Chanel’s Products Ranked Best
Chanel’s Products Strengths: Chanel’s Products are sleek and occasionally elegant packaging; almost all of the sunscreens contain avobenzone for UVA protection; a handful of good cleansers and topical scrubs; two fantastic foundations with sunscreen; some very good concealers; several good mascaras; a sheer lipstick with sunscreen that includes avobenzone; all of the powder eyeshadows have superb textures; some elegant shimmer liquids.
Chanel’s Products Weaknesses: Expensive, with an emphasis on style over substance; overpriced; overreliance on jar packaging; antioxidants in most products amount to a mere dusting; no products to address sun- or hormone-induced skin discolorations; mediocre to poor eye pencils and brow-enhancing options; extremely limited options for eyeshadows if you want a matte finish.
Chanel’s Products Ranked Best – Chanel Makeup
Chanel pulls out all the stops to present their makeup in the most flattering light. Many of their products are deserving of the best status, but, frustratingly, an equal number disappoint, seeming to coast on Chanel’s name and attention to upscale, designer-influenced packaging rather than providing true quality. For example, few companies have foundations with textures as varied and state-of-the-art as Chanel. However, most of their foundations with sunscreen are formulated without essential UVA-protecting ingredients, even though Chanel clearly knows about this issue, as evidenced from their numerous skin-care products that do contain avobenzone or titanium dioxide. Neglecting adequate UVA protection while going on about how the product creates younger-looking skin is not only inaccurate; it’s harmful to your skin’s health and appearance.
Beyond inadequate sunscreen, Chanel’s eye and lip pencils have extraordinary prices, but ordinary to poor performance, and most of their “we’re trying to be unique and clever” products don’t do much to prove they’re worthy of purchase. It’s hard to ignore that much of what Chanel does well other lines do just as well (and sometimes better), and with a more realistic price range to boot. However, the overall situation is better than standard but well-dressed formulas with shamelessly affluent prices, because although it’s not inexpensive, the best of Chanel’s makeup is truly outstanding. What’s needed to establish consistency is an overhaul of the many products that have fallen behind formula-wise. We doubt Chanel will reevaluate their pricing for the better, but given that, the least you should expect is stellar performance from everything you buy that bears the iconic double C logo!
Chanel’s Products Ranked Best
Note: Chanel is categorized as a brand that tests on animals because its products are sold in China. Although Chanel does not conduct animal testing for its products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brands state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law.” Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Paula’s Choice Research Team.
Chanel’s Products Ranked Best
Chanel’s powder, concealer, foundation, and blush brushes comprise their category of face brushes, but they’re not quite as elegant as we were hoping. The Powder Brush, which costs over $60, isn’t worth it though there’s no denying it’s soft and works well to deposit powder. The Blush Brush is merely average and also not worth its price. The Angled Powder Brush is worth considering for blush or contouring, while the excellent, sumptuously soft Touch-Up Brush is great for touch-ups or buffing powder into skin.
Correcteur Perfection Long Lasting Concealer
This liquid concealer has a gorgeously smooth, lightweight texture that blends easily and doesn’t crease into lines or magnify their appearance. It has a soft, satin matte finish that lasts and won’t make the under eye area look dry or cakey. Among the mostly excellent neutral shades, be careful with Beige Petale; it is too peach for some medium skin tones. One more note: this concealer contains fragrance; that’s not a deal-breaker, but the formula would be better without it.
Poudre UniverselleLibre Natural Finish Loose Powder
Poudre UniverselleLibre Natural Finish Loose Powder has an extremely fine, sifted texture and a soft matte finish that looks beautiful on skin. It is talc-based and comes in very good, sheer colors. Do you need to spend this much money for a superior loose powder? No, but if you’re swayed by Chanel, this won’t disappoint.
Chanel offers several eyeshadow brushes, and all of them are worth considering if you don’t mind the expense. The Large Eyeshadow Brush ($38) is flat, wide, and well-shaped to apply a powder eyeshadow to the entire eyelid area with ease. Less impressive but still worth considering for those with money to burn is the Angled Eyeshadow Brush ($32).
Inimitable Waterproof Mascara
Inimitable Waterproof Mascara impresses in every respect, which it should at this price! The rubber-bristled, spiky-looking brush quickly thickens and lengthens lashes for outstanding definition without clumps. It wears without flaking or smearing, and is very waterproof (you will need an oil- or silicone-based remover when it’s time to take this off).
Rouge Coco Hydrating Crème Lip Colour
Chanel really didn’t need another cream lipstick, but the salesperson assured us this was better than their others, which begs the question of why they’re still selling lipsticks that aren’t as good, but we weren’t in the mood to debate this point while at the counter. The “better” portion is said to be a richer color payoff, which this rich, emollient lipstick definitely has. It’s beautifully creamy without being greasy or too slick, and the shade range offers something for everyone, assuming you want to pay Chanel’s price, which isn’t necessary for a good creamy lipstick. One more comment: Unlike many of Chanel’s other lipsticks and glosses, Rouge Coco has minimal fragrance.
EclatLumiere Highlighter Face Pen
Housed in a click-pen component with a built-in synthetic brush applicator, this is a beautiful highlighter. Whether you choose the golden or beige rose shade (which isn’t rose at all actually), you’ll get a soft, slightly creamy texture that’s a pleasure to blend and sets to a soft matte finish complete with a subtle glow. The finish is ideal for highlighting around the eyes, down the bridge of the nose, or the top of the cheekbones. This is thicker and easier to control than Yves Saint Laurent’s popular Radiant Touch product.
