The camellia flower is synonymous with Chanel. It’s the minimalist white flower that you see on accessories, prints and even engraved on buttons and was the flower that Gabrielle Chanel’s lover, Boy Capel presented to her. It doesn’t have a smell but it does, it turns out, have some magical skincare properties.
Chanel’s skincare lab created its camellia-extract ‘Camellia Alba PFA’ (stick with me) a while ago. It’s a mainstay of the Hydra Beauty skincare line, of which the cult water-gel Hydra Beauty Micro Serum is one of my Holy Grail products.
This week Chanel introduces a new moisturiser, Camellia Water Cream (£48, below), a light-as-air moisturiser that combines Camellia Alba PFA with camellia floral water and a derivative of hyaluronic acid (the super moisture-booster that can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water). If you don’t care much for the science mumbo jumbo, the main need-to-know is that this combo of active ingredients promises plumping, moisturising and energising benefits to the skin.
It’s a particularly nice base for make-up and as it happens, Chanel is also releasing a game-changing new foundation later this week. Why game changing? It’s all down to the unique formula that suspends pigment-filled oil droplets in a lightweight water gel. You can just see this bubble-like effect in the pictures below. When you squeeze out the ‘tint’ from the pump, it looks like curdled gel-liquid, but once applied (with its own little brush), it’s a cool-on-the-skin, tinted gel that transforms into a sheer veil of natural colour.
I prefer my foundation on the subtle, ‘looks like real skin’ side, so the Les Beiges Water-Fresh Tint (£48, above and below) will be a great option for summer when I generally need less coverage. Once the water evaporates, the droplets deposit hydrating oils on the skin.
I’m loving anything gel or jelly-textured right now, and this is also the first time I’ve found a Chanel foundation that’s not too pink-based for my skin tone (it comes in six shades).
Accompanying the Les Beiges Water-Fresh Tint foundation are a few new additions to the Les Beiges range. The Healthy Glow Sheer Powder (£42, pictured above) now comes in a logoed case with debossed logo in the powder. There’s also a new sheer brick-hued lip balm (quite pricey at £31), and for understated holiday eyes, there’s a very lovely palette of nine matte and iridescent earth shades called Les Indepensables (£67).
If you’re not really a neons and brights kinda girl, then as the name suggests, this is an indispensable palette that will work hard beyond the summer season. I’m still loving my Essentiel Multi-use Glow Stick, which I wear under my powder shadows for the most natural effect.
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