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Product Review: Chanel Blanc Universal Sheer Illuminator

I'm thrilled with Le Blanc de Chanel Sheer Illuminating Base ($45), which is part of Chanel's spring collection. In essence, this is a skin primer, but somehow it feels like so much more!

The texture of this silicon-based formula is unique. The creamy white liquid goes on silky-smooth and has the consistency of a foundation, yet once you start to rub it in, it has similar qualities as a balm. All you need to do is put a little bit on a sponge or your fingertips and then spread it evenly in small circles.

I'll be honest: At first it looks a little scary because it's so white, but almost immediately, it absorbs into your skin and the color completely fades. All that's left is a velvety feeling that minimizes the look of your pores and leaves a bright and even finish on your face.

You can also use it just under your eyes or on the corners of your mouth for a soft dewy effect or you can mix it with your foundation for a really flawless, semi-matte looking face. And it wouldn't be right not to share the fresh floral smell with you. I'm not sure why it makes me feel so clean when I put it on, but the scent is really happy and refreshing.


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boosha boosha 8 years
yeah i'll probably steer clear for the sake of my skin (and sanity)....
Skin-Diva Skin-Diva 8 years
Hmmm, silicone is famous for causing blemishes. I'm not sure about this product for acne prone skin.
JennyM38 JennyM38 8 years
I'm curious, too -- I'm interested in a primer, but I'm pretty devoted to my tinted moisturizer that I use instead of foundation. Would this go on before that or would they not be compatible at all? Is this *instead* of moisturizer?
pixelhaze pixelhaze 8 years
so would this go on after moisturizer and sunscreen? I don't use foundation because I hate how my skin begins to feel with so much stuff on it, but feel like now my pores could use the help, especially if this does leave your skin looking and feeling soft. . .
melizzle melizzle 8 years
I cannot wait to try this- Chanel's products may be a bit pricier than most, but it's the only thing I've found that truly makes my face look flawless.
Carri Carri 8 years
I'm using the Smashbox Photofinish and I love it. I may have to try this someday!
emalove emalove 8 years
Anything by Chanel is luxurious and of great quality...I'd definitely try this.
Shells7373 Shells7373 8 years
I also use the red earth and I love it. Smashbox photofinsh also has a similar effect.
Susanna Susanna 8 years
Yay. I've been wanting to try it, but wanted to read someone else's experience first.
junemon junemon 8 years
i found the product that i talked about earlier.. it's called secret potion. i have the white one. http://www.redearth.com/redearth/isf.html
junemon junemon 8 years
this sounds like something i have, but mine is made by red earth. i got it a while ago during a trip to taiwan, and i'll bet it works just the same as this chanel one. i don't remember how much i paid for it, but i'm sure it's not as pricey, so for anyone who wants to try a similar product, try red earth! :) i have really sensitive skin and it doesn't make me break out, either.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
That sounds amazing but it's a little out of my price range. Maybe someday....
rumpel2 rumpel2 8 years
I have been lookin something to give a dewy effect...I try this!
rumpel2 rumpel2 8 years
I have been lookin something to give a dewy effect...I try this!
karisaamy karisaamy 8 years
$45 for a primer - I'm not sold on it
bodiezeffa bodiezeffa 8 years
I want to try it - all of the Chanel products are great!
boosha boosha 8 years
Sounds great, but i wonder if it would make me break out.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
My mom had this stuff and it DID work like magic :)
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I'm still not 100% sold...
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