Whitening & Hydrating: Chanel Le Blanc Serum

My skin needs 2 main things: hydration and tone correction. Well, I have combination dry/oily skin which gives me headaches. I cannot use products which are too rich (breakouts!) and anything lighter just doesn’t do much to counter the dryness. The occasional breakouts leave some marks on my face, and my T-zone is dull. I exfoliate on a regular basis and it is tricky to find the right skin care. When I was at Chanel a few months ago, I bought this together with the moisturiser.

I thought this would go well with the moisturiser I loved so much. The Le Blanc range which I think is only available in Asia, boasts of hydrating and whitening the skin at the same time. Initially, I reminded myself to write about this after a month of using, but I completely forgot. I already threw out the box ages ago (together with the product write up from the brand), and finished the whole bottle of serum very recently. I thought I’d better write now, to let you know what I think of it. Even if I am not able to tell you what technology they used, I can at least tell you if they worked, on me at least.



The bottle is clean and luxurious, not as heavy as the moisturiser, but it is a big bottle for just 30ml of serum. There is a light musky scent to it, which I think is pleasant, but there are people who might not like it. The serum is very lightweight and it absorbs into skin almost instantly, leaving the skin soft, comfortable and smooth. I don’t see any immediate results from using this serum other than the fact that it felt weightless on my skin.



After finishing the bottle, I still didn’t see much. Probably just a hydrated skin. I was truly disappointed, seeing how well the moisturiser worked for my skin. I have used Shiseido’s White Lucent Serum (mainly whitening, with some hydration) with good results and my Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair (boosts cell repair with great hydration, evening out skin tone, healing marks) just never disappoints. This one however, was meh. Hydrating? Average. Whitening? Not visible. That is probably why I forgot to write about it. So as I was debating whether or not to put this up, I thought it would be good to tell you not to waste your RM380. You’re better off saving RM50 to purchase a bottle of Estee’s ANR, or add another RM30 to buy White Lucent. If you’re looking at only to hydrate your skin, I heard Clinique’s Moisture Surge works wonders at just half the price.



There, I said it. Might work for some, but not for me. Looking at the bright side, it did not break me out with a vengeance like some Japanese brand miracle skincare did 😉 Whew!

What skin type do you have and which skincare have you tried that just doesn’t work for you at all?


xoxo Lily

  • Valerie C.

    I’ve tried so many serums….some broke me out, others did nothing. Right now, I’m loving (and no breakouts) Algenist Targeted Age Correcting Serum! It was $79., high for my budget, so I’m only using it once a day and after only a week I see a difference. It’s exciting 🙂

    • Lily

      I haven’t heard of Algenist before. Will have to do more research! LOL! It’s so exciting to find a serum that works, doesn’t it? And this one works fast! I think I have to do my research quick. Hahah

  • Sunny @ Mostly Sunny

    Aww too bad it didn’t work for you! The packaging looks all luxurious and exciting too. I have combination skin with oily T zone and normal cheeks, though in winter my cheeks could need some more hydration. I stick to L’Occitane and pharmaceutical products. They work fine for the moment, though I know one day I’ll probably have to upgrade to more expensive stuff (hopefully I’ll have the money to do so when the need rises lol).

    Have you tried Darphin serums/aromatic care? I have tried both Chamomile and tangerine aromatic care. They work amazingly well. Maybe you’d want to check things out at the Darphin counter.

    • Lily

      Yeah, too bad. I’ve heard of Darphin but haven’t tried them before. I wonder if they’re available here. Another brand to research. Cool! Thanks so much for sharing =)

  • Shiseido’s White Lucent range has really good reviews!! *makes mental note to ask for a sample the next time I hit the stores* I get into a bit of a frenzy everytime I see the words: ASIA-ONLY range because they aren’t available in Europe! Been itching to try a Dior Snow / Chanel Le Blanc product and I hear Chanel’s whitening foundation is similar to Vitalumiere Aqua!! Have you tried that one, Lily?

    • Lily

      I haven’t tried the Le Blanc foundation… want to try Perfection Lumiere but I really have too many foundations at the moment. The White Lucent IS good. but pricey… and I am using Diorsnow now. Will post a review after a month of using. Liking it so far. I actually used it like 10 years ago. Hahahah! I do remember loving it, so that’s a bonus. Do you need whitening products? Mine is for acne marks and to even out my skintone…

      • Haha! I do not really need whitening products but I just want to try them out to see what the hype is all about! May get Mum to give white lucent a go since she’s all about trying to ‘erase’ pigmentation.

        • Lily

          Yes, you should let your mom try. Let me know if it works for her!

  • Petrina

    Thanks for this review – I was going to purchase this my next trip home but thanks to your review have decided to save the $$$ I’ve been using Naruko’s Magnolia line in conjunction with Trilogy products and this combo is really working wonders for my skintone + hydration

    • Lily

      Glad to help. I’m using Naruko’s Magnolia sleeping mask – they call it jelly. Works quite well for hydration, yes =)

      • Petrina

        Me too! Love their night gellies and serums

        • Lily

          The Magnolia night gelly is the only product I’ve tried from Naruko though!

  • Jer Marie

    Good for me I don’t have much problem on my skin face……… and I’m hoping you’ll find your skin solution soon

    • Lily

      I hope so too. I’m using Dior now and am loving the results. Review will be up later ;-p

  • Rudz

    There’s a lots of any skin products out there but we don’t even know if it can help our face or skin problem coz we don’t know how they do that and the chemicals they used it. By the way i wish you can found a good quality solution of your face..

    • Lily

      Hey Rudz,
      True, it’s hard to determine what kind of ingredients work and what don’t. Furthermore, there are always new discoveries that get patented, la di dah. Most of the time, I don’t trouble myself with details. I’m not THAT picky. It is however, important to know what ingredients my skin doesn’t like. Maybe alcohol, or silicones, stuff like that. I am using a totally new skincare routine now which is doing a great job. I’m taking photos every week so that I can show you guys the improvement. Watch out for that post!

  • Michelle

    Hydration and tone correction?? I discover it all in just one product…. Olay Regenerist Cream…. It keeps my skin hydrated and it also whitens my tone. It diminishes wrinkles and gives me smooth fair complexion.

    • Lily

      Really? I’m now using Dior and Estee Lauder, getting great results, so not messing with it at all! Tried Olay when I was young…

  • Anna

    I want to try the channel le lanc whitening line, their creams and serums but debating against shiseido white lucent , my concern is big pores on my skin and to give fresh looking and bright. Would you suggest using the le blanc line or the whte lucent by shiseido, thanks!

    • Lily

      Hi Anna, since the Chanel Le Blanc serum didn’t work that well on me, I’d tell you to stay away from it. Then again, I’m only telling you based on my personal experience. I’ve tried Shiseido White Lucent and Diorsnow range as well, and I can honestly say Diorsnow is what I’d repurchase. Shiseido White Lucent was great too, but it’s much more expensive. However, if I had to choose only between Chanel and Shiseido, I think it’s pretty obvious I’d go for the latter 😉

  • I was considering to buy this because I want to treat my dark spots. Luckily I stumble upon your blog while researching for it.

    • Hi Jerine, thanks for dropping by. I’m glad this review helped 🙂