The Chanel CC Cream Correction Complete SPF 30/PA+++ has just become available for purchase in the US last month but I've been using mine since December 2012 (received as a Christmas gift; purchased from eBay). I have been using it once or twice a week so I think I have a pretty solid idea of how this new CC cream performs. Read on to hear my overall thoughts.
First, the packaging! The sleek, oh-so-practical and travel-friendly squeeze tube. Some may find it too plain but I find it very “Chanel”. It's a basic white tube with Chanel labeling and black cap. The cap does add a little bit of luxury to the design as it contain the famous interlocking C's on top. It has a slight, delicate floral/perfumy scent that dissipates soon after application. Titanium Dioxide is listed as a physical sunscreen.
First thing to keep in mind about this silicone-based CC cream is it is thick! The formula is really thick, but not heavy. Thick, but easily glides on. The best way to apply is to start small, you only need maybe a rice-grain size for each section of your face, spread out a thin layer and use fingers to blend as the warmth from the skin will help the product goes on easier and absorbs better. If you'd rather not use fingers, beauty blenders work well too. Work fast during application because it dries down really quickly. Once it is dry, it will be almost impossible to move. The cream leaves a matte finish with a slight brightening effect that I really like. The coverage I'd say is light to medium, enough to make pores and small imperfections less noticeable. If you, however, have some serious red acne scars or dark spots, a dab of concealer may be needed to completely cover them. It is said to be non-comedogenic and in fact, I haven't had any breakouts from using it regularly.
My other method of choice for applying this CC cream is to mix it with my moisturizer. Sort of like making my own version of tinted moisturizer. I find the cream to absorb much faster this way and it leaves a dewy finish that I like. The staying power I'd say is around 8-9 hours. It seems to hold up very well and my makeup still looks fresh at the end of the day.
I wish it would come in more shades, though. There's only one shade available as of now (20 Beige). Although it seems to blend in with my skin color really well, it's still a tad bit too light. If you prefer, you can mix it with a darker shade of foundation, or set with a darker shade of setting powder, or just use bronzer to neutralize the color. One tube is going to last you a very long time since you only need the smallest amount. When I received it, it was purchased through eBay at a hefty price tag of US$75 but now you can grab one from Nordstrom for only $55, and if you don't like it, simply return it (Nordstrom has the best return policy). An all-in-one product; moisturizer, color-corrector, and sunscreen. One step, and you are good to go. One last thing is I think you shouldn't completely rely on this cream as your sole source of sunscreen since you'll be using a very small amount on your face – definitely apply your regular sunscreen underneath too if you plan to be outside. Prevention is the key to anti-aging! :)