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Just when I discovered my holy grail Chanel La Mousse Cream-to-Foam Cleanser, the brand released its new Le Gel Anti-Pollution Cleansing Gel. Having combo/oily skin, I’m a big fan of gel cleansers, as I feel like they do the best job of removing dirt, sunscreen, and excess oil without stripping my skin, so naturally, I had to try this one. Below is my Chanel Le Gel Cleanser review.
Chanel describes the Le Gel Anti-Pollution Cleansing Gel as an invigorating gel-to-foam face cleanser that removes pollutants and makeup while reducing the look of imperfections and shine for a matte finish. From the description, it sounded like the perfect cleanser for someone with combo/oily to oily skin. Anything that reduces shine without stripping my skin was a friend of mine. Well, this did do most of what it claimed. Keep reading to find out where it fell short…
First off, the packaging is simple and chic, as with all of Chanel’s beauty products. Le Gel comes in a blue-tinted sturdy plastic bottle with a pump, enclosed with a black top embossed with the brand’s CC logo on top. The actual product is a clear gel that’s thin in consistency and creates a very light foam, compared to their La Mousse Cream-to-Foam Cleanser.
Because the lather isn’t as rich as La Mousse, Le Gel is more nourishing, making it a great cleanser for fall/winter, as our skin tends to be drier in the cooler months.
I believe that a good skincare routine starts with a good cleanser that gently removes dirt, sunscreen, and excess oil without stripping the skin of moisture and hydration. It doesn’t need to have fancy ingredients since you’re washing it off of your face after a minute but it does need to be effective. This cleanser is just that; effective.
AQUA (WATER) | SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE | COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE | SODIUM CHLORIDE | PEG-7 GLYCERYL COCOATE | PENTYLENE GLYCOL | METHYLPROPANEDIOL | SALICORNIA HERBACEA EXTRACT | ALGAE EXTRACT | PARFUM (FRAGRANCE) | GLYCERIN | BUTYLENE GLYCOL | CHLORPHENESIN | CAPRYLYL GLYCOL | COCONUT ACID | MARIS AQUA (SEA WATER) | CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE | POLYQUATERNIUM-51 | PHENYLPROPANOL | PHYTIC ACID | SODIUM CITRATE | SODIUM BENZOATE | CITRIC ACID | IL41A
Although Chanel claims that it will remove makeup, this is where it falls short. Since it’s so lightweight and gentle, this would be better suited as a morning cleanser or a second cleanser at night if you’re a heavy makeup wearer as this would not be effective on its own. With that said, the brand also markets Le Gel as the perfect second cleanses after their L’Huile Cleansing Oil and I agree. I love L’Huile as a first cleanse whenever I wear makeup (review here) and Le Gel has been great at removing excess oil and replenishing my skin afterward.
In the fall and winter, I tend to gravitate towards more nourishing and hydrating formulas to protect my moisture barrier and since Le Gel is formulated with Blue Micro-Algae and Marine Salicornia Extract to protect against stress and environmental aggressors, Le Gel checks those boxes.
Overall, I love the simple ingredients list, packaging, and lightweight texture of Le Gel and think it will make a great morning cleanser or second nighttime cleanser for those with combo/oily skin like me. It’s also gentle enough to be used by someone with dry and normal skin. Some may be confused by the $45 price tag for such a simple cleanser but you do get a lot of product and you only need 1-2 drops to cleanse your face, so this will last you for at least 6 months, if not more.
Check out the Le Gel Anti-Pollution Cleansing Gel on Chanel.com and Chanel counters.
The Le Gel Anti-Pollution Cleansing Gel gets a 4 out of 5-star rating due to the price and its inaccurate claim to remove makeup. However, neither will deter me from repurchasing it in the future.
Have you tried Le Gel or are you going to pick it up? Let me know in the comments.