Serums In Rotation: Chanel Le Jour de Chanel and Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydration Firming Serum

June 18, 2014

I’ve started to explore more in skincare the past couple of years. Through my 20’s I had pretty good skin that didn’t need much treatment other than a basic cleanser or moisturizer. As I transition into my early 30’s I’ve found my skin in need of more. So many have told me about the benefits of using a serum under moisturizer, but I have sensitive skin. Several serums I’ve tried at the counter or at make over events have ended up being too rich and heavy-feeling so I avoided them for a long time. In the past I’ve tested mini samples of several serums, I’ve found many feel nice but didn’t didn’t really seem to make a difference in my overall skin appearance.

Three serums have changed my outlook on serums in general. Ole Henriksen Truth Serum is amazing in terms of maintaining a good glow for the skin. I find it’s good if you have minor imperfections and need an extra boost of moisture (more details in my review here). Two other serums I have in rotation that I wanted to share with you are Chanel Le Jour de Chanel and Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydration Firming Serum

Both serums come in a convenient pump dispenser bottle. The serum textures are on the thin side with a slight gel-like finish but blend easily onto clean skin. Chanel Le Jour de Chanel is clear while Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydration Firming Serum has a subtle pearly finish that contains 24k gold.

First up is the Chanel Le Jour de Chanel ($85 for 50 ml/1.7 fl oz). I’ve been using this for a year since it was first released as a Nordstrom exclusive. This one has Salicylic Acid which helps exfoliate the skin gently and clears up any clogged pores and small blemishes over time (but doesn’t make the skin peel). It claims to tighten pores and reduce the size. I have small pores but I found it does improve the look of the skin and make pores smaller. It layers well under moisturizer to make the skin feel hydrated, smooth and slightly more radiant. I wouldn’t recommend using this if your skin is irritated or has any open or healing blemishes. This one is best for unbroken skin and if you’re not extremely sensitive.
I made the mistake of using this alone as a moisturizer when I first received a mini sample in the mail. The artists at the Chanel counter explained to me that I was using it incorrectly and it was not sufficient to be used alone. Adding this under your moisturizer helps improve the T-zone area and extends the wear of your foundation throughout the day as it helps to draw in your moisturizer to the skin. 
A quick tip on application – if you feel that it stings the skin, make sure your skin is completely dry after you cleanse and tone before you apply this. I’ve found that applying items to a wet face can sometimes make moisturizers or serums sting. I’ve used this in conjunction with a number of moisturizers, my current favorites to use this with are the Chanel Le Blanc Moisturizing Cream, Chanel Sublimage La Creme Texture Fine and Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Cream.
Chanel Le Jour de Chanel ingredient list here

If you’ve shopped online with Tatcha you know that their orders come with generous samples and often have good promotion codes to try new items. My first order with them came with their Deep Hydration Firming Mask which is amazing. They’ve recently expanded their Water Collection with the Luminous Deep Hydration Firming Serum ($95 for 30 ml/1.0 fl oz). They kindly sent me a sample to try and I’ve been thrilled with it. Several readers have already raved to me about this one before I had the chance to try it. Many have said it’s worked wonders on their dry skin so I was worried this might be too strong for my skin but I found the Deep Hydration Firming Mask to be amazing on my skin so I had high hopes. I am really happy to find that even though it’s super hydrating that it isn’t too strong.

This serum has a hydrating blend of Okinawa red algae and hyaluronic acid to soothe and firm skin – and the it does just that. The 24k gold shimmer isn’t overpowering but gives that glow from within kind of luminosity. I’ve been using this for a week and already have noticed a difference in the overall look of the skin. It appears more radiant and it has soothed my skin which has been acting up for the past month. I’ve been using this during the day under regular moisturizers but I’ve read many like to also use this at night (which I haven’t tried yet).
If you’re unsure about purchasing the full size, Tatcha now has a selection of mini travel sized skin care items. The Deep Hydration Firming Serum comes in a $33 mini travel size option nicely priced proportionally to the full size.

Full ingredient list here

I like to alternate serums weekly depending on what my skin feels like. On normal skin days I find the Ole Henriksen Truth Serum to be a good everyday kind of serum suitable for all skin types (even sensitive ones). When my skin is in need of some texture improvement the Chanel Le Jour de Chanel works wonders to clear up the skin. I wouldn’t recommend this for super sensitive skin but it is gentle enough for me. For extra hydration and soothing of irritated skin I like to use Tatcha Deep Hydration Firming Serum.
What do you currently use for a serum? Or do you skip it entirely? I’d love to hear what you’ve tried, what you loved or what didn’t work for you.
This post contains a press sample sent by Tatcha for review consideration. For more information refer to my disclosures.

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  • I have normal skin for now and no aging issues.. so I guess the truth serum should be good for me? I'd love to try anything Chanel but I think it's too pricey for now!

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  • Anonymous

    Honestly, I love your make up reviews, all the photos you provide are the next best thing to actually playing with the product at the counter. I also love your clean aesthetic, the way you present products etc. But when it comes to skincare, you could improve your reviews a lot – or simply not venture into doing subpar skincare reviews. With skincare it does not matter at all how the product photographs. What matters most and where you have to learn a lot is "what is in the product?". The other day you were talking positively about an eye cream which has more preservative (phenoxyethanol) in it than any of the ingredients you were citing, and which had a powerful menthol derivative lurking in the ingredients. A big no-no for the eye area. I am pretty sure you won't choose to publish my comment, but please take it as positive criticism. I love your blog and check it often for make up reviews, but incompetent skin care reviews only hurt your image of being dependable with your reviews.

