I love it when something I pass over, or don’t give much attention to, takes over my life and leaves me so in love with it, that I want to tell everyone just how wonderful it is. Such is how I feel about the brand new Chanel Les Beiges Water-Fresh Tint.
The first time I saw it in pictures, I thought it was a liquid bronzer, due to the depth of colour of the product. It wasn’t until I was told “It’s not a bronzer, it’s a foundation!” that I took a second look.
I can predict that opinions will be wildly divided on this product. Many will deem it far too sheer and therefore too expensive. Many might struggle to see the point of the product.
I however, love it to bits! And I will tell you why. And before you ask, no, I do not have perfect skin either, as you will see 🙂
What exactly is the Chanel Les Beiges Water-Fresh Tint?
What it is, is a very curious, and innovative product. It is a foundation/base makeup delivery system that I have not come across before.
Pigment that makes up the foundation shade is suspended in a clear, lightweight watery gel base. When you look at the bottle, it doesn’t look smooth and creamy, the way most foundations look. It looks like roughly blended flour in water LOL! 😀
When you pump out the product, it looks like what you see in the upper portion of my hand. A transparent, watery gel with bits of pigment floating in it. The Les Beiges Water Fresh Tint is supposed to be 75% water, and the effect melts right into your skin, providing a hydration boost.
When you mix the product, and pop the encapsulated pigments, you will notice that they blend into a noticeable tint of colour. The water element will sit on top of the blended pigment. It is rather tricky, as the whole mixture is quite fluid, but it’s not hard to keep it under control.
I have here the Water Fresh Tint in shades Light and Medium. There are at present, 6 shades available.
Please note: This is a TINT!
I must emphasize the use of the word ‘tint’. A ‘tint’ implies that you do not get full-on colour. You do not get opacity or saturation. A ‘tint’ is transparent, a hint of colour on skin. A transparent, watercolour wash of colour.
Therefore, please check your expectations at the door, and appreciate this for what it is – a beautifully executed product, that is a high-hydration tint of colour on skin that is very comfortable, and in its own way, flattering.
If it still isn’t clear, let me say this here. The Les Beiges Water-Fresh Tint is sheer and light. It does meld beautifully with the skin, and looks very natural, but it is sheer. And I will safely say here, that most people will not like it for this reason.
In fact, if sheer and very light tints of colour don’t interest you, I’d suggest you avert your gaze now. You will not enjoy this one bit, and you will find it overpriced and a disappointment.
However, if you shy away from the video makeup aesthetic, think putting on 1 pump of foundation on skin is far too much, and do not strive for your foundation to act as a mask, to cover your skin’s imperfections, then read on! 🙂
Does the Water-Fresh Tint offer any coverage at all?
My answer: It depends on what you mean by ‘coverage’.
If you look at the swatches above, you will notice how there is some colour in each swatch of the Light and Medium shade. There is SOME coverage – but very light.
I’ll show you an example when applied on my skin as below.
This is my usual before-after image (unretouched) I use when talking about foundation or a makeup base. On left, is my bare-skinned face, which means it’s just skincare and sunscreen.
On right, I have applied the Les Beiges Water-Fresh Tint with the accompanying brush. I have 2 shades with me, and for this reason, I have applied each on half my face, to show you that it is so sheer that it isn’t that crucial to get an exact match to your skin tone.
But in terms of opacity (read: coverage), you may notice how the Les Beiges Water-Fresh Tint draws a light veil over areas with redness, evens out skin tone and even offers a very light covering of the pigmentation spots on my cheeks.
It almost seems to act like a filter. Skin looks natural, untouched by makeup, even-toned and almost healthier.
While I don’t strive at this point to get rid of my pigmentation (you can read about it here), I do strive to keep my skin healthy and hydrated, and being comfortable wearing the Chanel Les Beiges Water-Fresh Tint, comfortable in the knowledge that my skin looks fairly smooth, plumped, healthy and radiant, is the greatest reward! 🙂
In terms of the shade, Light is a better match for my skin tone (I usually wear Chanel foundations in shade 10), where it makes it look more even, and a touch brighter, especially around the under-eye area.
