Aug 9, 2013

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour SPF 15 - No. 30 - Photos, Swatches, Review, FOTD

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour SPF 15 - No 30 - Photos Swatches Review FOTD
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Powder (SPF 15) - $57.50

The much-awaited Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Color powder finally released in the US, and I promptly ordered mine from the Chanel website.  The usual black Chanel compact that houses most of the powder products has been changed up a bit for the Les Beiges which features a beige-white top instead.  Inside is a small half-moon shaped brush that fits snugly over a black plastic cover that protects the powder inside.  The packaging is beautiful, classy, simple, and very functional.  The powder itself is very soft, and it has fine, almost invisible, shimmer mixed in.  It also has a lovely fragrance to it.  Scroll on for more photos, swatches, and more.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour SPF 15 No 30 Photos Swatches Review FOTD Indian Darker Skin Makeup Beauty Blog
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour SPF 15 No 30 Photos Swatches Review FOTD Indian Darker Skin Makeup Beauty Blog
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour SPF 15 No 30 Photos Swatches Review FOTD Indian Darker Skin Makeup Beauty Blog
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour SPF 15 No 30 Photos Swatches Review FOTD Indian Darker Skin Makeup Beauty Blog

The Les Beiges powder is available in 7 shades - No. 10 through No. 70.  There is a bit of a confusion on the right shade to pick.  According to Chanel, this powder provides a healthy sheer veil of color, but from what I have read so far this can be used to contour, to provide a bit of a bronzed glow to the skin, or just as a finishing powder, and how you plan to use the powder would decide the shade that's right for you.  I wanted a color that would match my skin tone, and the fact that these powders have a bronzish base made me quite sure I would find a perfect match darker Indian skin tone.  I picked No. 30, and after reading Sabrina's (from The Beauty Look Book) post - she said No. 20 was a perfect match for her - I was pretty sure I got it right.  She also mentioned No. 40 was a bit more cooler/taupe toned while 30 had a warmer/golden tone to it.  I use a kabuki brush to apply this powder, almost like how I would apply a powder foundation, so I get more product - and hence more of the color - on to my skin.  The brush provided with the powder would apply a very light wash of the powder, and in that case, the shade you pick really shouldn't make a huge difference (unless you pick a really dark shade, I guess).

So here's how the Les Beiges No. 30 looks on my skin tone.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour SPF 15 No 30 Photos Swatches Review FOTD Indian Darker Skin Makeup Beauty Blog
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder in No. 30 - Swatches
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour SPF 15 No 30 Photos Swatches Review FOTD Indian Darker Skin Makeup Beauty Blog
Wearing the Chanel Les Beiges Powder in No. 30 over a tinted moisturizer.

Turns out, No. 30 really is the perfect match for my skin tone.  The powder is very fine and feels quite smooth on my skin.  It doesn't provide anything much in terms of coverage and has no oil-control properties either but does give a slightly softened look to the skin.  I prefer a lighter effortless base, and that's exactly what I get when I use this over a tinted moisturizer or a sheer layer of foundation.  The shimmer in it isn't really visible - you can see it only if you search for it up close in a mirror - but it gives a healthy sheen to the skin.  I would never ever use this if I am going to be photographed, though.  It gives a whitish cast to the skin and tends to make my skin look really bad/oily - something I realized only after 2 full days of botched photos!  This is only in photos, though, and in real life the powder looks very nice on the skin.  Overall for me, the Chanel Les Beiges powder isn't a must-have product, and it's not something I really needed.  I will definitely use this a lot, though, just because it feels quite nice and also great for the summer since it's an easy way to layer on some extra sun protection.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Color Powder (SPF 15) - No. 30 - Ingredients

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour SPF 15 No 30 Photos Swatches Review FOTD Indian Darker Skin Makeup Beauty Blog Ingredients
Ingredients to note:  Talc, titanium dioxide - the culprit for the ashy look in photos - and shea butter.

Some other quite helpful posts/reviews on the Chanel Les Beiges Powder:

Cafe Makeup's review of the Les Beiges (also No. 30)  - if you are looking to use this powder to get that healthy glow - "belle mine" - look, this post would be a good read.  There's also photos of all the shades side by side.
Jessica from Beautezine's take on the Les Beiges - has photos and swatches of the product - shades No. 30 and 40.

Both these bloggers are much lighter skinned than I am and are use the same shades - No. 30.  Quite an interesting product Chanel seems to have come up with!

Also check Lisa Eldridge's video for Chanel (not on her YouTube channel or website).  She uses the Chanel kabuki brush to apply the product, and you can easily see the difference the powder makes as she buffs the product into the skin.  She uses the Les Beiges powder in shade No. 20.

8 comments:

  1. That really is stunning on your skin. Gives you a lovely glow. I think that it is important to get the undertone right in these powders rather than merely the shades; because they are so sheer a variety of different shades can work on your skin if only the undertone is right.
    I am lighter than you but very yellow and I thought that B30 would show too orange on me, so chose B40, and it neutralises my sallowness and bronzes me up nicely! If I look at the Beautezine swatches (thanks for the link!) I know my instincts were right LOL.
    What tinted moisturiser are you wearing underneath?

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    1. It takes a bit of guesswork, but I think most people seem to be quite happy with what they picked up. It really is about what you feel you look good in, isn't it? For once, the promo message has been spot on :D

      Oh my usual NARS one..I don't remember if I mixed the two shades or just used the darker shade now..I think it's a mix. I was taking photos for another post but it was all looking so whitish, especially under the eyes..I thought this one was reasonably okay so kept it aside to use here.

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  2. Hi Rads, very nice review as always. You are right there was quiet bit of a confusion when it came to picking up the right color. My decision was particularly not easy because Chanel Germany decided not to bring No20, so here we have 10, 30,40,50,70 go figure. Anyway after finding out 30 is too dark for me to use as an all over powder and seeing there is a huge difference between 10 and 30 (and infact it turns out 10 and 20 are also very different) , I ordered 20 from France. Now I am happy to report that I hit the pan last week. I have normal to dry skin and don't need oil control, therefore I am using it as finishing powder, which also gives "the glow" and a bit of light coverage on BB creams (I use the one from Guerlain or Dior). This is the story how my Les Beiges powder made it to my daily routine :-))

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    1. What's with the missing #20? Thank goodness, the #20 that you got all the way from France works for you, though. And OMG, you hit the pan on that already???????????!!!!!!!!!! :D :D :D I need to catch up with you now :D

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    2. LOL, try powdering all the body and you may catch up :-p
      Those were released back in May here in Europe so don't worry I am not eating it, just dusting it in the face ;-) I was using the retractable Kabuki Brush from Chanel which came out with the same collection but I am not happy with it. After washing once, it lost all the elasticity , all bristles stick together etc. but what the kabuki brush so successfully did was to "use up" the powder very fast.

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    3. :D No I figured you must have got it earlier..i have never managed to finish any product so far..much wastage but I just can't new products :(

      Oh thats too bad about tbe brush! I haven't washed mine yet..was worried about getting water inside it..but now I have to worry about it losing quality too?!! And I was already grumbling about the price difference...Kai said is about 46 usd in HK :|

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    4. Oh how much does that one cost in US? In Germany it was only 20€... If it is that expensive maybe you get a better quality one LOL

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    5. $70...not sure if that means better quality :|

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