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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  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.

        • Danielle
          January 6, 2018 / 8:37 pm

          Reading this way after the fact, but I have naturally oily skin and then use a lot of face products to combat acne (I’m 23, and it’s hormonal,) so this leaves me having dry areas on my skin as well as the oily parts. I have found that typically using the Velvet on the oilier areas of my skin and using the Aqua on the drier parts seems to work well. I hydrate using Cerave daily moisturizer (can be found at a drugstore or grocery store) beforehand and then typically also apply a minimal amount of Smashbox redness-reducing primer. I usually set any acne spots with a pressed powder and do a light dusting of Chanel loose powder over my entire face. Hope this helps! Best!

  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.

  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! :)


  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.

  17. January 23, 2017 / 4:53 pm

    Yeah I can see the fault in this product definitely. The coverage is pretty average! Thanks for sharing x

  18. Kelly K
    March 13, 2017 / 6:12 pm

    Read a few comments from other readers.
    It is meant to have skincare properties.
    The expensive ingredient, I presume, is diamond powder mixed in to give a glow. “Shine like a diamond”, hence the price?

  19. Ang
    July 6, 2017 / 8:44 am

    I have it and absolutely love it! I also own Velvet and I love that one as well. The Sublimage does give you the skincare in the base and it tells you all about it in the little booklet. I guess because I’ve used Sublimage face cream and eye cream the price didn’t surprise me, what did surprise me was how comfortable and refreshing this foundation felt, almost like a BB cream but better. The price sucks but it is less than La Prairie’s foundation and concealer combo, Cle De Peau’s wonderful foundation and La mer’s foundation with the miracle broth. No regrets here!

  20. Anjelina
    September 1, 2017 / 8:16 pm

    I am a very good Chanel customer specially when it comes to foundation I have them all. The one thing I find is that Chanel foundations tends to be more reddish than gold. Every time they discontinue one foundation the new one tend more pink in the shade range even if it’s said beige #40 for exemple (my color). The only one that still has a real beige with doré in it is the perfection lumiere velvet and vitalumiere. The now discontinued perfection lumiere had it but now the new ultra teint tenue is more on the pink side. Even the beige are on the pink side, sublimage etc….

  21. Jaynie
    September 27, 2017 / 6:11 am

    I think from the comments here and from my own experience Sublimage is fantastic for older skin. I am 42 and until 2 years ago only wore tinted moisturiser, however, in the last 2 years my skin has changed dramatically. My once oily to normal skin is now dry combination with some red patches due to a toothpaste sensitivity. I also have large pores, plus minor sun damage and a few very fine lines. I never moisturised but due to good genes I didn’t have to and often got mistaken for being in my mid 20s, then my skin changed and I had to start looking at using different beauty products especially foundation. I can’t use pore blurring products as they don’t do anything for my pores other than add another layer of make up.

    I spent over £250 in those 2 years looking for a good base.

    I tried many different foundations, they all seemed to sit in my pores irrespective of how I applied them. I tried vitalumiere and it is a great foundation, but I wanted a lighter coverage foundation that would melt into my skin to give that “your skin but better” look. Sublimage does this and much more, I always get complimented on how radiant my skin looks, how great my make up is and that is from men and women. I even got told I look stunning, I’m not but the power of a good make up day combined with how fabulous I felt obviously combined well.

    Is it worth £98? Hell yes, if only because how good a make up day I have when wearing it. It layers well with other make up both drugstore and high end. People usually think I am in my late 20s now, and this product definitely plays a huge part of how good my skin looks.

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