Chanel Hydra Beauty Gel Crème

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For those who need the moisture, but not the grease.

Having oily skin and living in a tropical country means two things:
1. My skin gets super greasy and shiny.
2. It reacts (badly) to thick, creamy moisturizers.

Now I know it’s super important it is to moisturize skin, especially oily skin – if you don’t give it the moisture it needs, it goes into overdrive and produces even more oil, making matters soooo much worse.

Therefore, I love gel moisturizers – especially during the day. They are light, absorb easily and don’t leave my skin all greasy.

When I ran out of my favourite gel moisturizer (Forest Essentials Light Hydrating Facial Gel Pure Rosewater), I decided to try something new for a change – hello Chanel Hydra Beauty Gel Crème! The packaging looked so luxurious – as is the price tag! But then again, you don’t expect anything less from Chanel.

I’ve been using it for a while now, and I must admit, it’s really lovely. Here’s what I love about it:

The texture:
It’s a bit thicker and creamier than the gel moisturizers I’m used to – maybe that’s why it’s called a ‘gel cream’. It does gets absorbed nicely and my skin feels really plumped up and supple seconds after I apply it.

The dewy finish:
It leaves a slightly dewy finish on my skin – which I absolutely love!
My skin has a sheen. It’s not that oily shine, but more of a watery one.

Most people with oily skin look for a matte finish, which I really dislike because it looks unreal and unhealthy too. For me, glowing skin should be fresh and dewy – just like a baby’s. And this is something Chanel does really well.

It doesn’t break me out:
It gives my skin that much needed dose of moisture without those dreadful pimples.

A little goes a long way:
I don’t need to use too much product. A pea-sized amount is more than enough for my entire face. This means that it lasts longer than most other gel moisturizers, where I need more product.


However, there is something I don’t particularly like about this gel-crème.
It’s heavily fragranced, which also means its got alcohol.
I personally like products that smell clean and natural – but then again, Chanel is not a natural brand to begin with.

And I’m definitely not a fan of alcohol in skin care products as it’s not good for your skin in the long run. So that’s a real bummer for an otherwise great product.

MY VERDICT: I like it a lot! It feels luxurious on my skin (Chanel always nails that!). And skin plumps up, has a healthy sheen and looks really good after using it. The added fragrance is the only letdown (though I must admit, it does smell good). Will I get another jar? I think I just might!

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FullSizeRender 14 copy 2DELARA has spent over 10 years making beauty commercials for many renowned beauty brands (while gleefully trying out all those awesome products on herself). When she is not busy punching the keyboard, she is either in front of a mirror, lounging by the pool or changing her baby’s dirty diapers – all while chugging down cups and cups of Earl Grey tea.