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I’ve been using Chanel CC Cream ($55) for the past several days since posting my original “first look” here. As promised, here are a few of my thoughts.  Along with these, here are more comparison swatches of the Chanel CC Cream in 20 Beige with Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in Beige 20, Guerlain BB Beauty Booster in Light, and Shiseido Urban Environment Tinted UV Protector in Medium:

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As you can see, Chanel CC Cream is quite light in tone. Vitalumiere Aqua is deeper, Guerlain’s BB Beauty Booster is pinker and slightly deeper.  Shiseido’s Tinted UV Protector in #2 is the deepest of all.

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This has a light perfume scent which fades quickly upon application.

Here are a few of my thoughts on using Chanel’s CC Cream:

Application tips:  The texture of this CC Cream is thick. As the ingredient list suggested, this formula silicon-like ingredients that are unusual. On one hand, the product glides on, but on the other hand it feels a bit thick. It’s a little tricky to apply if you are used to applying liquid foundations.

I was expecting this to be sheer, so my first effort was using a lot all at once. Big mistake! You do not need much to get some good layer of pigment down. The key is building up very, very light layers to get the coverage that you want.  Start with the tiniest amount, and work up from there. I used my fingers, which warms the product nicely. It goes quickly, and once you get the hang of it, the process is actually pretty pleasant because it gives you so much control.

I had the best results by taking a very small amount–less than the head of a pin amount–and spreading it out over a fairly large area. Work it into the skin with your fingers. Then add light layers and work in some more, as many as you wish in the areas where you’d like more coverage. Imagine adding little light overlapping feathers, just adding more where needed. It’s certainly buildable to 4-5 layers, probably more.  I never reached the point of this caking up, at any point. I’ve never seen anything layer this well (except Burberry and Armani’s foundations come quite close).

This silicon-like feel made it quite different from the light, whip-cream feel of Omovoricza’s BB Complexion Perfector. This is a purely subjective opinion, but after using both products, Omovorica’s had a more noticeable skin-care beneficial effect on my skin at the end of the day.  Don’t get me wrong, the Chanel was nice–the hydration was good, and it was nice to have a solid SPF rating. But if you are looking for an all-day spa effect, Omovoricza seems to give my skin the  extra boost once the product is removed for the evening.

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Longevity and feel:  Chanel is very long-wearing, even in 100+ degree heat. It just did not move at all.  Together with the SPF rating, this makes Chanel a good choice for summer (with an appropriate SPF sunscreen beneath, of course). Wearing Chanel’s CC Cream, I got the tiniest bit of glow toward the end of the day.  Overall, I’d give this an A+ rating for stability.  However, this does feel a bit heavier on my face that other foundations and BB creams that I’ve used.  Some will find this heavier feeling a little out of step with some of the modern, lightweight foundations (including those in Chanel’s own line).

Color match:  Chanel’s CC Cream is light and warm. It’s on the fair side for me, but it’s certainly in my comfort range.  I’m a bit confused about its availability in one shade. I know that Chanel has lovely control over it’s aesthetics, development, and high quality control. Companies that include Clinique, Smashbox, and others have released their CC creams in as many as five shades. To me, it makes no marketing sense to limit sales to one audience. At the same time, it also sends an odd message to women and men who are not this specific skin tone. To me, this is the largest downside of this release.  Dear Chanel, if you are reading you fabulous darling, increase your shade range.

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Bottom line:  Here’s the thing. There’s a lot not to like about Chanel CC Cream. The single shade, the heavy feeling. On the other hand, after the first five minutes it made my skin glow with beautiful health beyond that which I actually possess. It melded to my skin and perfected it. In other words, the skin on my face looked wonderful. The coverage was completely controllable–in an off-the-charts sort of way.  So once I had a porcelain canvas, the silicon-derivative components gave my skin this even texture with a slight, skin-like sheen.  To make sure I wasn’t looking at this through Chanel-colored glasses, I asked a few people who confirmed my skin looked especially nice.  See, that’s the thing about Chanel.  They seem to get that, at the end of the day, it’s about the person looking like the best possible version of themselves.

…and at that particular task, Chanel hit it out of the park.

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