened out, protected. The white camellia floral water replenishes your skin, while that soft-skin effect lasts far beyond that moment of instant contact.

Chanel Hydra Beauty Camellia Water Cream — Texture

Next, here’s why the item’s touted as an “illuminating hydrating fluid”. How can a cream be illuminating? Chanel pushes the boundaries by imitating the way light shimmers on water — here, fine pearly particles, super fine ones, reflect light for an added radiance. Your skin will glow, very naturally by the way, along with the expert blurring effect of an Instagram filter. Combined with the dewy-matte finish, this makes for a good priming base for makeup!

Day / Night Cream — Hydra Beauty Gel Créme

Chanel Hydra Beauty Gel Créme, $120

I love gel creams, but I love luxe gel creams even more — they just get everything right! First off, gel creams are perfect for the day, and for our humid weather, because they don’t feel sticky on the skin and have a pleasant cooling effect when applied. However, I’ve tried my fair share of gel moisturisers, and can say that they’re not created equal; the more run-of-the-mill types, compared to richer creams, may not last as long on the skin while their hydrating effects tend to wear off after a while, which makes me feel like the hydration’s only surface-level. Not the most ideal.

This is where it may make more sense to invest in skincare. Good gel creams, like this Hydra Beauty Gel Créme, give you that lightweight feel, and manage to stay within your skin in order to keep it plump for longer. You’re guaranteed deep hydration here! Chanel talks about a “sorbet texture”, which I definitely experienced here — whenever I use this, day or night, there’s a fresh texture that feels luxurious when smoothed out on my skin, which slurps up the cream instantaneously. Despite it being of a gel texture though, I find that the hydration goes deep enough that it still lasts a night in an air-conditioned room, so you’ll eventually wake up to soft (and non-oily!) morning skin.

eyes — hydra beauty micro gel yeux

Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Gel Yeux, $98

This feels very much like the Micro Sérum, and in fact, the technology of camellia micro-droplets is used here too. Camellia extract serves to firm and smoothen the fine, usually dehydrated, lines around the eye, while there’s also an anti-fatigue complex that acts on puffiness and dark circles. I’m usually more used to richer eye creams, but must say that the switch-up to a lighter texture works just as well. It feels comfortable on the sensitive skin around the eye, and get infused more easily, rather than sitting awkwardly on top.

Lips — hydra beauty nourishing lip care

Chanel Hydra Beauty Nourishing Lip Care, $58

Truth be told, I always ignore my lips when it comes to at-night skincare, simply because I feel any excess moisturiser can be used in place of a dedicated lip product. Plus, after a shower, my lips often feel more hydrated than usual (when they’re usually more flaky).

For the month, I decided to be a bit more hardworking with my lip care, and I must say, applying this day and night — when I do remember — obviously made a tremendous improvement. This lip treatment draws its power from protective waxes that coat camellia petals in Winter, and so, my lips did feel as smoothed and protected as a delicate flower petal. And what do you know, it boosted my lip colour to a more healthy flush of rose too!

Mist — Hydra Beauty Essence Mist

Chanel Hydra Beauty Essence Mist, $114

Our knowledge of beauty mists has definitely improved over the years — we know not to spray pure water on our faces, lest it dehydrates our skin more, and instead rely on mists that offer active ingredients that properly nourish our faces. With the amount of air-condition we subject our faces to on the daily, I feel that mists are becoming an absolute necessity on every working desk; I might have about 4 all the time.

Again, not all mists are created equal, and I feel the best ones often boil down to their delivery systems — I don’t want to fear pressing the nozzle, what comes out of the bottle should be a fine spray that disperses evenly. Chanel’s Hydra Beauty Essence Mist, thankfully, checks those boxes, and is in fact one of the more fine ones around, such that I have to give it a couple of extra spritzes. What it does though, is infuse the skin with Vitamins C & E, as well as hyaluronic acid, on top of the Hydra Beauty line’s core camellia and blue ginger extracts.

Exfoliator — Gommage Mircoperlé Éclat

Chanel Gommage Mircoperlé Éclat, $75

With every regular skincare routine, you’ll also need masks and an exfoliating product to round it up. Of course, the latter should only be used once a week in order to avoid stripping the skin of essential nutrients and oils. What an exfoliating product like the Chanel one does is to give you a deeper cleanse than your daily one, lifting away dead skin cells and other impurities to unveil a new layer of clean skin.

