I’ve said it before: the foundation search is one of makeup’s most difficult quests. You have to find not only your shade, but also the right finish, level of coverage, and a in a formula your skin likes. And I still don’t think there’s any perfect system for describing someone’s skintone. MAC tries (read my explanation of MAC’s system, and more information on the warm/cool skintone debate), but there are still more unaddressed variables, and two NW20s can look quite different from one another.
Anyway, to step off the soapbox, I’ve received quite a few requests for more foundation swatches, in particular Chanel’s Teinte Innocence. “TI” comes in two versions: I swatched the Naturally Luminous Fluid Makeup, which contains SPF 12 (and the sunscreen ingredient is octinoxate).
Chanel foundations are unusual in that the company does not make foundations for skintype (oily, dry, normal, combo, etc.). As my lovely Chanel sales associate explained to me, if someone told her they had oily skin, she’d try to get down to the root of why their skin was oily — genetics? Too many drying agents, resulting in reactive oil overproduction? Foundation is recommended on level of coverage and finish alone.
Teinte Innocence offers light to medium coverage with a natural luminous finish, and if I wore Chanel foundation, this is the one I’d choose (my shade would be 0.5 Albatre). Teinte Innocence is $47.
Chanel Teinte Innocence: Albatre, Gentle Ivory, Cameo, Shell, Beige, Soft Bisque, Natural Beige, Rose, Naturel, Wheat, Soft Honey, Cedar, Walnut, Chestnut