|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.
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 Powder in No. 30 - Swatches|
|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
|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.