Gone are the days of micro-beads, of course! This gommage uses a combination of pearl powders (very fine ones) and natural jojoba beads (biodegradable!) to smooth the skin surface. I find this especially refreshing to use, but still very gentle on the skin when gently massaged. My skin’s always still hydrated after, while it feels smooth, I noticed that my complexion’s a tad more radiant too.

Chanel Hydra Beauty, available at Chanel boutiques and counters.

The Best Chanel Makeup Products

Hello lovelies!

Today I’ll be sharing The Best Chanel Makeup Products, top-sellers, beauty essentials and my old time favorites as well as new holy grail products from this year. Whether you are a luxury makeup lover, Chanel collector or you just started diving into the high end makeup world, this article is for your.

I’m naming 10 products that I would begin with if I were to build my collection all over again. These are what I consider Chanel makeup top essentials as there are the best Chanel makeup products, not only from what I’ve been using over the past few years but also based on so many opinions of makeup artists and Chanel lovers out there.

Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base – $50.00

It comes in this big jar that will last you forever. It’s one of the most versatile Chanel products because you can use you on your face or body. You can apply it before your foundation as a base, but also on top of it as a bronzer. You can dab it all over your face if that’s what you want. It has skincare ingredients directly in the product itself.

It’s the most natural looking bronzer as it has a gel-cream consistency that gives the perfect sun-kissed glow. Did I mention it comes in this big jar that will last you for a long looong time? Also is the perfect year all round product, feels very emollient so you can wear it in any season.

Soleil Tan de Chanel Sheer Illuminating Fluid – $48.00

A lot of celebrities and makeup artists rely on this product to make their makeup look as beautiful as possible. It gives the perfect amount of glow, is soft and subtle enough but it also has a lil bit of the pop. It will give you that healthy and vibrant skin with a fresh look that many are looking for.

It’s a versatile product as you can mix it into your foundation or concealer to add that glow from within look, but you can also dab it on your cheeks as a liquid highlighter.

Les Beiges Water-Fresh Tint – $65.00

Is a complexion tint available in 6 shades that gives a very natural tint of color, evening out your complexion. The best way I can describe it is a gel-based tinted moisturizer with a bronze glow finish giving a healthy-looking glow to the skin. Apply it with the brush that comes with it before your foundation.

RELATED: Chanel Eiffel Tower Illuminating Powder for Fall 2019

You can skip the foundation if you are happy with a natural coverage. I’d definitely recommend this product especially to those over 30’s like me, who are afraid of products that will emphasize their
fine lines or wrinkles.

Les Beiges Powder – $58.00

It a multi-use face powder with a translucent hue that is great for finishing your skin. You just needs a very light touch to hold all the products in place. Will look natural, not powdery or harsh matte. Any of the Les Beiges
powders are really great. I’m going to also include here Chanel Natural Finish loose powder even though is not best for travel, but it has a great price point $52.00 for a great quantity.

Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush – $45.00

I will have to name Jersey as a timeless and universal blush color. It’s not too pink or too brown so it’s universal flattering and pairs great with any Chanel lipstick. The recent Voyage de Chanel Travel Face Palette (review, swatches) is a great investment as you have a blusher, highlighter and bronzer inside. Colors are universal flattering and you can obviously use them as eyeshadows as well.

Le Volume de Chanel / Le Volume Revolution Mascara – $32.00

The best Chanel mascara and one of the best mascaras out there. So many repurchases and people who have been faithful to Le Volume Mascara for years that it makes you wonder how they don’t feel tempted on trying out new mascaras.

The price point is very decent as well, in-line with other luxury makeup brands and I’m totally recommending this especially if you don’t want to invest too much into a Chanel makeup product or you are just starting out with luxury makeup brands. You will not be disappointed.

Rouge Allure – $38.00

I’ll have to name here the bold and daring red lip shades. When I think of Chanel I think of the perfect red lipstick. There are so many variations out there that’s just impossible not to find your flattering red. You can find them in a velvet matte but also a luminous finish with a great color payoff and rich pigmentation.

