REVIEW: CHANEL Le Blanc Light Revealing Brightening Makeup Base SPF 30

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Not that I need any more bases — but I just had to get the Chanel Le Blanc Light Revealing Brightening Makeup Base SPF 30 last weekend and I’ve been using it every day since then. Previously, this product was available only overseas. And, I remember testing out an old version a few years ago when I was visiting Korea. It’s nice to see products crossing over from Europe and Asia into the states and they’re worth checking out for sure.

On Chanel’s website, this base is described as a “culmination of light and colour expertise,” that is “unique, lightweight, [and] oil-free” to help “correct uneven skin tone, smooth imperfections and extend the wear of any foundation that follows to reveal a radiant complexion. Pearl Protein and Licorice Extracts counteract dullness, while Pure White Mineral Ceramic Pigments create a natural glow. Enriched with SPF 30 and Hyaluronic Acid, the complexion stays protected and comfortable.”

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As a base, this product does just that — it’s oil-free and lightweight so it’s not heavy or sticky on the skin. It absorbs comfortably and leaves the skin looking and feeling fresh, even, and smooth. Pores, lines, and pigmentation are nicely blurred, so you use less foundation since the base did most of the work. There’s a slight sheen left on the skin — not glowy or glittery, but just healthy-looking. Foundation applies smoothly after the base application, but I don’t think it makes the makeup last any longer than it normally does.

Worn alone, your skin looks naturally pretty and effortless. On good skin days, I like to wear this alone and dust on the Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour SPF 15 in N 10. If I need concealer I’ll add that before the powder, but for the most part, the base evens out my skin on its own. Personally, I like this alone instead of using it as a primer.

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The shade “Rosee” is a creamy pink color that blends white and then turns translucent. I believe this tone is what helps correct pigmentation on the skin — allowing it to continue to look like skin, even though it’s being balanced out by this shade, “Rosee.” The scent is the Le Blanc scent and it doesn’t bother me. It’s still strong, like much of Chanel’s products. I really like that my skin looks radiant and translucent all at the same time.

I recommend the product and I think it deserves a spot in any makeup enthusiast’s collection. However, it’s not a necessity. Because I like to wear it alone more than as a primer, I think you’ll my post on my three favorite primers more effective.

Made in France.
Retails for $55.00 USD.

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