Foundation is one of my favorite makeup categories, (coming in second, only to lipstick) and it's also one where I find you really do get what you pay for when switching from drugstore to high-end. Not to say there aren't some great drugstore foundations (check out a drugstore foundation comparison I did HERE) but high-end foundations last longer, look more natural, and are usually better for your skin. That being said, they can get pretty pricey, and there are so many of them!
I tested several high-end foundations before deciding on buying the CHANEL Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation. I had pretty much made up my mind when my mother complimented me on "how healthy my skin looked" almost every single time I wore it! Even though it's $60, it's worth every penny! It has a medium, but bulidable coverage, and sits a bit middle-of-the-road in terms of finish. It's not quite matte, but not quite dewy either. You can definitely play up either finish depending on what primer you use under it! (I recommend the BECCA Backlight Primer for a glowy/dewy finish, and Benefit Porefessional for matte). An added bonus particularly for fair girls, is it's SPF 25 (woot!) to keep those sun-rays off skin every single day.
The packaging is very luxurious and sturdy, with a frosted glass bottle, pump for dispensing the foundation, and a cap with the CHANEL logo on top. There are 14 shades in the range, though it definitely does cater to fairer skin tones (THANK YOU CHANEL) I use the shade R12, and use 1-2 pumps depending on the coverage I want that day. It blends beautifully with my Real Techniques buffing brush, but works great just with fingers too!