Medium is still wearable for me, but does offer a slightly more ‘tanned’ appearance. To be fair, it isn’t as noticeable when I wear Medium all over. I just look like I’ve had a touch of sun, which may not be a bad thing after all! 🙂
Best way to apply the Les Beiges Water Fresh Tint
There are a few ways I’ve experimented with the Les Beiges Water Fresh Tint, and I have realised that it works and feels differently, depending on how I apply it.
Apply it with fingers for a lighter, sheerer result
If you want a quick application, I find fingers are quick. I pump out product on the back of my hand (1 full pump), spread it out to pop and mix the encapsulated pigments, then apply it on my skin, as I would skincare.
I absolutely love how the product feels like a delicious burst of cool fresh water on the skin. The water droplets refresh my skin, and it feels like I’ve spritz my face with a mist. I feel and looked refreshed.
I find that using fingers offers a lighter, sheerer result. The water droplets absorb so quickly into the skin, and leaves it feels plump and hydrated and smooth.
I also find that 1 pump is quite enough for me to work all over my skin, for a very light coverage, but natural, radiant result. I love how it looks this way, because any redness is covered, but the rest of my skin comes through, pores, texture and all.
Apply it with a brush for slightly higher coverage
The Les Beiges Water-Fresh Tint comes with a dense synthetic fibre brush that is flat at the top, and cut at an angle. It reminds me a lot of the Shiseido 131 foundation brush (previously also sold as the Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush)
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When I saw the brush, I knew it would offer higher coverage, and I was not disappointed.
The brush included is one of the better brushes I’ve come across that’s included with your makeup. I think it’s a stroke of genius as well, because those who complain about the sheerness and lack of saturation of foundation pigments, will appreciate using the accompanying brush.
I pump the product on the back of my hand, then use the brush to mix it up. The brush will soak up the liquid, but don’t panic. There is enough on it to apply all over your face (if you aren’t going for the full coverage look).
Then, use the brush to apply the product on your skin in a dabbing, stippling motion. Applied this way, you deposit more product on your skin, therefore putting more coverage where you need it.
If you use it in a swiping motion, or circular blending motion, it will move the product around too much, and may result in a lighter, sheerer result. So if coverage is what you’re after, dab dab dab! I do find however, that using a brush means I use about 2 pumps of product (one pump for each half) if I want to go for something like what you see above. But if I don’t mind as much, then 1-1.5 pumps will suffice.
In the before-after photos I’ve included above, I had applied the Les Beiges Water Fresh Tint using the brush. I immediately noticed that redness was quickly covered, and skin tone very quickly evened out.
I have read complaints about the brush being too small. I don’t find it to be a problem at all. It offers more precision, and it’s really quick to use. I must clarify however, that I do not aim for perfection, nor full coverage.
It’s too sheer and a waste of money!
I have repeatedly warned, and even Chanel warns, that this is a very sheer, lightweight product. If a sheer base is not your thing, why waste your money on a product that you will likely hate, or if not hate, then dislike?
Why not just buy a product that suits your preference of a fuller coverage? While this product is new, there is absolutely no need to buy it and hoard it and complain about how awfully sheer it is. It is MEANT to be sheer – they call it a tint. Not even a foundation. A tint.
Words have meanings, and a tint means a tint. Manage your expectations accordingly 😛
My foundation of choice is always a light-medium coverage at best. When I do wear full coverage foundation, I use very little, and sheer it out. It’s my preference, and that is why I enjoyed using the Water-Fresh Tint so much! 😀
Does the Les Beiges Water Fresh Tint need a setting powder?
I don’t set, because I like the fresh feeling of my skin. It doesn’t feel sticky, nor does it even feel like you are wearing any foundation, and I love that! For my skin, it doesn’t oil up, nor slide off, and if it’s possible, keeps my skin looking fresh for hours.
However, if you do want slightly more coverage, then setting powder will help. But it pretty much depends on how comfortable you are.
I have also read about how some people use the Les Beiges Water-Fresh Tint as a base/primer under a fuller coverage foundation. Or maybe even over a foundation for touch-ups. I would personally never do that, because I abhor putting on that much makeup on my skin.
But if you feel that it makes you look better, or be able to wear this product more confidently, then those are options you can try as well.
My personal preference is to wear the Les Beiges Water-Fresh Tint on its own. I love the fresh feel on my skin, and it’s a pleasant surprise when I look into the mirror, to see just how naturally imperfect I look, and yet so perfect for my lifestyle 😀
I like the Les Beiges Water Fresh Tint very much!
