It’s 9 days to Christmas, how’s your gift shopping coming along? I hope along with all the lovely thoughts that have gone into getting the perfect gifts for friends and family, you also managed to put aside something nice for yourself. 😉 If you’ve been by the makeup department in the stores recently, you might have spied the new Chanel Sublimage Le Teint Foundation… and in case you are still wondering if that’s something to pick up for yourself (or put on your secret Santa wishlist), here are my thoughts!
Chanel Sublimage Le Teint is the latest member of my favourite Sublimage skincare range from the brand, and is formulated with the line’s signature Vanilla Planifolia water which improves skin’s cellular regeneration, supports the barrier function, and stimulates skin renewal. A cocktail of plant-based glycerin, biosaccharide and phytosqualane works to keep skin hydrated, which is much needed in these cold blustery months. This is the first product from Chanel that transcends the skincare and makeup bifurcation, and a luxurious one at that. Apart from traditional color pigments, Sublimage Le Teint also contains very fine encapsulated diamond powder to reflect light off the surface of the skin, to give a luminous radiance. For the full list of ingredients, please click here.
True to its luxurious origins, Chanel Sublimage Le Teint comes in a hefty glass jar and a flat plastic spatula to allow the product to be picked up hygienically. A special angled kabuki is included to buff and blend the foundation all over the face. I found the size to be just nice, sufficient to cover my entire face efficiently, and handy enough to easily work the small corners like the nose. The bristles are synthetic, and though it feels soft enough on the back of my hand, it is slightly scratchy on my hyper-sensitive face.
I love the light creamy texture of Chanel Sublimage Le Teint, it is incredibly fine and smooth, easy to blend out. It does not have too much slip in it that excessive blending is required, nor is it watery and drippy which can be equally difficult. I have tried applying it with the accompanying brush, beauty blender and my fingers, and whilst all 3 work well, I have taken to applying this (along with most of my foundations lately) with a beauty blender moistened with a spritz of my favourite facial mist! Le Teint moulds to the skin, and feels light as air, virtually weightless.
The coverage is surprisingly light for a cream foundation, but it is buildable to medium. It blurs out flaws and imperfections beautifully, but a separate concealer is still required for dark circles, redness around the sides of my nose, pimples, the usual. What I find commendable is that I’ve worn this on the plane, and it lasted me throughout my trip without drying out my skin nor fading. Even now that my skin has turned dry, bumpy and slightly flakey from my recent trip to Shanghai, Sublimage Le Teint is able to conceal those flaws without emphasizing the bumps and flakes. The finish is skin-like, elegantly velvet with a luminosity devoid of shine.
This is the 3rd of a series of luxury foundations that I’ve been testing out recently, and I was surprised to find all 3 to be really different. Chanel Sublimage Le Teint is perhaps the most matte, compared to SUQQU Extra Rich Cream Foundation [reviewed here] and La Mer The Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation [here]. Interestingly, all 3 have released their own accompanying brush, but only Chanel has included it free, and personally I found Chanel Sublimage Le Teint’s brush to be the most user-friendly. If you have been a long-time fan of Chanel’s foundations, this is one you must definitely try. Everybody else who is in the market for a skin-pampering foundation, do check this out!
This post featured a product that was generously provided for my consideration. Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.