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Chanel le lift 5aI’ve tried Chanel skincare since the mid-1990’s, as well as trying many other excellent lines. Since the Chanel Le Lift Creme ($165.00/ 1.7 oz.) was released, I tried a generous sample of the product. And then I went back for another generous sample. Finally, I realized that I actually loved the product and so I bought the full size. Chanel Le Lift is available at all Chanel locations, including Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, Macys, and Chanel.com.

Chanel Le Lift 1According to the line:

Smart skincare customized to each woman’s unique needs. This soft, creamy and comforting formula features exclusive ingredient 3.5-DA to deliver targeted anti-aging benefits — for a visibly recontoured, toned and refined complexion.

Scientific research has revealed the importance of “youth proteins”, key proteins that can significantly slow down the signs of aging, influencing the tone, suppleness and resilience of the skin.

After 12 years of research, Chanel scientists isolated a remarkably potent extract from the Edulis Morning Glory, proven to boost the production of these key youth proteins. Researchers created a patented compound 50 times more concentrated than the original molecule. The resulting ingredient, 3.5-DA, intuitively detects and targets individual factors of aging at a molecular level to restore skin to its optimal firmness.


There’s something very lightweight and very effective about this product. I typically use this after a Vitamin C serum both morning and night. During the day, I top this with sunscreen, and then any foundation. On first application, my complexion looks hydrated and fresh. After continual use, it looks younger, brighter, and more alive. I personally notice the firming effect after about two weeks of use.

Chanel Le Lift 3Compared to other Chanel moisturizers, the Chanel Hydra Beauty Gel Cream is a product that is perfectly suited to my daughter Liz (who is in her ’20’s), who does not need the lifting and anti-aging properties of this one.  Many people ask Liz about her skincare, and she uses very little except Chanel Hydra Beauty. For someone in her age range, it’s really good.

Although I’ve finished a tub of Chanel Sublimage, I find Sublimage is a bit too rich for me at this point in my life. I find that Sublimage is best reserved for spot treatments of damaged skin or during the most very drying days of winter. As an aside, there is something shockingly healing about Sublimage. For example, when my eye area was recovering from an allergic reaction, Sublimage had the area healed overnight. It’s like using some kind of magical potion. However, it feels quite heavy on my skin for everyday use. For now, Chanel Le Lift has been doing a wonderful job making my skin glow with health (despite many late days, stress, and other health disruptions). I’ve had no breakouts, this is a beautiful texture that doesn’t clog pores or give me any adverse effects.

LeLift_textures_enhancedpdpChanel Le Lift comes in three textures—Fine (oil-free) for the lightest texture. I use the Creme, which is the mid-weight version.  For those with dry skin, the heaviest is Creme Riche.  Here is the ingredient list:

Chanel Le Lift ingredientsAt present, I’ve moved to testing the Estee Lauder Enlighten series (the beauty blogger’s curiosity got the best of me, I’ll do a review of the three products soon). Still, I can’t wait to get back to using my Chanel Le Lift, as I can absolutely tell when I haven’t been using it. Indeed, I can use the Chanel Le Lift as a part of my other skincare favorites, and so I don’t think I’ll have to give up anything to integrate it back into my routine. As with all things skincare, everyone’s results will vary. Nonetheless, I feel that Chanel Le Lift is a wonderful addition to the line and is quickly becoming a go-to product for me. Definitely sample-worthy, possibly perfect for full size as well.

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Chanel Le Lift is available at all Chanel locations, including Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, Macys, and Chanel.com.

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  13 Responses to “Chanel Le Lift Firming Creme Review”

  1. I am going to keep a note of this for the future! Sounds incredible!

  2. Nice! I’m definitely interested in trying Le Lift, and I agree that Hydra Beauty Gel Cream is great too — I love the smell and texture.

  3. I was really excited to try this after your glowing review. Then I read the ingredient list. With alcohol listed as the second ingredient, I am afraid this will not work for my skin as I am very sensitive to products with that much alcohol in them. Sigh. The search for a wonder product continues.

  4. Loved your review until I read the ingredient list. Coughs– excuse me, alcohol as the second ingredient?

    • I realized that posting the ingredient list that I’d get several comments on this. Of course, I always post ingredient lists when I can so everyone knows. Again, I stand by my review in terms of the results that I get.

      • What advantage does the alcohol add to the product?

        • This is a good question. I am not a cosmetic formulator, a chemist, or a person trained in this field. I think only such a person qualified in that way can really answer your question. In my view, the issue is hardly settled. There are some very polarized opinions.

          I’ve been using the product, I find it very effective. Also, I’ve used Sublimage, and there is no shortage of negative reviews (even downright angry ones, in some cases) on that product as well. I’m a little bewildered by them, but all I know is what I’ve experienced. And, well, Liz too. Because sometimes after using up a bit of Sublimage one will look at the other and say, “Can you freaking believe what that did to my skin?” And then the other one will mouth the word “Chanel” and then we’ll go about our business.

          I know that during the 1990s, Chanel established CERIES (Epidermal and Sensory Research and Investigation Centre), which researches the physiology and biology of the skin. This investment led to a few breakthroughs, some of which are used in Le Lift and Sublimage. Chanel holds a number of skincare patents. This one looks helpful. Although it is directed to the extraction of active ingredients from flowers, it also describes the composition in which the ingredient can be used to apply on the skin.

          Sometimes alcohol can be used to allow ingredients to be absorbed by the skin, or to mix ingredients together better. But this is a complicated question to which I do not have enough information to provide an answer. Also note that some alcohols are “fatty alcohol,” which Paula Bergoin (who despises the use of alcohol in skincare) states as follows:

          There’s a class of ingredients known as fatty alcohols, which are not the least bit harmful for skin. Often confused with the bad alcohols, such as denatured alcohol, the fatty alcohols include, among others, cetyl alcohol and stearyl alcohol. Typically, fatty alcohols are used as emollients and thickeners in skin-care products. Fatty alcohols are not irritating and, in fact, can be beneficial for dry skin. As far as your skin is concerned, fatty alcohols are about as related to skin-damaging alcohol/ethanol as a martini is to a cup of olive oil.

          I honestly don’t know which type of alcohol Chanel is using in its Le Lift. I believe the information is proprietary and not revealed. All this aside, given their goals and research dollars, I doubt that they are using anything super cheap or that is widely known to damage skin. I might be completely alone in thinking this, but I suspect that they’re in it for the long haul.

          For those interested, the Riche version of the Chanel Le Lift uses different ingredients, and does not have the same “alcohol” listing at the creme version that I love. Instead, it refers to they type of alcohol that Paula’s Choice describes as a fatty alcohol.

          If anyone has accurate information, please let me know.

  5. I have never been wowed by Chanel’s skincare.. good in depth review though.

  6. Hmm, I’m not noticing that this is stronger than others. In fact, I find it much lighter than many.

  7. I’m glad this works for you Amy. Sadly I’m unable to use it. I wish Chanel would offer a sensitive skin line in the future. I really don’t see why high end products must include fragrance. I realize it’s supposed to add to the “luxury” experience, but I for one would much prefer to have only good-for-skin ingredients in my skincare. As for the alcohol I wish they’d leave it out or at least use way less in both skincare products and foundations.

  8. I love this cream. I had it applied at the counter and went through two large samples before I purchased the full size. No regrets. It does have a scent going on, but I find that the scent evaporates and does not linger. Thank you, Chanel. I will repurchase.

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