Still, both products have been cult faves from the brand for quite a number of years now. The CC Cream shades have just undergone a shade extension, and yet, there is still so much room to go further.
CC Cream Review (70 Beige)
Who is it for: For the most part, it’s suitable for all skin types. The finish is radiant so this should be considered if your skin tends to be oily.
Texture: Light cream.
Fragrance: Undetectable to me.
Contains SPF: Yes, SPF 50
Product size: 1 ounce/30ml.
Packaging: Plastic tube with spout top.
Made In: France
PAO (Period After Opening): None listed
Chanel CC Cream offers a slew of skincare benefits, complete sun protection and also delivers a perfected skin finish. With Murunga Plum Extract as the star ingredient, the extract contains Vitamin C and helps skin to fight pollutants. It also contains hyaluronic acid while the SPF filters used are Octinoxate, Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide.
It evens the look of your skin, hydrates, protects, illuminates and softens the look of imperfections.
I’ve used a foundation brush to apply and I’ve also used my fingers and in this instance, I prefer using my fingers.
This CC Cream boasts excellent longevity, feel comfortable throughout the wear time and the radiant finish is a big plus. Plus, the CC Cream can definitely work as your only base by foregoing foundation due to the skin-like finish.
The glaring drawback of this CC Cream is that 70 Beige is currently the deepest shade. If I apply this on my chin, it takes on a slight grey tinge. Same for if I bring it all the way to my temples; I end up with a whitish-grey hairline. So I have to ensure to blend it out properly and apply a little powder or bronzer on the area.
Where it works ideally is in the centre of my face. Specifically, from my nose, out across my cheeks and to the area right below my cheeks. And if I apply it to my forehead or onto my jawline, I apply it very, very thinly.
On the other hand, it is brilliant under my other Chanel foundations including the Ultra Le Teint which is a matte formula. I’ve also used it under the Biologique Recherche Tinted Serum and they paired beautifully.
It may also be set with loose or pressed powder for a more polished look. Ultimately, Chanel CC Cream is great for foundation lovers just as much as it’s the ideal multi-tasker if you’re not into foundation but want one product that offers sun protection and skin enhancement.
I’d even go so far as to say I’d rank this as one of my top five Chanel products but points are deducted for the current lack of deeper shades.
Texture: Gel cream.
Contains Fragrance: Yes
Product Size: 30ml/1 oz
Packaging: Plastic jar
Contains SPF: No
Made In: France
Period After Opening (PAO): 12 months
Ingredients: DIMETHICONE | HYDROGENATED COCONUT OIL | SILICA DIMETHYL SILYLATE | SILICA | POLYMETHYLSILSESQUIOXANE | PARAFFIN | PHENYL TRIMETHICONE | METHYLPROPANEDIOL | SYNTHETIC WAX | KALANCHOE PINNATA LEAF EXTRACT | HYDROGENATED MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX | CAPRYLYL GLYCOL | PARFUM (FRAGRANCE) | PHENYLPROPANOL | LECITHIN | TOCOPHEROL | ASCORBYL PALMITATE | GLYCERYL STEARATE | MALTODEXTRIN | GLYCERYL OLEATE | CITRIC ACID | BHT | [+ / – (MAY CONTAIN) | CI 77007 (ULTRAMARINES) | CI 77491, | CI 77492, | CI 77499 (IRON OXIDES) | CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE) | MICA] | IL45B-I
Where do I begin?
The pluses of Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Bronzing Cream is that it is unlike any other bronzing product I’ve used. As an example, it’s less opaque than Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate but not as luminous as Kjaer Weis Bronzer in the shade Lustrous.
This year, (2020), the formula was changed and now includes hydrogenated coconut oil; a detail that caused conniptions among many.
Featuring a cream-gel formula containing soft-focus powders and light-reflecting pigments, it has a lightweight feel and a nice slip, making it easy to tap or buff in.
However……….on my skintone, this simply doesn’t show up. It offers no bronzing, no contouring, no nuance.
But……it makes my skin look smooth wherever I apply it, although if I apply too much it starts to throw off subtle grey vibes.
Yet, I keep using it because it’s not inexpensive and because it does something I like but that I can’t quite describe when I combine it with a more intense powder bronzer and blush. I like Chanel’s Duo Bronze et Lumière in Medium for the perfect level of bronzing.
Using the Healthy Glow Bronzing Cream also made me realise…finally…that I’m not necessarily after that chiseled out bronzing effect so there’s no need to use something that’s 37 shades deeper to warm up the skin.
For some reason, I also expected far more product than the actual 1 ounce it contains.
My application begins with fingers to tap it in, followed by a brush to diffuse it out across my skin.
Be aware that when you see photographs of this online, it’s actually much lighter IRL (in real life). And on the skin, it needs a few beats to blossom so if you’ve really wanted it, try to get a sample. This bronzing cream has the ‘it factor’ and great texture in spades but loses a world of points for the fact that as long as it has been available, since around 2012 I believe, it has taken this many years without a shade extension.
Thankfully, there are rumblings that a shade extension is imminent so watch this space if it actually happens and I hope this helps.