Time for the first Foundation Friday of 2017! I have long been of the opinion that Chanel produce great foundations, so it’s time to see how this new offering fares. After the discontinuing of popular Pro Lumiere some time ago, Le Teint Ultra Tenue seems to be it’s replacement -we are talking long wear, matte finish – and not the “modern matte” of Perfection Lumiere Velvet, but old school matte matte. In related exciting news – there are actual dark tones in this foundation! It’s about time – the shade ranges are shockingly limited in the other bases, so this is really great news. Shade wise, we have B10 through to B70 ( a la Vitalumiere Aqua), a few BR tones (Beige Rose – so pink undertones) and then 3 “C” shades, of which C152 is the deepest shade, and comes in at a chestnut tone.
What are the claims?
” A flawless complexion all day long. A fluid foundation that redefines long wear for irreproachable radiance and a perfect matte finish from morning to night. Its incredibly fine texture is as comfortable and imperceptible as a second skin”
So we have long wearing as the main selling point of this base, with moisturising ingredients to provide all day hydration. We also have “hydrophobic ingredients to resist daily emotions” – whatever this is, it sounds like something I need! It also includes absorbent powders and zinc to keep excess oil at bay. So from this – for normal – combination/oily skin, with a medium, buildable coverage.
- Fluid foundation
- Long wear formula
- Matte finish
- Sheer coverage
- 16 shades
- Ultra long wear
- No SPF
- Oil control
Before & Afters
How did it fare?
It pretty much does what it says on the tin, if you will. I’d say it’s a medium-full coverage (sheer is a bit of a stretch) however as with many matte bases, it definitely, definitely looks better ten minutes in than it does when you first apply, after the heat of your skin has made it a little less flat and it starts to look more lived in. It is quite a dry formula – you’ve not got much time to work with it before it sets – I’d say even more so than Estee Lauder Doublewear, but if you are a fan of that type of foundation (and used to the application techniques) you’ll enjoy it. That said, because it sets it does have great longevity, and when I tried it to the gym, it stayed put well, and whilst eventually it started to wear in a few places, it didn’t gather in my fine lines or look patchy. After 8 – 10 hours I had a little T-Zone shine, but my skin is mega dehydrated at the moment, so its pretty common place no matter what I wear. A finishing powder seems to eliminate this entirely.
For my third try of this I sprayed my buffing brush with setting spray to give some more slip to the formula, which is a good way of making a matte foundation like this slightly more “alive” (or use damp beauty blender if you prefer). On my skin, it isn’t cakey and it isn’t a totally flat finish, but personally I’d say this is best suited to younger skins over mature (or smooth over textured if you will)- I feel this would sit too heavily on any kind of dryness or crepey skin. The pigment is good – you only need a little product and it does go a long way. I’d hazard a guess that you’d only need at the most 3 bottles of this to see you through a year.
I wouldn’t suggest this if you have any dry patches or flakiness – like many matte foundation so it does grab on areas of texture. It clung slightly to my pores on application at times, but I can live with it as they don’t massively bother me. If yours are prominent and do I’d suggest a silica based primer underneath to smooth the skin before hand.
I’ve added highlighter and a radiant blush to the photo below to add some life to the skin. I bought this online so I took a punt on shade BR12 – in other Chanel foundations B10 is too warm for me, so I erred on the side of caution by going lighter rather than darker.
You’ll like this if you like – L’Oreal Infallible, Estee Lauder Double Wear, Urban Decay All Nighter, Mac Studio Fix
Best for – Normal – oily, Oily skins
Plus points – Smells gorgeous, long wearing, oil control, good coverage, great shade range (for Chanel),
Minus points – On the pricey side at £37 for 30ml, application takes a little getting used to.
I’ll keep you updated on this – at the mo I like it rather than love it, but it sometimes takes me a while of wearing it to love it. The YSL Cushion Ink Foundation I was totally unsure of for the first couple of weeks but I’ve absolutely loved it for the last month or so!
Chanel Le Teint Ultra Tenue is available nationwide and is £37.