Before we get into this review, I want to state I received a sample of the product and not a whole bottle of Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Serum. This review is based on the one time use sample. Here is the copy from Chanel:
For the beautiful promise of intensely hydrated, healthy-looking skin.
This water-light serum delivers a revolutionary infusion of hydration: 24 hours of continuous moisturizing benefits, leaving skin deeply replenished, smooth and glowing with youth.
Patented micro-droplet technology delivers the purest form of Camellia Oil Extract, exclusive* new Camellia Alba OFA**, to infuse skin with exceptional hydrating and plumping power.
CAMELLIA ALBA PFA***:
This remarkably pure HYDRA BEAUTY ingredient, created by Chanel scientists, stimulates skin’s natural ability to restore and retain moisture for a smooth, radiant appearance.
BLUE GINGER PFA:
To protect the benefits of Camellia Alba PFA, Chanel revealed one of nature’s most powerful anti-oxidants, Blue Ginger PFA. This exceptional ingredient acts as an environmental shield, blocking and neutralizing free radicals to help reinforce the complexion.
What CGR Says:
The texture of the Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Serum is an aqueous gel. It reminds me of several Korean essences I’ve sampled at the local market and pure fresh aloe gel. With heat and pressure, it thins and becomes more liquid, soaking in where you apply it. The texture of the serum means that it will suffuse tissues in the area of application as well as adjacent skin. If you were to apply a small amount to one spot the serum would spread even further from the heat of your skin. A little goes a long way.
The scent of the of the serum is definitely camellia, a light white floral and white tea smell. It’s not overpowering, it’s very elegant and clean smelling. Only those of you who are extremely sensitive to scents would be bothered.
To preface this part of the review: I had forgotten to do my night and day routine the day before using this serum. I was slightly dehydrated internally. I exfoliated with Peter Thomas Roth UnWrinkle Pads before application for maximum absorption. I removed any dead skin particles with a hot cloth post exfoliating.
I found the serum to be very hydrating compared to some other serums I’ve used in the past. I’ve never used a serum that was specifically for hydrating mind you. I would say it is on par with a current hydrating cream I recently acquired in terms of hydration(review coming soon). The serum delivers a nice cool hydrating sensation on contact. Others have noted that this serum is helpful with redness. I didn’t notice any major reduction in redness but if you are someone who gets red from dehydration, wind, and cold exposure, I could see how it might do that. The serum took FOREVER to sink in. At least 30 minutes. While it was sinking in it left a sort of gummy film over the skin. Once it sunk in, my skin felt satiny. My skin was also very glow-y, almost shiny in a bad way. I did notice that the effect of the serum was quite plumping. My expression line on my forehead really plumped out. In the texture portion of my review, I noted this really spreads with heat. It got all around my eye area and my lips without me meaning to put it there. I do have to say that it is very nice on the lips and visibly plumping. It smooths out all the lines. It almost looked like I was wearing some sort of plumping clear gloss. That effect was still noticeable in the morning. Due to the satiny texture this serum leaves behind, I’m not sure how it would look in the day under makeup or alone. While I was sleeping, I became sweaty and it reactivated the serum and my face was gummy again. I re-rubbed it back in and went back to sleep. When I woke up, my expression lines were still reasonably plumped up but my skin was very shiny. Like 15 year old shiny. My face did feel smooth and hydrated still. I used nothing over it to accurately gauge its effects. I did wake up with one small blemish on my cheek. It’s hard to say if that was the serum or just something that came about on its own.
If you are someone who hates thick moisturizers but you need a moderately hydrating product that keeps hydrating after you put it on makes this is something you must sample. If you have expression lines on your forehead or around your mouth, it couldn’t hurt to try it. I will note that this is $110 for one ounce. You need so very little that I would assume that ounce would last for an entire year or longer. This is a great product to layer on at night in the winter and for normal/combo skin quite possibly all you would need at night in the summer. I’m torn on my feelings for the Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Serum. I do feel it’s a good product. I feel it lived up to the claims. I liked the plumping effect. I think I would need a larger sample before I could render a grade, but based on my initial impression, I’d give it a B+. The only real cons besides the price is the amount of time it takes to sink in and that it’s easy to re-activate it with sweat. A longer trial is needed to make sure the blemish was just a fluke too!
Have you tried the Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Serum? Tell us what you thought!