June 14th, 2017

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Gel Touch Foundation SPF25/PA+++

Once in a while, a product comes along and knocks me off my feet… it doesn’t happen very often, and I know it sounds terribly cliched, but I fell in love at first touch with Chanel’s new Les Beiges Healthy Glow Gel Touch Foundation!

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Gel Touch Foundation

I vividly remember casually asking last year if Chanel might be releasing a cushion foundation of its own… not really expecting an answer, and was stunned when I received an affirmative yes.  It has been a long while in the making, and expectations are terribly high – how is Chanel going to wow us now that cushions have been saturating the market for years?  The tongue-twisting name gives us a hint of what is to come… and I must have broken out in happy tears when I dipped my sponge applicator to the product for the first time and patted it to my face!

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Gel Touch Foundation sponge applicator

The Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Gel Touch Foundation comes in the uber chic beige and black casing like all our beloved Les Beiges palettes; but it is not nearly as wide and about 50% thicker.  The first thing that greets you when you open up the Gel Touch Foundation is the super plush, luxury sponge applicator.  I don’t usually care much for the sponges that come with the cushions because they often tend to be scratchy and rubbery, some even fall apart after the first couple of washes.  And to fall in love with a sponge seems rather superfluous to me; but fall I did and badly too, because I feel like I need backups of this sponge.  It is thicker than any other sponge I have ever laid my hands on, and it is smoother and softer yet still feels sturdy enough to withstand multiple washes until my cushion finally runs out.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Gel Touch Foundation sponge applicator

I found the slightly smaller size of the cushion to be rather clever, because the sponge applicator is able to completely cover the cushion, so that with 1 dab it saturates the sponge and picks up enough foundation to cover about half my face!  And may I please coo over the double-c logo embossed on the applicator side of the sponge?!

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Gel Touch Foundation closeup

The surface of the cushion is covered by a fine fabric mesh that disperses the foundation for an even application.  The foundation itself is a unique liquid-gel texture that is ultra smooth, and goes on the skin like a dream.  It is formulated with a water base and feels cool upon first application, and glycerin and hyaluronic acid keep skin hydrated and comfortable all day.  There is also Kalanchoe extract included, which has anti-bacterial, anti-parasitic, and anti-inflammatory benefits.  SPF25/PA+++ provides minimal sun protection, suitable for mainly indoors use.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Gel Touch Foundation ingredients

Stacked against all the other liquid foundations (BB and CC creams included) that Chanel offers, this Les Beiges Healthy Glow Touch Foundation is the most lightweight.  It offers light, buildable coverage, and leaves a healthy luminous glow on the skin.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Gel Touch Foundation comparison
**Please click on image to enlarge and zoom
My skin tone is currently about NC25, I usually am between shades 10 and 20 in Chanel foundations, and am using shade 20 in the Gel Touch Foundation in the comparison image above.  It feels a little fairer than I would like, and I think shade 30 would actually fit me nicely.  I started out with 1 dab of the sponge on the cushion, and spread it all over the right side of my face… I loved the feeling of it on my skin so much I might have gone a little overboard and went on spreading it along my jaw to the other side.  As you can see, the coverage is very light, but it does a decent job of minimising my dark circles and redness around my nose, although a concealer is still needed to completely perfect my skin tone as well as cover up those zits.  What is most noticeable is the bright luminosity the Gel Touch Foundation brought to my face; not at all to be mistaken for oil, but the kind of glow I have been trying to create by mixing liquid highlighters to my foundations!  This stays in place all day without getting oilier/fading/oxidizing, even in the insane heat I have been running around in lately.  Touch-ups are a breeze too, though I have not found the need to.
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Gel Touch Foundation comes with 11gm of product, and retails for SGD88 for the full set (consisting of 1 cushion within the case) and SGD66 for refill.  Launching in Singapore on 15 June – are you excited yet?!
This post featured a product that was kindly provided for my consideration.  Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.
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