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I am sat here writing this review after finishing my pot of Chanel Sheer Illuminating Base and am wondering if I can justify the cost of £39 for 30ml. Although a lovely product, I am tempted to believe that the cost is more to do with the name of the house that created the product, rather than the actual liquid inside. Undeniably, it is a high quality and great base, but I have used other houses cosmetics and found their bases to be of the same quality, and give the same result, but for less hard earned money.
The Chanel base is, as you would expect, a highly luxurious product which applies to the skin like a dream. It mixes well with foundation, and truly does create a lovely canvas for the rest of your make-up. It feels velvety soft and hydrating and makes the skin feel cared for.
The pot itself is of high quality. A frosted glass with black lid emblazoned with the CC symbol for the house of Chanel. The lid screws very securely and there is no chance of accidental opening. The glass is also thick, and will not smash unless dropped or hit hard I expect. There is minimal writing on the pot with just the basic information. The black and white colours and minimalistic approach certainly add to the luxury appearance of the product and it would look beautiful on any dressing table in any home.
There is a flaw with this pot though I found, as you have to pour out the product and I found it very easy to accidentally use too much and find you are wasting a fair amount. Also, when getting to the last little bit and emptying your pot, it is near impossible to get every last bit of base. I am finding that I am going to be throwing out enough for probably one more application at least.
So, back to the cost.
Yes the product lasts a long time. Yes you use only a little. Yes the product is of high quality. But, I do have an illuminator and perfecter from another company which, I think, works just as well for a base. You cannot mix it with foundation as it is not liquid, and in that respect Chanel definitely has the upper hand, but for the cost I would have expected a far better result. Truly glowing skin and a perfect base - it is good, but it is not £39 good. That's the only reason, however, that it lost 1 star. I just feel it is a little overpriced.
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I bought this product about a year ago after having my makeup done for a wedding at the Chanel counter.
I've only used about a quarter of it so far because I only use it for big night outs and special occasions and I find that a little goes a long way. Every time I put it on, I get comments on how good my skin looks but I love it because its not obvious. I don't looked caked in make up, just very healthy and glowing.
I am olive skinned and I normally wear it under Bobbi Brown liquid foundation. Its a very thick, white liquid. I put on a little bit and then spread it around my face before putting on the foundation. The make up assistant said that you can put it on over foundation or on its own depending on the look you're after but I haven't tried either.
It is expensive but if, like me, you only use it for times when you really want to look good, it'll last a long time.
About two years ago I was at the Chanel counter for the first time. I was enquiring about their foundation and next minute I'm having a full make over. The Chanel lady said she used this on my face first because it works as a primer. It highlights your cheek bones and reduces the appearance of redness.
Because she used this she put a foundation with a minimum coverage on my skin because this base meant I didn't need a heavy foundation as it worked as a really good make-up base.
The day after I tried the base and the foundation out for myself and I liked the ending results. It looked like I wasn't wearing any make-up it looked like I had naturally radiant skin. The base looks good without foundation on top in fact I've noticed it looks probably better without foundation on top, so if you want to wear something on your skin that isn't as heavy as a foundation you can just apply this to your skin on the areas you want to highlight or the red areas you wish to cover.
The base at first was a must in my make up routine but gradually I stopped using it as I noticed it looked quite weird under my foundation when I developed a tan from my travels because it's a white thick formulae so it made my skin colour look quite odd.
I think this is a good base but would only recommend it to people who have pale skin because it looks really strange on tanned skin as it makes your skin look a lot paler so good for covering flaws on pale skin but not so good for tanned skin as it just seems to highlight the bad areas rather than disguise them.
I think the base is fairly expensive its £28 for 30ml so about the same price as my foundation so I basically paid £56 for just the base and foundation.
Chanel claims that it is "Completely reformulated, this Sheer Illuminator Fluid acts as a light source on the surface of the skin, while also giving a feeling of total comfort. TIPS FROM THE CREATORS
BLANC DE CHANEL can be used:
- Either before your foundation for a radiant glow.
- Or blended to your foundation to lighten it slightly and give more glow."
