Chanel has an amazing selection of foundations, and I have used and loved most of them over the years, but somehow I never stuck with any one of them because for the longest time I have been in between shades. However, that changed with the release of the Ultra Le Teint Foundation, because for the first time Chanel released 2 new color families – BR (beige rose) with a slightly cool pink undertone, and BD (beige dore) with a more golden yellow undertone. The gradations between shades have also changed so that I am no longer in between 20 and 30, but can actually fit in nicely at shade BD21!
This is a new full-coverage, matte finish foundation from Chanel that boasts an extensive 24-hour weartime. It replaces 2 of Chanel’s well-loved formulas – the Le Teint Ultra and Perfection Lumiere, combining them into a long-lasting foundation that manages to control shine yet be gentle on the skin. Here is the full list of ingredients for those of who are are interested.
The texture itself is relatively lightweight, although in comparison to the other foundations being tested in this 5-part miniseries, I personally felt this is not the smoothest and finest of all (nor the worst of the lot!). I apply all my foundations with a dampened sponge (with the exception of cushion foundations), and found it somewhat patchy in areas. The foundation sheers out easily and I was able to build up coverage as needed by tapping on more product in specific areas, though I still needed a separate concealer for scars. As you can see in the comparison photo below (feel free to click on the image to enlarge), I was able to lighten my dark circles, but the redness around my nose persisted.
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The finish of this Chanel Ultra Le Teint Foundation on my somewhat dry skin is more matte than I personally like, but it softens as the day progresses. In the hot humid climate of Singapore, it bears up very well and does not break down nor oxidizes. At the end of a 12-hour day, my makeup still looks fresh without noticeable shine on my t-zone. So if you have oily or combination skin, I strong recommend you check this out.