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 chanel.com.
All photos are mine.