I've been enjoying using Hada Labo BB Moisture Cream as my foundation for several months now. While I do use it as my every day foundation, I thought that I'd test out some regular foundations, especially as summer will be ending and the cooler winter months is upcoming with drier environmental conditions.
While I was in Nordstroms picking up a CP order, I decided to take a look around. I've tried many different brands of foundations and haven't found one that I really liked. One brand that I hadn't tried is Chanel. After chatting with the Chanel SA letting her know my preferences and what I think is my color tone, I got color-matched and was told that 035 Soft Bisque in Vitalumiere Moisture-Rich Radiance Fluid Makeup seemed like the best match for me. She gave me a generous sample container of this foundation and I've been playing with it for the last few days.
Color 035 Soft Bisque. The color in the picture is almost accurate although I think that in person it shows up a bit lighter and pink. The color definitely doesn't show up accurately on any of the websites I checked (Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus or Chanel).
According to Nordstrom's website, this foundation is the best-selling Chanel foundation which instantly revitalizes your complexion upon application and throughout the day. It contains ingredients which specifically targets dry, dull and uneven skin and moisturizing agents to provide hydration and comfort. Marine extract helps to boost cell energy to enhance radiance and light-reflecting pigments smooth away imperfections, creating a soft-focus effect.
I first applied my current HG primer, Lioele Dollish Veil Vita BB Cream in Natural Green. I also concealed using Canmake Cover and Stretch Concealer under my eyes and Dermablend Cover Cream on dark spots.
Here I've applied the foundation to half of my face.
It is applied to <=this half of my face
It appears that the color matches my current skin tone quite well. There is barely any visible line showing where the foundation isn't applied.
I lightly set it using Cle de Peau loose translucent powder.
I then finish the rest of my makeup by applying blush.
This is after 8 hours of wear with absolutely no touchup.
This foundation is very moisturizing. It is probably the first foundation in many years that seems to be a great color match for me. It is also one of the first foundations that I have found that really does not settle into or bring out fine lines. I'm actually quite impressed by that fact. It is definitely luminous and dewy, which I really like. I had actually used Guerlain Meteorite Pearls to set the foundation the first two times I used it and realized that I it was too luminous and bordering on making me look oily, although I wasn't. That's when I switched to Cle de Peau translucent loose powder. It doesn't make my face look matte but lets the luminosity show through without appearing oily.
The one thing that is a minus is that even with the primer, the foundation doesn't last as long as I'd like it too. After only 8 hours of wear, it has faded and will need to be touched up for longer wear. I've been able to wear Hada Labo BB Moist Cream for much longer without experiencing any fading or needing to touch up.
I'm sitting on the fence as to whether or not to purchase this foundation. It is definitely a higher priced foundation, but will not be the most expensive foundation that I have ever purchased. What are your thoughts?