I managed to grab some free samples from my Chanel counter of the new Chanel Les Beiges Foundation in shade 20, 22 and 30 over the past week. I have used it for a week now and here are my first impressions and comparisons to other Chanel foundations i currently use.
My Initial Thoughts.
First of all, as soon as i opened the samples, i noticed the floral fragrance straight away. I have wore many foundations from Chanel over the years and they are never normally this strongly scented. (The foundation has that signature scent the Les Beiges powders have).
The formula of the foundation is like a cream, thick in texture and i thought i might struggle to blend this out. I tried it with my flat foundation brush and it was a bit difficult to work with plus, it sheered out too much on my skin. Using my fingers instead; it gave a medium coverage and blended out with ease to a flawless finish.
Looking For The Shade Which Is, ‘Just Right’.
Number 20 went on my skin looking slightly pasty in colour. (I wear 20 in the Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet Foundation and this is a lovely shade). I then tried number 30 and this is a touch to dark for my skin. Number 22 has a warmer peachy finish, which works really well with my skin tone.
Above left shade 20 gives a cooler yellow toned finish, 22 a warmer peachy finish and; 30 is a warmer beige tone.
I noticed that it does have a skin-like finish that it claims to give; and gave my skin a very smooth, glowing appearance.
I finished it with the Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder in number 25 and the Les Beiges Healthy Glow Blush Stick, number 21.
This is were the foundation really comes into its own because, it works beautifully in sync with the powder.
The foundation did last a full 8 hours on my face without going patchy on my T-zone, although it is winter and my skin is not oily during the colder months.
Top left; without foundation; top right with shade 22 and below left with a combination of 20 & 30 combined; below right; is the Les Beiges Combination of 20 & 30 and I used Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder in number 25 and the Healthy Glow Blush Stick number 21. The lipstick in Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick, 424 Edith.
I have wore this foundation for a week now by combining number 20 and 30 to give the perfect tone for my skin. I have used shade 22 for a few days also.
Above left shade 20; centre shade 30 and; right is both shades combined.
The thing is; i own both Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation and Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet. They are both seriously fantastic foundations and the latter works wonders with my blemished prone, normal/combination skin. The Velvet Lumiere really does give my skin a beautiful luminous ‘lit from within’ finish. Les Beiges gives a more topical glow to the skin. When i compared the two side by side, Les Beiges gave a slightly more matte appearance.
Do I Need It?
The question is, do i need the Les Beiges foundation? I love the fact that it comes in a frosted glass bottle, something which irks me with both the previous foundations i just mentioned. They come in plastic bottles which have to be shaked before applying.
There is far too much of a shade jump between both 20 and 30 and i look ghost-like in 20. (The Les Beiges come up lighter than other Chanel foundations). Luckily, 22 works well for me with my number 25 Les Beiges powder.
I did love the smooth skin-like finish this foundation gave me although, i wanted it to melt into my skin more. It also doesn’t build very well with a tendency to become a little cakey if you overdo it.
It didn’t settle into any of my lines, highlight pores or; oxidize in fact, it gave me a slightly more youthful appearance because of it’s smoothing effect and the fragrance did not irritate my sensitive skin either.
I must admit, when i first tried Les Beiges foundation, i didn’t like the finish. Now i have used it for a week, i have worked out how it works best on my skin and it really is lovely. I also like that it is SPF 25 PA++. A winner for me in protecting the skin. The answer is no, i don’t need it but yes, i do want it.
Above left is the finished look using Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation in number 22.
For the winter months, this is a lovely, glowing healthy skin-like foundation. It is also long wearing and gives a youthful appearance to my skin. It works beautifully in sync with the Les Beiges Healthy Glow sheer powder. If you own this you will probably love the foundation.
I like the frosted glass bottle packaging and it will be interesting to try this foundation out again in the summer months, when my skin is a touch oilier through the T-zone. On a more sobering note; the fragrance may be off putting to some and the shades jump is a little annoying.
Pictured right in LED lighting, highlights the smoothing, glowing effect of the Chanel Healthy Glow Foundation more effectively than direct daylight.
Have you tried out the Les Beiges foundation yet? What are your thoughts? Did you notice a difference in shades too?
Take care and i will see you all soon. 😉