I will not hesitate to say that I have been pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoy using the Les Beiges Water-Fresh Tint.
I like how it leaves my skin feeling so hydrated and plumped for hours. It doesn’t sink into pores nor does it settle in lines (at least not for me). I do not expect a porcelain smooth effect, and so I am not disappointed.
For me, what this gives me is a very natural skin-like appearance that looks very cohesive. That will depend on your comfort level of what “natural skin-like appearance” means. In my case, it means my skin, flaws and all, just looking a touch better, a little more radiant, with a hint of a natural glow.
It does not give you a smoothened visage, so do expect texture, scars, enlarged pores etc to come through. Ultimately, whether you will enjoy using this will depend on your expectations, and your comfort level with your skin and its imperfections.
Using the Les Beiges Water-Fresh Tint is quite a test of your self-acceptance of how you look. I think I can appreciate this because I’m now very comfortable in my skin, happy with the level of skin health and texture, and I’m not afraid of my imperfections. But those who still struggle with this acceptance will not be able to fully appreciate the Water-Fresh Tint.
I know there will be people who will say that this is best for those with good skin, or when your skin is behaving itself. I’d agree – if perfection matters to you.
I’d say instead, that the Les Beiges Water-Fresh Tint is the one to pick for when you have been a skincare junkie, working hard to care for and improve your skin, and are at a stage where you are happy with how it looks, and want to reward yourself for your hard work. Water-Fresh Tint allows all that hard work to come through, without masking any of the natural skin. I love that!
So, if what you want is just to very lightly even out skin tone, while leaving your skin feeling fresh and comfortable, and looking natural and radiant, then you may enjoy this. I simply use concealer where I need it, and I’m very happy with the effects! 😀
When I’ve put on the rest of my makeup, you can barely tell that I applied different shades as my base LOL 😀 I applied some concealer around my cheeks, blush, brows and lipstick. Nothing else for the face.
This Chanel Les Beiges Water-Fresh Tint is truly a foundation for those who do not like wearing foundation LOL! 😀 I realize it is a bit contrary, but not everyone enjoys how a liquid foundation feels on their skin. This allows you to enjoy that very light hint of coverage, like a watercolour wash of colour, while feeling like you have nothing on.
I love the very natural effect it gives my skin and in person, it is imperceptible. You just look like you walked out bare-skinned. Just better 😀
It feels so comfortable, as if I’m not wearing any base makeup at all, and my skin doesn’t feel parched, but hydrated. For me (dry skin and living in the hot, humid Tropics), it wears long enough through the day, and because it’s so sheer, I can’t even tell when or if it’s worn off. That’s a good thing LOL! 😀
I personally love this product to death, and I love how innovative it is, and how lovely it feels and looks. But I will also be the first to say that the Les Beiges Water-Fresh Tint is NOT for everyone.
Opinions will be very polarizing, and I look forward to reading just how much hate it will receive, and how many people will give it just a 1 star rating LOL! But I hope it’ll be around for a while, because I can forsee myself using this to the very last drop, and loving every minute of it!
It’s already got pride of place on my dresser, instead of being hidden away in my foundation drawer. That’s saying something! 😀
IN A NUTSHELL
The Chanel Les Beiges Water-Fresh Tint is a foundation/base makeup product, that offers a very very light tint of colour on the skin. Pigment is encapsulated and suspended in a 75% water base, that is very refreshing and hydrating to the skin. I personally love this product, as I enjoy using light, sheer bases that just even out skin tone. I leave coverage to concealer where I need it. The texture is liquid, and leaves skin feeling plumped, hydrated and not sticky at all. You don’t even feel like you’re wearing anything on your face! The coverage and saturation is very low, but enough to even out skin tone and leave it looking natural and radiant and healthy. Applying with the accompanying brush helps build coverage. But you can use fingers to be quicker, although it may be a lighter coverage. Not for everyone, but firmly entrenched in my foundation drawer, and a product I’ve been using almost daily since I got it, and will use up to the very last drop!
