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Best Chanel Foundation Options

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“Nobody’s perfect.” It is one of my favorite mottos in life. Surprisingly, it applies to almost everything, even our skin complexions. Whether we admit it or not, none of us have a perfectly even skin tone. Besides, we cannot always hide from the sun.

So, it is normal to have parts of your body that are lighter or darker than the others. Thanks to our favorite makeup foundations, we can still achieve the perfectly even skin tone we are dreaming of!

Foundations are one of the must-have products you should be able to find in your makeup kits. Whether you are into powders or liquid makeup products, you can find a foundation that suits your style perfectly. It is now such a huge global market that you can easily find the shade you want in any physical or online makeup store.

I love applying foundation because it sets the mood for my overall look. It prepares my face to be the perfect canvas for the rest of my makeup routine. Also, do you know that foundations not only help you cover up your acne or pimple marks but can also act as a moisturizer, astringent, or sunscreen? So, you won’t just have an even skin tone but also healthy and glowing skin.

Now, if you are looking for the perfect brand of foundation, I might have something up my sleeves for you. Make way for the iconic brand, Chanel. Although they are mostly known for their luxurious bags and shoes, they also have the best collections of foundations that will provide both aesthetic and comfort to your face. They might be a lil’ bit pricey, but they are worth the spend.

So, if you are ready to have your minds blown with some of the best Chanel foundation options, scroll down and read the rest of the article. I will also give you some tips I use whenever I splurge on a makeup product for myself or my loved ones. Brace yourself, and let us get on this beautiful and luxurious journey!

Bottom Line Up Front

My all-time favorite Chanel foundation is the Vitalumiére Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Sunscreen Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 15 in 20 Beige. I love this foundation because it feels lightweight on my skin without compromising the coverage that I am looking for. The foundation also contains a built-in SPF 15 sunscreen, so I know my skin’s protected.

This Chanel foundation makes my face look as natural as it can be. It matches my not-so-light skin tone and erases my blemishes with only a few dabs. I also love it because it does not make my naturally dry face drier. More importantly, it moisturizes and hydrates my skin without making it look and feel oily. What’s not to like about this $50 Chanel foundation, right?

My Top Picks Up Front

  • Chanel Vitalumiére Aqua
  • Chanel Vitalumiére
  • Chanel Sublimage Le Teint
  • Chanel Ultra Le Teint Velvet Blurring Smooth Effect
  • Chanel Ultra Le Teint
  • Chanel Les Beiges Water-Fresh Tint
  • Chanel N°1 de Chanel Revitalizing Foundation
  • Chanel Sublimage L’essence de Teint
  • Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet – Smooth-Effect Makeup SPF 15
  • Chanel Vitalumiere Glow Luminous Touch Foundation – Hydration and Comfort SPF 15
  • Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Gel Touch Foundation SPF 25 / PA +++
  • Perfect for Men: Chanel Boy de Chanel

My Selection Criteria

This guide explores 12 different foundation products that Channel offers. I have chosen my favorites based on these factors:

  • Formulation and packaging: I love liquid foundations! I swear by them even though they’re not too convenient to use. I love their consistency and formulation compared to powder foundations. Their packaging is also sleek and more durable than compact foundations.
  • Reviews: While I listed down my favorites, I’ve also read reviews and ratings from makeup users to see whether the product works well with different skin types.
  • Shade range: Inclusivity should be a priority for any beauty brand. Most luxury brands like Chanel aren’t keen on expanding their shade range. However, I made sure that my selection of the best Chanel foundations offers a wide range selection perfect for everyone, not just a select few.

Tips to Pick Out the Best Chanel Foundation

Chanel offers a wide range of foundations. The options range from cream, liquid, powder, serum, and water-based foundations. The shades are too many to count, so you will undoubtedly find what suits your skin tone best. However, if you are still unsure if you can find the best Chanel foundation, here are some tips to guide you throughout your journey.

Determine your Undertone

Knowing your undertone is essential in choosing the perfect foundation shade. Take note that, unlike your skin complexion, your undertone is unchanging. So, if you want to get the shade that perfectly suits your natural skin color, you should determine your undertone first!

Know your Skin Type

Of course, you have to match your foundation with your skin type. Having dry or oily skin will significantly narrow down your choices for a foundation. Always look at the ingredients before buying. If you have oily skin, it is ideal if you look for and purchase an oil-free powder or liquid foundation.

On the contrary, ensure that your foundation has a moisturizing or hydrating effect if you have dry skin. Use a scent-free and hypoallergenic foundation if you have sensitive skin.

Identify your Skin Complexion

Foundations also differ in terms of the coverage it provides. Knowing your skin complexion will help you determine what foundation you should use.

If you have an uneven skin complexion, you can opt to buy foundations that have full or medium coverage. However, if your skin complexion is relatively even, you can look for a foundation that offers light or sheer coverage.

A Run-Down of my Top 15 Most Loved Chanel Foundations

The long wait is finally over! I am ecstatic to share with you my all-time favorite Chanel foundations.

1. Chanel Vitalumiére Aqua

Chanel Vitalumiére Aqua

Chanel Vitalumiére Aqua is one of the high-end foundations in the market that will give you a natural-looking glow. It is incredibly lightweight, so you won’t feel like you are wearing foundation. With just a few dabs of this foundation, you can already notice your blemishes fading away.

On top of that, it contains hyaluronic acid, which maintains the moisture in your face. Thus, it is perfect if you have dry skin like me.

This Chanel foundation offers a total of 17 shades with light-to-medium coverage. This foundation will also live up to your taste if you are into scents. It has a fragrant yet subtle fresh fragrance. Aside from its scent, its SPF 15 will give your skin the UVB protection it needs for the whole day.

You can apply and blend your fingertips evenly on your face. Then, set it with a powder to last longer. When I use this foundation, I also top it with my favorite bronzer and a warmer pink or peach shade of blush to have a more sunny-tanned look. Instant summer vibes, it is!

I love this Chanel foundation because it is perfect for an everyday look (which I honestly don’t usually do) and for date nights and night-outs. It makes your face look surprisingly radiant without putting any highlighter on it.

2. Chanel Vitalumiére

Chanel Vitalumiére

Another one of my favorite Chanel foundations is the Chanel Vitalumiére. If you have dry skin, this foundation is a bomb! It’s formulated with ingredients that will help revitalize your skin; say goodbye to the flaky texture with its hydrating properties!

The formula also lasts for about 6 to 7 hours without compromising the medium coverage it offers. This makes our skin look smooth and blemish-free without putting too much effort into my makeup routine.

It contains light-reflecting pigments to help enhance radiance and conceal skin imperfections. It is easily blendable, so you can make it work with other shades of foundation. I usually use this foundation if I want to go for a more sophisticated yet sexy look.

For the perfect makeup combo: top it with a nice blush and a smoky eye shadow, paired with a subtle cat eye—this shade will do wonders for your gorgeous face. Chanel Vitalumiere’s most obvious disadvantage is its limited shade range, with eight shades to choose from. The only silver lining is its variety in terms of the undertone; you have both cool and warm options.

3. Chanel Sublimage Le Teint

Chanel Sublimage Le Teint

If you are looking for a cream foundation that will give you a naturally luminous look, Chanel Sublimage Le Teint is the one for you. I like its formula because it does not feel very heavy on the skin while still giving me the light-to-medium coverage I need. It looks so natural that it looks like your actual blemish-free skin.

The signature ingredient of the Sublimage foundation collection is the Vanilla Planifolia. It also has a diamond powder luster, making it extra luxurious. It’s Chanel, after all. These ingredients provide hydration and radiance to the face, even after you remove the foundation.

The best part is— Chanel Sublimage Le Teint is suitable for all skin types. It provides enough moisture and hydration to your face without making it look oily. I also love the packaging of this product. It is encased in a glass tub with a sleek black plastic cap. A small gold brush is also included to help you seamlessly apply the foundation to your face.

Launched in 2016, Chanel Sublimage Le Teint is still a staple. You’ve got eleven shades options from 10 Beige, 12 Beige Rose, 20 Beige, 22 Beige Rose, 21 Beige, 30 Beige, 40 Beige, 50 Beige, and 60 Beige.

4. Chanel Ultra Le Teint Velvet Blurring Smooth Effect

Chanel Ultra Le Teint Velvet Blurring Smooth Effect

Now, if you are looking for a Chanel foundation with a velvet-smooth matte finish, the Chanel Ultra Le Teint Velvet is the one for you. It has 13 different shades you can choose from. It comes in a small black squeeze bottle, making it easier to control the amount of foundation you will use.

It has a broad spectrum SPF 15 sunscreen and a sheer-to-medium coverage. The shades of this exquisite Chanel foundation are made to cater to the three different undertones – warm, cool, and neutral. Two types of semi-transparent powders are included in the formula of this foundation. These powders give a blurring effect to your pores and blemishes, making it look like you have a natural Instagram filter.

