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
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.
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 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