Back in 2009 when the first Chanel UV Essentiel came out it there wasn't much in the way of SPF for us oily skinned gals, to my knowledge. This was a ray of sunshine to protect from said sunshine for me. Finally I had a sunscreen that I could use in hotter weather that wouldn't make me oilier or break out. It mattified and dried down to an imperceptible finish.
|SPF 20, 30, 50|
Since then many companies have thankfully brought out light, matte , high SPFs for face. And now Chanel has updated their product as well as releasing three SPF levels of protection instead of one. It seems though with the update this has gotten a little more moisturizing and less mattifying. Good news for normal skinned ladies , a little less so for us oilies.
In SPF 30 and 50 the new formula has glycerin as opposed to the castor oil of the original, the SPF 20 has none. So the SPF 20 seems closest in feel to the older formula and is slightly matte. SPF 30 and 50 go on with more of a dewy feel/finish.
|SPF 20, 30,50|
UV Essentiel is still very light and blends in easily . To use you need to shake the container well . It's a very thin white liquid you then use under makeup or on it's own. It makes a great makeup base and adds no color or tint, but does have a slight white cast that needs blended. All three SPF levels use physical blocker titanium dioxide in varying strengths. SPF 50 also has zinc oxide, while 20 and 30 have ensulizole and octinoxate. Licorice root extract is also in there to help prevent hyperpigmentation.
The bottle is a thin chic one measuring 4 x 1- 1/2 inches that easily stashes in a bag or pocket for daytime touch ups.
Chanel UV Essentiel SPF 20, 30 or 50 is $ 55 for 1 oz and available now.