Call me old fashioned, but there is something about Chanel that just gets me so, so excited! It's sleek and shiny and luxe. Walk out of the shop with one of those black and white bags and you can't help but feel that your day just got that little bit classier. So on a rainy day pick-me-up trip to Boots (I am a firm believer that retail therapy and a cup of tea solves all woes), I became the proud mamma of this little beauty. I've recently been on a bit of a luminosity kick: moisturisers, foundations, concealers, the lot... and was on the hunt for the base/primer to complete the set. Enter the Le Blanc de Chanel Sheer Illuminating Base (£31), made oh so enticing by the accompanying rust and background piping.
Now, as someone who has recently emerged from a "I-must-mattyify-everthing" stage, I was a bit hesitant to jump into the world of illuminating primers, which for some reason seems to be full of products containing glittery particles. Disco ball face is a major fear I have so those were automatically a no go. Chanel's offering, however, did not fall into that category. It's a lightweight liquid containing talc and mica as the main shine-free, glow-giving ingredients. The product not only lights up the face, but also contains liquorice and witch hazel extract to reduce the appearance of pores and even out skin tone, resulting in a soft and silky finish to the skin. It can be used under or mixed with foundation for a subtle glow, or dabbed along the cheekbones as a highlighter. I tend to mix a small amount with a touch of a slightly higher coverage foundation (I've been pairing it with the Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation (£34)) for the best finish.
Although the frosted glass jar is beautiful, the one thing that might be slightly off-putting is the lack of pump. You are meant to shake the product thoroughly and then apply with the small spatula provided. I was initially skeptical, but after several uses I actually quite liked it. It means no product is wasted in the pump, it allows you to choose exactly how much you want to use, and the spatula is incredibly easy to clean, keeping application hygienic. So in my book the positives outweigh the packaging, making Chanel a perfect choice for anyone looking for a subtle, un-glittery glow.