I think although it does give a glow and does highlight the skin it seems to highlight too much of the skin even the bad parts that you would prefer people not to notice.
The le Blanc comes in a glass bottle with a black lid. It looks very similar to Chanels nail varnish with the shape of the glass bottle and the elegance of it. The bottle comes in a box with a white spatula to apply the formulae.
The spatula isn't very good though and it doesn't make applying any easier, in fact it makes it harder it's probably easier to apply with your fingers or a brush like the Chanel lady did for me.
It's funny how when ever you have a make over by a woman at any make-up counter they never use the freebie brush or applicator available with the product. This is probably because they also know how terrible the freebie brushes and applicators tend to be.
Overall, I would say this base is very 'average' and only suitable really for paled skin people. I wouldn't buy this again because firstly the price is ridiculous and secondly it doesn't make my make-up look any better when I have a tan.
Chanel Foundation In General:
It's useful for me to talk about this before Le Blanc de Chanel to put things in context.
There are a few things that I don't mind spending a bit more money than usual on and Chanel foundation is one of them. I didn't actually use foundation until a couple of years ago as I don't have bad skin and always thought that you only really wore a proper foundation if your skin wasn't very good. But then one of my friends who was in love with her Chanel foundation jumped on me one night before we went out and suggested I try hers out. I loved the results! It made my skin look pretty flawless but not in a fake, too-made-up way, in a pretty natural way. You can get it in a number of different shades to suit your skin tone but you can also choose whether you want Pro-Lumiere which gives a slightly shimmery, glowing look and is nice in summer months, or a Chanel Mat Lumiere which isn't shiny at all. Because you can choose carefully what you go for it means that you can make sure you get the right match for your skin and there shouldn't be that orangey fake tan look and difference between your face and neck that you get with some foundations. It's not cheap though and at about £35 for a bottle which will probably last a few months, you may not want to use it every single day.
Chanel Le Blanc de Chanel:
I went for a free facial at the Chanel counter in John Lewis a few months ago. As usual the beautician used about 20 different products all which only seem to make such a tiny difference when used in isolation for quite a high price, but when you have the finished look you're often tempted to buy it all because they do a really good job. But of course if you bought everything it would be potentially a few hundred pounds so I followed her suggestion on what I should go for and this was one of them.
What you use it for:
You use this product before you put on your foundation to create a nice base for your foundation to go on. I didn't realise until then that this kind of product which you put on before your foundation to create a nice base is called a Primer. It feels lovely and soft and silky and I do find that it makes your foundation not only go on more smoothly and get a better coverage, but also keep the nice look for longer. The beautician used a brush to put it on and suggested I also do the same but I just use my fingers and put it on in exactly the same way as foundation and it works fine.
You don't have to use it under foundation, you can wear it by itself for example in summer when your skin is looking good anyway or during the daytime for a more natural look. It brightens your skin up a bit and makes it look more flawless.
At £27 in Boots for 30ml it isn't cheap so again you may not want to use it all the time - I just save it for when I'm going out.
Obviously the cost. I would also say that if you have a limited spend for make-up it probably shouldn't be one of the first things on your list as the results aren't dramatic, it is a bit of an extravagance.
One other thing I will say is be careful with the bottle and not to spill it, as firstly you'll be devastated if you waste it by tipping it on the floor, but also because it's white it stains carpets really badly!
Owning a piece of Chanel, however small, is a real treat. Ok, so i couldn't afford to splash out on their designer clothes and handbags, but as I approached the Chanel counter in Boots, I fell in love with the vast range of beautifully packaged products, from lip glosses to foundations. I already had lots of lipglosses and eye shadows, so felt I couldn't really justify buying anymore... but I didn't have an illuminator...So after trying the product on the back of my hand and being pleased with the soft shimmer and how smooth it made my skin, I eagerly bought Chanel's Sheer Illuminating Base. I must admit, the deal breaker was the elegant glass, cuboid shaped bottle, with a black lid displaying the infamous Chanel logo. The liquid within is fairly watery, and is a pearly white colour. It also smells delicious.
