I had been using, and loving, the SN-T Plant Stem Cell Goddess Cream
) that was part of my Memebox from Nature
. That cream stopped my skin from the crazy acne breakouts and also helped in healing the existing acne scars.When it was about to get over, I was thinking of stocking up more jars of it but decided to use up the other serums and creams already in my stash. I had to choose between the Chanel Hydramax + Active Gel Cream
and the Prevage serum.
Having used a sample of the Prevage serum earlier, I knew that it was quite rich and moisturising (yes, the serum is very moisturising) and so, I decided to leave that for winter and to start with the Chanel. The SN-T cream also had a gel-creme texture so this would be a good continuation…
About Chanel Hydramax + Active Gel Creme:
“At the heart of the HYDRA BEAUTY range: Camellia Alba PFA (Polyfractioned Active) , an active ingredient that promotes optimal moisture retention within skin cells. When combined with an improved, more powerful version of Blue ginger PFA, a powerful antioxidant, the perfect synergie of ultimate hydration and perfection is created. A light, fresh, cooling texture bathes the skin in comfort, protection and increased radiance.”
The Chanel Hydramax + Active Gel Creme has quite a unique texture. It’s like a gel-creme but with a more whipped, airy texture. Not making much sense, am I? Well, the texture is really light weight, like a mousse, but feels like a less sticky version of a gel. Plus it is very moisturising and feels deliciously cool on the skin on application. The Gel Creme gets absorbed immediately and doesn’t feel greasy nor sticky. Like the SN-T cream, this doesn’t give a totally matte effect either, but a soft, dewy, radiant look. It also has a very pleasant, mild citrusy fragrance that smells like a blend of kiwis and lemons to me.
Yes, unfortunately, it has parabens and phenoxyethanol though the jury is out on the potential harmful effects of those two.
The Chanel Hydramax + Active Gel Creme hydrates and moisturises the skin without making it look greasy. It doesn’t give a matte look either, just a soft, healthy, dewy look. My T-zone does get a bit oily after about 3-4 hours.
Another thing that I liked about the Hydramax + Active is that it didn’t break me out except for a couple of small ones around that time of the month. A moisturiser that doesn’t break me out is keeper for sure. Also, I need just a pea-sized amount for the entire face and the same quantity for the neck, so I feel, this cream will surely last me for around 3-4 months.
The Chanel Hydramax + Active Gel Creme comes in a 50ml (1.7oz) jar and is priced at a whopping Rs. 4700. I was lucky enough to have won this in a twitter contest. Had I used this before the SN-T Plant Stem Cell Cream, I would have definitely been tempted to repurchase this because it is really wonderful for combination / oily skin. Now, however, I know that there is a similar cream available, without parabens, that has worked wonderfully on my skin at one fourth the price so I don’t think I will be re-purchasing this.
While the Chanel Hydramax + Active Gel Creme is discontinued internationally, it is still available in India. Even their Asia website shows just a mask in this range but not this cream, which, I feel, is a bit strange. However, the SA at the Chanel store told me that it isn’t discontinued or old stock. I have my doubts, however.
Anyway, have you used any Chanel skincare before? What’s your personal favourite moisturiser?