Foundation Review: Chanel Sublimage Le Teint

This was never going to be an easy foundation to test. The price tag (£98) attached to Chanel’s new Sublimage Le Teint is just impossible to ignore. Usually, when I’m in the trial stages of preparing a beauty review, I try to forget the price and just see the results for what they are – the “value for money” aspect of my ponderings comes a bit later. But in this case, the premium-premium price was ever present in my mind – it was impossible to touch the glass jar or blend with the soft brush without constantly thinking can this REALLY be worth almost a hundred quid?

And the thing is, there’s nothing particularly wrong with Chanel’s Sublimage Le Teint – it blends nicely (though better with a different brush to the one provided), it keeps a fresh feel on the face for the most part of a long day, it has a lightish-to-medium coverage that many will like for its “real skin” finish and its creamy texture is suitably sumptuous for a luxury makeup base. It’s sort of like a more voluptuously-textured, slightly less radiant foundation than Les Beiges.

Chanel’s Les Beiges and Perfection Velvet Lumiere foundations compared…. 

But there’s the rub – Les Beiges is a comparative bargain at £36. It also comes in a bottle, which is infinitely preferable to Sublimage’s faffy, messy glass pot and it has a similar comfortable feel yet with better coverage. Yikes.

I think that Chanel have a problem, here, (minor one, admittedly, because the super-rich people I’m guessing that Sublimage is aimed at will blatantly lap it up!) in that their existing foundations are so lovely. Perfection Velvet Lumiere hovers about in my top three bases of all time, Les Beiges definitely would do if Velvet didn’t exist (read why here), Perfection Lumiere is a makeup artist favourite and Vitalumiere Aqua is just the dream combination of hydrating, plumpy base with dewy, healthy finish. Chanel have it all covered. Did they need another face base in the line-up? I think not. Will spending £98 on their new offering add anything to your beauty life? A resounding no.

Look, if you want it because you love Chanel and you have cash to flash and you simply have to have the latest thing with a double-c logo then it probably won’t disappoint. But I still think that Les Beiges would be the better choice. Here are my before and after photos of Sublimage Le Teint, for your reference:

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There’s a nice glow, the edge has been taken off dark undereye circles and the skin looks even and fresh. Shade 20 is a perfect match for my skin – though I knew that already. Here are the skin close-ups:

close-up sublimage le teint chanel

close-up sublimage le teint chanel

You can see that some redness on the cheek has been knocked back and the faint blemishes are nicely covered, but not totally covered. Had these been proper spots or areas of discolouration, they’d still very much be on display.

In terms of texture, Sublimage is creamy but I’m not sure it offers much more in the way of a nourishing feel than Les Beiges – if you had very dry skin, it wouldn’t feel any more comforting or hydrating, despite the jar presentation which I assume is to make using the product feel more like a face cream than a face base.

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Has anyone else tried Sublimage Le Teint? I’d be interested to hear your feedback, especially if you’ve also tried Les Beiges. I’d reiterate that it’s in no way bad, it’s just not as good as the existing Chanel foundation arsenal. I was expecting absolute miracles (By Terry’s Densiliss, at £79 here, is a comparative dream) but they didn’t appear. (Same, actually, for Suqqu’s new creamy foundation in a jar, but more on that one another time.)

You can find Sublimage Le Teint online here – it costs, if you hadn’t already absorbed this fact, £98.

 

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18 Comments

  1. Charlotte
    December 27, 2016 / 12:06 pm

    The Vitalumiere Aqua saved me from a complete makeup fail when another foundation oxidised orange – it was just one of those moments. It does look beautiful but the price is quite high. It would have to be a treat but I’m surprised they launched another foundation since they have such a good line already.

  2. Clair Ogilvie
    December 27, 2016 / 1:35 pm

    Wow! You look great. Have to say…..£98 for foundation is a little excessive. Maybe it has gold leaf or ground up Iris roots in the mix. Best base for beauty is naturally good skin…..not always easy I know! My beauty discovery of the year has really surprised me. Neurtrogena new ‘Hydro’ thing for dry skin. Wow!! Sceptical at first because it’s quite matte. Plump, glowy , beautiful skin guaranteed if you persevere and get past the lack of oil. Kind regards, Clair xx

  3. December 27, 2016 / 3:06 pm

    I would love it if you started mentioning what products you use before foundations (what moisturizer etc). I’m having a terrible time with foundations (and I have both Les Beiges and Velvet, among others) they are sitting terrible on my skin. I feel like it’s wreaking havoc with my life because it’s patchy (or I don’t even know how to describe it).

    It would greatly help me anyways to know what your pre foundation products are. Thank you. Have a great new year!

    • Kiki
      December 28, 2016 / 8:38 pm

      I have the exact same issue with the velvet. Looks great at first and then sort of breaks apart on my skin (combination only with dry patches.) I don’t use a primer either and would love to hear what’s the best way to use this stuff!

      • angeline
        December 29, 2016 / 4:21 pm

        I found out that the Perfection Lumière Velvet works (on my skin) ONLY when it’s used with my real techniques expert face brush. Otherwise, it sinks horribly into my pores and simply remains visible in a patchy way on my skin.