What it Promises
'An illuminating makeup base to even out skin texture, prime the skin for foundation, and improve the hold of makeup. The non-oily texture glides onto the skin, leaving it perfectly primed for foundation and improving the hold of makeup. The BASE LUMIÈRE formula contains micro-spherical polymers and opalescent pigments, which minimise imperfections, smooth skin texture and even out the complexion'.
How to Use
Dab the product onto the skin with fingertips, then blend and follow with foundation.
The product retails at £22.51 at Boots. Although expensive, it is a little piece of luxury, will last a long time and will offer very impressive results.
After cleansing my face I used the spatula provided to dab some of the product onto the back of my hand, using only a little as more can be added if necessary. I then used my fingertips to dab the liquid onto the apples of my cheeks, and blended. Immediately, I found my skin looked much fresher and literally glowed. It looked bright and natural, rather than looking like I'd used a lot of make-up. I found I only had to use a tiny bit of foundation after the illumiantor, and the glow still shone through and left my skin feeling really smooth. Several people complimented me on my skin looking so dewy and fresh, and I would certainly buy this product again. Though, judging by how much is left, that will take some time.
In my eternal quest for dewy, oil free and clear skin, I keep an eye out for new products that other people love and rate highly. After reading fab reviews about Le Blanc De Chanel and its wonderful, mattifying but subtle light reflecting properties, I thought to myself that I would remember to take a look the next time I was near a Chanel make up counter.
Fast forward a couple of weeks and I was shopping with my husband. Walking at speed in a department store (my OH was on a mission to buy some specific items of clothes - hence speed walking with great purpose to procure these items). Suddenly, I remembered that there was this wonder product that I wanted to try out!
The lady at the cosmetics counter placed a very small quantity on the back of my hand and blended this into my skin. Comparing the left and right hands, I noticed that there was a subtle but good improvement in appearance of the skin. There was a subtle sheen - not a lurid glittery effect, but a more radiant effect.
Feeling bold, I decided to make the purchase. It's not a cheap product (about £30 for 30ml - £1 per ml! from Selfridges), but I thought that it would be a nice treat. After all, you can easily spend £30 on a night out to the pub... without it being special at all.
The next day, I decided to give it a whirl, and use the base underneath my foundation. Opening the box, the bottle had an accompanying instructions leaflet and a little white spatula. I spooned a little amount of the white liquid base onto the foundation and onto the back of my hand. It has quite a strong but pleasant fragrance. I then duly applied the base onto my face and peered expectantly into the mirror. Not sure what I was expecting, but there wasn't much difference at all.
As well as a base, the product is also designed to be used as a subtle highlighter. Once I'd applied my other make up on top , I tried highlighting my cheekbones and nose.
Sadly, the first time I used this on my face, I did feel a bit underwhelmed. Not sure what I expected really, but this did not seem to perform any better than other cosmetics that I own. It's a nice product to use, but it's definitely not WOW!
I've used this about 10 times now. Enough to get a feel of a product. It doesn't make up break out in spots, which is good. And, it does illuminate, but it seems to make me look a bit sallow. Not quite the look I'm aiming for! Perhaps a more golden version of this would suit my olive skin more... perhaps.
To be fair, I think there could be a couple of reasons why I'm not loving this product as much as I could. First of all, my skin is very tanned at the moment and I imagine that it would work better on lighter skin. Secondly, I had been using a new, matte foundation, which felt and looked a bit heavy/matt and perhaps this was cancelling out the illuminating properties of the Le Blanc base.
Comparing this with another primer product that I've used, Smashbox Photo Finish, I would say that the Smashbox product is superior. However, to give it a fair test, I will give it a whirl again once my tan has faded.
On the positive side, you do not need a lot. A little goes a long way. It is quite good at shine control, although my t zone was definitely shiny by midday - although without it, my skin would have been oilier, I'm sure. The glass bottle/packaging is also lovely and feels nice to handle (ergonomically designed???!!)
I really wanted to love this product, but, so far, am somewhat disappointed.
I think this deserves 2.5-3 stars, but have given 3 because the system doesn't allow for halves....
I'll update the rating and review later if I feel it merits a higher rating.