I have never had “priming” as part of my makeup routine before and it was about time I tried one. My skin is a combination of an oily nose and forehead with normal cheeks and chin. The oily-ness isn’t something which a quick dab of blotting paper cannot handle, but a little pore zapper and glow giver is always welcome! I read a few reviews on good primers and next to Hourglass, the Chanel one seemed to get a lot of love.
Le Blanc is a flowy white liquid housed in a sturdy glass bottle which annoyingly does not come with a pump! The primer is very easy to apply, and I use my fingers for that. It goes on colorless and just leaves a glow on the face which when you touch seems semi-matte. For days when my skin does not feel its best and looks dull, this one perks it up nicely! When I wear this under my foundation I don’t need to use an additional highlighter, especially for the day-time.
I don’t wear foundation everyday, but for days when I do, specially when the sun is out, this primer has really helped in keeping things comfortable and polished. On top of this, I need much less foundation to cover up everything. Foundation also applies more smoothly on the face and stays put through heat and sun. This has no spf in it, which might be a plus or a con for people depending on their need. I found the effects of this very similar to Becca Shimmering skin perfector in pearl, a little less shimmery.
I didn’t see a major difference in the pores or redness. While still blurred, the pores were not completely covered. Redness in my inner cheeks (area close to my nose) was very slightly subdued but no color correction happened.
It photographs really well, and although the pictures were taken during the day, in flash light I didnt see any extra shine of flash-back. Because it is more on the dewy side, I think it will fare well in the colder months for me.
I have mixed feelings for this and its definitely not a miracle product. I am still pretty firm on my affection for the Hourglass Viel Mineral primer, which is hands down the best face product I have used! It also has spf 15 which is an added plus. I have a tiny bottle of that thing which I save for ultra-special occasions, for everything else Chanel more than does the job!
Price-wise the two are quite comparable, the Chanel one retails for $45 and Hourglass at $52, and for people who do not have access to Hourglass this is a really good option, besides, being a Chanel fan will help overlook any cons if there are any!
Additional makeup worn in this look:
Face: Le Blanc de Chanel under Dior Nude BB Creme
Eyes: Chanel Stylo Yeux eyeliner in espresso and Dior Diorshow Iconic Mascara
Cheeks: Chanel Le Creme blush in Destiny
Lips: Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Liberte and Chanel Nakkar lip gloss on top
Have you tried Le Blanc yourself? What are your views on it?