In all honesty, I’m actually not the biggest fan of cushion foundation, which has taken over the beauty world by storm, but every time when a high end brand releases their interpretation of cushion foundation, I feel the urge to try it out. That’s how this Chanel Health Glow Gel Touch Foundation landed in my makeup stash. Curiosity has gotten the best of me I suppose? Another fun fact, this is my very first foundation from Chanel – I’ve been wanting to try its Vitalumiere Aqua foundation for ages, but never pulled the trigger.
The Chanel Healthy Glow Gel Touch Foundation has quite a unique package, instead of getting the product through a removable, pre-soaked sponge like you would normally see with most cushion foundations, the product is dispensed through a mesh which is actually right up my alley, as it looks and feels more slick and neat. It doesn’t come with a second refill, so 11g of product is all you get upon purchase. Also, it doesn’t look like you can get a refill separately after finishing the product, though the package is clearly designed with refill in mind. Let’s just hope Chanel will sort out this confusion soon, as one plus point of cushion foundation is that you get to reuse the package after initial purchase, in this case, it’s a beautiful (and slightly bucky), classic Chanel compact.
I’ve travelled with this foundation a few times, and so far, no leakage issue whatsoever as the lid closes firm and tight.
I found the buff that comes with it (it comes with 2 buffs in the set) to be rather flimsy and not as fat as I would usually like it to be, but with all cushion foundations, my preferred application method is always with a beauty blender, which just makes it super speedy. And I adore a speedy, put together base, on everyday basis.
Coverage and Finish:
On the days I’m using this foundation, I would also double it up as an undereye concealer. It gives sheer to light coverage with one layer, easy to build up for its light, fluid and airy formula. But even with a few layers, I think medium coverage is a bit of stretch. You can see my before and after photo below as a comparison, it does a good job at even out my skin tone, where my redness and dark circles are dialed down, albeit still noticeable. It brightens my complexion and gives that healthy glow finish as the name suggests, which I have not found in any other foundations. I mean glowy is one thing, but healthy is something different. I don’t know how this foundation manages to deliver that, but I’m not going to complain about it.
As this foundation has high percentage of water in the formula, it never looks cakey or dry throughout the day. Hence if you are looking for a foundation that gives you a radiant, healthy glowy skin, this would be a good one.
For a very glowy, light coverage foundation, its longevity is pretty impressive. It lasts 6 hours on me with minimum fading- usually along the chin and cheek because I often resting my face on my hands. Yes, 6-hour is not the longest wearing foundation I own by any means, but because the coverage is sheer to begin with, the fading on one part of the face is not going to be in stark contrast to the rest of my face. However, if I do want to prolong its wear time, a bit of Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Finish powder would take me to 8 hours with no problem.
As a matter of fact, if you don’t have very dry skin, I would definitely recommend you putting on a bit of your favorite powder, to prolong its longevity, but also to tone down the glow slightly (only if mega glow is not your thing) – it gets more glowy throughout the day, as your natural oil comes out and blends in with the foundation.
The foundation has that signature Chanel scent, which you get in most of its skincare and makeup products, I personally like it. Especially in the summertime, it kind just adds a bit of freshness in the makeup routine.
All in all, I would say it’s a great foundation for anyone that’s not concerned about coverage, likes a dewy, radiant and healthy base that’s skin like, and ideal for people with combination to dry skin. If you have oily skin though, this may not be the foundation for you, as I would image it could make you look too shiny.