Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation Review and Swatch

January 12, 2016

My blogging mojo is finally back after a much-needed lazy but wonderful short holiday break! Starting the new year with a new foundation review – the latest Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation (also available on Chanel.com ). This new range came to my radar as soon as I saw the preview picture last year, and I am thrilled to find that this is officially my favorite foundation by Chanel as of now!

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Texture

It has a lightweight creamy consistency that is different to the usual liquid foundation. It is almost similar to a tinted cream consistency but applies more opaque with a better coverage. This creamy foundation melds into the skin with minimum blending required and leaves no streaks nor dry patches. It also feels weightless and breathable on the skin which is ideal for the spring and summer time.

Coverage

Like most Chanel foundations, the Les Beiges offers sheer to medium coverage. On me it requires less than a pump for a sheer coverage, and buildable to a fuller coverage with 1 and a half pump. Since this foundation has a thicker and more opaque texture than a liquid foundation, I find that half a pump of this gives the same coverage as with a full pump of a typical liquid foundation.  It covers most of the mild imperfections and redness, and also covers the pores exceptionally well. In comparison, I would say the coverage of this one is better than Chanel Vitalumiere AQUA, MUFE Ultra HD Foundation (review), and on par with Chanel Perfection Lumiere (review) or Dior Diorskin Star Foundation (review).

Finish

Every good foundation has one element that stands out, and to me the finish of Les Beiges is absolutely unbeatable. It is exactly what I am after from a foundation to use in the warm weather season, and I am completely obsessed with this healthy glow that it gives. Once applied, it settles into a dry finish so no loose powder is required after that. The finish is very natural and porcelain-like – it’s not dewy but it makes the skin look more smooth and creamy, and gives a radiant glow that doesn’t look so artificial. I like to apply this foundation with a sponge (highly recommend the Shu Uemura Sponge) rather than the foundation brush, and if I just tap the foundation into the skin with a sponge, it gives the best result for a more flawless finish.

Lasting Power

Thumbs up for lasting power as well. It controls the oil really well over 7-8 hours of wear, and keeps the complexion looking fresh with no oxidation. To retain the coverage, you will need a bit of retouch once a day.

Color Match

I bought shade 10 (the lightest shade) which has a neutral undertone and is a great match for my skin at the moment (NC10-15).

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chanel-les-beiges-healthy-glow-foundation-review-shade-10-comparison-swatch-2Bottom Line: If you are generally a Chanel foundation fan, you will fall in love with this new foundation. I actually think this is the best foundation Chanel has ever released for my skin type. The Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow retails for AUD$89, and is now available here and here in Australia.

 

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

jeslynj January 15, 2016 at 7:32 pm

Do you think it will work well for oily skin? Thanks.

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Reika January 19, 2016 at 1:04 pm

hi jessie yes it will work well with moderately oily skin. The finish is quite matte (with a glow), and it controls the oil very well compare to other liquid foundations with a dewy/satin finish. It also stays put for the whole day for me.

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caitlin January 17, 2016 at 4:18 am

Hi Reika! Love your work. Your recommendations are always reliable and have never regretted any purchase Ive made based on your blog! yay. Question. What is this foundation like terms of taking photos and that ghostly white face look??? Caitlin.

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Reika January 19, 2016 at 1:11 pm

Hi caitlin, this foundation photographs well for me. I didn’t experience a ghostly white face with this foundation in the pictures. Having said that, it does contain a high spf so it might make you appear slightly more ‘whiter’ in the photos. If you want to completely avoid the white face look maybe you should give the MUFE HD ultra or GA silk luminous foundation a try, as these two are the go-to foundations for the pros in modelling/film industry.

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Caitlin January 21, 2016 at 11:51 am

Thanks. Will try them! 🙂

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Shelia January 22, 2016 at 6:37 am

Hi Reika, just dropping in to say I love your blog and your insightful reviews! Always good to see fellow Sydney girls on the beauty blogging scene.

I went in store and had the SA try out the foundation on my face, 20 has some pink undertones which I don’t think sat quite well on my NC20 skin but I did really enjoy the finish on my combination skin. Took home samples of 20 and 21 (which had more of a yellow undertone) to try out and I definitely see myself buying a bottle of this.

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Chel January 24, 2016 at 9:26 pm

Hi! I’m from Melbourne so we get really hot days (not sure if it’s the same in Sydney). Does it work in >30C weather?

My Chanel foundation love is VA Aqua but that’s the only Chanel foundation I have ever tried!

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Reika January 27, 2016 at 1:09 pm

Hi Chel yes this foundation holds really well in hot weather. It’s been >30c in Sydney lately and I hardly need any touch up for this foundation throughout the day. It gives a semi matte finish which is different to the VA Aqua with a much better coverage. I personally prefer this over the VA Aqua!

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Chel February 8, 2016 at 7:56 pm

Thanks for the reply, Reika! I was considering Chanel Perfection Lumiere for work, but now changing my mind and thinking this might be a better option. That said, I have not tried PL though, but I usually am not a fan of matte, very polished look.

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