You don’t have to be fashion-forward to recognize Chanel’s iconic intertwining C’s from a mile away. The luxury fashion house is one of the most recognizable brands across the globe, after all, but if you’re shopping its collection of iconic handbags and apparel without perusing the best product at Chanel’s beauty section, you’re doing yourself — and your makeup bag — a huge disservice.
You’re probably aware that Chanel has an extensive collection of fragrances (No. 5, anyone?), but there’s much more to the luxury label than clothes and perfumes. Between bountiful skin-care options, Chanel makeup products, and even high-quality nail polishes, there are quite a few picks that’ll give your beauty collection the luxury effect. By the way, some of these products cost less than $100, so feel free to stock up — chances are, your grand total will still cost less than grabbing one pair of espadrilles from Chanel’s latest season.
Now, get ready to elevate your beauty regimen with Chanel’s finest skin care, makeup, and fragrances. There are a few honorable mentions we’ve left out on this list (like the Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Bronzing Cream), but rest assured these are the tried-and-true favorites our editors always keep in stock.
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Our Top Picks
- Best Overall (for All Skin Types): Sublimage L’Extrait de Nuit, $800
- Best for Maturing Skin: No. 1 de Chanel Revitalizing Serum, $165
- Best Chanel Makeup Pick: Ultra Le Teint, $65
- Best Chanel Fragrance Pick: No. 5 Eau de Parfum, $160
Best Skin-Care at Chanel
Sublimage L’Extrait de Nuit
One of Chanel’s skin-care crown jewels is, without a doubt, the Sublimage L’Extrait de Nuit. Its price tag is enough to catch eyes, but you’re paying for quality here, people. This intensive night serum is spiked with gold-standard skin-care ingredients, including skin-firming peptides and antioxidants to target concerns like fine lines, dryness, and dullness in one rich water-to-oil formula.
No. 1 de Chanel Revitalizing Serum
Formulated specifically for mature skin types, the No. 1 de Chanel Revitalizing Serum is a must-have for anyone trying to address concerns like fine lines and sagging. 76 percent of its ingredient list is derived from red camellia flower, which provides moisturizing benefits to brighten, plump, and smooth skin.
La Crème Main
Chances are, you’ve probably seen the La Crème Main in many shelfies. It’s compact, egg-shaped bottle makes it as much of an accessory as it is skin care, but there’s more to this product than trendy packaging. This rich hand cream contains a blend of moisture-sealing rose wax and antioxidant-rich iris pallida extract. This combination works together to condition your hands and even skin tone for a plumper, more youthful appearance to your ten digits. To further treat yourself, we recommend using this after an at-home mani with one of Chanel’s Le Vernis nail polish shades.
UV Essentiel SPF 50
If there’s one thing that every Allure editor can agree on, it’s that wearing sunscreen daily (and reapplying!) is non-negotiable to our skin-care routines and overall health. We love that Chanel’s UV Essentiel SPF 50 provides broad-spectrum SPF protection against the sun’s harsh rays, but what really makes it special is its creamy, blendable formula. This chemical-based sunscreen instantly changes from white to totally transparent, so a white cast will never be an issue.
Best Makeup at Chanel
Ultra Le Teint
Chanel’s Ultra Le Teint matte-finish foundation is one of the brand’s most popular beauty products for its long-wear formula and breathable, skin-like finish. This 24-hour wear foundation feels absolutely weightless on skin and provides buildable, medium-to-full coverage all day long. It’s currently available in 35 shades, so finding your ideal tint is a breeze.
Le Volume de Chanel Mascara
Reach sky-high levels of length with the Le Volume de Chanel Mascara. Its thick yet clump-free formula paired with the unique, Chanel-exclusive tapered brush is a recipe for a longer, more voluminous look. Just one coat is all you need from this pitch-black formula for thicker, fuller lashes.
Le Rouge Duo Ultra Tenue
A liquid lipstick and gloss in one product? We’ll take two of Chanel’s Le Rouge Duo Ultra Tenue, stat. This dual-ended lip color features a matte liquid lip that’s formulated with micro-pigments and polymers to provide a budge-, smear-, and fade-free finish. For a vinyl-like shine, you can apply the ultra-glossy top coat, which creates a reflective finish without feeling sticky on lips.
If there’s one thing our team members love, it’s a versatile makeup product like the Baume Essentiel. This multi-use glow stick is available in seven different shades that can be used as your highlighter, eye shadow, tinted lip balm, you name it. Some of our favorite shades include the strawberry-red Rouge Frais, seen above, and the satin champagne hue named Sculpting.
Best Fragrances at Chanel
No. 5 Eau de Parfum
The Chanel No. 5 Eau de Parfum is a classic, tried-and-true fragrance that has a place in everyone’s hearts and fragrance collections. This uniquely warm and floral profile, which was released to the world over 100 years ago, still manages to stand out through its harmonious balance of rose, jasmine, and bourbon vanilla.
Chance Eau Tendre Eau de Parfum
The Chance Eau Tendre Eau de Parfum’s light pink hue is enough to convince barbiecore enthusiasts to grab a bottle, but its eclectic blend of fruits and florals has all of our editors coming back for more. This delightfully playful scent zhuzh’s up notes of jasmine and rose with hints of zesty grapefruit and hazy musk.
Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum
Warm, sweet amber is at the heart of Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum, but that’s not the only note you’ll catch a whiff of. This full-bodied perfume also contains herbaceous notes of vetiver and patchouli alongside bright, juicy orange.
Gabrielle Chanel Essence Eau de Parfum
Fans of true florals will love dousing themselves in the Gabrielle Chanel Essence Eau de Parfum. Its fragrance profile sticks strictly to a bouquet of tuberose, jasmine, ylang-ylang, and orange blossom.
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