CHANEL Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation: The Review

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When CHANEL launch a new foundation I’m all ears. Heck when CHANEL launch anything I’m all ears. When I got a whiff that they were launching a foundation into their Les Beiges line I was so excited I had to sit down. The Les Beiges line has some great gems already like the Healthy Glow Sheer Powders and the limited edition bronzers they come out with each summer. Swoon! So tomorrow sees the addition of the Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation. Nine shades (at least in the UK I think) and £36 for 30ml. Here’s what else you need to know…

THE GOOD: Of course being CHANEL it’s nice to look at. The bottle is heavy and sturdy and there’s a pump hidden under the lid which dispenses the perfect amount of product (1 pump for a medium coverage all over the face, 2 for a full-on finish). The finish itself is pretty high coverage I find. It doesn’t look cakey at all, but it packs a punch in the pigment department much more than any other CHANEL foundation formula I’ve tried. In fact it’s got a little bit of a Pro Lumiére vibe about it. Remember that? Despite the high coverage, it still looks like skin and gives a glow without feeling un-set and sticky.

THE BAD: The colour range isn’t great so not everyone will be able to find a match (FYI I sit somewhere in between B10 and B20, but find a mix of the two works best). Also the texture can feel a little thick sometimes so it takes a bit of experimentation when it comes to application. Personally I like it best worked in with fingers first and then finished off with a damp BeautyBlender. I found brushes to leave things a bit cakey and streaky. Then there’s the finish. Being nice and dewy doesn’t lend itself to being the most long-wearing formula of all time. Of course this could be amped up with the addition of a powder, but I prefer how it looks on its own so tend to wear it on occasions where I know my it doesn’t need to look pristine for 12 hours straight.

I reckon it will be a bit of a Marmite reaction to this one. Dry skinned gals and guys who love a dewy finish and can forgive the longevity issues will love it, but I think those who are oiler and don’t have such a soft spot for full coverage will find it a tad heavy. I’d point you in the direction of a counter. Go have a swatch and see what you think. Just know that you’ll walk away with a CHANEL product even if you weren’t intending to – those counters are dangerous I’m telling you…


  • Yep, and yep. I was at the Chanel counter on Monday. I’m about 100 quid lighter than when I went there thanks to the Perfection Lumiere foundation, Le Volume Mascara, and a Le Blanc primer. OI! I wanted to try this new foundation but I was there and was sick of my standby Clinique, so I let the lady do whatever (why do we let them do that? I swear they pump in happy spray and we just agree to anything…new lipstick, yes please, new eyeshadow, sure!) What I really wish all makeup counters would do is give foundation samples ala Sephora in the US. I need a couple days of using it before I really know if smacking down a small fortune is worth it. (Jury’s mixed on the Perfection Lumiere. I’ve used the Velvet version and it was great in summer but not for winter. I just can’t find anything that looks like I’m NOT wearing foundation with my rosacea.)

    • I completely agree they should give foundation samples! Clinique will do it though as will Liz Earle- I have asked them in the past and they filled a little pot for me.

      Inma x

  • I got a sample of this and I have oily skin, you guessed right! By lunch it looked an absolute mess and I set it with powder… Definitely much better highend foundations out there

  • Nadia Sabrina

    Everyone seems to be loving this new Chanel foundation!

    Cheers from Indonesia,

  • Jacklin N

    I always find yor reviews helpful, Ibam a Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua addict, and last month i purchased the Estee L. Perfectionist based on yor recommendation.For me the Chanel VA is a winner because I don’t feel it, it’s like having applied a cream rather than makeup. Where do you think the Chanel Les Beiges foundation stands based on its heaviness when applied on the skin?

  • Anna

    I have oily skin and have quite a bit of redness around nose area, my best foundation all time that deals with these issues and doesn’t make pores look larger is the chanel vitalumiere velvet foundation (the black one). Love it

  • Thanks for such a solid review, I think I’ll pass on this one as I have oily to normal skin. I’m also not too keen on a full coverage but oh well, there’s lots of other foundations to choose from.

    Sally ~ DiagonSally

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  • lucy prosser

    Lovely review 🙂 your skin has been looking so good recently!
    Lucy xoxo

  • I like medium to full coverage, but being oily skinned I am wary of anything marketed as dewy.

    Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  • I have oily skin so im not sure i would love this, glad it works for you x

    Emma | Emmys Beauty Cave

  • I have oily skin and don’t get on with any Chanel foundations because they’re always quite dewy 🙁

  • The longevity sounds like it’s not the one for me 🙁


  • I love most Chanel products too, they’re probably one of my favourite makeup brands actually and although I have dry skin I do like my makeup to last all day x

  • It’s a shame the shade range isn’t great – I quite like dewy products on my dry skin.


  • emily couture

    This sounds like an interesting foundation! Shame about the lack of shades 🙂

    emily xx

  • Athena Politou

    Really appreciate the thorough review, but I think I might give this a pass. I prefer a more lightweight formula. This sounds a tad too heavy for my tastes.


  • Alysha Paulsen

    I have oily skin and I got a sample of the foundation from a magazine and I found it to be fine on my skin with great longevity, I am not sure about my colour though because I used a sheer amount and still found the coverage to be good on my rosacea.

