In the mid ’90 of the last century, Chanel announced its long-term goal to become one of the 10 biggest prestige skincare brands in the world. In order to focus on research into the biology and physiology of the skin, they launched CERIES (Epidermal and Sensory Investigation Centre).

In the first products that resulted from this strategy, the extract of the Orchid Vanilla Planifolia was introduced. Its extract is rich in so-called “polyketones”, which are used as ANTI-AGEING INGREDIENTS. Chanel also developped the “polyfractioning technique”, which made the original ingredient 40 times more active (!).

Le Lift was launched (as a series) in 2014 and the cream was called a “smart cream” by Chanel. It comes in 3 different textures, to serve 3 different needs of different skin types. One of its actives is a patent molecule from the Passiflora Edulis plant (passionfruit),which mimics micro RNA in skin cells (yes, I know, skip this part if you find it too technical now). Three different micro RNA’s were identified as being involved in the skin-ageing process.By regulating them with this novelty plant extract, the production of “youth proteins” (this is Chanel, not me foolks), called “Sirtuins” is being improved. Hello to youthfullness, I’d say …..

Ingredients:Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Isododecane, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Polyglyceryl 3 Beeswax, PEG 5, Squalane, Ipomea Batatas Root Extract, Saccharomyches Cerevisiae Extract, Jojoba Esther, Dipropylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Thromethamine, Chlorphenesin, Hydrolised Soy Protein, Phospholipids, Carbomer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Escin, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA, Beta-Sisosterol, Biosaccharide Gum, Polyquartenium-51, Sodium Polyacrylate, Silica, Sodium Hyaluronate, Polysorbate-20, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydrochloric Acid, Tocopherol, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Citric Acid.


Beneficial ingredients in this product:

Dicaffeoylquinic acid: the famous REJUVENATING plant extract(I can, however, not find it in the INCI list)

Ipomea Batatas: plant extract, rich in Vitamins A & C, so rejuvenating properties, plus amino-acids that help build up Collagen and Elastin Fibers (Firmness).

Glycerin: moisture binding ingredient

Shea Butter: rich in Omega Fatty Acids, meaning skin repair & nourishing

Hydrolised silk: amino acids help build up collagen

Palmitoyl Oligopetide/Tetrapeptide-7: peptides are “signalling” molecules that speed up COLLAGEN formation (think FIRMNESS)

Allthough there are quite a few anti-ageing products with a more impressive/longer list of active ingredients, I personally believe this to be a truly effective product.The combination of ANTI-OXIDANTS (cell protectors), PEPTIDES/AMINO ACIDS (collagen build-up) and MOISTURIZERS/NOURISHING INGREDIENTS makes this one a good choice in case you like truly luxury products. The price tag, of course, will be accordingly ……

Bottom Line:

Good for: anyone looking for an active,  luxury anti-ageing eye contour product.

Texture: light, silky, nourishing without being “heavy”

Skintypes: all, assuming you’re dryer in the eye area even if you have oily skin.

Pro’s: active ingredients, texture, packaging looks lovely in your bathroom J

Contra’s: exhorbitant price tag.

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