Feels comfortable on skin
Evens out skin tone with a tint of colour
Accompanying brush is very sturdy and practical
Not sticky or greasy
Does not settle into lines and pores if you don’t use too much
Looks very natural, like you have no makeup on
Sheer coverage will not appeal to many
Will run out quickly
WHO WILL LIKE THIS: Anyone who wants something very lightweight to just give skin a hint of colour and coverage, Anyone who prefers very sheer, light base colour
PRICE: RM264 | US$65 | £48 | S$106 for 30ml
WHERE TO BUY: Chanel beauty boutiques and counters, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue
For those interested, here is the ingredient list for the Chanel Les Beiges Water Fresh Tint.
Ingredients: Aqua (Water). Hydrogenated Polydecene. Glycerin. Methyl Gluceth-20. Peg-75. Pentylene Glycol. Octyldodecanol. Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Extract. Phenoxyethanol. Butylene Glycol. Polyhydroxystearic Acid. Sodium Carbomer. Disteardimonium Hectorite. Tamarindus Indica Seed Gum. Aluminium Hydroxide. Propylene Carbonate. Amodimethicone. Disodium EDTA. Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate. Alcaligenes Polysaccharides. Parfum. Lysine. Magnesium Chloride. Ethylhexylglycerine. BHT. [+/- (May contain)CI 77007 (Ultramarines). Cl 77492, Cl77499 (Iron Oxides). Cl 77891 (Titanium Dioxide). Mica]
Are you intrigued by the Chanel Les Beiges Water-Fresh Tint?
Sometimes, I think people over-complicate things. If a product calls itself a tint, don’t expect coverage. If you hate sheer textures, don’t buy it then hate on it. Chanel makes nice fuller coverage foundations too – try those instead! Leave this one to the connoisseurs LOL! 😉
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Yup, I love it too…it’s very natural glow all over the face. But I still need concealer for my pigmentation and under eye circle.
Here, they matched me with medium-light but I’m not sure whether will it looks awake but I bought light instead. It’s so sheer that it should not be an issue. 😉
Paris B says
Nope I don’t think it’ll be much of an issue, and if you’re matched to Medium-Light, then light will definitely look brighter 🙂 I love it. Still using it every time I go out for something casual 😀
Yeong Suikit says
Hi Paris, thanks for your wonderful review. I went to their MV boutique and got myself a medium light tint. Feels so good on the skin. As I personally do not like the feel of liquid foundation on my face, I have been enjoying this product a lot. Got myself the CHANEL Vitalumière Glow cushion too just to dab on areas that needed a little bit more coverage. ?
Paris B says
Yay for loving it too!! It does feel so refreshing doesn’t it? I love how my skin feels so natural to the touch, yet looks just that much better 😀 Using a cushion where you need more coverage is a clever idea! Less thick than a concealer 😀
I’m not impressed, Bitter Orange Flower Extract could have been omitted, is sensitizing for skin. Also, parfum is high risk and some good ingredients are low in the ingredient list. As always, your review is very good and detailed.
Paris B says
Thanks for the input Amalia 🙂 Considering it isn’t a skincare product, I’m not too terribly fussed about what’s in the ingredient list. But those are good points to note for those with sensitive skin. Unfortunately however, Chanel products all contain parfum, bar one moisturiser. Pitfalls of using French luxury brands 🙂
Shasha Marican says
Love love love your review. Sheer tint coverage is what I am looking for. Have never really liked putting foundation on my face. Will definitely get me a bottle.
You look lovely by the way!
Paris B says
Thank you Shasha 🙂 This one’s definitely perfect for those who shy away from wearing foundation. I don’t think I’ve come across any similar product out there, to be honest. One that is practically not foundation, yet makes skin look better. If you try it, I hope you’ll like it as much as I do!
I stopped using foundation some years ago because it felt too much for my skin. My crystal clear skin doesn’t need full coverage so this might just be the new holy grail product for me. Thank you for your review. I really enjoyed reading it and will head to the nearest Chanel boutique. 🙂
Paris B says
Ah I’m jealous that you have crystal clear skin! haha but it does sound like this would be the product for you. Hope you’ll enjoy using it!
Lily Ong says
What’s in a name? Lol! It is hard for everyday consumers to gauge a product just from the name. NARS velvet matte skin tint is no tint at all. It’s a medium to high coverage foundation but the brand calls it a tint.
