Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation Review

I’m a week into a month-long Australian visit and foundation or not, I pretty much can’t be more glowy if I tried. My sister and I just spent four days in Coral Bay, a tiny little town in Western Australia with the most amazing beaches and turquoise oceans – you’d be forgiven for thinking you were in a way more tropical location.

There was snorkelling in coral reefs, swimming in the almost luke-warm ocean and splashing around in the pool to cool down after walks – and somewhere in between my compulsive SPF50 application and my giant hat I managed to get just the slightest tan. I’m not going to lie, my usually pasty complexion looks really healthy – aside from the very sexy heat rash on my arms and legs that hasn’t quite subsided yet.

It is with a bit of sadness that I realised that I’ll never maintain my slight tan – I would be too nervous about sun damage. Which is where my very roundabout introduction now leads to Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow foundation. With my (slight) tan and heat-induced glow everything about my skin looked so much better – we had drinks with other tourists and people complimented my makeup-free face, which was pretty much one of the top 10 things that had ever happened to me. On the last night I decided to try and recreate my glow with makeup and what to you know – it worked pretty well.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow foundation is not going to cover many imperfections – it magically evens out your complexion and gives it a dash of radiance, but nothing more. On me the finish is semi-matte (it varies slightly depending on how hot it is and what I apply underneath), and as with all foundations I apply it with my fingertips if I want a very natural look or with a buffing brush for a more ‘made up’ look.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation Review

Formulation wise we’re looking at hyaluronic acid for smoothness and hydration, SPF25, a polymer that resists sweat and oil for better wear and kalanchoe extract that promotes oxygenation and provides free radical protection. The packaging is a glass bottle with a very handy pump – it doesn’t dispense too much product which I love, and I use two pumps for a full face.

I have shade 20, which works perfectly with my skin both pre- and post tan (it’s the Chanel foundation shade I usually wear, comparable to MAC NC/NW15 depending on which formulation you use). I would recommend also testing one shade darker than you would normally aim for if you really want to add some warmth – I never advise trying to change your skin shade with foundation, but because of the texture and level of coverage it would absolutely work with this one.

Conclusion: two thumbs up – this is what all foundation would be like if I had any say in the matter.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow foundation launches in stores on 17 February, R785 for 30ml.

In South Africa we’ll have the following shades available:

Beige 10, 20, 30, 32, 40, 50, 60, 70

Caramel 91 & 121

C x



  1. February 8, 2016 / 1:32 pm

    Your instagram photos are awesome, looks like you’re having the time of your life. Enjoy!! xx

    • Chantelle Bester
      February 9, 2016 / 6:25 am

      Thanks Marné! The exciting part is over, now it’s mostly time with the fam for the next few weeks.

  2. R Fourie
    February 8, 2016 / 8:43 pm

    Thank you for still keep us informed while in Australia???

    • Chantelle Bester
      February 9, 2016 / 6:25 am

      Thank you for reading 🙂

  3. February 14, 2016 / 9:40 pm

    I’ve been trying this and I love it! I love it even more as the day goes by and gets dewier 🙂 xx
    Gyudy @ Gyudy’s Notes Of Beauty

    • Chantelle Bester
      February 15, 2016 / 8:31 am

      Yes! Surprisingly it’s not very dewy (more glowy) but that changes as the day goes on.

  4. Candace
    February 16, 2016 / 2:17 pm

    Chantelle!!! In your opinion, which foundation would you recommend for a sensitive extremely acne prone combination skin?
    (I have tried EL Double wear & double wear light, MAC Studio fix, MAC waterproof, MAC match master, MAC Moisture infusion, Inglot HD, Smashbox , Essence, Stila Liquid foundation, Loreal True Match etc)

    Currently my fav foundation must me YSM from Inglot but this unfortuantely doesn’t cover the current imperfections/acne and Colourstay is great but a bit cakey. Though you might have a recommendation or two… 🙂

    Loving your blog! <3

    • Chantelle Bester
      February 17, 2016 / 5:09 am

      Phew, that’s a loaded question! If you’re both sensitive and acne prone I would look into proper mineral foundations – I’ve used Priori myself, and you can check out Glow Minerals and Jayne Iredale too. And remember that foundation isn’t supposed to cover everything – rather apply a light layer of foundation with concealer added where necessary for a better overall finished look. Good luck!

  5. Candace
    February 18, 2016 / 8:39 am

    Thanks Chantelle, I will look into that. 🙂
    I assume these must all be ordered online and is not available in SA?
    Thank you once again xx

    • Chantelle Bester
      February 19, 2016 / 7:28 am

      Only a pleasure x They were all available in SA last time I checked, but you’ll have to go on a bit of a google hunt for stockists!

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