    • While I respect your viewpoint and think you have good intentions I can't help but feel you are being a bit unfair. Sabrina's blog is strictly, in my humble opinion, to review how products have worked for her. It is then incumbent upon the reader to research the ingredients if they want to delve further into the products. She is not filling the role of a dermatologist or chemist. She is quite simply reviewing and quite thoroughly I might add, how a product has worked for her.

  • I just finished trying out Lancomes Advanced Genifique Youth Boosting Serum and I really enjoyed it. It has a higher alcohol level than my dry sky would like, but since I used it under moisturizer, it wasn't that big of a deal. However, serums are not yet part of my regular skin care routine, but given that I'm in my early 50's that may be about to change. I'm line/wrinkle free and would like to keep it that way.

  • I love serums! The three Chanel ones are great on my skin: le jour, la nuit and le week end used on rotation as their names say. I am also trying Clinique Even Better for dark spots and it does work on the pigmentation issue. If I want something more natural Nude Advanced Renewal Serum

  • Anonymous

    I have been tempted by the Tatcha products but would like to have more information on where in Japan it is made and if any ingredients are compromised by the Fukushima accident. I hope this doesn't sound weird πŸ™‚ For serums, I have tried the Chanel ones from samples and am not sure whether I like them or not. Some seemed to make my skin break out more but I don't know which one of the three. I use Dr. Hauschka Regenerative Serum under their Regenerative cream and like the effects.
    Thank you for your review of serums – I may need to try out the Ole Henriksen some time.

    • Hi Tanja,

      Tatcha has superlative customer service. I'm sure if you contact them, they'll be able to give you all the information you need πŸ™‚

  • Thanks Serena – I have been using the Chanel Day wrong as well! I have the Weekend and love it – in fact, I'm on my second bottle. But…the Day seemed not to work as well – I didn't realize it should be work under moisturizer! I'll try that…

  • I adore Tatcha's hydrating Water Collection. I use the dewy mist to set my makeup and give my skin a mid-day moisture boost and I love, absolutely love, the deeply hydrating mask for special occasions or times when my skin needs a bit of extra pampering. So, when Tatcha launched the serum, I jumped at the chance to try it. I have dry, sensitive, mature skin and have been using it for three weeks now. I have been extremely satisfied with the extra boost in hydration that this new serum delivers. It also firms, smooths, and calms my skin. I've been impressed with how well. Y skin as responded to this particular serum.

    Living in Southern California, I would never be without a good antioxidant serum to help combat sun damage. I like Cosmetic Skin Solutions CE Ferulic serum mixed with Jack Black Protein Boosting Serum. I slather that combination all over my face, neck, and dΓ©collettΓ© and the residual gets massaged over my hands and forearms prior to applying my moisturizing sunscreen. CSS's serum is a SkinCeuticle clone, but at a fraction of the price and it seems to work just as well.

  • ame

    My favorite serum is the One Love Organics Vitamin C serum. I only apply at night right out of the shower, and it's been an absolute godsend for me. I use retinoids and it's played very nicely with those as well.

    I am wondering if the Tatcha stings because there's alcohol in it, I believe 3rd or 4th in the ingredient list?

  • Nice picks! I've been using Le Jour de Chanel for the past seven months or so (the bottle lasts forever!) and quite like it πŸ™‚


    WOW! Lots of serums and I really could use some help here ladies! I have just had major open-heart surgery and am looking rather grim. I just was released home on Tuesday morning and it's been really hard to look at myself in the mirror with all the retention and puffiness that one develops in a hospital environment. But, the surgery went well, and hopefully, now, I can focus on getting better, which is why I have serum questions!

    I haven't used a serum for a long time. I'm 49, and have fair skin, pretty normal with a t-zone in the summer only. I am prone to dryness on the cheeks. I get told all the time that I have "Luminous" skin, and my daughter says the hates me for that, so I guess that's good. I use a retinol treatment at not, switching between Neutrogena Night Retinol Treatment, and Chantecaille's Retinol Intense which I like very much despite the price point. When I have used a serum in the past it's always seemed like an additional step my skin didn't really need, and at times I felt it made my skin oily whereas it wasn't prior to using it, so I just stopped altogether. Now that I am home from the hospital for at least 6+ weeks, and on multiple medications, not to mention serious sleep deficiency issues, I think I need to re-visit serums again. I just ordered the Tatcha Ritual Discovery Kit for Combination Skin and am interested to see how it works for me. I have samples of the Chanel products you talked about too Serena, but I am wondering which one would be best for me in terms of the overall result I might see from it? Any help would be greatly appreciated from you ladies, as I seriously have nothing but time on my hands, and would really like to use it wisely. Thanks so much!

  • I just adore your bathroom. Ours is long overdue a renovation and I'm really inspired now! I use Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum. I am not sure how well it really works, but it calms my skin after the pharmaceutical Vitamin A preparation I use and works well with my La Mer the Moisturizing Soft Cream. I have severeal samples of La Mer serum to try next.