Hello everyone! Greetings from Greece! And happy Valentine’s day, to those who celebrate it! Hubby and I celebrated an early Valentine’s Day last weekend in London and, now I find myself back home in Athens. I love coming back home *grins with satisfaction*. I know I’m biased, but for me Greece is one of the most beautiful places! Not only for its natural beauty and deep history, but also for its warm-hearted people. It can be so pure and hospitable a country that it blows my mind. Anyway, no point in praising my own roots any longer, so I will move onto another foundation review! The new Chanel Le Teint Ultra Tenue foundation is simply… gorgeous!
I love Chanel foundations in general. LOVE them. Vitalumiere Aqua is a gift sent from Heaven lol! It’s my favourite foundation and although I cannot find an exact shade match (the olive skin tone we were talking about), I refuse not to wear it and still try to make it work in one way or another! Le Teint Untra Tenue smells like Vitalumiere Aqua. I love how it smells, but those of you with a sensitive nose, be aware. I personally don’t find it irritating and quite like its scent. It doesn’t linger on, as compared to Armani Power Fabric (more detailed comparison to follow); it’s just enough to give you a sense of a premium, perfumed product.
Chanel Le Teint Ultra Tenue promises to offer long-lasting, medium to full, matte coverage. It has oil absorbing powders which will keep your skin balanced throughout the day, while it doesn’t feel heavyweight at all. Your skin will look flawless and matte, but not flat, thanks to its light-infusing properties. Sounds pretty good to me, what do you think?
MY SKIN TYPE
If you’ve read my previous articles, you might recall that my skin type is combination. I tend to get spots that last forever and get marks. I get clogged pores very easily too and as such, consider my skin to be relatively sensitive. Because I try to treat my acne, it can also be dry in the exact same areas where it gets oily throughout the day.
I tested this foundation for a week or so and my first impressions were pretty much what I thought throughout the week too. To start with, Chanel Le Teint Ultra Tenue applies beautifully. It blends easily and it feels like a veil on my skin. I sheered it out easily and it spread around my face really effortlessly, giving me good medium coverage that I could easily build to full, if I wanted. Big thumbs up on blendability and coverage.
To add to that, it’s a matte but luminous foundation. It gives life to my skin, instead of taking it away because of its mattifying properties. In my view, guys, this is very important! I don’t normally like matte foundations because my skin can be on the dehydrated side and most of them make me look dry after a while. I don’t like very dewy foundations either, as they can make me look too shiny. This is in the middle for me. Matte but with beautiful luminosity is how I’d describe it. Not quite satin (that’s the case with Vitalumiere Aqua), but one that makes me feel healthy looking. Bonus: its longevity! Chanel Le Teint Ultra Tenue lasts a good 9 hours on me. I needed to blot once but didn’t need to powder at all. I guess, you could powder your T-zone, if you felt really oily though.
You can see how a thin layer can even out my skin tone nicely. I can also confirm that Chanel Le Teint Ultra Tenue feels lightweight. Its formulation allows it to be quite potent and true to its claims, while feeling silky and light on my skin for the duration of the day. Keep in mind that I like applying a thin layer, as mentioned. I find this helps with both how lightweight a foundation feels and how long it lasts on me.
Chanel Le Teint Ultra Tenue would be a dream foundation for me, if I could find an exact colour match. But that’s my life with foundations in general… sigh. I either fall between shades or foundations look too rosy/ peachy on me. It’s the olive undertones I’ve mentioned before. I can make most foundations work but finding the exact shade match is a bit of a research, trial and error situation. And testing in pure daylight. I was given Shade Beige 30, which was ok enough but same as with Vitalumiere Aqua, a bit peachier than my skin. I would like to try mixing Beige 21 with 30 and see what I get from that. Here are some swatches for you:
I’d really like to make this foundation work for me, so I’m going to try different combinations and get a few samples until I purchase a full size product. I think it’s worth the effort because, unlike other full cover foundations, it did not break me out or sit heavy on my skin (and when I say heavy here, I don’t mean how it looked but what effect it had on my skin after I took it off). No clogged pores, no extra dryness. Let’s see how the Chanel Le Teint Ultra Tenue foundation compares to other long wear foundations now, shall we?
Comparison to other chanel foundations and to armani power fabric
Vitalumiere Aqua has now been around for a long time and it’s a beautiful foundation that many makeup artists swear by. It’s lightweight and gives a luminous satin finish. It makes my skin feel so soft! I also love how it looks so natural but covers well. I’d say Vitalumiere Aqua is more satin in finish and less long-lasting when compared to Le Teint Ultra Tenue. In my view, it has some skincare benefits as well, since the water it contains makes me skin feel nourished.
Another Chanel foundation that was actually more recently released is Le Beige. I don’t own Le Beige but when I tried it I thought it was more light to medium coverage and, although I wouldn’t call it dewy, it is more luminous than Le Teint Ultra Tenue. It’s a very natural-looking foundation and doesn’t cover my blemishes, although it successfully evens out my skin tone. It’s not as long-lasting either. I remember getting oily around my nose and used some powder in my T-zone with Le beige. I didn’t need to do that with Le Teint Ultra Tenue.
It might be interesting to compare Chanel Le Teint Ultra Tenue to Armani Power Fabric (reviewed here) as they both seem to give similar promises. I found Power Fabric to be more matte (still not flat though). Chanel Le Teint Ultra Tenue is more luminous on me. They score equally well on blendability, but Armani loses my vote when it comes to fragrance and how much it lingers on. They are both equally long-lasting on me. Power Fabric gave me a few spots which I’m still trying to get rid of. This wasn’t the case with Chanel. Shade aside, I prefer Chanel Le Teint Ultra Tenue.
Here is a full face with Le Teint Ultra Tenue Flawless Longwear Foundation:
Chanel Le Teint Ultra Tenue retails for £37 at Chanel’s official website in the UK. It contains no SPF, so it’s photo friendly, but you’ll need to wear your SPF underneath if you use it on a daily basis. If you’d like to read another good review, I suggest you have a look at Emily’s site too.
Have you tried this foundation? Which long-wear foundation is your Holy Grail and you suggest I should try?
Once again, hope you all have a fantastic Valentine’s! Speak to you soon!