I Wear a Chanel Foundation 99% of the Time. And Here’s Why…

Difference between Chanel Foundations

One of the questions that I get asked on an almost-weekly basis is “What is your favourite beauty brand?” And, the truth is, I don’t have a favourite brand for makeup or skincare. There are SO many that I rate and adore.

However, I do have a very clear preference when it comes to foundation. And 99% of the time I wear a Chanel base.

Every so often I’ll test out a foundation from another brand (and I’ll actually be posting about a great stick foundation in the coming weeks). But I’ve never found a formula that can stand up to the brilliance of Chanel.

There are three Chanel foundations that I rotate, depending on the beauty look that I’m aiming for that day.


Chanel Vitalumière Aqua

More often than not, I wear Chanel Vitalumière Aqua in shade 10 Beige or 20 Beige. It’s an ultra-light fluid foundation containing “high definition light pigments”, which create a radiant, luminous effect.

Vitalumière Aqua has been my go-to foundation for more than a decade, because it truly produces a noticeable, healthy glow. It provides light-to-medium coverage, is best applied with fingertips, and sits comfortably on the skin all day long. I can’t recommend it enough!

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow

For occasions when I’m seeking a little more coverage than Vitalumière Aqua provides, I choose Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation in 20 Beige.

It’s a liquid formula, but not as fluid/runny as Vitalumière Aqua. Les Beiges Healthy Glow contains mineral pigments, which deliver a radiant look and also help to blur out imperfections. It’s not a matte foundation, but feels like a step up from Vitalumière Aqua.

I usually wear Les Beiges Healthy Glow when I’m doing photoshoots, getting ready for an evening event, or have imperfections that I want to cover.

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Chanel Les Beiges Sheer Healthy Glow Tinted Moisturiser 

Nine times out of 10 I wear Vitalumière Aqua or Les Beiges Healthy Glow. But if I’m having a really good skin day – or a lazy, minimal makeup day – I wear Chanel’s Healthy Glow Tinted Moisturiser.

Chanel’s tinted moisturiser provides light/sheer coverage, and contains a higher sun protection factor (SPF 30). Out of the three products on this list it’s the most dewy (I have oily skin, and always use a mattifying powder with the tinted moisturiser), so I imagine it would be great for anyone with dry skin.

Chanel Beauty Foundation

Chanel also recently introduced Les Beiges Eau De Teint, which is a super-sheer formula (and a step down from the tinted moisturiser, in terms of coverage). I’m planning to give the tint a go this summer, and I’ll report back if I like it…

Which foundations – Chanel or not – are your favourites? Comment below to have your say…

Photos by Lydia Collins


  1. Radhika Agrawal says:


    which shade do you use in chanel le beiges tinted moisturizer?

    i use vitalumeniere aqua beige 20 but confused about tinted moisturizer shade.

    any help would be highly appreciated.

  2. A Barbara Dorsey says:

    So happy you wrote about this. I also use the Vitalumière in shade 30. When I do go to something lighter for the beach or errands I use laRoche Poway anthelios mineral sunscreen which is tinted and looks very natural, but too dark in winter. My Chanel concealer is color 20. My Chanel consultant is in a city I visit but not often, and I must order products or travel. My concern is if I build the foundation in shade 30 it sometimes appear just too pale which I can usually combat with some shading and contour powder. Do you know what the color difference is between shade 30 and 20? It is hard for me to figure this. Tempted to buy in shade 20 but it could be a pricey mistake!

    • Ella Gregory says:

      Hi. To be honest I’m not completely sure about the shade difference between 30 and 20, because sometimes it’s more to do with the undertones of the foundation (yellow or blue etc) than how dark or light it is. Is there a customer chat service on the Chanel Beauty website that you could use perhaps to clarify this? Or maybe message @chanel.beauty on Instagram?

  3. A Barbara Dorsey says:

    I just did, and now there is a brand new foundation I have yet to try. Light to medium with apparently a lovely finish. Might have to make the drive, wish I had a sample! Thanks for your answer


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