I love my sheer foundations. In fact, my skin is at a point where I don’t even need to use foundation, maybe 2 dots of concealer to lighten dark circles. I’m still trying to get my fickle mind to decide. Do I like it or not? Haha! Did you purchase Light because Chanel sent you medium? I wanted to try out the different shades in stores but location problem. It’s definitely an innovative product. I love how cooling it feels on the skin 🙂
Paris B says
LOL Actually yes, all those products that purport to be “tints” have spoilt us all! I did receive Medium as well, and swapped it out for Light. What I like is that there’s a middle shade, Medium-Light, for everyone who can’t quite decide if they want that slightly warmed tint or a brightening tint LOL It’s most certainly a winner for the brand.
Been waiting for your review anxiously after watching your first impression on insta stories! It seems to tick all the boxes so I’m about to rush out the door to get it HAHA so thank you for your review 😀
Paris B says
haha glad to have been of service Fiona! 😀 But I do recommend trying it first in store, to see if it’s something that suits what you’re looking for 🙂
You look luminous! I’ve been so curious to read your full review of this after seeing you talk about it on Insta stories. It does sound like something I would enjoy, but I’m not sure I’ll purchase it–I have a few other, less expensive, tints that I like well enough. Are they as wonderful as Chanel’s version? Probably not! But hopefully I’ll resist the temptation to try. 🙂
Paris B says
Thank you 😀 And you are wise to not rush out there with the rest of the herd, but to first shop in your stash! 🙂 While I haven’t come across a similar product yet, I have no doubt that most of us have one of these light-coverage, lightweight bases in our foundation wardrobe.
Julie Bilander says
Been waiting on your review since I saw you talk about it on IG – as always a thorough and well written review! It sounds like something I must try, I’m a big fan of sheer coverage!
The base with the small drops of colour in a surrounding liquid sounds like how the Estée Lauder Multi Protection anti oxidant sheer tint release is also build up. The cream looks white with very small drops of pigment in it which is released when put on skin. Do you know that product? I use it almost daily as my base because it gives me just the coverage I need and nothing more which I love!
Mary Weynand-Ragan says
This IS intriguing!
Almay once had a Sport tint that included skin-toned beads in a white cream; I remember it was too dark and yellow for my skin. Currently, I have a similar creamy product from Cat Cosmetics in my drawer, and it is more neutral and workable.
I work to keep my skin clear and fresh, as you do, so I find that Glamglow’s luminous moisturizing primers in Pearl Glow or Nude Glow are perfect daily wear over my skincare and SPF. Thank you, always, for your in-depth and humorous reviews.
Paris B says
Gosh Julie, I’m afraid you got me. I haven’t come across the Estee Lauder product you are referring to, sorry! 🙁 That said, I remember a Revlon product back in the day, that sounds similar. A white cream, but when you blend, it takes on a tint. The difference between that and this Chanel would be the base, as the Chanel base is water. But it sounds like it offers a similar function which ultimately is all that matters 😀
Hi Paris, loved your review! I normally use Chanel Les Beiges Sheer Healthy Glow Tinted Moisturizer for everyday, this sounds very similar to that except for the packaging and lack of SPF.
Paris B says
Hi Ana, thank you 🙂 This is actually quite different from the Les Beiges Tinted Moisturizer, in terms of texture and coverage. The Water Fresh Tint is far lighter, fresher on skin and much more sheer too 😀 But I enjoy using the tinted moisturiser too – feels so lovely as well!
Nicole Lee says
This is such a unique face product. Being a sheer makeup lover, I think this would work great on me.
Paris, how would you describe the difference between general BB cream and this Chanel tint product in terms of coverage?
After seeing the IG video and waiting until Monday 4/29 for the real review, I ran out at lunch and bought the tint in light. Because I could not wait to try it, when I got home, I put it on my “leftover” foundation from the morning. Now, I should say my foundation never stays on me so I had a little on my face after a long day. I used my fingers and found the coverage to be more than I thought it would be, which I found surprising but l loved it. It did look fresh and natural in a good way. I could tell I needed my concealer in the usual spots – no big deal. The next day I used it on a bare face and found it to be sheerer than it looked over my end of day foundation look. I used a little more product and found that I did need an extra pump. I happened to be back at the store where I bought it and asked the woman who helped me. She told me I looked glowy! Glowy! Do I love the tint – yes. I love the coverage and understand some won’t. It really is perfect for the summer and I love how it feels so light on my face. I’ve never been this excited about a foundation product before! I would like to know how others use it…do you use the brush or fingers?
