Thursday, October 07, 2010

Chanel Teint Innocence Compact Makeup (76 Soft Bisque)

A couple of months ago my sister and I were at my local Saks Chanel counter. She needed a new lipstick so I decided to introduced her to Chanel Rouge Coco. The result was she ended up with a gorgeous Rouge Allure (go figure) and both of us fell in love with Chanel Teint Innocence Compact Makeup. I got it in Soft Bisque(#76) while my sister needed something much lighter, probably Gentle Ivory. No, we look nothing alike. Maryam, the SA who helped us and did our makeup was obviously excellent.

One thing to know about Chanel foundations is that the shades differ greatly between formulas. You can't order blindly even if you wear another Chanel foundation. Definitely not as long as Chanel website only offers those ridiculous tiny color swatches that mean absolutely nothing. Soft Bisque and Beige look almost identical online, so one needs to be at a counter to get a perfect match.

Teint Innocence Compact Foundation offers medium coverage. The texture is not heavy and does not weigh down the skin. It can, of course, be used over the entire face, but I prefer to apply it on areas needing more coverage than what I get from my beloved Peau Vierge (Le Metier de Beaute). I can even skip concealer when I'm using both, and the results are satisfyingly flawless- Teint Innocence hides those little sun damage spots on my cheek.

I like the creamy feel and the way it melds with the skin and whatever base product I have on (the foundation looks exceptionally luminous over Le Blanc de Chanel or Cle de Peau luminizing primer). It stays on from day till night, though I never tested it without a base product and a finishing powder. The SA recommended applying Teint Innocence with a makeup sponge. I also like using a foundation brush, either a regular one or a duo fiber ("skunk"). The latter is especially good when blending two different products together for an even finish.

Chanel Teint Innocence Compact Makeup ($56) is avaialble from decent department store and

All photos are mine.


  1. Hi Gaia,
    I am so glad you reviewed this in greater detail. I saw an earlier post a few months ago on your blog-and promptly bought it that same week. Instant love, beautiful, natural coverage, yet it feels light-weight, it looks like your skin but better. I get so many compliments from people when I use Chanel foundations.
    One can't go wrong with Chanel's foundations, I've found they are consistently excellent. My friends have balked at the price but with these results, I think it's well worth it.

  2. I've been wanting to try this for about two years. As I live about three hours away from my local Chanel counter I order most of their products online, but I can't order the foundation for the reasons you list above. I think I'll have to make a special Christmas trip to a Chanel counter to investigate. Thanks for the review!

  3. This looks like something I should try. I've been using the Shu Nobara stick, but with Shu Uemura not in the US anymore, and my shade not in stock on line, I should start looking at alternatives. I just hope there's a shade that's light enough for me!


  4. I really need to get my booty to a chanel counter and get foundation samples. I'm thinking matte lumiere but i've always been curious about this one :)


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