        I don’t have a complicated routine and foundation is usually either straight after my moisturiser (which contains SPF) or on days i wish to have a more even radiance i’d also include Le Blanc de Chanel base as well.

        My preferred method of applying foundation is honestly just using fingers. Les beiges works very well, Vitalumière aqua works very well too. Velvet is the only one that requires a brush – but then it sits beautifully after. It’s an incredible difference.

        What i’ve experienced too : a moisturised skin is necessary, but if it’s too moisturised, foundation will not sit properly especially if they are of different formulas. This is also the reason i tend to prefer using a single brand to ensure the products work with one another, either from the moisturiser stage or the base / primer stage. So I have various different “faces” : by Dior, Guerlain, Makeup Forever or Chanel.

        Hope that’s useful ! I have normal /combination skin.

  4. Juliana
    December 27, 2016 / 3:30 pm

    Dear Ruth, I’m curious regarding the ingredients on this one. As Sublimage is one of their skincare ranges I’m assuming this foundation might be aimed as one of those skincare/makeup hybrid.. something like sublimage facecream with coverage? I’m guessing that’s where the hefty price tag might find it’s cause. Anywho, still bloody expensive.
    xx
    J

  5. December 27, 2016 / 4:19 pm

    I think what Chanel needs to do is improve the shade range of their products and come out with a formula for sensitive skin. I think they make good foundations, they just work best if your light to medium toned and have non fussy skin.

  6. Diana
    December 27, 2016 / 5:39 pm

    A terrific review. I wonder if this might be the new price point which will set the bar for other brands. Will we see the likes of CT creep up in price or produce more and more expensively priced and packaged foundations etc. Will £100 soon be the acceptable norm. I already need to take a second mortgage when shopping at beauty counter. Anyway Ruth as usual intelligent , well researched and brilliantly written content. Happy New Year to you and your family

  7. Claire
    December 27, 2016 / 6:21 pm

    I tried sublimage le teint only a few days ago. If it made me look fabulous I would consider buying, but based on my trial I was disappointed. My skin (age 44)is on dry side & some visible pores. I had a facial only days before so my skin was pretty good. Sublimage is a nice product but didn’t give a better result than my other bases (dior, armani which are a fraction of the price). Sales assistant said it was moisturising & anti aging…but 4 hrs later my skin felt no better than usual. Plus it has no spf ! (Maybe 4 photo reasons). Bottom line I wouldn’t buy or recommend.

  8. December 27, 2016 / 7:02 pm

    It looks like a nice foundation but why/how is it so expensive?!

  9. Tatiana
    December 28, 2016 / 9:24 am

    I was shopping before Christmas when I saw this at the counter. Here in the U.S. it’s $135 plus taxes. The lovely SA/makeup artist who was ringing up my other purchases offered to apply it to my face. I was so excited until he was done and my skin looked the same after application as it did before. It really wasn’t enough coverage for my skin. Can’t say that as the day wore on that it was particularly moisturizing either. I was happy to save that much cash.

  10. December 28, 2016 / 11:18 am

    I have never used a Chanel foundation, I am usually quite happy with what the drugstore offers, but I don’t think I would want to spend that much on a foundation in general. And I agree with a few other comments here: Chanel needs no new foundation, they need more shades to choose from.

  11. Abigail
    December 28, 2016 / 6:20 pm

    I caved and bought this a couple of months back and I have to say, I love it. I have mature skin and I find this gives me a lovely porcelain doll type finish, not too dewy, not too glowy, just natural looking great skin. I also like the way it builds and blends easily, so you can adjust the coverage if needed. Will I buy again…? Yes, absolutely worth the money? Almost but not quite, I think charging around 60 pounds would be plenty for this product considering the jar and brush and overall luxe presentation.

  12. Sophie
    December 28, 2016 / 6:36 pm

    I went a bit mad in November and splashed out on it with a £10 discount at Boots. It is absolutely gorgeous- gives my 48 year old skin a lit-from- within glow that lasts all day and I feel it is improving my skin over time (maybe). It is a ridiculous price but a little goes a very long way as I use my fingers instead of wasting it on a brush head and I feel there is a skin care element to it too. For a luxury one-off treat it is a lovely product.

  13. Natasha Lau
    December 31, 2016 / 10:14 am

    I definitely agree. A good foundation but I still prefer the finish of my go to – Perfection Lumiere, which gives this amazing glow and life to my face.

  14. January 5, 2017 / 10:51 am

    I love to spend my hard earned money on beauty products but I just would not be able to spend that kind of money on a foundation – It is ridiculous!!
    The High street & other slightly more pricey brands offer such good products I don’t think it is necessary to spend that kind of money.

    It looks lovely on your skin thought! :)

    Leanne

  15. Laura
    January 7, 2017 / 5:03 pm

    It’s just ridiculous isn’t it really. I can’t even imagine the mark up on it.

    Even if I had millions of pounds I wouldn’t be foolish enough to spend that much on one item of make up.

  16. Ro
    January 12, 2017 / 3:29 pm

    Can I please ask what brand the brush featured is? Thank you.

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