Wednesday, August 3, 2011

chanel le blanc : light mastering whitening fluid foundation spf 25 / pa+++ review

According to the Chanel site:

Inspired by the fine pearl, the beauty secret of Mademoiselle Chanel and a model of radiance and perfection, CHANEL creates LE BLANC: a new whitening range featuring skincare and makeup. 

Specially designed for Asian skin, the fine, lightweight LE BLANC fluid foundation melts over the skin to reveal an absolutely luminous complexion with a delicate semi-matte finish.

The groundbreaking Mineral Ceramic Pigments optically erase imperfections and dark spots for a perfectly even and translucent complexion. Along with the anti-dulling and anti-yellowing action of Pearl Protein Extract, moisturization is encouraged for smooth, plumped skin that glows with radiance.

A key whitening ingredient, the Liquorice Extract balances melanin production to enhance a fair complexion. SPF 25 / PA+++ protects the skin from sun rays and helps preserve its original beauty. Your pearl-perfect complexion looks plumped and radiant all day long…

Chanel Le Blanc Light Mastering Whitening Fluid is an Asia exclusive foundation from the Le Blanc Collection.  With that said, Nordstrom had brought part of the collection to their Anniversary event with the exclusion of the skincare, liquid foundation and powder foundation. 

The packaging reminds me of Chanel Mat Lumiere, but the cap and pump on the Le Blanc foundation is white... but that's where all the similarities stop.  I have this in the shade B30, which is the darkest shade in the range!  In comparison to other Chanel foundations, it lies between Cendre 30 and Beige 40.  Talk about limited shades!  For some odd reason, this foundation's texture reminds me so much of a BB Cream, I don't know if that's because it is geared toward the Asian market and a BB Cream feel is the approach that Chanel felt was more appealing.

half a pump of product

product spread out

The texture is rather thick.  The first time I applied this foundation, I picked up the Real Techniques Stippling Brush to stipple and blend out the product.  Bad idea.  The foundation had set before I can fully blend the product.  I have heard people complain about Mat Lumiere as a hard to blend product, well, Le Blanc beats out Mat Lumiere in that arena.  I have found that using your fingers is the best way to apply this foundation.

fully blended (with flash)

fully blended (no flash)

The coverage on this foundation is light to medium.  I couldn't get a full coverage with this it even with a third layer, which I'm not keen on doing.  I stop at a second layer if needed.  The finish is semi-matte as described above.  I do prefer to finish with a setting powder after applying this product.  As far as wear goes, basing it on a hot or humid day, it is not as long-lasting as say, the Mat Lumiere, but it definitely lasted longer on my skin in comparison to Pro Lumiere.  I had to blot after 3 hours, and touch up after 7 hours.  I have combination skin, only my t-zone suffers the most shine. 

(click on the image to enlarge list of ingredients)

Overall, if you are seeking to get the benefits of this foundation, or have a lighter skin tone, give it a go.  Otherwise, I don't think that this is the foundation for those looking for great coverage and for flash photography (because of the SPF 25).  I noticed that this contains the same Liquorice Extract just like the UV Essentiel I previously reviewed.  I like this foundation for everyday wear since it has the higher sun protection, and it does feel light on the skin.  It also doesn't hurt to reap the benefits that it promises.  However, I do feel that Chanel has created superior formulas when it comes to texture and coverage in their other foundations, in comparison to this one. I think Le Blanc should be categorized as a treatment foundation to get its share of fair reviews.


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