Natural, luminous skin is one of the most difficult makeup looks to achieve. Unless you are blessed with supermodel skin or a goddesslike inner glow, you have to create this look through makeup. Basically, fake it... or at least enhance your natural beauty with a little help. Therefore the products according to your skin type and colour, application, and amount of product used can all affect the outcome of your 'natural beauty'. Less is always more, but sometimes your skin does need enough makeup on to make you feel confident and comfortable within your own skin.
I have discovered a new Healthy Glow Fluid foundation by Chanel called Les Beiges which enhances your natural skin, making it look, well, healthy and glowing - exactly what it says on the tin. I've been wearing it for a week now and it's seriously so incredible, it's pretty much perfect skin in a bottle!
The new Les Beiges Foundation follows on from the now iconic Healthy Glow Sheer Powder from Chanel which uses similar technology to enhance skins complexion. Chanel labatories studied the particular characteristics which make the skin glow naturally when creating this foundation as they wanted it to mimic perfect skin. Les Beiges Fluid Foundation contains Titanium Dioxide which absorbs light rays to refelect their white component, and transmit their red component through skin for reflection on the skins surface, resulting in a fresh and slightly rosy halo. This very unique mineral pigment is joined by carefully selected soft focus powders to even out and embellish the complexion with a sheer finish. The complexion is simply enhanced with the most natural and sophisticated radiance that is subtle yet powerful.
What I noticed about my foundation when I tested it out on my sisters was that the same colour adapted to different skin tones. We are all the same tone, however I have one sister who is darker than me, and another who is much fairer. The foundation in 50, looked great on them both as it blended well, but but also enhanced their natural skin tone. Les Beiges comes in 14 different shades which can be customised and developed depending on the amount applied. You only need one pump, but if you do apply two, it doesn't look cakey as it blends into skin as easy as a moisturiser. It also contains SPF25 which protects you from sun damage, as well as acting like an anti age product.
The bottle is a small frosted glass bottle which is compact and light enough to fit into a makeup bag. As I mentioned earlier, you only need one pump for the entire face, so for someone like me who normally is a two pump girl, this is a miracle. A little amount goes a really long way.
The consistency is really thick and creamy, so its quite shocking how quickly it absorbs into the skin leaving a really weightless finish which is sheer, yet has full coverage, like second skin. The fluid itself smells amazing and it glides effortlessley over every curve of the face to enhance it's shape. I feel like the light reflecting qualities almost sculpt the face too, the same way as a highlighter or a strobing effect would. You still need to apply blusher, but I've notice I use less now. The application requires minimal effort as you apply it with your fingers, so there is no need for brushes or sponges. Its super fast to use, and doesn't require a primer because the finish is matt and skin feels like velvet. It does however, remain dewy and radiant.
Its fascinating how may different and apposing things this foundation is doing all at once. I have never used anything like it and wasn't looking for a new foundation, but I have been converted. Also, if you're a chanel fan like me, it compliments the other products really well too, my eyeshadow, lipstick and blusher all seemed to blend in better and sit on the skin easier, and longer thoughout the day.
I would highly recommend this foundation to everyone. I have never used anything like it. Its genius - luxurious, practical, anti ageing, has a high coverage, it's sheer with a radiant and natural finish. Did I mention, it lasts all day too, even after the gym. Bring on January!
Available from Chanel 15th January 2016