Being the beauty enthusiast that I am it was just a matter of time before I got my mitts on beauty’s latest craze – the Illuminating base. It was Dior’s Glow Maximizer that initially peaked my interest having read countless (ahem) ‘glowing’ reviews. When I finally got around to sampling it, I wasn’t overly impressed. I knew of other brands that did something similar so I perused my local department store beauty hall and invariably did a whole lot of sampling. In the end it was Chanel’s Le Blanc de Chanel Sheer Illuminating Base that stole my heart. As soon as I’d sampled it’s sheer milky goodness I knew then and there that it was just a matter of time before that puppy came home with me.
During my initial research I’d made an ad hoc mental note of what I was (and wasn’t) looking for in an illuminating base. I knew I wanted something that would brighten my skin (sans brash glitter – heaven forbid) and I knew I wanted a product I could mix with my foundation or wear alone. I also knew I wanted something that would shape and naturally sculpt my facial contours, rather than manipulate them, like traditional contouring and highlighting products do. I’m happy to say Le Blanc delivered on all counts, plus some.
I’m the first to admit that I don’t have the best skin in the world but what Le Blanc de Chanel Sheer Illuminating Base manages to do is amplify my skins natural radiance and deflect the appearance of some of the unevenness on my face. The white liquid is a little daunting at first but I assure you it blends seamlessly. What I love most about this product is that it makes my skin appear radiant without having any sort of iridescence, something I dislike about
the bulk of highlighters on the market.
I generally use a pea-sized amount in conjunction with my usual moisturiser/primer and foundation combo. With careful placement the base can also double up as a highlighter especially when used on the bridge of the nose or apples of the cheek. It feels lovely on the skin. The texture is imperceptible and beautifully lightweight.
My only gripe with this product is the packaging. As lovely as it is, the heavy glass bottle doesn’t come with a pump/pipette. A spatula is supplied but I’m really not keen on it. While it’s fine to begin with (when you have a full bottle of product) I’m sure it’s going to be a pain in the butt when the product starts to run out.
Le Blanc de Chanel Sheer Illuminating Base is a gorgeous product. If you’ve been looking for an illuminator give this one a whirl. Not only does it amplify the skins natural light but it shapes/sculpts and corrects giving you the ultimate halo effect. It’s quite honestly unlike anything I’ve ever tried before. This is definitely a HG product for me and worth every penny.
What are your thoughts on illuminators? Is this a product you’re keen to try?
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