I have a shameful confession to make: I am not always very good about using a separate sunscreen on my face. It’s not because I’m lazy, but because I can’t seem to find anything that works well under makeup without making my T-zone an oil slick within an hour or two in summer. Enters Chanel UV Essentiel, and suddenly my long-standing skincare dilemma is solved: now I can have my SPF and stay presentable too!
Chanel UV Essentiel (30ml/1 oz. RRP in Belgium: 50 euros) has three different SPFs to choose from (20, 30, and 50). Besides UVA and UVB, it also claims to fight against pollution and sun spot formation. You have to shake the bottle before use, and the product itself is a lightweight white liquid. It has a rose scent that lingers for a while, but not in an overwhelming kind of way (I suppose they opted for this over the typical sunscreen smell).
What I like the most about Chanel UV Essentiel is the texture. As I have confessed, wearing a separate sunscreen isn’t always pleasant in summer (ironically, that’s when you need it the most), because most of the time the texture is too heavy on its own. My T-zone greases up fast, and before you know it, I can just about fry something on it. If I try to put anything else on top, things get worse. I basically constantly had to decide between looking presentable and having proper sun protection.
Chanel UV Essentiel however, is amazingly light. With a majorly physical blocker (titanium dioxide), it does leave a bit of a white cast. It can, however, be covered up with makeup afterwards. When it’s really warm, I use this on top of my serum before I apply a tinted moisturizer/BB cream. If your skin is drier, you can always use a lotion underneath. Out of all the sunscreens I have tried, Chanel UV Essentiel has to be crowned as the one that has the best texture! It might seem insignificant, but think about this: would you rather have other sunscreens that you don’t want to use because they feel icky on the face, or one that you can actually use every day?
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Bottom line: While Chanel UV Essentiel is probably not the most budget-friendly sunscreen you’ll see, it is pretty much the first sunscreen I personally find lightweight enough to wear in summer. It works well under makeup, so if that has always been a problem for you, I would suggest you check out Chanel UV Essentiel!
What about you? Are you good with sunscreens? What sunscreen do you usually use under makeup?
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx