Chanel Sublimage: So Luxe Is It Worth It?

Chanel Sublimage

Chanel Sublimage

Chanel Sublimage La Crème Texture Suprême

Sublimage creams are tailored for different skin types:

  1. Sublimage La Crème Texture Suprême for dry and dehydrated skin which I use.
  2. Sublimage La Crème for normal skin.
  3. Sublimage La Crème Texture Fine for oily skin. As I write this, I’ve clocked close to five months of using Sublimage La Crème Texture Suprême and can describe it as follows:
  • With a floral scent typical of Chanel, it’s not overpowering to me but I’d suggest a sample in order to determine if you can tolerate it.
  • The texture of Sublimage La Crème Texture Suprême is silky and starts out as a cream on the skin then transforms a bit into a light oil.
  • Absorption is quick and nothing short of dreamy.
  • There’s no need to warm the cream between the hands because the texture is very easy to work with.
  • It’s especially good to use when doing facial massage and can stand in as an overnight mask.
  • Once absorbed, there’s no stickiness or oily residue and skin appears hydrated and quite glowy.

Chanel Sublimage

Sublimage, when loosely translated from the French means sublime, a most accurate description of this cream. Chanel’s Sublimage skincare line has been on the market since 2006 and centres on the ingredient Vanilla Planifola ( the source of vanilla) from Madagascar. With an aim to plump, brighten, correct, revitalise and hydrate the skin, the intention of the Sublimage line is not unique but the research and production of this exclusive line are worth some exploration.

While vanilla is also sourced from other parts of the world such as Mexico, Central America, Indonesia, and the Comoro Islands (an archipelago off the east coast of the African Continent) among a few other places, Chanel’s harvesting is centralised to Madagascar where they’ve spearheaded environmental conservation efforts and forged partnerships with locals. Extracted from Vanilla Planifola, Chanel focuses on Éphémères of Planifolia.

Here’s Chanel’s Official Description of Éphémères of Planifolia and it’s effect on the skin

*The exceptional next-generation cream enriched with the Éphémères of Planifolia: rare and powerful molecules that disappear almost as quickly as they appear during the fruit’s ripening process. Ephemeral in nature yet eternal in the formula, these extraordinary molecules transmit their infinite revitalising power to the skin. Intensely revitalised, the skin regains its strength, radiance and perfection.

*Source: (Singapore)

Chanel Sublimage

I use this cream primarily at night and have only used it in the daytime when my skin was completely parched. I’ve even tried it as a makeup primer and while some people swear by using it under foundation, I didn’t quite appreciate it in this role. So as the primary product in my nighttime skincare routine, Sublimage La Crème Texture Suprême has helped me to maintain an even skin tone, it is deeply hydrating and has a smoothing effect on my dry skin. When applied after using my microneedle skin roller which I posted about here, I really believe the feel and absorption of the cream on my skin is enhanced.

Sublimage La Crème Texture Suprême has also never clogged my pores or made me break out. While many moisturisers disappear quickly on the skin, especially mine, the look and feel of hydration on my skin are lasting with this cream. Some nights I even take a tiny bit and massage it into the back of my hands.

Ultimately, Chanel’s Sublimage line targets more mature skin types. With a formulation that is specific, stringent, timed and complex, it is Chanel’s most premium line of skincare that also includes a foundation that has received rave reviews but loses major points for having a limited shade range, a cleanser, mask and even a sunscreen although availability does not span all regions. There’s also a new addition to the series which is Sublimage L’Extrait De Crème which boasts enhanced potency in rejuvenating the skin.

Chanel Sublimage

Sublimage La Crème Yeux (for eyes)

With Éphémères of Planifolia and Enriched Planifolia PFA (Polyfractioned Actives), the Sublimage eye cream provides complete care for the eyes and can be used day and night.

  • The texture is also silky but a tad heavier than the cream.
  • It is fragranced but to me, the scent is not as pronounced as the cream.
  • When smeared on the skin, a bit of iridescence is visible but it dries down.
  • It is easy to apply and fast absorbing.
  • All that’s needed for application is an amount similar in size to a grain of rice for each eye.
  • The eye cream comes with a tiny massaging tool that has a plastic handle and a gold metal dome which makes application easy, comforting and sterile.
  • Sublimage La Crème Yeux can also be used as an eye mask when left on for ten minutes.


Chanel Sublimage La Crème Yeux has been my primary eye cream since I received it. While I don’t have acute dark circles, the things that are a bother for me are fine lines. Thus, the Sublimage eye cream scores high for me on maintaining a good level of hydration and preventing those lines from appearing to be too deep and pronounced. I’ve also noticed that it’s helped to smooth out the ‘hollows’ beneath my eyes that sometimes appear to make my concealer less effective. While deeper skin tones such as mine tend to have eyelids and eye contours that are slightly darker than the rest of the face, this has helped to keep mine from deepening in colour.

I also consistently apply the eye cream to the lines that look like this ( ) on either side of my mouth right after applying it to my eye contour. This has also given a softening effect to those lines and I’d suggest you do that with whichever eye cream is in your rotation. Sublimage La Crème Yeux is also lovely under eye makeup but if you have oily eyelids, then a regular primer can be layered over it.

Chanel Sublimage

Both of these creams come in stunning heavy glass jars with black lacquered covers embossed with the Chanel symbol. The cost can be broken down by the number of uses or length of time the products last. At about five months in, I still have generous amounts of product remaining in both jars. Chanel is quite generous and they always offer samples and GWPs (gifts with purchase) that can be worked into your routine or tossed into your travel case. To wrap up, truthfully Sublimage is not life-changing skincare. Do I love it though? Yes, because my overarching skincare need is hydration and this delivers. As much as it’s easy to slather on any moisturiser, especially if you regularly use strong acids or treatment skincare such as retinoids, not all moisturisers are well made. There are many other options available but if you’re really intrigued, make a trip to the Chanel counter and ask for samples and give it a whirl.And of course, let me know what’s meeting your hydration and general skincare needs in the comments or on Instagram and Twitter if you hang out there.





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(2) Comments

  1. backstorybeauty says:

    Thanks so much! Is the Estee Lauder eye cream you have from the Advanced Night Repair Line? And yes, the Sublimage applicator makes the process of applying the eye cream so much easier and more enjoyable. Definitely let me know when you get the micro-needle and of course, I hope you’ll share your thoughts on it as well. Cheers:)

  2. Both the moisturizer as well as the eye cream sound so good. I am always so fascinated by Chanel. I have never tried any Chanel skincare yet but the Elizabeth Arden Prevage is amazing but way too pricey. I would love to try eye cream though. But right now I still have my Estee Lauder one unopened but I will keep this one in mind for later. I liked the applicator too. 🙂 I have searched the micro needle device on Amazon to try but will be able to get it when I visit in June. 🙂

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