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.
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