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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Chanel Sublimage Essential Comfort Cleanser

For the past eight weeks, I've been blind testing a few items for Elle Canada. The testing period has ended and I'm now free to unwrap the products I've been using- you see, they come wrapped the world's stickiest, holographic sticker. It is ridiculously hard to remove, but it's the only way to see 'what you're working with'.

Before I unwrapped Chanel's Sublimage Essential Comfort Cleanser, I knew I didn't like it (more on that soon) which is one reason I enjoy blind testing- you can't go into it with preconceived notions based on the brand. Had I known that this cleanser was Chanel (seriously? I didn't even know they did skincare) and that it was quite pricey, my opinions likely would have been a bit skewed.

'Applied with the most delicate touch, it caresses the skin, the gel transforming into an infinitely soft oil. Ever so gently, it rids skin of all traces of makeup, even waterproof. Next, the cotton cloth, moistened with warm water, gently exfoliates the skin and leaves it perfectly cleansed. Finally, precious Camellia and Jojoba oils bring a soothing touch and incomparable comfort.

A moment of pure pleasure and serenity for the skin. Facial tension slips away. Glowing with well-being, skin feels supple and velvety once again. Suitable for contact lens wearers.
'- Chanel

Based on what I've read about this cleanser, is that it comes with a cotton cloth when you purchase it, but I did not receive it with my tube. Anyhow, I didn't enjoy using this cleanser due to one glaring fact: the scent. I found that the scent was very over powering. This product is formulated to be used as an eye makeup remover as well as facial cleanser, but the when the product got even remotely close to my eye the 'vapors' from the scent made my eyes sting. There was no way I was going to put that on my eyes to see how well it worked. I can't describe the scent, other than some type of semi-floral.

I can't help but envisioning a woman 'of a certain age' who has either worked her way to the top in a male dominated business and takes pride in being able to afford whatever she wants (or, alternately, one who has married/divorced/outlived a man who has) enjoying this product. It does seem luxurious in some form that I can't quite pinpoint: the huge tube, the large cap, the texture... I don't know. Even before I knew the brand, I had an inkling that this was expensive.

As for the cleanser's actual ability to cleanse, it did the job quite well. My skin felt incredibly clean, but almost too clean. It didn't leave my skin feeling entirely stripped, but I defiantly knew I wouldn't want to skip my moisturizer.  The cleanser is a crystal clear gel that does sort of transform once on your skin, it goes from a gel to more of a liquid. I found that when I apply it by hand, it doesn't lather that much, but with my Clarisonic I get all kinds of froth. One upside to this product is that you don't need much. The smallest amount gets the job done.

Overall, this cleanser just isn't right for me. Have you tried it? Have you ever justified spending a small fortune on skincare?

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