Chanel: Les Beiges healthy glow sheer powder – Review

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. photo of Chanel Les Beiges packaging
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 powder - packaging photo
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.

Photo of the chanel les beiges belle mine healthy glow powder on
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.  

photograph of chanel les beiges powder in shade 10 on
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 on
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). 


  1. March 31, 2014 / 5:55 pm

    This sounds and looks amazing! I am a face powder junkie, for matteness but also illuminating and glow, when I get some more pennies this will be top of my list xxxx

  2. March 31, 2014 / 7:30 pm

    Ooh this does sound like a lovely thing . . . though it would be very difficult for my to justify that price on anything less that magical!

  3. March 31, 2014 / 9:27 pm

    I was really into this until I saw this price. I even went 'oooohhh, lovely' long with you. I'm glad it works for you though. I just don't ware face makeup enough to justify wearing it. #confessionsofablogger

    Corinne x

  4. April 5, 2014 / 12:43 pm

    It's soooo beautiful. Not sure how it stacks up against Mac Mineralize Skinfinish as I haven't tried it (I know!), but might be worth comparing the two to save on £££ ! xx

  5. April 5, 2014 / 12:43 pm

    But it IS magical Kel. It is 😉 xx

  6. April 5, 2014 / 12:44 pm

    haha, but then, you could justify it Corinne – by saying 'well, it'll last AGES as I won't wear it often' – see, always a way.
    #bloggermaths x

  7. April 7, 2014 / 12:16 pm

    I am so tempted with this, I've had it on my list for ages versus Skinfinish. After I tried it on ay the counter I noticed it has a tendency to highlight tiny facial hairs – did you get that too? it could just be that the MUA over powdered me…

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  8. April 9, 2014 / 6:07 pm

    Hi Zoe

    It is lovely – but I've not compared it side by side with Skinfinish (hmm, good idea for a post soon though!!). I don't find it highlights any hairs or anything else – in fact for me it has the opposite effect, it kind of 'airbrushes' the skin, but I reckon if it was loaded on too heavy it could do that, like any powder.
    That said, there's no legislating for every skin type, so maybe go to another counter for a trial? If it helps to know, I wear it over Bourjois CC cream or Nars Sheer Glow (it looks best over the sheer glow, definitely!) xx