CC Cream Complete Correction Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30

by Chanel  
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$55 - 1 fl. oz.
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Category:
Makeup > Tinted Moisturizers/BB Creams > CC Cream
Last Updated:
8/30/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

Chanel's contribution to the CC cream craze has some strong points (though the price is over-the-top) but before we discuss those, we need to explain the differences between CC creams and BB creams: It's marketing, nothing more. Generally, BB creams from U.S. cosmetics brands are similar to a tinted moisturizer, whereas BB creams from Asia are generally thicker and have a high SPF rating. CC creams are more like liquid foundations, but not always. BB and CC creams typically provide sun protection and may or may not include beneficial ingredients like antioxidants or skin-lightening agents. Neither BB nor CC creams are as revolutionary as they are made out to be, and there is certainly no consistency among products from different brands. We know, it's completely confusing, but there you have it. Whew!

OK, back to Chanel's CC cream: It wins points by offering a broad-spectrum sunscreen with pure titanium dioxide as the active ingredient. The amount of titanium dioxide and the absorbent silicones this contains are what contribute to this product's dry matte finish, making it best for oily or combination skin. Despite the "cream" part of the name, this product isn't the least bit moisturizing; applying this over dry skin won't make it look or feel better.

Dispensed from the sleek tube, this seems creamy at first, and it does have a wonderful silkiness that makes blending a breeze, providing light to medium coverage. You'll see once this sets that it doesn't feel even a little bit creamy.

Chanel boasts that this formula is a fusion of skin care and makeup, but other than the sunscreen (which you can get from numerous foundations rated SPF 15 or greater), there's very little in here that's skin-caring! In fact, we're concerned that the pervasive fragrance will be a source of irritation (see More Info for details). Ideally, the fusion of skin care should include a mix of proven antioxidants and skin-repairing substances, perhaps a cell-communicating ingredient or two—but those ingredients are mostly absent here. For what this costs, that's really disappointing.

Note: Currently Chanel only offers one shade for this product. It's a warm-toned shade best for light (not fair) to light-medium skin tones, but do keep in mind there are better CC creams or foundations to consider.

Pros:
  • Chanel's contribution to the CC cream craze has some strong points (though the price is over-the-top) but before we discuss those, we need to explain the differences between CC creams and BB creams: It's marketing, nothing more. Generally, BB creams from U.S. cosmetics brands are similar to a tinted moisturizer, whereas BB creams from Asia are generally thicker and have a high SPF rating. CC creams are more like liquid foundations, but not always. BB and CC creams typically provide sun protection and may or may not include beneficial ingredients like antioxidants or skin-lightening agents. Neither BB nor CC creams are as revolutionary as they are made out to be, and there is certainly no consistency among products from different brands. We know, it's completely confusing, but there you have it. Whew!
  • OK, back to Chanel's CC cream: It wins points by offering a broad-spectrum sunscreen with pure titanium dioxide as the active ingredient. The amount of titanium dioxide and the absorbent silicones this contains are what contribute to this product's dry matte finish, making it best for oily or combination skin. Despite the "cream" part of the name, this product isn't the least bit moisturizing; applying this over dry skin won't make it look or feel better.
  • Dispensed from the sleek tube, this seems creamy at first, and it does have a wonderful silkiness that makes blending a breeze, providing light to medium coverage. You'll see once this sets that it doesn't feel even a little bit creamy.
  • Chanel boasts that this formula is a fusion of skin care and makeup, but other than the sunscreen (which you can get from numerous foundations rated SPF 15 or greater), there's very little in here that's skin-caring! In fact, we're concerned that the pervasive fragrance will be a source of irritation (see More Info for details). Ideally, the fusion of skin care should include a mix of proven antioxidants and skin-repairing substances, perhaps a cell-communicating ingredient or two—but those ingredients are mostly absent here. For what this costs, that's really disappointing.
  • Note: Currently Chanel only offers one shade for this product. It's a warm-toned shade best for light (not fair) to light-medium skin tones, but do keep in mind there are better CC creams or foundations to consider.
Cons:
  • Highly fragrant formula poses a risk of irritation.
  • The fragrance lingers, so you'll smell this as you wear it.
  • Contains very little in the way of skin-beneficial ingredients.
  • Expensive compared to today's best CC creams and liquid foundations.
More Info:

Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).

A completely original creation. A fusion of skincare and makeup. The double know-how of CHANEL Research and the Makeup Studio. Backed by true expertise regarding the precise needs of Asian women in terms of flawless skin.
Active: Titanium Dioxide 12% Inactive: Water, Methyl Trimethicone, Caprylyl Methicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Glycerin, PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Talc, Stearic Acid, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Alumina, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Water, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch hazel) Water, Potassium Sorbate, Magnesium Sulfate, C9-15 Fluoroalcohol Phosphate, Fragrance, Aluminum Hydroxide, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Alcohol, Thermus Thermophillus Ferment, Silica, Trifluoropropyldimethyl/Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, Biotin. (May contain) Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Mica

The history of this Paris-bred line is steeped in fashion, jewelry, and fragrance firsts. The image-is-everything fashion sensibility and fragrance know-how have been loosely translated to Chanel’s ever-imposing skin-care collection, now divided into several categories, although most of them have overlapping, overly exaggerated claims and over-the-top pricing. The company likes to mention its research facility, referred to as C.E.R.I.E.S. (Centre de Recherches et d'Investigations Epidermiques et Sensorielles) as a way to give credibility to its products and the formulary expertise of Chanel's team of scientists, but its studies are not necessarily the kind of independent research that shows up in medical journals.

Founded in 1991 and funded by Chanel, the goal of this research facility is "to help provide a scientific foundation for the design of skin care products and to promote public awareness of the principles underlying maintenance of healthy, attractive skin." Examining Chanel's often lengthy ingredient lists reveals that they believe healthy, attractive skin requires mostly standard, banal ingredients coupled with lots of fragrance and just a smattering of anything resembling state-of-the-art ingredients. Designing skin-care products whose purpose is to reinforce healthy skin doesn't involve strong scents, irritants such as alcohol, or sunscreens whose SPF ratings fall below the standards set by major health organizations, including the American Academy of Dermatology and corresponding international academies as well. Furthermore, their Nº 1 products claim to increase skin's oxygen uptake, something that essentially puts skin on the fast track for more free-radical damage, and no one at C.E.R.I.E.S. seems to have any idea about how to treat acne-prone skin. (Well, let's face it, acne is never fashionable.)

Just like most Chanel skin-care products, the research facility and its ties to the dermatology community make it sound more impressive than it really is. Chanel's influence on fashion and luxury accoutrements is legendary and ongoing; but their skin-care products simply cannot compete with what many other lines are doing, including Estee Lauder, Clinique, Prescriptives, Olay, Dove, Neutrogena, and many others. Considering the couture-level prices, too much of Chanel's skin care is average, and that doesn't look good on anyone.

For more information about Chanel, call (800) 550-0005 or visit www.chanel.com.

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!

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.

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  1. Virginia G.
    Reviewed on Thursday, February 06, 2014
    • Results
      3 / 4
    • Recommend
      2 / 4
    • Value
      2 / 4
    Not so great
    • Chanel is usually great, but this CC cream wasn't. The one shade is not for very fair skin and looks extremely orange on me. Dries very quickly as well when applying. The smell is also way to strong and lingering.

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