5. Chanel Ultra Le Teint

Chanel Ultra Le Teint

What’s not to love about this Chanel foundation? You can wear it all day without worrying about reapplying every few hours. It provides full coverage, so you can use it whenever you want a full-glam look. Although it has a creamy texture, it does not feel cakey or heavy on the skin.

Interestingly, the longer it stays on the face, the more it looks and feels beautiful on your skin. This is probably its best feature since most matte foundations oxidize and darken once they are fully dry on your skin.

Lasting power is a bomb! It does not fade easily, and you can blend it seamlessly with other makeup products. Whether you use a brush, a beauty blender, or even your fingers, you get smooth, even skin concealing any visible imperfections. It truly delivers its promise as a “comforting, luminous matte” foundation.

For a Chanel foundation, I’m genuinely impressed with its wide shade range. Most luxury brands haven’t reached this level of inclusivity, but Chanel Ultra Le Teint is one of the first products offering 30 shades—a more extensive selection with extremely light to deep options.

6. Chanel Les Beiges Water-Fresh Tint

Chanel Les Beiges Water-Fresh Tint

Now, this Chanel foundation may spark some questions on whether it is a legit foundation or not, but let me first explain to you why it made my list. For a $65 foundation with 75 percent water, I had doubts about it too. I admit that I have extremely dry skin, so I need foundations that give me hydration and moisture. However, I thought spending that much money on a product with almost nothing but water was useless. I was wrong, though.

If you want a reliable foundation that offers light-to-medium coverage and creates a radiant bare-skin effect, this Chanel foundation is the one for you. It has a patented MicroFluidic Technology, which will give your face a burst of freshness and hydration for up to 8 hours.

More than anything, I’m obsessed with its dewy, almost-glass skin finish. Wherever you try it on, your skin just glows and radiates in all the right places! It has 16 available shades that can cover all kinds of undertones and skin complexions.

I also love the overall packaging; it comes with a tiny brush, but I find my fingertips more practical, especially in blending.

7. Chanel N°1 de Chanel Revitalizing Foundation

Chanel N°1 de Chanel Revitalizing Foundation

This Chanel Number One Revitalizing Foundation also tops my list of the best Chanel foundation. Perfect for those with mature skin, this offers moisturizing properties that help your skin look plumper and healthier. I like its buildable coverage and luminous finish.

Best of all, it is packed with all-natural ingredients, including red Camellia oil. This helps maintain an ageless and supple skin. It is also buildable and blends out easily. You can use any application method, and your face will look beautiful and youthful.

Aside from all the benefits, Chanel Number One Revitalizing Foundation also takes pride in being sustainable. Its packaging, down to its 97% naturally derived ingredients, is ethically and environmentally sourced for a reduced carbon footprint.

8. Chanel Sublimage L’essence de Teint

Chanel Sublimage L’essence de Teint

One of my ultimate Chanel foundation favorites is the Chanel Sublimage L’essence de Teint B70. Like all the other Sublimage collections, it is infused with its signature ingredient – Vanilla Planifolia. I love this foundation because it is one of the first serum foundations I discovered and loved! It makes my face look naturally plump and fresh all day.

I do not have to worry about the condition of my skin because I am assured that it is protected by the antioxidants included in this foundation’s formula. To apply this foundation, dip your brush (included on your purchase) in a single drop of this serum on the back of your hand, then dab it into your cheeks, forehead, and neck. Blend it afterward. You will immediately notice the afterglow on your skin.

9. Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet – Smooth-Effect Makeup SPF 15

Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet - Smooth-Effect Makeup SPF 15

Do you need a long-wearing foundation? Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet Smooth Effect SPF 15 is a great solution! This fluid foundation has an adjustable coverage from medium to intense. It’s also perfect for mature and aging skin, just like the Chanel Number One Revitalizing Foundation. It blurs fine lines and conceals spots without accentuating dry, flaky skin.

To get the best results, you can use a damp sponge or beauty blender and do a light application. It’s the perfect no-makeup makeup base. Whenever you wear it, it looks like you haven’t worn any foundation at all, as it seamlessly blends out on your skin!

The packaging is perfect for on-the-go travels, but you can’t really see how much is left. The drawback I only found is the scent; it can be quite stronger. However, it didn’t cause any skin irritation or break out.

10. Chanel Vitalumiere Glow Luminous Touch Foundation – Hydration and Comfort SPF 15

Chanel Vitalumiere Glow Luminous Touch Foundation - Hydration and Comfort SPF 15

I’m a huge fan of cushion foundations! That’s why Chanel Vitalumiere Glow Luminous Touch Foundation made it to my list! It comes with more compact packaging than liquid foundations. I find this product the best for makeup enthusiasts like me who are often time-pressed and want quick midday touch-ups.

