Skin Type : Normal to Dry
Skintone : MAC NC 30
Claims : An invisible foundation that creates a natural healthy glow by giving skin the radiance of a day spent outdoors, while protecting it from harsh environmental conditions. 14 shades in a compact travel-friendly bottle for easy application with fingertips
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Price : Rs 3,800
My Experience with Chanel Les Beiges Helthy Glow Foundation
I absolutely love bases from Chanel – whether it is in compact form or in liquid form. One of my Holy Grail foundations is Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua. When I got to know about Les Beiges foundation, I had to give it a shot.
I picked up this foundation from Bangkok’s airport but you can get it here in India as well. This a light to medium coverage foundation. One pump would give you an even skintones but not much coverage. You can still see your scars or blemishes peeking through. A second layer can totally be built with this without it looking cakey and it would cover 80% of the blemishes. But this foundation can’t be built up to a full coverage foundation. I prefer to use just one layer and then fix the blemishes with concealer. Only for photographs or evening outs I’d probably build it up. That said it is not the most ‘invisible’ looking foundation out there. It looks natural but probably not as natural as your BB cream or tinted moisturiser.
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The finish of this foundation is neither matte nor dewy…it’s somewhere in between almost bending towards a satiny finish. If have oily skin and you do not like any dewiness in your foundation, this may not be for you. But I feel this foundation is for all skintypes because it is avery natural finish foundation that everyone can use. Unless you are keen on picking up a particular type of foundation, I don’t think there is any major issue with this one.
I mostly pick a shade N40 in Chanel foundations but in this I picked up N30. to be honest neither of the two shades were a real close match. I went with N30 because one, it is a light coverage foundation so I could get away with the shade. Although this foundation does not oxidise at all but I assumed if it would then atleast this would come to a real close match for my skin. That said, it comes in 14 shades but you may find it difficult to find a real close match in the range.
The texture of this foundation is quite thick – almost creamy but it blends beautifully on the skin. I usually use a damp beauty blender to apply this and it has never caused any streaking or difficulty in application.
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The foundation has never broken me out or oxidised on me. I am wearing this foundation during these high heat days and it has such amazing staying power. I have worn it for as long as 8-9 hours and my makeup has stayed pretty much the same in this crazy heat as well. It has not caused any excess sweating or even moved despite me not being in a/c all the time. I think that really deserves some brownie points.
I love the packaging. It’s a sturdy glass bottle with a pump dispenser. There is a heavy black cap with double ‘C’ embossed on it.
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There is a strong rosy fragrance in this foundation. It’s a consistent fragrance in all Chanel makeup products and I quite like it. But it may be an issue for some.
I have normal to dry skin and I don’t have the issues of big pores but every time I have used this foundation I have noticed my pores pretty visible. I took so long to review this foundation only to check it again and again if I am facing this issue only with this foundation. In photos the pores are not visible but in real life I always notice my pores looking larger than the usual whenever I wear this foundation. Also for a long wear for 4-5 hours I did notice it settling in smile lines. Only for this foundation I’d have to pick up a Porefessional to make it look flawless. I have used it both with and without a makeup primer and it has stayed pretty well on me in terms of not moving or fading. I think that’s a brilliant point for a foundation.
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Overall, I like this foundation but I am not blown away by it. I would any day pick Vitalumiere Aqua over this. That I feel is not only lighter than this one but also is one of the most flawless foundations I have ever used.
Ummm..I wouldn’t list it in one of my favs for sure.
Rating : 3.5/5
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