With makeup and skincare, one runs into the never ending battle of affordable vs. high quality. It is especially difficult because having a high price and sought-after label doesn’t always ensure that a product is actually better quality. On the other hand, sometimes paying more means that better materials and more care is put into the product, and thus less chance of cheap chemicals and sloppy production. In the end, it is not one or the other. I think it is important to find out where to invest in nicer products and where it doesn’t hurt to save a couple bucks.
Growing up interested in beauty and fashion, it is impossible to avoid the name Chanel. It signifies elegance, sophistication, and very high luxury, not to mention historical significance. Some of my favorite quotes to live by are from Coco Chanel including “a girl should be two things, classy and fabulous,” and of course, “the best things in life are free. The second best are very expensive.” So here is my experience with Chanel:
Chanel holds a pretty important space in my makeup and skincare routine. The best moisturizer I have ever tried is the Chanel Hydra Beauty Creme. Beauty comes at a great cost, and with a name like Chanel, it happens to be $87.00 for 1.7oz (before tax). The silver lining is that a little goes a long way, and you do not have to worry about investing in a new pot of it every month. Since I have extremely dry skin, investing in a moisturizer that really worked for my skin was a life changer, but that also means that there is no reason to spend almost one hundred dollars on something like this, if your skin is happy using a drugstore moisturizer. It is important to find what works for you, not just blindly follow the big brands. I notice such a big difference with this moisturizer, that I think for my skin type it is a worthy investment. But remember, you don’t have to guess! Either get a sample, or have them try it on you in store before you commit to it.
As far as makeup, I use the Chanel Double Perfection Lumiere Long-Wear Flawless Powder Makeup. It is a powder with broad spectrum SPF 15 sunscreen. This is really important for me in an everyday powder, because I am trying to prevent early sun damage. I really like the color match for me, 12 Beige Rose, the finely milled feel, and not going to lie, the luxury and fanciness of the feel of a Chanel compact. I only use the sponge puff under my eyes to set my concealer, and use separate a powder brush to lightly dust the rest of my face. For days when I don’t want the full sheen of my glossier routine, this mattifies and sets it all. This powder comes to a cost of $55.
I also have their quadra eyeshadow Les 4 Ombres in the shade 47 Dunes. This is their most neutral combination, and thus right up my alley. It has a matte light golden highlight color, a shimmery pale rose and a shimmery beige, and a dark matte brown. These eyeshadows are a great combination, and I feel like I can create great looks with just those four colors. I like using this on the go, as it is small, compact, and has everything needed for a great smokey eye. The quad runs at a starting price of $61, which is honestly pretty decent for four great colors. Although it comes with the little foam applicators, those are like my worst nightmare, so I recommend using this with a flat eyeshadow brush for the lid and blending brush for the darker crease, which may also require a little investing.
I also own the Chanel Joues Contraste powder blush in the shade 72 Rose Initial. It is a very pink shade with slight shimmer and coral undertones. It is hard for me to give fair critique of this, since I try to stay away from blush, however my one problem with it is the shimmer. It is very visible, which is great for some looks, but for everyday wear I am a little weary of it. I have found myself using it as an eyeshadow more than anything, as it gives a beautiful rosy sheen to your eyelids. It is only $45, so it is one of the less expensive options at the Chanel counter. Once again, for easy travel, this compact comes with a sad excuse for a blush brush, which works alright for light use like how I prefer it, however, for perfect application I would once again recommend buying a good fluffy brush.
Overall, I am very happy with these high end purchases. I will definitely continue to use their moisturizer, as well as probably try out other parts of their skincare lines that go with it. It is going to take me quite a while to hit pan on any of the other products, but I guess if I ever even make it that far, it will be a sign of good use. I think the most important part was really consider why I was buying each item, in order to only invest in products that one feels are worth it, not just because they have the word Chanel on them.
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