Korean cosmetics seem to conquer the world so fast, mainly due to the high quality of their products and lots of innovations in makeup. And all those brands, both high end and drugstore, cannot escape the influence of the Korean makeup producers. CC creams made a huge hit in Korean a year ago and as a result we all can enjoy new interesting products in more familiar brands in our local stores.
And today I would like to make a comparison between two products that are supposed to provide identical benefits for your skin and create a nice base for all your other makeup: one from department store and one from drugstore – Chanel Les Beiges All-In-One Healthy Glow Fluid and Bourjois 123Perfect CC cream respectively!
Even though Chanel fluid doesn’t have the ‘CC’ abbreviation in its name it totally falls in this category as its main purpose is not only to work as a foundation but to provide hydration for you skin while delivering light, sheer color for glow complexion. That is basically what every CC cream from european brands does. Though Korean producers tend to give you a little bit more coverage, but we will leave this topic for the next time.
Chanel Les Beiges All-In-One Healthy Glow Fluid ($45.00) as well as Bourjois 123Perfect CC cream (£9.99 or $14.85) comes in a tube containing 30 ml or 1 Fl.oz. with SPF 15. Both products are not limited edition and come in a variety of shades though deeper skin tones won’t find a match as the range covers only light to medium skin tones. Fair girls also won’t find a matching shade in both brands as their lightest shades will be a bit too dark notwithstanding the sheer texture. But if your skin is somewhere between light to medium – then this might be very useful for you. Both products promise a ton of hydration and I must admit both of them does provide it to your skin, so people with oily and very oily skin types might not be happy with either of these products.
Chanel Fluid is a very nice product for bad skin days, when skin is dull and quite dry, as it gives an instant hydration boost to your skin. Used with brush or fingers might leave streaks so I advise you to use it with a beauty blender as it gives the most flawless application. I have the lightest color in the range №10 and it seems a bit to dark for my NW20 skin and a bit too reddish as it has too much of orange pigment in it, but can easily be neutralized with a lighter powder. The consistency is very thick and by no chance watery or running and feels a lot like a real thick cream. Fluid glides on your skin effortlessly but if you have some visible dry patches it won’t be able to smooth them even though its a hydrating foundation, it will make those patches more visible especially on your forehead or around your nose, so keep this in mind. The product is positioned as a healthy glow for summer that somehow explained why it has orange pigment to it. When applied it looks smooth and glowy, not oily or greasy. Fluid last on you skin for 8-10 hours with minor fading and look very nice overall. The makeup products placed over it stay on your skin longer and look a bit brighter. Goes well with pressed powders.
As for Bourjois CC cream it has bit more watery, thinner texture and doesn’t seem to be cream but more a liquid foundation and dries to a bit powdery texture in comparison with the Chanel’s fluid that even by the end of the day remains creamy-soft to touch. My color match is 32 Leight Beige that seems to be the second color in the range and it has more beige and yellow pigments in it so it look more neutral on the skin. Once applied it dries very quickly and looks a bit glowy, but the effect is not too visible. This CC cream evens out the skin texture and color and distributes very well with a brush or a beauty blender but not with your fingers. It also acts well enough topped with powder. The wear time of this CC cream is around 8 hours before you can notice some creasing or fading.
When you compare them side by side Chanel fluid seems to be more glowy and rosy while Bourjois CC cream has more subtler glow to it and looks more beige-yellow, more neutral. Chanel’s cream has quite a noticeable, powdery pleasant scent to it while Bourjois cream barely has any. I like the packaging of Chanel’s product better is it allows you to distribute the needed amount of fluid while the packaging of Bourjois CC cream, especially when it’s brand new, may get too much cream out or even unexpectedly pour too much when you first open it and make the cap dirty.
In terms of glow Chanel Fluid foundation is a winner for me but the rosy undertone can be a real deal breaker for some people. I love to use it when my skin doesn’t have enough of color to it and it acts a lot like rose-colored brightening bases that seem so popular nowadays so this product definitely works for me. And by the way, this 30 ml tube a is already lasting me 8 months and I am pretty happy about it.
But if I had to choose an every day option and feel comfortable with it I’d definitely go with Bourjois CC cream that evens my skin tone really well, applies like a liquid foundation and feels the same way throughout the day. Even though it’s not as glowy its still looks nice and fresh and a neutral tone to it is more spring appropriate when barely any of us have natural tan on our skin.
I like both products but more for different purposes but the Bourjois CC cream is a really, really good option for the money you pay and my verdict will be: go for Bourjois 123Perfect CC cream! If you’re not looking for ultimate glow, of course, that we will be talking about in my next blog post.
If you have any questions about these two wonderful products – please leave them in the comments down below and I will be happy to answer them!
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