12.18.2014
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Le Weekend De Chanel
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1.7 fl. oz. for $115
Last Updated:12.18.2014
Jar Packaging:No
pH:4.10
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This AHA exfoliant from Chanel is supposed to be applied only on weekends, which we think is poor advice because most skin types benefit from regular use of an exfoliant. Just using an exfoliant on weekends means you would be neglecting your skin during the week. It's an intriguing idea akin to sleeping in on Sunday to make up lost sleep, but the reality is that skin can benefit from exfoliation all week long—and this product isn't going to compensate for skipping the exfoliant step during the week (not to mention what if your weekends are as busy as your weekdays?).

No matter which days you apply this product, its pH of 4.1 which allows the AHA (glycolic acid) it contains to exfoliate. What's not revealed is how much AHA is in here; we suspect it's between 3–5%, which is good, but there are AHA exfoliants with a higher (and more forthcoming) amount of glycolic acid which is better for most skin types, too, and most of those options cost a lot less!

This formula also contains the BHA ingredient salicylic acid, but in an amount too low to help exfoliate skin.

We like that this works as an AHA exfoliant and has a lightweight, silky lotion texture ideal for normal to dry or combination skin, but wish this product didn't contain so much fragrance and that it didn't contain alcohol, as both pose a risk of irritation and the alcohol one of free radical damage. The amount of alcohol is likely low enough to present minimal risk, but it doesn't take much fragrance to incite irritation, and here you're getting not just fragrance itself but fragrant rose water. See our list of Best AHA Exfoliants for preferred options—those you can (and should) use every day of the week as part of your skin-care routine.

Pros:
  • Contains a potentially effective amount of glycolic acid formulated at a pH to ensure it functions as an exfoliant.
  • Silky, lightweight lotion texture is easy to apply.
Cons:
  • Contains fragrance ingredients (including rose water) that pose a risk of irritation.
  • The amount of alcohol is potentially concerning, and lots of AHA exfoliants omit this ingredient.
  • Expensive for what amounts to an OK-but-nothing-special AHA exfoliant.
Claims

Enhances renewal and replenishes hydration to give skin a much-needed weekend break. Combined with relaxing Rose Water, a gentle Glycolic Acid Complex is gradually released for ideal exfoliation and lasting moisture. Skin is softer and more luminous for the week ahead.

Ingredients

Aqua (Water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glycolic Acid, Alcohol, Glycerin, Arginine, Steareth-2, Steareth-21, Glycol Stearate SE, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Cetyl Alcohol, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Sodium Hydroxide, Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Parfum (Fragrance), Xanthan Gum, Salicylic Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA, Silica, Phenoxyethanol

Brand Overview

Chanel At-A-Glance

Strengths: Hmmmm… sleek and occasionally elegant packaging; the sunscreens provide broad-spectrum protection; a handful of good cleansers and a topical scrub; some impressive foundations with sunscreen; an assortment of good makeup products including concealer, blush, mascara, eyeshadow and bronzer.

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 successfully address sun- or hormone-induced skin discolorations with research-proven ingredients; mostly mediocre to poor eye pencils; extremely limited options for eyeshadows if you want a matte finish.

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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07.25.2015
Fantastic Product!

I have been using this product 3x a week for almost 6 months. It leaves my skin feeling silky smooth and significantly lighten my hyper-pigmentation marks. If you read between the lines in review from Paula's review, they also think it's a good product. They picked on the 'weekend use' angle..really? I would take Paula's reviews more seriously if it wasn't so obvious that these reviews are so biased!

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07.27.2015
Beautypedia Team Response

Hello there, and thanks for your feedback.  We're happy you've found an AHA that you love!  Unfortunately, this product does not earn a high recommendation from Beautypedia due to the fragrance and the inclusion of alcohol.  For the price that you pay, we think you deserve more than that!  Here is a link to all 69 of the AHAs that we've rated more highly than this one, 93% of which are from brands other than Paula's Choice.  Related:  The Paula’s Choice Research Team no longer reviews products for Beautypedia, and while The Beautypedia Team is still a part of Paula’s Choice Skincare, what’s new—and you may not yet have known—is that now we have two teams working independently to bring you the best quality reviews, products, and  research-supported expert advice you know and love. One team is dedicated to Beautypedia and product reviews from other brands; the other is dedicated to Paula’s Choice skincare and its unique combination of expertly formulated products and advice on a wide range of beauty-related topics.

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02.21.2015
Clarification

Glycolic content is 6%. Le Weekend is named in reference to the weekend but is simply meant for an individuals days off. For a person working retail, this could be a Tuesday and Wednesday, that would be their "weekend", thus the time when they would use Le Weekend De Chanel.

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07.20.2014
Love this product

I absolutely love this & use it both Saturday & Sunday if I'm not going out BUT definitely on a Sunday both morning & evening. You do NOT need a moisturiser with this product (unlike the others in this series) & 1 pump is enough to do your whole face & neck. The first morning after waking up from using this you will see a difference & your skin will be glowing, radiant & very smooth. Considering it's 50ml & serum/moisturiser in one & 1 pump is enough for your whole face.

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