Paris B says
Hi Cindy, thank you for sharing, and for being so quick off the mark to get yourself a bottle! haha… I’m glad you are enjoying using it. It is definitely a love or hate product, but those who enjoy it will understand why. Like you, I haven’t been so excited about a foundation in years! It’s all bee so much of the same-old same-old for so long. I personally use my fingers most of the time. But if I want a little more coverage, then I use the brush 🙂
Beauty Bee says
Guess what Paris – we don’t get the shade ‘Light’ here in Australia 🙁 🙁 🙁 My backup plan was to order it from Poland, but Europe doesn’t get it either! Instead we have a shade called ‘Light Medium’ but it looks like Medium. I don’t think the US gets it either – so is it just an Asia exclusive?!? I hate it when companies do that..
I went into a Chanel boutique today and they applied to Light Medium to my skin. It looked beautiful and ok, but there is a noticeable difference between my face and neck. That would be super annoying with winter coming up, because I don’t like putting makeup on my neck, it’ll get on scarves, jumpers etc.
*Le sigh… the struggle is real!
Paris B says
What?! I’d have thought that Light would be carried there, since well, it is light! LOL! I don’t think it’s exclusive to Asia, as I saw it sold on the USA site too. From your pictures, I’d say that Light-Medium would definitely be a touch dark for you. Time to angle for a work trip overseas so you can pick up your shade hehe… 😉
Beauty Bee says
Oh you’re right! Sorry, my bad… that’s really interesting though, because some US department stores don’t carry the shade ‘Light’. It seems that I didn’t check the US Chanel website and it’s there!
It’s crazy isn’t?! Why would you limit your customer base by not releasing all the shades??? It makes no sense to me.
Hmmm this now means if I want it, I’ll have to have it shipped from the US… I have no work trips coming up I’m afraid, they’ve become super stingy this year lol! *Le sigh… I will be going to Indonesia for a wedding in September but that’s ages away.
Paris B says
I’m so with you about the shade selection thing. It’s such a global market today, why on earth would you limit your shades?! That said, I can also understand why, from the brand’s point of view, because sometimes, certain shades don’t sell as well. E.g. Before this, Chanel did not bring in the shade B10 here. Our foundation shades started from 20. I could never wear any Chanel bases, because I wear a 10! LOL! But the reason was because the shade was considered too light for our market, and it costs money to register a shade that few people will buy. These days, they now bring in 10, and I think it’s because we get so many visitors from China, who must have very light shades for foundation. It’s all quite bizarre from a consumer’s point of view, but ultimately, it’s all about sales. As much as we like to think that this is luxury, it actually isn’t. Cosmetics is really about mass retail.
Beauty Bee says
Yep – I totally see your point! However, for a line that has a limited shade selection (you won’t get 20 shades of the Water Fresh-Tint because there’s no need, most shades are so transparent they can be worn by multiple skin tones) but I’m also not a minority in the regards to skin tone, that’s what makes it so puzzling. I can think of a lot of my European and Asian friends in Australia who would only go for the ‘Light’ shade. Puzzling isn’t it?!
Maybe it is kind a Chanel thing, if their other foundation lines only started bringing in such light shades only a little while ago??? Generally people complain about diversity and shade selection on the darker end of the colour spectrum…
Luckily or not so luckily I’m totally broke atm, so I’ll make a decision about whether to import this guy in a few weeks 🙂
Paris B says
Hahaha this is permanent fortunately so you have lots of time 🙂 And yes where you live Light is definitely the main shade that will be sold. So I’m not sure what Chanel Australia is thinking by not carrying it 😛
I’m in love with Chanel Les beiges water-fresh tint with the micro-beads of sheer foundation – it makes my skin feel plumper, smoother and tighter after applying it and adds something I can’t exactly explain to my complexion. I don’t use the brush, just my fingers.
Many people “don’t get” this product, and I agree it’s subtle, but that’s exactly what I like about it. It gives me that little extra confidence to feel I can go without foundation.
On a side note, last summer, I received a sample of the Guerlain sun-kissed healthy glow. It felt and looked like just another self-tanning sheer gel product. This Chanel product is different and truly innovative.
