Tried and Tested: Chanel Le Blanc Light Revealing Whitening Makeup Base SPF35 PA+++

Chanel Le Blanc Light Revealing Whitening Makeup Base SPF35 PA+++ is a mouthful. I’ll probably call it by different shortened versions here, so don’t mind me. If you’re uninitiated, Le Blanc is the whitening line of Chanel. I’ve used the moisturiser and serum with mixed results. I loved the texture of the moisturiser, but the serum did nothing much for me. So anyway, I wanted a makeup base that would brighten and even out my complexion and I was recommended The Lys by the beauty consultant. The one with the white bottle.

 

The beauty consultant raved about this base being lightweight and when used regularly, there are skincare benefits such as correcting dull yellow-toned complexion while boosting hydration at the same time. Furthermore, the SPF35 in this Le Blanc Makeup Base is enough to replace my sunscreen because it will protect me the whole day. At least 8 hours. Sounds familiar? Come on. We live in Malaysia, a country that is hot and humid all year round. If we’re lucky, we get cool nights. Scorching mid day heat is the norm here and SPF35 is enough to protect my skin for 8 hours? Yo, Chanel, if you’re reading… Hello?? Are you serious????

 

 

This makeup base reminds me of the packaging of my Vitalumiere Aqua foundation. Before using it, I also need to shake it like I do the VLA. The scent is totally Chanel, and I do love how luxurious it is. The texture of this base is quite watery and it does not feel like it’s packed with silicones either. That’s good I suppose, but I’m not allergic to any ‘cones, so I’m usually not bothered. That said, it means that there is less slip while applying it on to the face, hence I feel like I’m pulling my skin along. To remedy that, I like to put the product on my hand, rub ’em then pat onto my skin before smoothing it out.

 

 

Upon application, skin immediately looks brighter. Well… let me explain properly. I didn’t notice it under the warm lighting at the Chanel counter but when I’m home and applied it for the first time, I thought to myself, “Of course this brightens my face. I look friggin’ white, literally!” I nearly laughed out loud but I gave it another chance. Also, I kinda had to because there is no return policy here (which totally sucks, I know). So yes, while looking white as ghost for the first few minutes, the product settles quite nicely into my skin making it look pearly, if you would believe. It controls oil quite well, because I don’t find the need to blot my face even by mid day. I was pairing this base with my Chanel Perfection Lumiere and also Lancome Maqui Blanc Miracle foundation and they both held up really well.

 

 

I think there are 3 shades available for different concerns, and I copied this from Chanel’s website because the internet is handy like that:

-The Rosée shade refreshes tired and dull complexions with a radiant dream glow.
-The Mimosa shade unifies uneven and shadowy complexions.
-The Lys shade brings an immaculate pearly glow to all complexions.

For those of you who want to take a look at the ingredients, the photo below is for you 🙂

 

 

The Chanel Le Blanc Light Revealing Whitening Makeup Base SPF35 PA+++ retails for RM160 and I’m pretty sure it’s a permanent. I also don’t know if this is Asia exclusive (as most whitening lines are) because the local PR I tried to contact a few times never had the slightest courtesy to respond at all.

I probably wouldn’t repurchase because it’s not exactly my favourite. I’m alternating this with Dior and my skin gravitates to the latter, which is also less expensive might I add (review will be up later). I really want to love this since I have great experiences with their foundations which I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend, but I can only manage a “like”. I’ve had this for about 4 months now, and I’m struggling to remember about having this product. Says a lot doesn’t it? That is also the reason I won’t recommend this product to you. There are better ones that cost less. They just don’t smell as good 😉

Back to my rant in the beginning of this post, in case you’re curious, yes, I still apply my SPF50+++ sunscreen before this makeup base.

Do you use a base before your foundation? I try to because I find my foundations last longer and there are no unsightly patches of melted makeup. If you do, what are you using now?

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

  • Thanks for the honest review Lily! I think the reason why it’s a bit white is the titanium dioxide? I never tried a high end primer, so I’m completely new to it. I usually don’t really bother with a base, but yes, when you live somewhere hot and humid it’s probably a must!

    • Lily

      Hey Teri, yeah, I thought of the titanium dioxide too, but as a base with only SPF35, I didn’t expect myself to look white -__-”
      When I’m short of time, I skip primer, but when my skin gets oily a little quicker, I regret it. LOL!

  • Claire

    ok, brightening doed not mean white face Chanel. I had the le blanc foundation from Chanel and it was super drying on me (accentuated every little dry patch). The base always looked so promising, ah, too bad. Tbh, I am a bit lazy when it comes to bases, however, I do have some. My favourite allrounder is Shu Stage Performer, makes my foundation and skin look perfect, even in pictures. My other favourite is RBR metamorphoses primer (makes my pores invisible and my foundation glides on like a dream), I like the Shu Mousses as well (especially the high spf there).

    • Lily

      Oh, I have the Shu mousses and they do work well on me. That reminds me… I gotta whip it out and use it more regularly! Thanks for reminding me 😉

  • Liyeun

    How coincident, da SA in one utama told me da exact same thing about da spf 35!!!!! I got Rosee but I still put my sunblock before that. Funnily, my makeup holds better without da base but only Shiseido’s Perfect Protector. I noticed I look better with just Rosee alone without foundation. Weird….

    • Lily

      Hey Liyuen, I tried Rosee before, and the texture is a little different from this. Rosee feels smoother somehow and yes, it makes skin look good just by wearing it alone. However, my skin gets red quite fast, so I stayed away from Rosee 😉
      And SAs who preach about SPF35 being enough for our climate, one application for 8 hour protection, dislike. I suppose it’s OK if you’re in the office all the time, having lunch in, never see the day light… but I doubt there are many people like that.

  • Omg….its so gorgeous- i lov it – I want it…but its unfurtently not possible to buy here in Germany 🙂 Great review, thank you!

    • Thanks for dropping by Chloe!