With its on-the-go packaging, you can enjoy the convenience of applying or retouching your foundation anytime, anywhere. Touch-ups are made simpler, restoring a long-lasting healthy glow and freshness all day long.

Chanel Vitalumiere Glow is infused with Natural French walnut extract and color-correcting pigments to enhance and energize the skin. It also contains SPF 15 UV sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.

It also requires no skin prep—perfect for those lazy days! You can directly apply it to your bare skin using the dedicated sponge applicator. I find it easy to apply by firmly pressing the sponge onto the cushion and patting it gently onto the skin. If I need more coverage, I can get more product and build it on my skin for a luminous, velvety finish.

11. Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Gel Touch Foundation SPF 25 / PA +++

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Gel Touch Foundation SPF 25 / PA +++

Cushion foundations are not entirely new in the K-beauty scene. I’ve worn several K-beauty cushion compacts over the years to know this for a fact. Most probably, this concept is just a hot new thing in the Western market. That Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Gel Touch seemed like nothing innovative to me.

I was pretty skeptical about this foundation, but it has definitely stolen my heart. The shade range won’t disappoint you! While there are only a total of ten shades, the line includes a variety of warm and dark hues with neutral, yellow, and pink undertones.

Since Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Gel Touch is a gel foundation, it has a watery, serum-like consistency. It doesn’t feel heavy on the skin; instead, it has a cooling effect upon application. At some point, you could barely see the makeup on your face at all.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t work great in minimizing your pores, even with a primer on. That’s why I’d suggest it’s best for people with clear and blemish-free skin just wanting to have a little bit of coverage on their face.

Perfect for Men: Chanel Boy de Chanel

This Chanel collection is the first made-for-men cosmetics line, including a matte moisturizing lip balm, an eyebrow pencil, and a tinted foundation. This foundation, like all other Chanel foundations, feels nice on the skin as it does not feel heavy and overpowering on my skin.

To achieve full coverage, you must apply more than the usual amount you put on your face. Otherwise, you will still have a natural look. It contains hyaluronic acid to provide moisture and hydration to the face even after long hours of application.

FAQs

Question: What is the usual price range of Chanel foundations?

Answer: The prices of Chanel foundations often range between 40 – 150 USD each. Most of, if not all, Chanel’s foundation collections are made from high-end ingredients. As a luxury brand, the prices are not too steep, so you can still cop one.

Question: Where can I purchase Chanel foundations?

Answer: You can purchase Chanel foundations via their online stores, Amazon or Ulta. However, their official online store can only accommodate and deliver orders to certain countries and areas. You can also visit and purchase their products in their stores in selected countries. Otherwise, you can buy the foundations in a few beauty and makeup boutiques worldwide.

Question: How can I get the perfect Chanel foundation if I want to purchase it from their online store?

Answer: If you want to purchase the most suitable Chanel foundation for you in terms of coverage, finish, and shade online, you can utilize the Foundation Match Up feature available on Chanel’s online website. The products are comprehensively summarized and categorized based on their features. Also, ensure you read the details of each product provided on their website. Reading the reviews will also help you in making your choice.

Question: Why is my Chanel foundation not blending effortlessly?

Answer: One of the most common misconceptions and incorrect practices about putting foundations is that you do not have to properly prepare your skin since you will eventually cover it with foundation. This practice is entirely wrong.

Your Chanel foundation will not blend if you do not prepare your face properly. It is the same for all makeup products, so you must invest in a simple yet effective skincare routine. Also, you have to wait when applying multiple makeup products to your face. It will help you avoid product piling on your face.

Question: Do I really need to set my Chanel foundation?

Answer: Yes! You must set your Chanel foundation first with powder so it will last longer than it should. Always remember that you only have to set the areas on your face that are quite oily. So, never forget to set your foundation before proceeding with the rest of your makeup routine.

The Best Chanel Foundations: What’s Your Best Pick?

We all know that nobody’s perfect, but makeup provides an avenue for us to present and express ourselves how we want to. I hope my all-time favorite Chanel foundations will help you narrow your options. Just use all the tips and information above before purchasing a Chanel foundation.

Remember, just as a structure’s foundation is important, putting on the right shade, coverage, and finish of the foundation will immensely help you achieve your looks. When your foundation is a flop, no amount and beauty of blush, eyeshadow, or lipstick can suffice and save your overall look.

In my final thoughts, please do not forget to embrace your imperfections. Your dark spots, blemishes, and uneven skin tones make you, you. A million dabs of Chanel or other foundation brands may make you look good but not feel good.

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