- Applies easily with a click-pen synthetic brush applicator.
- Soft, slightly creamy texture that’s a pleasure to blend
- Sets to a soft matte finish complete with a subtle glow
- Ideal for highlighting around the eyes, down the bridge of the nose, or the top of the cheekbones.
- Thicker and easier to control than Yves Saint Laurent’s similar and popular Radiant Touch product.
Vitalumiere Aqua Fresh and Hydrating Cream Compact Makeup SPF 15
This fragrance-free cream-to-powder makeup is definitely pricey, but it excels in almost every area, which makes the price a little easier to swallow, though you can easily find equally good, less expensive cream-to-powder foundations at the department store.
Up first is the broad-spectrum sunscreen that includes an impressive amount of titanium dioxide for reliable UVA (think anti-aging) screening, though this would be even better for solo use if it had a higher SPF, which is now the standard from most dermatology organizations around the world. This foundation’s texture is smooth and creamy without feeling thick or waxy, and it blends softly without looking dry, cakey, or powdery (though it does have a satin finish that feels powdery).
Coverage goes from light to medium and it layers well for areas that need more coverage. Consider this a very good option for camouflaging an uneven skin tone or brown spots from sun damage!
Best for normal to dry skin and acceptable for breakout-prone skin, Chanel’s shade range is mostly impressive. You’ll find options for light (but not porcelain) to tan skin tones, with only a few colors to consider carefully: 32 Beige Rose is slightly pink, 42 Beige Rose is slightly peach and 52 Beige Rose is noticeably peach and best avoided. The darkest shade, 60 Beige, is best for golden tan skin tones; 10 Beige, 20 Beige, and 22 Beige Rose are soft, neutral options for light skin tones.
One last comment: In terms of hydration, this provides a slight amount, but if you have dry skin or dry areas, you’ll want to prep with a moisturizer — preferably one with sunscreen given this foundation only has an SPF 15 (see More Info).
- Provides broad-spectrum sun protection in a fragrance-free formula.
- Smooth, creamy texture doesn’t feel (or look) thick or heavy.
- Great range of mostly neutral shades.
- Provides good coverage while maintaining a skin-like appearance.
- A higher SPF number is a standard most dermatology organizations around the world now recommend.
This foundation’s rating is due to its overall performance rather than its SPF rating. Due to concerns about people not applying sunscreen liberally enough to get the amount of SPF protection stated on the label, it is often recommended to look for SPFs with ratings higher than 15. If you plan to use foundation as your sole source of facial sun protection, consider using one rated SPF 20 or greater. If the foundation with sunscreen you choose is rated less than an SPF 20, it is strongly advise applying it over a daytime moisturizer rated SPF 15 or greater and following it with a pressed powder rated SPF 15 or greater. That way, you’re ensuring sufficient broad-spectrum protection which is essential for having and maintaining healthy, younger-looking skin at any age.
Rouge Allure Laque Luminous Satin Lip Colour
OK, yes, this is expensive. And, yes, you can find similar options at the drugstore (Maybelline New York Color Sensational Lip Gloss comes to mind). However, if you’re keen on Chanel, this opaque lip gloss with its dazzling lacquered finish is highly recommended. It has a thin yet emollient texture that imparts rich color, whether you prefer bold reds or muted pinks. It isn’t sticky and it applies evenly with its angled sponge-tip applicator.
Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Color
This creamy lipstick feels comfortably moisturizing, but doesn’t go on too slick; so, unless you’re kissing or eating while wearing it, you’ll get fairly reliable wear (about as much as from the other cream lipsticks we recommend).
Chanel didn’t disappoint in the color department either! Every shade makes a statement—it’s just a matter of finding a color that speaks to you. Warm, cool, and neutral undertones are available, so finding a color that’s complimentary to your skin tone won’t be a problem.
Our two favorites are 102 Palpitante (Raspberry) and 97 Incandescente (Red-Orange) because both are flattering and versatile for light to dark skin tones.
- Lightweight, ultra-pigmented.
- Hydrating, cream formula.
- Satin finish adds dimension to lips.
Mat Lumiere Long Lasting Luminous Matte Fluid Makeup SPF 15
Mat Lumiere Long Lasting Luminous Matte Makeup SPF 15 presents a new breed of matte-finish makeup; the only cons are how fleeting the matte-finish can be to over oily areas. Otherwise, this fluid’s, ultra-smooth foundation is a pleasure to blend. It provides medium to almost full coverage and leaves skin looking what is best described as luminous matte. That means this isn’t as reflective or moist-feeling as foundations with a satin finish, but it also isn’t powdery matte like most traditional oil-free liquid foundations.
This is definitely a consideration for those with normal to slightly oily or slightly dry skin, and its sunscreen is pure titanium dioxide, which is excellent. Among the range of shades are several beautiful options. Ivory is great for fair skin. The shade to avoid due to overtones peach is Naturel. Ginger and Honey are slightly peach, but may work for some medium to tan skin tones.
Note:This foundation’s rating is due to its overall performance rather than its SPF rating. Due to concerns about people not applying sunscreen liberally enough to get the amount of SPF protection stated on the label, it is often recommended to look for SPFs with ratings higher than 15. If you plan to use foundation as your sole source of facial sun protection, consider using one rated SPF 20 or greater. If the foundation with sunscreen you choose is rated less than an SPF 20, it is strongly advise applying it over a daytime moisturizer rated SPF 15 or greater and following it with a pressed powder rated SPF 15 or greater. That way, you’re ensuring sufficient broad-spectrum protection which is essential for having and maintaining healthy, younger-looking skin at any age.