Of all the luxury brands that I associate with premium make up, such as Givenchy, Dior and Guerlain, skin care wise, Chanel is the most likely one that I’d turn to. Weirdly, they all had their roots in fragrance and skin care before make up and yet they’ve become more known more for their cosmetics. Or, at least in my head! If I think of any of them I can pull make up out of my brain well before any single skin care product. I used Chanel Le Weekend a couple of years back when it launched and was really impressed with it – unexpectedly so. My perception is that there are many more skin care brands than make up brands so I suppose I have categorised the luxury brands in that great big beauty rollerdex in my mind under lipsticks.
I’m one of the few people who didn’t get any kind of result from Clarins Flash balm – in that, I didn’t get the ‘flash’ that everyone raved about. And, I don’t get it with this, either. What I do get (with both) is a very nicely moisturised face with a silky feel to my skin – I can’t say it isn’t pleasant to use because it really is. But, there was no drama. In fact, Too Faced Hangover did the ‘flash’ thing much better – or at least, in some measurable way that I could physically see, if only just.
As with all of the Chanel Hydra range, the Chanel Hydra Flash Balm contains camelia which is quite a power player ingredient (and it’s not at the very bottom of the ingredient listing either.. it’s just above the middle) for it’s lightness and micro oil particles as well as a bit of anti-inflammatory action.
As a top-line guide, I think Chanel Hydra Flash Balm would work well under make up because it does give skin a silky feel that usually translates well to a silky looking base. It’s not a must-have, but very much a ‘nice-to-have’. It hasn’t launched yet – I think we’ll see it around April time.
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