I was pee my pants excited when I managed to get my hands on this finally after deliberating since it was released. We’re talking about the Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow foundation, released as part of Chanels Les Beiges spring collection along with the accompanying powder and a few other pieces. I’ve been on a bit of a foundation kick lately in a quest to find the ultimate one which can offer a medium coverage, without being drying and looking dewy all in one fowl swoop. I realise this is a tough task for any unsuspecting foundation that I have been putting to the test.
The packaging is what you’d expect from Chanel and seems to be the flavour of the month, with Laura Mercier to offering similar with their Candleglow foundation, which I believe was also released for spring this year. The bottle feels very sturdy, although I would still not feel comfortable travelling long haul as it is a glass bottle, even though one of their selling points is that the bottle is perfect for travelling. It does look nice displayed on my vanity though.Chanel describe the formula of this product to be light weight and that it gives the appearance of a healthy glow. They also say it melts into the skin, protects from harsh environmental conditions and lets the skin breathe. It has an SPF 25 built in as a bonus and also some kind of hyaluronic acid extract, but how much difference an extract makes in hydrating your skin, I’m not sure.
I would say my skin is dry/normal but I can normally get away with most foundations, as long as they aren’t too drying. In my opinion, I found this one in the shade No.10 (the lightest one they have) to have a really nice medium coverage when applied with a flat top kabuki brush and a slightly lighter coverage when used with a beauty blender. On first application, I really liked it and gave me false hope that this could be the one. However, on closer inspection of my face, it clung to my dry patches and looked like it sat like a film on top of my skin. With other foundations like this, I have seen that throughout the day my oil balanced it out and it has ended up looking pretty good. Disappointed with the first try, I decided to go back in with my primer of the moment which is Laura Geller Spackle hydrating primer and even with this I did not see much of a difference to how it appeared on my skin.
For me, this foundation has been a massive fail, but maybe if you had oily skin and was still after a dewy look it might work with a primer underneath. Even considering it’s price I expected so much more from this new launch as Chanel don’t normally release any old crap and I love their Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation but thats a whole different formulation.
I would recommend getting a tester of this if you want to give it a go and see how it works for you. If you want to check it out, you can get it here and I find the sales people in somewhere like Debenhams to be more forthcoming with samples.
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