Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation


When I said on Instagram yesterday that I thought I had come across the 'Foundation of the Year' on January 5th, I wasn't exaggerating.

Chanel launch the addition to the Les Beiges collection on 15th January and this is one brilliant foundation.

I would go as far as to say love at first try. I don't write a lot about foundations, primarily because I am ridiculously fussy. I mean ridiculously. I have used Chantecaille Just Skin (which really should be in the Hall of Fame - will remedy that) since it launched, dipping in and out with things like La Bella Donna (reviewed here), and pretty much always with Pixi Flawless Primer, but I have not really strayed from the Chantecaille path, one way or another, in over 10 years. Yep. 10. Before Just Skin launched I was a Future Skin addict. I just, for the most part, do not like the feel of foundation on my skin. I hate feeling like my skin cannot breathe. 

I think foundations, more so than moisturisers for example, are like shoes or a bag, when you 'know', you know. So when I put this on, I just knew. I gave it to the ultimate litmus tester, Mother. This woman has used every foundation released for the last 50+ years (don't tell her I gave you that figure) and she called me immediately and said: 
'Yes. Everything gone (imperfections). Glow works, but no shine. Not too pink for me. Not orange. Yes.'

The texture is more like a cream than a liquid, and upon application is flawless. It feels like velvet and looks like satin. It immediately covered my imperfections, but as Mother said, 'without making me look like I've just been dug up'. You can see where I get my way with words.
For me, this was akin to applying an immediate filter to my face. The kind that people use on Instagram but say they don't? That filter. It's a mix of mineral pigment and soft focus powder, and it looks like it. I now want a concealer, powder, bronzer, highlighter in the same vein - everything needs to be made with this technology please Chanel.


This launches with 14 shades, although some of those look like being exclusive to the Far East, there are 9 shades listed for the UK at the moment. I can use No.40 or No.50, depending on the day/self tan etc.. I use Tan or Wheat in Just Skin for comparison. Jane has some swatches here.

You have just over a week until this launches. You need it in your life.

It's £36.00. Will update with links and amount of shades once it's live. Wow.




*I apologise in advance for the amount of Chanel that will be coming up on the blog and on my Instagram. I went a little crazy in Rue Cambon when I went to Paris with Ava last month. This is what happens when you take your equally-beauty-addicted teenage daughter to Paris and not your husband. The day is planned out by store locations, not art galleries. ;)




51 comments:

  1. I don't like foundation either but decided to try the Bobby Brown BB cream. Unfortunately it doesn't work for me. I look like 'I've been dug up' too!
    Maybe I should give this a try..

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  2. Ha! Would that filter be 'valencia'?
    Currently using up the last of my Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation, think this will be it's replacement! Thoughts on using it on dry skin?

    http://www.simplyshellxo.co.uk

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    1. I loved Vitalumiere Aqua! I haven't used it in a while, because I'd like something a little more coverage - but haven't found anything quite as good as it yet! I have dry skin too, and I love Clarins Extra-Comfort. :)

      Would be so interesting to see how Vitalumiere Aqua compares with Les Beiges.

      www.fifthavenuedreaming.co.uk

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    2. Definitely! The Clarins one looks interesting, thanks for the recommendation! Do you know of any good concealers for dry skin too? All the ones I've tried highlight my dry skin!

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    3. The Clarins Instant one is great for my dry skin. It's like a cross between the Dior Nude concealer in the tube and YSL Touch Eclat. Covers without masking and doesn't dry the skin or settle into fine lines.

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  3. I'm gonna try it again then... I got a two day sample in this months glamour mag.. I have dry skin right now and this gave me so glow at all and looked like really thick foundation 😬 I'll give it another go tomorrow though

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  4. Ok next purchase decided! I need a new one and this will be it! Love your makeup reviews! xo

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  5. I keep wanting to try Chanel foundations because the tech, oh the tech, but they never seem to come light enough. Which is really frustrating.

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  6. Love your mother's way with words, they beauty companies should be testing on women of 'advancing years' (just caught your Twitter rant on the unbelievable PR release). They are the ones who have seen it all before and know what works and what doesn't. Three cheers for you and your mum! Love Xx

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  7. Hi Caroline! Do you know when this will be released in the U.S.? Thanks!

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    1. Hi I live in NYC and visited the Lord & Taylor Chanel counter today. The salesperson said it would be available next month, so February.

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  8. Will definitely be trying this. I wonder when the U.S. release for this will be as I'd like to pick it up before I leave the country for work.

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    1. Hi Elwes, I responded to another commenter that it looks like February in the U.S., at least according to the Chanel counter person at Lord & Taylor in NYC.

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  9. I'm a long time user of Chantecaille Future Skin. It's been ages since I've used a Chanel foundation. Will have to give this one a try when it comes to the US. I hope there is a light enough color match for me.

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  10. I got to swatch this in store before Christmas and I'm in luuuuurrrrvvvve. It releases this Sunday 10th Jan in Australia and I'll be banging down the door to get me some! You've described it beautifully x
    The Beauty Bloss

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  11. Would you say this is your "Holy Grail" foundation then Caroline?! ;-) I'll get my coat..... :-D

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  12. I love Vitalumiere Aqua but discovered my skin doesn't love it quite as much. Then I found out it contains quite a lot of alcohol. I wonder if this is similar? Would love your thoughts Mrs Hirons!