Rouge Coco Flash Lipstick – $38.00

They come trough quite sheer on the lips like a tinted balm, but some of the shades from the range are more pigmented than the others. My favorite is No.94 Desir which gives me a semi-opaque coverage with a stunning high-shine effect. In those windy days when I cannot wear lip gloss I’m reaching out for this because of that juicy shine effect that adds freshness and a youthful look to my lips

RELATED: Chanel Desir Rouge Coco Flash Review

It doesn’t sink into lip lines and has a hydrating formula that makes it a great product even for more mature ladies out there. Definitely check it out and find your favorite shade, there are so many to choose from.

Les 9 Ombres Multi-Effects Eyeshadow Palette – $70.00

It’s a great value but you will get the best thing for your buck as you have the perfect mix and match of metallic finishes, satin, matte and a beautiful range of light shades, medium or deeper intensity.

The eyeshadows are very buttery and easily blendable so you’ll be reaching out of this palette a lot. One of the must haves is Les Beiges Natural Eyeshadow Palette.

Chanel Bronzer and Highlighter Duo – $70.00

I just had to add this limited edition bronzer and highlighter duo that Chanel launched this Summer because it is just the perfect combo. It comes in two variations, Light and Medium and you may be surprised that a light skin tone like me choose the Medium one.

RELATED: Chanel Duo Bronze et Lumiere / Bronzer and Highlighter Duo Review

I’ve been using it all Summer long, loving how that bronzer just gives warmth to my skin, without any orange tones and without looking too hars on my skin. The colors are easily buildable and the highlighter gives a chic glow.

Chanel. A word that can make a woman weak at the knees. Whether it’s bags, beauty or just a browse in Selfridges, it’s safe to say that a little bit of Coco never hurt nobody. We all dream of owning an infamous quilted bag, the chain strap is enough to send us over the edge. However, here at LeSalon we are all about beauty, so we thought we would talk through the 10 best selling Chanel beauty products of all time. Therefore, next time you find yourself at the makeup counter, you’ll know exactly what it is you’re looking for.

No.5 Eau de Parfum

The first product we have to talk about is of course a fragrance, because is it really an article about Chanel if there isn’t a mention of No.5 Eau de Parfum? This iconic fragrance has been around since we can remember, with our grandmothers and mothers both favouring the scent. But by no means does that mean it’s an older scent, instead it’s a timeless classic, with many young girls also jumping on the bandwagon. It’s a bestseller, not only in terms of Chanel products, but in terms of perfume in general. The scent of powdery florals can be worn either day or night, and is bound to make you feel just that little bit more classy.

Rouge Allure – Pirate

What do we think of when we think of Chanel? A red lipstick of course, encased in sleek, black packaging. This lipstick, with its deep blue undertones, is popular due to the fact that it suits all skin types, with the hint of blue instantly making your teeth look whiter! One of our favourite makeup looks at LeSalon is a flawless base, with minimal eye makeup and a red lipstick to finish off. It oozes sophistication whilst keeping everything simple, and as Coco Chanel said herself, ‘Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.’

Le Volume Revolution Mascara

Big eyelashes have always been in style, and Chanel’s iconic mascara is definitely an example of this. It is known for giving eyelashes the flutter they’ve always wanted, minus the clumps. It’s innovative wand ensures even distribution, thanks to some kind of technology we definitely don’t understand. What we do understand is that once you try this mascara out, you won’t be going back to the drugstore anytime soon!

Le Vernis – Rouge Noir

We’re sure you’re all familiar with this one, with it being Chanel’s signature coloured nail polish. It’s a dark red, which just like the lipstick, tends to suit all skin tones. Many celebrities have favoured the polish, including Madonna and Uma Thurman. So if you want a mani to match the stars, we definitely suggest trying this!

Not one to give yourself a manicure? Why not book with us? Here at LeSalon, we deliver professional beauty treatments to your door, including every type of manicure you could dream of!

Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronze Universal

Everyone loves looking bronzed all year round, and this product from Chanel is a must have when it comes to achieving that. The bronzer, which is a cream-gel formula, allows you to be in control of just how sunkissed you want to look, as you can wear it alone, under or over foundation. Forget powder bronzers, this product is bound to revolutionise your base routine.

Les Beiges Healthy Glow Gel Cushion Foundation

Talking about base make up, we can’t not mention a foundation. This cushion foundation from Chanel is renowned for its ‘no make up’ make up effect. Rather than giving full coverage, it gives more of a hydrating tint, meaning you can look glowy all day, no highlighter needed! It also contains SPF25, meaning not only does it make your skin look amazing, but it protects it too!

