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Chanel Hydramax Active Tinted Lotion – A Spanner in the Works

Chanel has rather thrown a spanner in the works of my ‘hunt for a new tinted moisturiser’. I had thought, possibly rather naively, that I would go on hunting for the perfect formula until I had exhausted testing out every single brand; relentlessly applying, reapplying, jogging on treadmills, battling through the wind and rain to test finish, coverage and staying power.

But no, Chanel has stopped my search dead in its tracks: it has made me fall in love with it’s Hydramax tinted lotion so much that the thrill of the hunt, for the moment, has passed. The thing is, I knew it was risky even opening the box – I knew that there was a pretty good chance that I would fall in love with it, because I have liked – no, loved – almost everything from Chanel that I have ever tried!

It was to be no different for Hydramax Teinte – it went on like velvet and left my skin beautifully fresh-looking. It smelt lovely, and it stayed on (as it should!) all day. But there’s more to this love; as I say in the video, buying little ‘somethings’ from Chanel scratches a luxury ‘itch’ for me. It makes me feel as though I have treated myself, bought something naughty – when in fact the purchase is almost entirely guilt-free, because all I’m really doing is spending money on a high-quality beauty product!

This ‘tinted lotion’ from Chanel has pretty much seen me through the last few days presenting shows at Style Birmingham. (I’m talking hot lights, clammy, stressed skin and lots of running on and off stage!) A more sensible person might have used foundation, set with powder, retouched throughout the day, but I decided to throw caution to the wind and put all of my trust in this little tube of Chanel! I wasn’t disappointed – not only did the tinted lotion have great staying power, it looked ever so slightly dewy without being at all shiny, and I think that this look, if you can achieve it, is much younger and fresher than a ‘set’ base.

Obviously this kind of cosmetic perfection comes with a bit of a price-tag, but this one is by no means the most expensive that I’ve tested out and I think that it is worth every penny! Take a look at the video below and see if you agree…

Chanel Hydramax Tinted Lotion, £32 from Boots


  1. I feel so reassured right now after reading your review. I just bought it. =]

  2. Hi Ruth
    After following your hunt for the perfect TM on youtube I got all excited about it and wanted to try out a few myself.
    At the moment squeezing the last bit out of my sisley, best one so far.
    But as the makeuplover I am I obviously cannot crown a winner before I´v tried it all. (Any excuse for sending on some luxory right:)
    For my next one, should I try the becca TM, or just go straight to the chanel? Is the chanel still the winner in your makeupbag?
    Thank you for great tips and videos with a sense of humor x x

    PS: Loved, loved, loved the beauty queens speach.

    • Chanel is lighter feeling than the Becca – if you tend towards oiliness go for the Chanel, if you like a really moisturising and dewy one, try the Becca! x

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