Foundation reviewed today:
Chanel White Essentiel Light reflecting Whitening fluid foundation 0.5 Beige Ivoire
***For your reference, I am around NW/NC 05-08 right now***
Youtube review: http://youtu.be/tfs51A7n15k
Shade equivalency in MAC: A bit lighter than NC 20 (Mac studio sculpt) or a darker version of NC15 in Mac studio fix fluid
Undertone: Beige-yellow undertones (more yellow than beige, oxidizes to a strong yellow)
Foundation Finish: Fresh-Matte
Coverage: Medium to full
Sparkly/Highlighting particles: None visible
Sunscreen: SPF 20
Sunscreen ingredient: Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate & Titanium Dioxide
Oxidation Rate: 9 out of 10
Longevity: 8 out of 10
Staining capacity: 5 out of 10
Comfort: 8 out of 10
Additional features: Smoothing, mattifying, pore minimizing,
The big *BIG* issue with this foundation is it oxidation rate: It was pretty impressive how dark it got from when I applied it to about 5-10 min later.
It is a pretty good mattifying foundation (possibly not marketed as such, but many Asian exclusive foundations are oil-controlling), without appearing overly heavy nor drying. It does a good job at smoothing out imperfections and covering pimples. I am not sure about its *whitening* capacity, since I only have a sample and the shade is so dark that I don’t plan to go out on public with.
I loved the texture, the staying power, the finish (a fresh-matte), the feeling…but the downside is the shade. And yes, it is currently the lightest shade available unfortunately.
***Edit: This foundation looks patchy in the pictures: Its due to being way too dark, sorry***
Swatches & Pictures:
FROM L TO R: Hanskin Super magic BB cream, Suqqu frame fix powder foundation, Carita Haute beaute teint, Chanel White essentiel 0.5 beige ivoire