Jun 052013

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This is a first look at the Chanel CC Cream ($55/ 1.0 oz.), which has just become available to certain Chanel boutiques across the U.S. This will soon be available where ever Chanel is sold. Although this has been released internationally for some months, this is the first tube that I’ve seen in person. I was so excited to experience this product, so I thought that I can’t be the only one. I’m posting this quick overview of pictures so that you can see it with me.

Edit/updated:  My in-depth review has now been posted here.

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As far as I know, this is just released in one shade–20 Beige–at least so far. There are five primary attributes of the product:

  • Anti-aging:  Includes Rejuvencia, an active ingredient derived from marine micro-organisms to stimulate the natural production of collagen to prevent the appearance of aging.
  • Moisturizing:  Contains hyaluronic acid to help maintain skin hydration levels.
  • Soothes: Uses cornflower water to comfort skin.
  • Sun protection:  Broad spectrum SPF 30 helps to block UVA and UVB rays using physical protection.
  • Covers and perfects: essentially, has coverage in the nature of a sheer foundation

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 Here’s the product literature (in English) (click to enlarge):

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 The packaging is a travel-friendly squeeze tube:

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 The Chanel CC Cream in 20 Beige runs fair and warm. Here is a comparison with Chanel CC Cream, Chanel Perfection Lumiere in 32 Beige Rose (which is much pinker/cooler), Chanel Lift Lumiere in Ivoire (14) (similar, but with a bit more coverage), MAC Pro Longwear in NC15 (more coverage, lighter), and Nars Tinted Moisturizer in Alaska (darker).

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Here is the active sunscreen agent, titanium dioxide 12%:

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The additional ingredients (click to enlarge):

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Additional packaging information:

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I asked the Chanel cosmetic specialist, who was in the boutique for the weekend, whether the product had any color-reducing properties (for example, the Smashbox CC Cream advertises that it will help fade acne scars and discolorations). In other words–does this product correct permanently with skincare ingredients, or does it “correct” by covering up?  The Chanel representative said that this product is not advertised to actually correct discolorations permanently, but that it could be used with the Chanel Le Blanc line (which is designed for those purposes).

hope you enjoyed this first look. I’ll post again in a few days once I’ve had more of a chance to test this out.

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  10 Responses to “First Look: Chanel CC Cream”

  1. Hi Amy-
    I have been waiting for this to come out. Thanks for posting. I look forward to your detailed review after testing. Can you let us know how this compares to the Oromovicza CC Cream if you have it?

  2. Thanks for the quick overview and swatches. I’ve been quite curious about Chanel’s CC cream, so it’s great to catch a glimpse. Can’t wait for your full review!

  3. Thanks for posting the ingredient list. Unfortunately, there is nothing in the ingredients to help permanently correct the skin tone. In fact, the product appears to be a pretty standard facial sunscreen. It will certainly help prevent hyper-pigmentation, but any sunscreen will do that. Essentially, this is just a makeup base with a physical sunblock and a few moisturizing ingredients thrown into the mix. It’s not going to replace any of your normal skincare products or sunscreen. In marketing a CC cream, it appears that Chanel is just cashing in on the BB/CC craze and making a cute play on the double C’s.

    It’s important to remember that to get the stated level of SPF (SPF 30 in Chanel’s case), you need to use 1/4 teaspoon of the product for your face alone and you need to reapply throughout the day. The chances of anyone using 1/4 teaspoon of Chanel’s CC cream on their face is probably nil since the product offers foundation coverage. To put it in perspective, the average pump of foundation is less than 1/16 teaspoon. Could you imagine how it would look if you used 1/4 teaspoon? 😛

    I’ll stick with my Chanel Essentiel SPF 50 sunscreen. I actually use a bit more than 1/4 teaspoon of that for my face and neck and a cheaper sunscreen for my chest and body. I let it set and follow with makeup as usual. It’s more time consuming than using a single product, but I know I’m actually getting a reasonable amount of sun protection by using the correct amount of sunscreen and that’s the real anti-ager. If my foundation du jour happens to have SPF, that’s nice, but the real protection comes from the proper use of a dedicated sunscreen.

    • I agree wholeheartedly. The Essentiel SPF 50 has 17 percent zinc oxide which is truly broad spectrum, whereas titanium dioxide is not. Best to get sun protection from a sunscreen product and use it liberally.
      I love the Essentiel SPF 50!!

  4. This is great! I’m leaving for Spain in a few weeks and will pick some up prior to leaving if the color works for me. I see that you indicated
    20 Beige, and I am wondering if it would be similar in color to Chanel’s VITALUMIÈRE AQUA in Beige 20, which is my shade?

    Any chances of doing a color comparison?

    • Sure–I’ll dig around for it. 🙂 If I can find it, I’ll add it to the next review. I’ll also compare it to the colors of Guerlain’s light BB cream shade and a few more.

  5. Hi Amy
    I was wondering wich Chanel boutique you got this at and if you know of any others that have it.

  6. This Chanel CC Cream looks too dark for my skin type.

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