Yes, yes, yay for Friday but bigger yay for the long May weekend! What are everyone’s plans? We are definitely taking it easy and I’m looking forward to going shopping for flowers! I will post pictures on Instagram as and when I fill the flat with flowers everywhere, to welcome May in the most colourful way possible. It’s also a foundation Friday here in RougenApples’ land! I can’t wait to speak to you about a new launch by Chanel that got me so excited; the brand new Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Gel Touch Foundation!
The Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Gel Touch Foundation; Packaging and formulation
The Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Gel Touch Foundation is housed in an elegant compact which is light weight to hold and have in your beauty bag. It follows the design and colour theme of the rest of the Les Beiges collection, the top of it being beige and the rest black. Upon opening the compact, we find a sponge and a protective foundation seal. When we open that, we find the gel foundation in what resembles a cushion form.
To add to the superb quality of packaging, the actual foundation is a dream. To start with, it’s a water- gel formula, so expect it to be very light. It’s mostly a water based foundation (56% of it is actually water!) which feels wonderfully cooling upon application and leaves the skin hydrated, thanks to its hyaluronic acid and Kalanchoe extracts. It’s got SPF 25 which is great for the summer months.
I’m not a fan of very dewy foundations as they just slide off my face. The Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Gel Touch Foundation is subtly dewy; I’d say in a luminous way rather than shiny. Thumbs up for this. You can apply it with a brush (Channel suggest their own brush, but my Bobbi Brown foundation brush is equally great – Just go for something that’ll allow you to blend and work the product into the skin.) For more coverage, you can tap onto any areas of concern with the sponge which is included. Beware, this Chanel Gel foundation contains perfume. However, I don’t mind as it smells delicious and the scent doesn’t last long at all.
Coverage is light to medium and it’s buildable, but I would not advise you to build it too much, especially if you don’t set it with powder and you’re a bit oily. I suspect it’s a good foundation for dry to normal/combination skin but not for the very oily of you.
Swatches and shades
The Chanel Les Beiges Gel Touch Foundation is available in eight shades in the UK. Most of them are beige as opposed to pink based. I was matched to N40.
However much I may love Chanel foundations, I find them to be either too pink or too peach. To my surprise and as you can see in the swatch above, the new gel touch foundation matched my skin pretty well! It’s still a bit more peachy than I like, but it’s a reasonable match, considering the shade range isn’t massive anyway.
I swatched most of the other shades for you:
From left to right we have N40, N30, N20 and N10. N40 matches my NC30 skin well. For NC40 you’ll need N50 and N60 is pretty dark. I hope Chanel brings out more shades.
FOTD with the Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Gel Touch Foundation
Let’s have a look now at how brightening and glowy this foundation is on me.
Although it doesn’t cover all of my imperfections, it brightens my skin and blurs my pigmentation. I only powder this around my nose and then it lasts a good 6 hours on me before I get oily and I blot or reapply. If I don’t do so, then it fades off from my face around the 8 hour mark.
I love its finish so much that I would give it Holy Grail Status if it lasted a little longer and was a bit more yellow based. But that’s the only foundation that has come close to Holy Grail status for a long time! Its effect and light to medium, natural coverage are just *beautiful*! I love wearing it.
In the photo above you can see how it looks in pure day light. Isn’t it wonderfully luminous? This new Chanel foundation is also gentle on my skin, it did not give me one pimple! If you’re wondering what’s on my eyes, it’s the Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Glow Instant Look in a Palette and on my lips it’s the new Dior Addict lipstick in Soft Pink (from the Care & Dare Collection).
I love the new Les Beiges Healthy Glow Gel Touch Foundation by Chanel. If your skin isn’t oily and you like a lightweight foundation for the summer, with reasonable coverage that’s brightening and cooling on your skin, do check this out! For now, it’s solidly in my beauty bag and not going anywhere! I prefer it to the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Cushion Compact (reviewed here), which launched very recently too and I, anyway, like a lot. The Chanel one is a less good colour match for me but offers a less dewy finish which I prefer.
The Les Beiges Healthy Glow Gel Touch Foundation can be purchased for 43GBP at your local Chanel counter or online here.
Here go the ingredients as provided at the back of the packaging:
What are your thoughts on this foundation? Will you check it out?
Hope you have a great start to this long weekend and speak to you soon!