Like everyone else who’s obsessed with beauty and make up products, when this came out I was intrigued. Heavily. But at £48, should you really pick it up? Here’s my totally honest Chanel Les Beiges Eau de Teint review…
Like any cult product, the rapid pace at which the Chanel Les Beiges Eau de Teint sold out was the flag I needed to really perk my ears up. I don’t usually like to jump on the bandwagon and being a stubborn personality this means I quite often don’t try products that get really hyped for a little while. I don’t ever want to be influenced on what I think based on something’s popularity. So I usually wait a while to try it, quite often once the initial hype dies down. However something was different about this product…
The Les Beiges Eau de Teint was hailed as a wonder product for the complexion. And if there’s one type of product I will splurge on without blinking, it’s a foundation or complexion based product. So despite it being completely sold out everywhere (and still is) I managed to hunt down my shade in the St Pancs London store – winner. Which I only came across by chance – deffo worth checking out if you’re desperate to try it.
So what is it?
Basically it’s a coverage product – or tint – that’s composed of 75% water. It looks like water in the packaging and it feels like it too: it’s so unique in that element for sure. It’s literally like applying actual water to your face. Created with micro-fluid particles inside the water, they look like beads but they’re actual droplets of colour – or tint. And this is where your shade and coverage comes from.
Applied from a pump, it’s best to put some on the back of your hand and then apply to the face. The Les Beiges Eau de Teint does come with a Chanel branded small brush for applying, but it’s not thegreatest as it’s not big or round enough, so I find it’s best applied directly with the fingers. As you blend in to the skin the droplets of colour within the water create a tint which is like a very, very fine layer of coverage.
As you blend in the droplets of colour within the water, they create a tint to the skin which is like a very, very fine layer of coverage.
But what is the actual coverage level like on this complexion product? Well it’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen before – that’s the honest truth. It’s very thin, barely there and isn’t something that can really be called coverage to be honest. It’s not even close to a low coverage foundation. It’s a tint – remember that. I think my initial disappointment was based on the misguided expectation that this would offer some coverage. It really doesn’t, so don’t buy it if that’s what you’re hoping for.
Instead of coverage though, the tint works to blur the skin, so you look at pores and they don’t look as noticeable and blemishes just blend a little better too. And as the Les Beiges Eau de Teint settles your left with a very glowy and radiant looking canvas of skin. It’s quite impressive in that way because it makes you look healthy and glowy, and just amps up the skin naturally. Almost like you’ve applied a radiant filter on Instagram. And for that reason I love it as the sort of product I’ll wear on holiday when you go downstairs to breakfast and literally just want *something* on your skin with zero effort.
Technically you can apply this under or over foundation, but as someone who prefers a matte foundation, it’s lost with my full-coverage foundations as they cover up the subtle glow. But over the top is actually really nice for a natural and healthy edge if you prefer something more glowy in your coverage.
I love the promise of this product – it’s 75% water, supposed to offer great hydration and moisture but for me at £48 it’s not something I’ll rebuy. I used it quite a lot at first and also noticed that despite the pump looking huge, you actually get through a lot with each use so it’s not going to last a significant amount of time before it runs out either. And I just feel like it’s got one foot in the ‘skincare’ camp as a healthy looking primer, and one in the ‘make up’ camp as a tint and doesn’t focus enough on either one. And this tint is just not enough for me on a daily basis.
In conclusion for my Chanel Les Beiges Eau de Teint review – while I fully expect to adore this on holiday soon, as like I mentioned, it’s great for a very subtle look, I don’t have any intentions of repurchasing afterwards. I think I’ll stick to a nicely tinted moisturiser instead. Which may not offer the amazing 75% water basis but it will still give me more coverage – and ultimately that’s my preference with products like this. If you’re still eager to try it though, keep an eye out here.
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