Paris B says
Happy to hear you love the Water-Fresh Tint too Kristine! Like you, I use fingers, and I use it so often, because my skin feels so soft and nice after! As you say, it’s hard to explain but heck, does it feel good! 😀 Oh I remember Guerlain’s but the local counters do not carry the Terracotta (summer) range 🙁 Apparently, it is because most people don’t like to use bronzing powders or bronzing products, so they skip it altogether!
Your review make me want to drop everything and head out to buy this tint.
Paris B says
Haha! It has that effect on people 😀 Do try it first, to see if it’s something you might like.
Thank you for such an informative post!
Could you please describe the difference between this tint and Chanel Gel Touch foundation? I’m interested in the coverage level and how they feel on the skin. It seemed to me that one of the reasons you disliked the “cushion” foundation was that it had very light coverage, however here the same quality doesn’t bother you. Has your opinion about the Gel Touch foundation changed?
Paris B says
Hi Kate, I’m glad you found it helpful 🙂 To answer your question, the primary difference between the Water Fresh Tint and the Gel Touch Foundation will be the texture. I find the Gel Touch a little tacky and heavy so I don’t find it to be as comfortable, or as flattering. By contrast, the Water Fresh doesnt feel tacky on skin, and while it is very sheer, it does something that evens out complexion that isn’t quite like how the Gel Touch does it. As far as coverage goes, both are light. I will have to note that I am far more comfortable wearing very very light tints today as opposed to when I wrote my review on the Gel Touch. Might that have influenced how I feel? Perhaps. But my primary beef would be with the tacky texture vs the water-light texture of Water-Fresh Tint. I hope this helps!
Oh, I see! Thank you! The texture and the feeling on the skin can easily be the dealbreakers 🙂
And what about the Healthy Glow Tinted Moisturizer? How does it compare to each of the aforementioned foundations in terms of the coverage / the feeling on the skin / the longevity / the overall experience? I already own the Tinted Moisturizer, and I love it (I read your review, and it helped me a lot with my final decision, thank you! 🙂 ). I think, for now it’s coverage is the sheerest I can enjoy, so I guess the Water-Fresh Tint is not for me. However, I wonder if I should explore the Gel Touch foundation. I’m on the fence, and if it’s far tackier than the Tinted Moisturizer, I’ll skip it (finally).
Paris B says
Hi Kate, am late, but briefly, how the Healthy Glow Tinted Moisturizer compares to the Gel Touch Foundation and the Water Fresh Tint is that it sits somewhere in between but isn’t so tacky in texture. In terms of longevity, I think it’s about the same with the Gel Touch, and the coverage and longevity is a little better than the Water Fresh Tint. I’d rank them in terms of my favourite as Water Fresh Tint -> Tinted Moisturiser -> Gel Touch foundation.
Konesh Navsaria says
I have an Indian tone skin (think Freida Pinto lol) and would like to purchase this product. However, we don’t have any Chanel counters in the city that I live for me to try out shades. Which one would you recommend?
Paris B says
Hi there, I’m afraid I’m not the best person to ask about shade recommendations, as I’m not aware what shades are available where you live. The consolation is that the texture is very light and very sheer, so it’s OK even if you make a little mistake as it won’t show up significantly. You might want to try Medium Plus or Light Deep and see if it works for you 🙂
Hi there. I do not have a Chanel counter in the city I live in so I cannot test the shade of the water fresh tint. I’ve got Indian tone skin (think Frieda Pinto ?). What shade do you suggest I get?
I fell in love with this tint as well, they only come in 3 shades here in Australian Chanel counter, and it retails for AUD$109. I, too, usually go for the lighter shade and wear around the 20/21 in Chanel, and can get away with using the medium shade. I got hella scared at first seeing the shade in the bottle hahaha.
I don’t know what it is, but I feel so confident when I’m wearing this and it does not look like I’m wearing anything but face still looks so fresh and radiant all day. That naturalness, and the weightlessness of this. 🙂
Shauna Yuan says
This was so helpful, Paris! Thank you so much for sharing. Ordering it now. ?
Thanks for your review, I’ve been eyeing this product for a while. I’m just wondering how long lasting is this foundation? I worry that sheer foundation won’t last more than a few hours.
Paris B says
It isn’t terribly longlasting so it won’t last you a full 8 hour work day. It’s fine for a few hours. Can’t expect that much from it, as it is pretty much a very sheer base!