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Chanel is a French fashion house which also has a line of fragrance and beauty products.
This review discusses a product which is part of the Chanel Precision line of skin care - Nourishing Cream-Gel Mask. This mask is suitable for dry skin as it claims to deeply moisturise dehydrated skin. It should calm irritations whilst leaving your face soft, smooth and less tight feeling.
It is recommended that you smooth this mask across your face and allow it to sit for 10minutes before massaging with the fingertips. You can then tissue the excess off or wipe off using a damp cotton pad. This mask can be used up to 3 times a week.
A high quality, frosted glass jar houses the mask. The jar is square in shape and completed with a black, screw off lid. The jar offers a few pieces of information about the mask. Inside, the mask is presented in a deep concave.
This mask is quite difficult to locate in the UK as Chanel no longer sell it direct. You can purchase from the USA or alternatively from the following websites in the UK. It is worth noting the mask is 50g in size.
*www.smelliesdirect.co.uk - £24.50
*www.elegant.com - £49.99
*www.pret-a-beauty.com - £38.25
*www.beauty-enhancement.com - £30.99
I am no strange to expensive beauty products as I could afford them when I was working and didn't have a family to feed. I still indulge now and again but only if I can find a bargain. Chanel is a brand which I quite like for their fragrances though I had never tried the skin care range until recently. Although this Chanel mask isn't widely available, it can still be found and relatively cheaply as far as Chanel pricing goes!
I will be honest here and admit I didn't buy this jar of mask. My sister owns a full size jar but I had enough sample tubes to use this mask twice a week for 4 weeks to trial it. The jar itself is all you would expect from Chanel - high quality, sturdy and simplistic with a hint of sophistication about it. It looks and feels expensive. I prefer the tubes for hygiene reasons as I can squeeze a dollop out without needing to poke my fingers in the mask. You could easily use a spatula or stick though.
~Is It A Gel Or A Cream?~
My skin is sensitive and dry. My face is mainly dry around my forehead and the top of my cheeks with the occasional splash of oiliness around my nose. I like to use a face mask every week or so and normally opt for Montagne Jeunesse masks as they are less than £1.00 a time and do the job nicely. I suppose I was expecting a similar experience from this Chanel one but I couldn't have been more wrong!
I had 4 x 4g tubes which was sufficient for 8 applications. I would then estimate a 50g tub to offer 25 applications.
I used my mask over a 4 week period and to be honest, I haven't been converted. The mask is quite thick and has a creamy, paste like consistency when dispensed. It is easy to handle and doesn't drip as you apply it. The mask is a baby blue colour and has a light, sweet cosmetic scent which is inoffensive and subtle.
To be honest, this mask too a bit of getting used to due to how different it is from a standard face mask. I am used to face masks which sit thinly on the surface of my skin. The thick consistency of this mask allows it to be very soothing as it makes contact with my skin. It melts slightly on the skin leaving a slightly sticky film on the surface of my skin and not too much is needed to cover my face (avoiding eyes and lips) in a nice even layer. It does feel like I am applying a night cream rather than a mask.
Other than a shiny appearance to my skin, there is no visible sign of a product being on my skin so I could easily answer the door without scaring anyone. I can feel it though as it feels slightly tingly and refreshing. The mask has a calming effect on my skin and immediately cools redness on my cheeks. This mask doesn't crack or peel off. It does however tighten slightly which I feel causes the tingly but not uncomfortably feeling on my skin. If anything I find it a little tickly! I don't feel relaxed when using this mask and it is a little boring to use.
~Set, Massage, Wipe!~
After 10minutes, my skin felt no different except for the slight tight feeling. I went along with Chanel's instructions and began to massage my face with my fingertips. The mask reacted with the heat and massaging stimulation and turned slightly oily on my skin. Not too much though..just enough to spread around my face and give it a bit of moisture. I dampened my cotton pad with luke warm water and smoothed it over my entire face to remove the visible oily residue.
The first time I used this mask, my skin felt a little tender but this settled quickly and was a one off. My skin ultimately felt fresh and soft and there was a decent level of hydration present as no tightness occurred throughout the day. I would say it quenched my dry skin from the first use but not amazingly so. My skin felt moisturised throughout the day but by the next morning, I needed to apply my usual skin care products.
On the basis of packaging and ease of application I can recommend this mask. On the basis of doing its intended job I am swaying slightly. The results aren't immense enough to justify the price tag in my opinion. I found I had a more enjoyable experience and just as good results when applying a 99p face mask so in all honesty, I think I will stick with Montagne Jeunesse.
If I had purchased this product in a full size jar I would have been annoyed as it doesn't perform brilliantly on my skin. My sister however has fairly normal skin and this gives a bit more hydration boost to her skin so it could depend on your skin type.
I'm glad I got to try this in sample form as it would have been a costly and disappointing purchase for me otherwise.
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