So I spent Valentines’ Day flat-out on my bed alternately shivering under the covers with chills and sweating profusely with a burning fever, and sneezing my nose off silly. And gosh the pounding headache! So, a dozen of pills later, I find my complexion looking worse for wear, which is to say I look like the walking dead. My only saving grace, is Chanel Les Beiges Foundation which puts the glow back, and Chanel Le Blanc Light Creator Whitening Concealer helps cover up those dark puffy eyes and red Rudolph nose!
Chanel Les Beiges range of makeup is all about that healthy glow, and over years has grown stronger and better with each new launch. The latest Chanel Les Beiges Foundation is a medium coverage fluid foundation, with a satin skin-like finish. I was very curious when I first heard of this foundation as it is touted as an “invisible foundation” with a natural healthy fresh-from-the-sun glow. Formulated with kalanchoe extract, the foundation has hydrating and antioxidant properties as well to keep skin looking youthful in the long run. SPF25 / PA++ provides just about minimally acceptable level of sun protection, and is the highest among all of Chanel’s current fluid foundation offerings.
Chanel foundation all look the same to me in their bottles, and whilst I love how utilitarian and understatedly chic they are, I simply can’t travel with glass bottles. I do like that they don’t take up unnecessary space in an overcrowded drawer, and the square-bottomed design allows it to be stacked side-by-side with other Chanel foundations.
The texture is a somewhat thicker fluid, certainly thicker than the Vitalumiere and Perfection Lumiere Velvet. Nonetheless, it feels truly weightless on my skin, and I have no problems blending it out with a brush or my fingers.
Here you can see me in all my sick, puffy-faced, fully-drugged-out droopy eyes glory. Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation is able to cover up most of the imperfections on my face, and considerably lighten dark eye circles and the redness around my nose. Where Chanel Les Beiges Foundation excels, is its magical finish. It is a satin finish with a healthy glow, that is very much my skin but much much better, without any noticeable dewiness. This is all thanks to Chanel’s “Healthy Glow Booster” mineral pigments and Soft Focus powders that help to even out the complexion and enhance it. It has an elastic quality that allows the foundation to mould to the curves of the face beautifully, hence looking as natural as possible without looking like foundation at all!
I’ve read several conflicting reviews on the Internet about how dewy this foundation is and how it does not last very long, but in my experience, even living in a humid tropical climate, Chanel Les Beiges lasts all day without oxidizing, fading, nor oiling up in the t-zone. I do wear a primer though, as I do with any foundation. I’ve tried pairing it with both the Chanel Le Blanc Light Creator Brightening Makeup Base and the Le Blanc de Chanel Multi-Use Illuminating Base [reviewed here], and the latter feels like a match made in heaven.
I was also fortunate to be able to test out the new Chanel Le Blanc Light Creator Whitening Concealer, and I think I’ve found a new love! The white slim tube is impossibly chic and super portable. The concealer is super creamy, glides under my eye area without tugging, and provides a good level of coverage. What impresses me most is that the Chanel Le Blanc Light Creator Whitening Concealer layers on beautifully without turning cakey even on my dry, wrinkle-prone under-eye areas. The formula is quite slick though, so it sheers out easily, hence I recommend dabbing at it with a finger instead of trying to blend it with a brush.
Nothing beats some gory closeups right?! Above, dark circles already semi-resolved after Les Beiges Foundation. And then zapping the redness with Le Blanc Concealer. Below, the effects on my red sniffling nose…
What I really appreciate about Chanel Le Blanc Light Creator Whitening Concealer is the high SPF40 sun protection. There are very few products designed for use around the eyes that have high sun protection, and most sun screens are for the face only (i.e. not for eyes). But we all know how aging the sun’s rays can be, and especially for the delicate skin around the eyes where I already have enough problems delaying those dreaded lines. So Chanel Le Blanc Light Whitening Concealer has become a daily staple for me! The good news is, with pearl pigments to reflect light and liquorice extract to correct yellow undertones, this nifty little tube is a powerhouse at brightening up my eye area!
And to put things into perspective… with the full finished works….. tadah!!
Always and forever faking it!
Up until now, I’ve never had very much luck with Chanel foundations… they just don’t seem to sit or stay on my skin very well. And some of them even break me out. But Chanel Les Beiges Foundation is a complete game-changer, and the Le Blanc Light Creator Whitening Concealer with SPF40 is an essential to me! Have you tried either of them yet?
This post featured products that were kindly provided for my consideration. Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.
Looks good, Linda! I remember liking Chanel foundations, but not enough for me to keep apparently. I’ve given mine away and keeping only the few I really like, and none of them Chanel >_<
This is my first Chanel foundation in a long long time… I really like it!!!
I tracked down the concealer even though it does not seem to be offered in the US. On the one hand, since I don’t much like either nano or chemical sunscreens, I have a mineral cream that the eye tolerates that I apply daily (although it has been discontinued so that when I go through my backups I might be on the hunt again. I do reserve it just for eye area use, so it may be a while) On the other hand, a concealer with sunscreen is an HG offering so I have to try it. Will let you know how it goes.
Hi Alison, I appreciate the dilemma that you are facing! I too don’t like nano or chemical sunscreens, and i’d love to try that mineral cream that your eye is able to tolerate! I’ve been searching for things for my eyes, and so far this one seems the best so far! Cant wait to hear your thoughts on it!
I messaged you on your FB page to chat about this.
Hey Alison, I’ve not received any FB requests lately, and umm, I don’t maintain a FB “Silverkis” page. Just in case you’re awaiting a reply and wondering why I’m so unfriendly! I have a personal FB page under “Linda Linda” though, which is mainly for family and non-blog related. But feel free to hit me up on twitter or Instagram if you’re on either of them!
Hi Linda, I did message your Linda Linda page but it probably went into your spam messages. I am not on Instagram but am on Twitter.
Linda, looking at the foundation side of the picture, you can’t tell you’ve been sick a single day. You look lovely as always.
I’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of this particular foundation. It’s been ages since I’ve had any luck with a Chanel foundation, but I’ve been a huge fan of the Les Beiges powder ever since it launched a few years ago. I wear #10 as a finishing powder during the summer to add some warmth and depth to my foundation without resorting to bronzer. Living in Southern California near the coast, the expectation is that we’ll all look as if we spend time outdoors enjoying our beautiful weather. Since I slather on sunscreen every day, I never achieve that bronzed goddess look and, at 71, I’d never look like a goddess anyway! LOL Thankfully there is Les Beiges to give me a more seasonal look. After reading your review, I’m really looking forward to trying the foundation. I don’t need a lot of coverage. For summer, I’m more about a soft glow and a bit of warmth. This looks perfect.
Hi Eileen, thank you so much as always! :* I too hadn’t had any luck with Chanel foundations for awhile, so this one has reached HG status for me! I think the overtly tanned look is so out now… not to imagine all the damage the sun is doing for our skin! I used to live in SF, and even wearing SPF20 every single day (back then there didn’t seem to be anything higher), I was so tanned and my skin was just horrible. I hope you get to try this foundation soon, and hope it’s as great on you as it is on me!