  • Sophie

    So sad that the shade range is so bad. I’m always in between shades. The finish looks lovely on your glowing!

    x Sophie

  • B10 is slightly too dark for me in winter so I will wait to try this one, even though it seems right up my street, that is such a shame that those brands doesn’t offer a wider range of shades!

  • JM

    I got a sample of this in a magazine and I thought it sucked sadly haha. I tried it twice. B20 was the colour so it was abit too dark but I felt as though I could hardly blend it into my skin. Damp beauty blender & hands. I have rosacea & dryish skin. I find Chanels foundation a tad too orange for my rosacea anyway. Glad I got a sample though. I really wanted to love it.

  • Lom

    I also get the feeling Anna doesn’t particularly like this despite the review..

  • I wont like the finish as well as the formula of this. Pass for me. Thanks for the review 🙂

    Curious and confused me

  • bbethaniee

    Gutted that everyone dislikes it. Really wanted this one to be the one 🙁

    NEW BLOG! Simple but far from basic

  • Not so sure on the sound of this one, may have to go to the counter and see x

    Zoe Mountford x

  • Mary Kate

    Hmm I would love to try it, but what concerns me is the lack of colors, especially since it’s so expensive to begin with! I’d hate to have to buy 2 bottles to mix when I can find my shade from another brand.

    Mary Kate

  • I’ve heard mixed things, so I think I’ll wait for the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation to launch in the US.

  • interesting product, i’ll give it a try!

  • Surleen Singh Dhamoon

    I would love to try this one:) how do I subscribe to your blog btw? xoxo

  • You look really well on it, I love your fleckles poking through!
    I don’t know if I would be a fan of it, but I might go to Sephora to try the consistency!
    I hope you have a great day xx


  • I have dry skin and love a dewy finish with medium coverage, so am really keen to try this. Bit worried about the lasting power mind… I’ll try a sample first! Thanks for the review.

    Nic x StrawberryBlondeBeauty

  • I can’t wait to try it! Lately my skin’s been craving moisture so I think I’m going to adore this 😉 xx

    Gyudy @ Gyudy’s Notes Of Beauty

  • My skin doesn’t sound like it’d be a fan of this, but I’ll still go have a swatch at the Chanel counter. I’m sure I’ll come away with something!

    Jodie | Jodie Loue

  • Rosie

    Does anyone know when the spring collection is released in the UK? I was thinking this friday but I have seen no release dates!

  • Great review 🙂

    Thanks for sharing your beauty tips!

  • Spacegirl Gail

    Hi, I was wondering what lipstick you’re wearing in your picture. It looks great.

  • Very helpful review! I think this one will be a pass for me

  • Lucy Birchall

    Like you said, I think popping to a counter would be the best idea. I’m mainly oily and blemish prone so I’d be interested to see what it’s like on my skin. It sounds like it’s not really targeted at any specific skin type, more so it’s targeted at anyone who wants healthy looking skin – which is all of us right?! Ooh and I think Beauty Blender’s just have to be the go to for any foundation application these days! I can’t imagine using a brush for many foundations now!

    She’s So Lucy

  • d’Auria

    Anna, that RED! Wowee-zowee!

  • Wow, you look glowing! Plus that red, daymmmmmn.

    E x

  • I love the Les Beiges powder and this foundation just looks so beautiful and natural x

    The Girl From the North

  • I have super oily skin, and I have so much problems finding foundation recently. I hate a really matte finish (I find it always looks thick and heavy, despite how light-handed you are), but dewey foundations require a lot of touch ups throughout the day. It’s a daily struggle. I’d still love to get a sample of this, because you never know until you try!

    Katherine || The Green Bows

  • Amy

    That lipstick looks gorgeous on you! I love a dewy foundation as it’s the only type that work with my dry skin!

  • Great review Anna. I guess I’ll get over to the counter and marmite it on the back of my hand before deciding whether or not to get it x

    Real Life Nerd //

  • I loved the sample I had of this!

  • I’ll have to get my hands on this one! Just hope they’ve got one in my shade, since i’m quite pale aha! x

  • Hope they have my shade. I love to try new chanel stuff

  • The finish of the product look amazing on you, and definitely sounds mor elike a light makeup day/summer option

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

  • Anna

    I have oily/combo skin, so I don’t think this one is right for me… though I love Chanel make up range!
    These days I adore The Perfect Luminous Liquid Foundation by Dolce&Gabbana… it has a good coverage and it is amazing for my combo/oily skin.
    Anna From Italy

  • Marine

    Well that’s a little confusing. This review is the exact opposite to the Pixiwoo one. I guess there is only one thing to do : to the counter I go !

    Marine x

    • Mabel

      I actually agree with Pixiwoo. I’ve got combination dry skin and Les Beiges does have more of a satin finish just with that subtle glow coming through. X

  • Shannon

    I have very oily skin and when I tried a sample of it on my face, it came up very matte to me not dewy at all which is confusing me even more!

  • Egle

    what’s about the composition of the product? I see it contains alcohol which damages skin cells and fasten aging processes. I don’t think this is one of the best products…

  • Erin Russell

    This is next on my wish list once my double wear meets its end… I remember it being hyped back at the start of this year and I really wanted it then – hoping the lightest shade will match me

    Erin || MakeErinOver || Happy Blogmas!