A couple of weeks ago I ran out of my Shu Uemura face architect foundation, and while I did love the product, I needed a lighter shade (and Shu Uemura closed all of their US counters, and there was no way I was going to guess online). A few of my fairer-skinned friends recommended Chanel foundations for especially light shades, and so I stopped by a counter to try it out. Here’s my review!
Rating: out of 5
- Can provide light to full coverage, depending on how you layer it
- Almost completely unscented
- Does not settle in creases
- Lends a healthy glow to skin
- Stays put in stifling Texas heat
- Not a completely “matte” finish; still must be set with powder for a dry look
- Incredibly expensive!
Description: My initial intent upon approaching the Chanel counter was merely to try the foundation and see how I liked it – but it so effectively evened out my skin tone and covered my blemishes without giving a heavily-made-up look that I gladly forked over the $50-something dollars on the spot. With just one push of the pump, I can cover my entire face to sufficiently reduce redness and visibility of imperfections with enough transparency for my freckles to show through. My boyfriend says it doesn’t even look like I’m wearing foundation – and it certainly doesn’t feel like I’m wearing it.
Although the foundation is a bit less matte than I expected, it is still rather dryer on my face than other foundations, so moisturizing before applying is a MUST. Moisturizing will also prevent the foundation from settling in any fine lines or blemishes in your skin – and although I have not had that problem with this foundation yet, I have heard that it is sometimes prone to creasing.
Everyone’s skin is different, so before buying this, I recommend stopping by a Chanel counter and trying it out. If you don’t buy it that day but plan to buy it later, make sure to get the name of the sales associate who helped you! Those ladies and gentlemen almost always work off of commission, so if you return to buy it, make sure to either buy it from your associate or mention that he or she helped you!
Although the Chanel foundation is very expensive, I highly recommend it if you can set aside the cash. I am a frequent indulger in drug store makeup but foundation is one item on which I refuse to skimp.
Chanel Mat Lumière Before & After: Click to see Large
These two photos were shot in the same lighting within minutes of each other, with no Photoshop editing.