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Beauty Box: Le Blanc De Chanel

I picked up Le Blanc De Chanel (a posh name for primer, really) on a complete whim. I got it from John Lewis as a treat after all the Christmas shopping I’d done because where’s the fun in just shopping for other people all the time?

That said, I have actually been trying my hardest to integrate primer into my daily make-up routine, mainly because I’ve always found make-up just looks… better. My first experience of using any sort of primer was from Benefit, it was called Dr. Feelgood (by Benefit) and I got in New York back in 2006 and I think just used it for the sake of it. It didn’t really do much, didn’t have much of an effect and seemed like a waste of money.

I then discovered MAC’s Prep + Prime, which was only slightly better, although I did go back and buy it again when I’d ran out so it can’t have been that bad! It gave my skin a layer of glitz rather than doing anything else, quite disappointing really because I’d heard such good things about it. It was the same story again when I tried yet another Benefit creation, this time in the form of That Gal. I got this for a tenner when I’d earnt enough points to make up the difference with my Debenhams Beauty Reward Card (essentially the same as a Boots advantage card but a million times better – definitely worth picking up if you buy make-up and perfume from Debenhams often). That Gal didn’t do much either and it didn’t last me long at all so I was quite glad I didn’t pay full price for it.

However, with Chanel, it’s a whole different story. As it happens, I am quite partial to the Chanel make up counter because everything is so nice to look at, and the packaging is amazing. Those little velvet bags things come in? I love them!

The product is described as a ‘sheer illuminating base’ and it’s certainly more of a subtle difference and is probably only be seen by me, but that’s all that matters – it makes me feel good when I wear it. Already it’s become a staple in my make-up bag; not only does it make my face super soft, it also creates a better base than just my bare skin and it compliments my foundation perfectly so I don’t have to use as much as I usually would.  As well as doing that, it smoothes any fine lines, fills in pores and creates a more even skin tone – something I am more than thankful for, especially with this horrible freezing weather we’ve all been a victim of.

It’s quite pricey at £25 a pop so I think I’d be more angry than upset if it wasn’t such a magical product but it’s more than worth the money paid. Fingers crossed It’ll last for a while because a pea-sized amount is all that’s needed for each application.

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Lucy Partington is a beauty blogger and budding journalist from a little town on the east coast (but her heart really belongs in London!). She has expensive taste in just about everything and insists on living beyond her means. Every fortnight, Lucy will be reviewing the best beauty products exclusively for at home and if you want even more from this gorgeous little beauty junkie, then head over to her fabulous blog at

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