"The bubble(s) and the water are separated, and then with your brush you mix it together then you apply it," says Lucia Pica in the embedded #chanelbeautytalks video below. The Chanel Global Creative Makeup and Colour Designer is speaking about the new Chanel Les Beiges Water Fresh Tint as she enhances the features of French actress and model Marine Vacth.
Vacth tells Pica she never wears makeup, except sometimes for a bit of black liner. With that bone structure and complexion – well, she's a model. And she was born in 1991. #imnotmathingthat
Here, have a look at Lucia Pica's soothing makeup technique as she talks about Les Beiges Water Fresh Tint (aka Les Beiges Eau de Teint) and strokes subtle colour over Vacth's skin – and I dare you not to drool over that stunning neutral eye shadow palette or that lip finish.
I haven't tried Chanel Les Beiges Water Fresh Tint ($85 CAD) yet, but its technology – an emulsion* that separates into beads of water and pigment when you first blend it over skin – sounds familiar. I immediately thought of Pixi H2O Skintint, reviewed here, and a serum Kiehl's launched later in 2014 or 2015. Kiehl's Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate spins on exactly that concept, sans pigment. (In fact it's a good hydrating serum; I really liked it when I sampled it, and it's a favourite with my friend and superintendent Dinah, who is not an easily impressed woman.)
*UPDATE: According to the press sheets (and the photo below), the Eau de Teint technology isn't an emulsion – it contains no emulsifiers at all. Instead, it consists only of an aqueous phase and an oil phase suspended within it. The aqueous part is 92% of the formula. The rest is made up of "micro-droplets" in a range of sizes, each containing a specific amount of pigment. Those micro-droplets break on the skin as you blend.
The press info includes this bit from Nathalie Lasnet, Chanel Makeup Creation Studio Director: “The coverage depends on the size of the micro-droplets, which varies slightly, but also their number and the quantity of product delivered with each press of the pump. These are the main parameters that we ‘artisanally’ adjusted over many months and then once again when it was time to reproduce the process on an industrial scale.”
This "microfluidic" technology also isn't new to Chanel; they used it in their Hydra Beauty Micro Serum in 2015 and in their Chance Eau Tendre Touche de Douceur Parfumée last year. And the tech is different from Pixi's and Kiehl's, although there are similarities. (I'm still gonna compare and contrast, of course.)
As I write this, my skin's speaking to me like an excited young teen – oooh, I loved that, and I'm so thirsty, please may I have all the things that bead water before blending? Pleeeeeeeeze?? So obviously it's time for me to put aside my beloved It Cosmetics You But Better CC+ Cream SPF 50 foundation, maybe pick up another of those Kiehl's concentrates and figure out how to layer spf-free foundation over 100% mineral sunscreen. (It's all about mineral sunscreen this year anyway.) Obviously there's a compare-and-contrast exercise waiting to happen.
As well, the Chanel Les Beiges Water Fresh Tint formula sounds ideal for someone like our Liza Herz, who prefers subtle enhancement and whose pretty-much-perfect complexion would be rivetingly otherworldly with a hydrating veil. (There have been days where all I do when we're at an event together is stare at Liza's skin. Don't tell her though – sounds a little creepy, I know. #beautycreepy or #beautycreep?)
In other Chanel Les Beiges 2019 news, how about that eyeshadow palette, the Les Beiges Natural Eyeshadow Collection ($110 CAD) in the above video? Perfection!
Seriously, I think nearly every woman over 45 needs that neutral shadow palette. Colour is fun as an accent, but enhancing the hues already in skin creates the most naturally-blessed effect as far as I'm concerned. Re-shaping the contours of the eyes and face with shades that look like different kinds of light and shadow on your own skin is a foolproof way to look your most youthful self, whatever your age.
AND THAT LIP! Swoonworthy. Adore. Must try. So gorgeous. I need more words for that Les Beiges Healthy Glow Lip Balm ($46 CAD) effect. (Of course, Marine Vacth's natural lip colour is half of the equation, so I might have to put a tint on first to achieve something similar.)
The Chanel Les Beiges 2019 collection drops in mid-April for the UK and May 3rd in Canada. Water Fresh Tint (or Eau de Teint in French) will be available in six shades: Light, Medium Light, Medium, Medium Plus, Light Deep and Deep. Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Lip Balm is already available in three shades here; the new shade, Intense, launches with the rest of the new range, including the limited-edition Natural Eyeshadow Collection and a new, limited-edition Healthy Glow Sheer Powder in seven shades.
Have you tried either Pixi H20 Skintint or Kiehl's Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate? Or Chanel Les Beiges Water Fresh Tint? Or any other formula that beads on the surface before you rub it in?
And are you as drawn as I am to the Les Beiges 2019 Collection? No judgement if you aren't! #butwhyarentyou?? *grin*
I haven't got ingredient lists for any of the Chanel items just yet; will add when I receive the info!
PIXI H20 SKINTINT ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Titanium Dioxide, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Hexyl Laurate, Glycerin, PEG-10 Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, PEG-10 Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sodium Chloride, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Iron Oxides (CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499)
KIEHL'S HYDRO-PLUMPING RETEXTURIZING SERUM CONCENTRATE ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Propanediol, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Butylene Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Citrate, p-Anisic Acid, Disodium EDTA, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Sodium Hydroxide, Adenosine, Perilla Ocymoides Extract/Perilla Ocymoides Leaf Extract, Citric Acid.
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