I try not to wear so much make-up, but I do admit that I go through a lot of sunscreens and I have a tendency to wear tinted sunscreen more often including different types of CC cushions, especially when I go out. I don't normally go crazy over new foundation or tinted moisturiser releases, but I got very curious over Chanel's new LES BEIGES Sheer Healthy Glow Moisturizing Tint SPF 30 mainly due to its high SPF and the nature of their LES BEIGES collection which is solely about natural make-up look.
I don't recognise any overpowering scent in LES BEIGES Sheer Healthy Glow Moisturizing Tint SPF 30 other than a slight peachy floral hue. It's pretty subtle, so the majority of people will get along with it well. I've been using it around my eye and lip area as well, and it didn't bring any sensitivity including cold sores and watery eyes.
As a foundation, the texture isn't something unusual, but I would say that the consistency as an SPF 30 product is on more of the breathable and lightweight emulsion side than other sunscreens or tinted moisturisers on the market. There's certainly a density to it compared to other CC cushions with high SPF, but it goes on weightless and very smooth.
In the natural sunlight, you can also see very fine delicate light reflective particles, which gives skin a beautiful sheen. The finish of LES BEIGES Sheer Healthy Glow Moisturizing Tint SPF 30 is neither matte or oily, I would say that it's more close to a velvety finish although it seems to vary depending on the base that you put on underneath. The thicker and heavier base you put on, the more dewy look that you will get as a final outcome.
Shade Light (left) and Shade Medium (right)
Nevertheless, both Light and Medium shades are very blendable, so I think that it really depends on how you define healthy glow at a personal level. I usually wear shade 30 in Chanel most days, and when my skin gets tanned in Summer naturally, then my skin tone stays in between shade 30 and 40 as shade 40 is still too dark for me.
Shade Light (left) and Shade Medium (right)
Both shades Light and Medium in LES BEIGES Sheer Healthy Glow Moisturizing Tint SPF 30 has a pink undertone, but they have been working well for my yellow undertone olive skin without looking unnatural. However, if you define healthy glow as a hint of warmth in your skin, then you would like the shade Medium better, otherwise shade Light for more enhanced radiance as it brightens up skin a little. The difference between those two shades aren't much, which is why I would personally like to use shade Medium during peak Summer and shade Light for the rest of the seasons.
The sheer, lightweight formula glides on seamlessly for a sheer hint of colour with a luminous, natural-looking finish.
Formulated with Kalanchoe Extract to protect skin, this moisturizing tint provides SPF 30 and broad-spectrum protection. Healthy Glow Booster pigments ensure a sheer, luminous finish.
HOW TO APPLY
Using a brush or fingertips, gently dab and blend the formula onto the entire face or on key areas, working from the center of the face outward.
ACTIVE INGREDIENTS | OCTINOXATE 5 % | TITANIUM DIOXIDE 6.4 % | INACTIVE INGREDIENTS | WATER | CAPRYLYL METHICONE | DIMETHICONE | METHYL TRIMETHICONE | GLYCERIN | ALCOHOL | BUTYLENE GLYCOL | HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE | PEG-10 DIMETHICONE | ISODODECANE | DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER | ACRYLATES/POLYTRIMETHYLSILOXYMETHACRYLATE COPOLYMER | MAGNESIUM SULFATE | POLYSILICONE-11 | KALANCHOE PINNATA LEAF EXTRACT | STEARIC ACID | ALUMINA | ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE | FRAGRANCE | DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE | POTASSIUM SORBATE | PHENOXYETHANOL | SODIUM HYALURONATE | TOCOPHERYL ACETATE | PROPYLENE CARBONATE | BIOSACCHARIDE GUM-1 | SODIUM LAUROYL GLUTAMATE | LYSINE | MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE | BHT | MALTODEXTRIN | (MAY CONTAIN) | ULTRAMARINES | IRON OXIDES | TITANIUM DIOXIDE | MICA | IL18B-I
The coverage that you get from the tint isn't much other than an overall skin tone evening effect naturally expected from titanium dioxide content, so you will still need to use a concealer if you need some extra help. Having said that, if you layer several times throughout the day like how you would do with a regular sunscreen, then you will get a more intensified effect that will give you an obvious I've put on make-up look.
Initial application - Shade Light (no other make-up/ 1st layer)
Nevertheless, the result guaranteed from LES BEIGES Sheer Healthy Glow Moisturizing Tint SPF 30 from just a layer is a luminous healthy looking skin with a hint of colour, which reminds me of one of my go-to foundations By Terry Light-Expert Click Brush Foundation that I've been using for years. I would say that my skin looks more enhanced as if I have a good 8 hour beauty sleep. It does make skin look more flattering and natural than just wearing a regular SPF 30 sunscreen, which is why I've been wearing it more often even when I take our dogs to off-leash dog parks :3 (Yay, proud dog mum >_<).
Although there isn't much hydrating or moisturising feel to skin from the initial application, it seems to work fine when I put it on over my sunscreen or moisturiser. I personally got those just to use as sunscreen alternatives, so I've been using a very generous amount (1 teaspoonful every 2 hours). I don't think that LES BEIGES Sheer Healthy Glow Moisturizing Tint SPF 30 helps with sebum control, but I like the fact that it doesn't give me a weird white cast even when it's re-applied several times a day. If you choose a lighter shade than your normal shade though, it will give you a more intensified brightening effect as you layer more and more throughout the day.
2nd application on top of the 1st layer - Shade Light (no other make-up)
If you decide to use LES BEIGES Sheer Healthy Glow Moisturizing Tint SPF 30 over a sunscreen, here are some of the things that you might want to keep in mind. My opinions on the shade Light and Medium stays the same if you wear over a moisturiser and/or a chemical (no white cast) sunscreen as there isn't a huge gap or much difference in terms of the outcome from both. However, if you use it over any Chanel make-up bases with built in SPF or sunscreen that they carry, then there can be white cast or more brightening effect to a certain degree. So if you like more of a natural look, then you may want to stick to chemical sunscreen as a base, otherwise you might prefer to get a deeper shade for LES BEIGES Sheer Healthy Glow Moisturizing Tint SPF 30 to sort of neutralise the shade.
Having said that, if you use a bronzer normally after your foundation application, then it may be helpful to remember that the bronzer will tone the shade down to some extent especially if you like to do full contouring. As you can see, the right shade can differ from person to person depending on the frequency of application throughout the day and the style of make-up. If you are just going to use it like a regular foundation, not like a sunscreen, then you won't need to worry as I found those shades very easily blending into skin.
I'm very positive that Chanel LES BEIGES Sheer Healthy Glow Moisturizing Tint SPF 30 will be very convenient for my holidays this year as I won't look like a ghost during the trip :3. I still wouldn't recommend it to those with oily combination skin, but it will work well for the rest of the skin types. If you want more moisturising benefits or better coverage with higher SPF, then you may want to consider zinc oxide based Chanel CC Cream SPF 50 which gives a more BB cream finish instead.
Where to buy
- La Mer The Reparative SkinTint Broad Spectrum SPF 30 (Shade 03 Light Medium)
- Natura Bissé Diamond White Oil-Free Brilliant Sun Protection SPF 50 PA+++ (Tinted)
- Dior CC Cushions (Capture Totale Dream Skin VS Forever Perfect VS Diorsnow Bloom Perfect)
- Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Liquid Essence
- Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Creme & Micro Serum
- Chanel CC Cream SPF 50