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  13. It's launching on my birthday .. it's a sign I need to self gift ;-)

    This is so perfectly timed I was only grumping to a colleague yesterday that I couldn't find a good foundation for my dry/dehydrated skin.
    Crossing my fingers there will be a shade pale enough as I'm slightly pastier than NC15 and a lot of brands make me look like an Oompah Loompah even at their lightest !

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  14. I am usually not a fan of dewy, but I will try and get a sample, as the swatches look so lovely!

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  15. Wow, Can´t wait to try it!
    I have a question about expiration date. I read everywhere that you mascara should be thrown out after three months and you moisturizer after 6-12. But after binge-watching your youtube videos (<3 them) it seems as if you keep them longer than that? Do I need to throw out my makeup or skincare in less than a year of me purchasing it? Do some items have expiration dates and some not? I feel like I should keep them longer, but all these articles that keep popping up makes me confused.

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  16. Don't apologize Caroline, we can all use a little bit of Chanel ;-)
    I would love to have your thoughts on their trilogy of serums which contains interesting acids.
    Can't wait to put my hands on this new foundation.
    Did you visit the rue Cambon store only or did you stop by their beauty shop rue Saint Honoré? Their team is adorable and they usually have all their exclusive products there.

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  17. I normally only get on with dry foundations, but this sounds so wonderful that I think i'll give it a go :)
    (And I wouldn't go near an art gallery in Paris, it would be all eating and shopping !!)

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  18. I've actually got a tester of this on today and i LOVE it!

    moremindfulyou.blogspot.com

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  19. Does anyone know when this comes out in the US?

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  20. This sounds amazing, I need to try it as it sounds perfect for my skin

    Lauren x | www.laurenapowers.blogspot.com

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  21. That foundation sounds amazing!!

    http://www.yumiandyuji.blogspot.kr/

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  22. I was curious about this before your review, but now I am extremely curious! Just wish thst Chanel would publish INCI lists.

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  23. Wait, has it been released or still going to be?

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  24. Hi Caroline, how does the foundation cope under heat (own tropical moments & embarassing red cheeks) . This looks perfect for myself and my Mum. Thank you in advance and sorry if the comment comes up multiple times.

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  25. This sounds amazing. However, I do not see anything in that photo that is even marginally appropriate for a woman of color such as myself (for reference, I use a mixture of the Bobbi Brown foundation stick in numbers 6 and 6.5 or NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in "Seychelles.")I'm hoping that these colors exist and are just not pictured here, but, as usual, I am prepared to be disappointed. Cosmetic companies need to understand that while our skin tones may be different, our MONEY is all the same.

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    1. I had the same thought. I can't understand how a company can not offer a wider range. If they're worried there won't be as many buyers of the darker shades, they should MAKE FEWER BOTTLES. It's the principle of the thing. /rant

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  26. Fab to hear this, i was already eyeing it up after jane's (BBB) review a few weeks ago. Im a huge Vitalumiere Aqua fan but need coverage for broken capillaries, something that gives glow to an older skin and lasts too. I hate heavy, cake foundations so will be heading for this next week. It must be good if you recommend after a 10 yr stint with Chantecaille! Thanks lovely!
    Heidi x

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  27. How pale would you say the palest shade is, most foundations are too dark for my porcelain skin but I really like the sound of the technology in this one!

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  28. Yay! Perfectly timed post:) Can't wait to get my hands on this!

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  29. Well this sounds bloomin' lovely!

    Jess xo
    http://just-jesss.blogspot.co.uk

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  30. If you are 50 then I definitely won't find my shade. What a shame, brands really need to have more varied shades for women

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  31. I couldn't find the ingredients of it anywhere -- could you possibly list them?

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  32. For comparison.. what foundation shade do you wear in Bobbi Brown? I am 4.5 warm natural (in the stick) but Chanel usually 30 or 40 - not sure which one to go for.

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  33. Well I'll certainly be keeping my eye out for this, having a Chanel foundation, or a Chanel anything in your make up collection is a total dream! I have oilier skin so I'm interested to see if this is just a no go area for me or not but I'm a sucker for new foundations and would just love to try regardless. There's always powder ;)
    She's So Lucy

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  34. I called the Chanel store in Boston and this isn't launching in the US until May. Not fair! Well, at least I'm happy with my current foundations.

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  35. I cannot wait to try this one!

    WWW.SUPERNOVAAS.COM

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  36. Chanel do bases best. FACT. Wise words - excited to give this new formulation a whirl x

    Eleri Roberts

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  37. That looks amazing! On my wish list now. I am a huge fan of Just Skin and when my skin is particularly dry I mix in a single drop of the Body Shop Vitamin E oil in serum for extra glow and hydration. Do you think that the added oil would work with the Les Beiges foundation as well?

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  38. I had a sample of this. It's rare magazine samples are the right shade for me- usually they are too dark & I end up looking like I have been tangoed.

    Love the coverage - I have mild roseace and this covered it beautifully. Not sure it will replace luminous silk in my affections though.

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  39. Seriously can not wait for this to launch! x

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  40. Are Chanel products tested on animals ?

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  41. Had a sample from Debenhams and love it. I have oily skin and I felt that I didn't need powder afterwards. Gorgeous finish. Will be buying.

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  42. Bought it yesterday - fabulous stuff! Only downside is a lack of darker shades for WOC.

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  43. I'm ordering this!
    What do you think of the Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturizer?

    http://a-woman-of-a-certain-age.com/

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  44. Ingredients please! I could not find it anywhere...

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