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Chanel Review > Sublimage Overview- Is Expensive Skincare Worth It? (vs La Mer Crème de la Mer & Moisturizing Lotions)

Published by Jasmine Seo

I've been using Chanel Sublimage skincare for well over a decade, and the range feels a lot more personal to me as it feels like as if I've been witnessing the collection grow and expand. Over the past a couple of years, Chanel has been actively invested in new product development in the range. If you have been avoiding Chanel skincare simply due to the bias against a make-up/fragrance focused brand, I suggest you try out the Chanel Sublimage skincare line. The ingredients of those products in the range tend to be more natural with a hint of delicate scent, without sacrificing the brand's own identity.

When to Start & the Efficacy

I should mention first that the Chanel Sublimage line works differently than some of the other high-end skincare brands. Not in a negative way necessarily, it's just that the collection isn't practically designed to address one specific skin aging concern that you may have. Heavily based upon my own and my family's experiences in terms of the results over the past many years, I would say that Sublimage products are best if you start early. I understand, the majority of Chanel beauty consultants at the counter will suggest those products for those in physical age of 40+ years. The price is indeed eye-watering and I see that not many youngsters can afford it. Having said that, I'm not talking about our physical age here, but our skin age. Meaning, you may be 40 years old physically, yet your skin's age could be at 20, not your actual age.

If I think of gradual beautiful skin aging, Chanel Sublimage line is certainly on the list. You could even say that those products are Chanel's own different interpretation of maintaining skin's youth by preventing different signs of aging from moisture loss and imbalance. I personally see that they are quite similar to La Mer's moisturising creams and lotions in terms of the benefits you get in the long term. Just the difference is that thee Chanel Sublimage collection is more botanically driven, whereas La Mer gives more impression of the ocean. If you are interested, I'm willing to write a more comprehensive post on this. Anyway, I will just keep it that way for now as today's focus is on Chanel 😎.


Unlike some of the luxury skincare brands, Chanel seems to keep the Sublimage collection quite versatile. Some might think that it's just an interesting way of using, but personally, I find that it actually helps saving some money as you don't absolutely need the entire range. For instance, if you are on a budget, you don't need to get both Chanel Sublimage Toner and Mist as my experience told me that they work well as 3-in-1 products (toner-boosting lotion-mist).

And you don't necessarily need to purchase a moisturiser if you have oily/problem prone skin, as your skin could feel simply fine after using either one of those. Or if you think you need a little bit more, then add and mix a drop or two of your favourite face oil to one of  them. This means that you may not even need to buy a moisturiser.

If you are looking for an emulsion like serum, I recommend you to check Sublimage L'Essence Fondamentale serum as it may work well even as a moisturiser for those with combination/normal skin. Or if you have dry skin, the serum will also work effectively as an advanced hydrating serum. It's also great under make-up as it gives such a satiny canvas to work with. I would say that Sublimage L'Essence Fondamentale serum is a good alternative to Chanel Sublimage Le Fluide (emulsion/ moisturiser) to consider if you started seeing more visible signs of skin aging.

If you think that you need a little more, here comes Sublimage L'Estrait oil serum, which can again be used as a 3-in-1 product (serum-moisturiser-glowing makeup base). This is more suitable for those with dry skin, but I've noticed that it works well for dry combination skin too.

I hope you all found this post helpful, and hopefully it answered most of the questions that you might have in regards to the Chanel Sublimage collection. I know that the line has been heavily advertised as a light revealing range, but I personally found that glow revealing seems to suit it better 😉.

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