Two Chanel reviews in succession? I know, it’s going to hurt your bank balance. I’m sorry. But I have to show you this product. I don’t want to sound overly dramatic here, but it has seriously changed my (makeup) life.
Okay, that may be a bit over the top, but it is great.
|Chanel Les Beiges – Healthy Glow Sheer Powder (Belle Mine)|
Chanel Les Beiges is a collection of ‘healthy glow powders’ that are purported (by Chanel) to ‘reveal the healthy glow of each woman, and provide a sensation of lightness, well-being and freshness’.
Erm. It’s makeup. I don’t think it’s providing me with any sensations of well-being! But it does have a transformative effect on the skin. It’s subtle, but it definitely adds a luminosity and a ‘done’ finish to the face that normal pressed or loose powder doesn’t provide.
|Chanel – Les Beiges and it’s beautiful packaging. Swoon.|
Looks-wise, well, it’s pretty isn’t it. A gorgeous beige and black compact, that houses a good-sized mirror and a nifty little half-moon natural brush (which, by the way, is actually amazing for a ‘with product’ brush, I love using it). The Les Beiges healthy glow powder even comes in it’s own velvet-textured black pouch. Ooooh, lovely.
|Chanel – Les Beiges Powder comes with a natural bristle brush, and it’s GOOD.|
The powder has SPF15 / PA++ sun protection – although I don’t rely on this, SPF15 isn’t nearly high enough for me. But it’s an added bonus, I suppose. The Chanel blurb talks about it being antioxidant and shielding from environmental stresses, but let’s face it, we have skincare to do that for us. I don’t really place any faith in my makeup providing real skincare benefits. I can’t honestly tell you if Chanel’s claims here are accurate, as I mix my routine up fairly often, and haven’t noticed any changes in my skin since using the product.
Does it work? Is it worth the money?
Bottom line – YES.
Les Beiges isn’t about heavy coverage or concealing of any kind. It is about bringing light and freshness to the skin, and it does this in a very simple way. The healthy glow powder is very sheer (as it’s name would suggest!) and adds a smooth, light reflecting finish to the skin.
This is very much an addition to a ‘natural look’ makeup. So if you’re someone who trowels on the Double Wear and likes a proper mask, then this won’t be for you.
|The Chanel Les Beiges powder in shade 10. Sheer and perfecting.|
I find this works best as a complement to a sheer coverage foundation or CC cream (in fact, it’s changed my opinion of the Bourjois CC cream entirely – without this powder, I don’t like it. With it, I think it’s brilliant).
|Chanel Les Beiges powder in shade 10, swatched|
I’ve been told that, when I’m wearing the Les Beiges powder, that I look well rested and healthy. This is a big deal at the moment as I am anything but well rested and healthy! I am tempted, when funds allow, to buy this in a slightly darker shade to use as a very subtle bronzer, as I’ve seen various YouTube videos on this. If you’ve tried it, please let me know!
In the UK, this starts at shade 10, and goes up to shade 50. I’m a 10 for reference, but if you are even paler I think you could get away with using this as it is so sheer and subtle.
It retails at £38.00, which is a whopper of a price. On the plus side, it’s available in Boots and Debenhams so you can always save your advantage/beauty club points to pay for it!
I’d love to know your opinions on this -do you think it’s worth splurging for? Is there a high-street dupe you know of (I’m yet to find one).