As far as I’m concerned, the big surprise about Chanel Hydra Beauty Flash (£43), which went on sale last week, is that it’s taken till now for the Parisian beauty house to launch its own variation on the iconic Clarins Beauty Flash Balm, which is now 35 years old.
Hydra Beauty Flash is one of three new additions to the Hydra Beauty range within Chanel’s skincare; one of my favourite skincare collections on the market as it does a great job of catering for the very specific demands of dehydrated skin like mine. I haven’t used it in ages but the serum from the Hydra Beauty range is one of my all-time favourite products, and the one which made me a convert to serums.
Essentially, Hydra Beauty Flash – like Clarins Beauty Flash Balm – is a sort of skincare alternative to the currently fashionable primer. It’s a luxurious-feeling, balmy cream which soothes the skin as it’s applied, and immediately improves its appearance by blurring lines, smoothing imperfections and imbuing it with radiance. It’s quickly absorbed and, if used after other Hydra Beauty products, builds on the hydrating and protective benefits which they’ve already imparted to the skin. It can also be used during the day to touch up dry areas or boost radiance, perhaps when refreshing existing make-up for a night out.
I’ve been using it after my Chanel Le Lift moisturiser and I love it. Its effects – both visually and in terms of how my skin feels – are indeed instantaneous. My skin feels velvety soft, and I’ve been impressed by how well it hides the redness in my complexion and smooths out the grooves! My make-up (and I’ve not been using Chanel with it) goes on beautifully and lasts well.
Put it this way: Hydra Beauty Flash has earned a place in my make-up wardrobe, both for morning-after emergency situations, for long days and for special nights-out. This could just be the beauty buff’s secret weapon of 2016!
Which products do you keep on hand for when you look particularly tired, or for when you have a big day ahead?