Hydra Beauty Micro Serum

Promising intense hydration, plumpness and a long lasting glow, it’s no wonder that this is Chanel’s best selling serum. It can be used both in the evening, after cleansing the skin, meaning you will wake up with skin to die for, or it can also be used in the morning under make up, allowing your foundation to go on a whole lot smoother and look a whole lot more flawless. Selfie anyone?

Le Blanc De Chanel

Similar to that of the serum, Le Blanc De Chanel is a multi use, sheer, illuminating base, perfect to use as a primer. It’s neither matte nor dewy, instead it gives just the right amount of shine without making you look like you’ve forgotten your powder that morning! It’s great for minimising the look of pores and awaking those tired eyes. It can also be used on the cheekbones under makeup for a subtle highlighting effect, perfect for a natural look.

Les 4 Ombres- Candeur Et Expérience

This eyeshadow palette has been a top seller in the last few years, with it’s warm, rusty tones proving to be popular with many makeup artists. It contains 2 medium shades, as well as one dark and one light, giving you everything you need to create a range of eye looks. As long as these colours are in fashion, there is no doubt that this palette will continue to fly off the shelves.

Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush

This blush is perfect for that naturally rosy glow, not to mention the pigmentation is unreal, meaning a little bit will definitely go a long way. Its silky finish ensures that it won’t end up looking chalky, plus the packaging makes it the best blush to throw in your handbag and go!

After reading this, we feel like a much needed trip to the Chanel counter, who’s with us?

Read more about all things beauty over on our blog and make sure to check out our treatments – we all deserve a pamper!

Coco Chanel had a singular vision of beauty. “If you’re sad, if you are disappointed in love, put on your makeup, give yourself some beauty care, put on lipstick, and attack,” she once offered. Thus, it’s no fluke that many of the cosmetic offerings Chanel pioneered in the 1920s are as enduring as her iconic crisp tweeds and sumptuous quilted 2.55 bag. Here are three of her time-tested beauty innovations that helped shape the beauty industry as we know it today.

The Nonpareil Feminine Fragrance“A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future,” said Chanel. To create her debut fragrance Chanel No.5 in 1921, she commissioned Ernest Beaux, a former parfumier to Russian aristocracy, to use new-wave synthetic ingredients rather than just floral essential oils. “I want a woman’s perfume with a woman’s scent,” she told him. “I want a fragrance that is composed.”

Photo: Conde Nast Archive (Vogue, 1964)

Fotiades

After 10 months, Beaux presented her with 10 different vials. She selected the fifth (allegedly because five was her lucky number)—and the rest, as they say, is history. By 1929, it was the best-selling perfume in the world, with droves of people lining up on the Rue Cambon to get their hands on the minimalist glass bottle, which has become a design history marvel itself.

The Perfect Everyday LipstickDissatisfied with what was on the market, Chanel launched her first lip color collection in 1924. Unlike its mass counterparts, the creamy formula was ultra-pigmented, yet decidedly wearable. Mademoiselle, who was always keen on a classic crimson lip, even created her own bespoke shade. Adding to the luxury were the decadent ivory lipstick tubes, which featured a cutting-edge copper sliding mechanism. In 1954, the designer reimagined the original bullet into a rectangular tube as an ode to her No.5 bottle. The fashion house’s modern formula, Rouge Allure Intense Long-Wear Lip Colour, continues to be widely popular due in no small part to deep blue-based red 99 Pirate, which is one of the best-selling red lipsticks of all time.

The Luxe Multitasking OilIn 1927, Chanel introduced a variety of skin-care offerings, including toners, creams, lotions, and soaps, that were a celebration of simple beauty. One of the heroes of the range was a jasmine oil for the face and body. With its soothing and moisturizing ingredients, silky and light texture, and fresh floral scent—meant to evoke the fields of Grasse in France—the non-greasy elixir was groundbreaking when it was first introduced. Relaunched earlier this year, Huile de Jasmin is composed of mostly natural ingredients, including camellia, jojoba, and limnanthes alba oils, which smooth and nourish the complexion, and can be worn alone or mixed into skincare or foundation for added luminosity.

Photo: Courtesy of Chanel

Huile de Jasmin Revitalizing Facial Oil with Jasmine Extract, $120, chanel.com.

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