A new product range from any brand always gets me a little excited. This more so, when it’s from a big luxury brand in the market like Chanel. Most luxury brands are a little more set in their ways, and a little slower to change, so when No. 1 de Chanel was launched, in a rather low-key manner in early 2022, like a whisper through the world of beauty, I was intrigued.
No. 1 de Chanel is a rather compact range for now, with a focus on the skin, in the form of skincare and minimal makeup, and scent – what Chanel is well-known for. I’d be curious to see if it expands further! 🙂
I was fortunate to be given a little insight into some products in the No. 1 de Chanel range. However, if you’re curious about the skincare products in the range, and whether they are something you might like, keep reading – I might make it worth your while 😉
No. 1 de Chanel – Beauty ahead of time
At the heart of the No. 1 de Chanel range is the concept of holistic beauty and the red camellia flower extract. The products are brightly accented in red packaging and carry an eco-responsible and holistic message.
No. 1 de Chanel is a range that carries anti-aging skincare, targeted at those first stepping into the realms of anti-aging skincare, and finished off with a flawless foundation base, a touch of colour on lips and cheeks, and a spritz of a light fragrance mist. It is simple and complete.
Red Camellia Flower Extract
The active ingredient used throughout the No. 1 de Chanel range is the red camellia flower extract. In its sky laboratory in the French village of Gaujaq, comes the red camellia of the Camellia Japonica variety. A flower so resistant to water and cold, that its delicate petals remain immaculate.
The extract from the red camellia was found to support and boost skin vitality, which slows down the aging process on skin, resulting in skin that looks and remains healthy for a longer period of time. It is rich in antioxidants and protects skin from external stress for skin that looks radiantly beautiful.
In launching the No. 1 de Chanel line, Chanel seeks to reduce its carbon footprint with eco-designed packaging, and minimize its impact on the environment. The formulation in the products are largely from naturally derived ingredients.
The packaging, where possible, is made to be more environmentally responsible. No paper leaflets are included nor inserts, the boxes are not sealed with cellophane, the glass thickness is reduced so products are lighter (but not less luxurious in feel) and the glass packaging is largely recyclable. The No. 1 de Chanel Revitalizing Cream even comes with a refillable jar insert that you can purchase separately after you’re done with the original jar.
Personally, I’d feel better if this effort was done as a blanket revamp of all the packaging in Chanel beauty products, not just of one single product range. Done in such a limited manner, I feel like it’s a little gimmicky, to appeal to just a certain section of the public. That said, perhaps this is something that will be rolled out in a bigger scale, so we’ll see what happens hereafter 🙂
No. 1 de Chanel L’Eau Rouge Revitalizing Fragrance Mist – RM490 | US$110 for 100ml
Made with 97% naturally derived ingredients comes a fragrance mist in a brand new scent from the House of Chanel Parfum. The bottle feels a little lighter in the hand as compared to other Chanel fragrance bottles, but it is a beautifully sexy red that I absolutely adore!
I love how Chanel uses a deep shade of red that isn’t garish, but is pleasing on the eye and lends itself a luxurious feel.
The scent is fresh and refreshing, with a sweet burst of citrus and red berries, and a floral heart. Being a mist, it doesn’t last, but it is a very pretty scent, and easily layered over your other Chanel favourite perfumes. I’ll share more about this one in detail soon 🙂
No. 1 de Chanel Lip and Cheek Balm – RM190 | US$45
A fun lip and cheek product enriched with red camellia oil to nourish skin and enhance with colour. I have not yet tried this, as unlike many, I have not been the most adventurous to be out and about anywhere that dictates that a little lick of makeup would be nice. The one time I went somewhere exciting, I used my old stalwart – the Les Beiges Healthy Glow blush stick 😀
From experience, a lip and cheek product often ends up being better for one or the other, rarely both. So it will be interesting to see how this one performs, especially in our humid weather!
No. 1 de Chanel Revitalizing Serum – RM475 | US$160 for 50ml
The star product in the No. 1 de Chanel range is the Revitalizing Serum, a powerful serum that prevents and corrects 5 signs of aging – fine lines, loss of elasticity, loss of radiance, enlarged pores and deeper wrinkles.
Containing a high concentration of the red camellia flower extract to support skin vitality and protect skin from environmental aggressors, the Revitalizing Serum is touted as a must-have in the range.
The texture is a lightweight gel that pumps out from the uniquely designed cover, that auto-fills the dropper so you pump out the perfect and exact amount of product each time. It sinks beautifully into your skin and leaves skin feeling refreshed. I picked up a little sample from the boutique to try, and while it was lovely, it was a little light for my needs.
I think it is nice for someone in their 30’s who may be seeing the initial signs of aging, and who wants to address it. It however, may not be the best product for someone in the next decade of life, where your skin just needs and wants more nourishment.
No. 1 de Chanel Revitalizing Cream – RM450 | US$110 for 50ml
The Revitalizing Cream comes in a nice jar, that is frosted on the outside. The red jar that contains the product inside comes in a refillable option for when you want to replenish the product.
The texture is lightweight for a cream, and like the serum, sinks beautifully into the skin. For me, I find it a little light so it doesn’t offer the sort of comfort I prefer from Chanel’s Sublimage range. Again, I feel that this might be suitable or comfortable for someone who prefers a lighter textured cream, or who may not need anything as heavy as what I do.
On an overall basis, my original hunch about the No. 1 de Chanel range has been borne out, in that it is a range that caters to a slightly younger crowd. When you’re in your later 40’s like me, light textured products are nice, but what you really need is something that really delivers results in a more punchy manner. We can’t faff about with light, almost-there results anymore. For me, Chanel Sublimage range works better for my skin, simply because it’s made for more matured skin that needs more care.
The thought process and ethos of the No. 1 de Chanel range also seems to appeal more to those in a certain age group, and psyche. If you want a product from a luxury brand but balk at the excessive packaging that is often associated with their products, then the No. 1 de Chanel range might be one to look at.
Personally, I feel that in the No. 1 de Chanel range, the L’Eau Rouge fragrance Mist, Foundation and Lip and Cheek Balm are products that are more universally appealing. I have not had the opportunity to try the foundation, but I hear that it is very impressive. I may get a bottle to try, if only because I need to replenish my foundations that have all expired over the last 3 years LOL! 😀
A gift for you!
Now, having shared all that, and realizing that the No. 1 de Chanel skincare isn’t quite for me, I’d like to gift the 2 products I have to a reader, by way of a thank you for still reading my blog, and for supporting me all this time 🙂 All I ask is that you enjoy it!
I’ll pick a winner by 28 March 2022 and I’m only able to send it within Malaysia.
To enter the draw, tell me: What is the No. 1 lesson that you learnt from the pandemic?
Drop me a note in the comments below, and good luck! 🙂
If you’re not participating, you can tell me what you think of No. 1 de Chanel too, if you’ve had a look at it!
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