Chanel: Precision Lotion
I have to admit, as far as luxury skin care brands go Chanel is my favorite. I’m a fan of their make up, although I’m a mineral makeup convert I still love their liquid foundations, especially with that ingenious nozzle that dispenses the perfect amount. The last time I purchased Chanel cosmetics (eye shadow and an illuminator to my recollection) I was given a sample of this lotion from their precision range. I am not a toner girl, because my skin is prone to dryness I usually find that toners dry and irritate my skin so I avoid them. This however I would not class as a toner, even though it has a similar functionality in refining skin tone and reducing pores. It is actually quite hydrating and deserves the term lotion above a toner, although lotion isn’t entirely appropriate either as when i think of a lotion I think of a light, runny cream. Anyway, I have not only been using this like a toner in between cleansing and moisturizing, I’ve also found quite an odd but surprisingly pleasant use for it too. Loose, powdery eye shadows require some sort of gel or primer in order to stick to the eyelids. I really don’t like putting creams and gels so close to my eye, but a bit of this on my finger tip dampens enough to fasten the powder eye shadow really well. In addition, it feels lovely on the eye lids, and I figure if something is gentle enough to use on the sensitive eye area then it’s probably going to be a sure bet for the rest of the face. It’s scent free (from what I can tell), and leaves the skin soft with less visible pores. I also suspect it is offering me more oil control around the t-zone during the day compared to when I don’t use this after cleansing. I’d recommend this to people with sensitive or dry skin who want to use a toner to refine their skin but haven’t been able to find one suitable before because they dry out your skin; this won’t and was in fact pleasant to use on my sensitive skin. I give it four out of five, not a perfect score only because I usually don’t use a toner/refining lotion in my routine, I tend more toward salves/serums to provide hyrdration rather than balance the skin tone.