I haven’t been this excited about a Chanel foundation launch since the launch of their last foundation!
Say hello to Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation. There are 10 shades landing on Chanel counters tomorrow and a bottle will set you back R785. (I’m shade 20, if you want an idea of colour). It’s by no means cheap, but does deliver the standard you’d expect from Chanel.
Now, although I couldn’t contain myself when this landed on my desk (to be fair, my excitement was piqued by this incredible stitched card), I am a Vitalumiere Aqua kind of girl. I’ve worn it for ages, and is my current go-to foundation. It has a light weight finish that feels like nothing on the skin, and has clever light reflectors that my your complexion pop.
I’ll start with the two things that I don’t love about it. Firstly, it’s weird to apply. I finally settled on fingertip application (same as Vitalumiere Aqua), but I find it still needs a blend with a buffing brush or sponge afterwards. Secondly, I don’t find it lasts all that long. I must admit that I’m not a fab of powder, so haven’t tried it under powder yet – it may work a treat. But I like the finish it gives without…
Having said that, I do adore it. It comes in weighty glass bottle (with a pump, thank goodness), topped with a beige double “C” embossed cap. I find this much more agreeable than the plastic tube of Vitalumiere Aqua.
The formula is thicker than you’d imagine for a product named ‘healthy glow’. I was expecting a very dewy, light coverage finish, but it isn’t. It gives the skin a healthy glow and once blended in, it does look incredibly natural considering the coverage. It delivers a medium coverage that is very buildable should you want something more full on.
I think this will be the one I’ll opt for on nights out, but it’s not for me during the day. If you have normal or combination skin, it may last a bit longer on you, as I think my skin drinks it up. Oily skinned girls will probably not get on with it, as it does give that glow that you spend your lives avoiding.
But then again, the only way you’ll know how it works for you is to try it for yourself. Pop down to your nearest counter and get them to test it on your skin for you.