Behold: the Chanel Les Beiges Collection and I finally have it in my possession. For months now, I’ve been lusting after this powder ever since I saw it creep into the US market via beauty blogs. I couldn’t wait so I pre-ordered it and I’m just blown away by the product. This weekend, while visiting my brother in Dallas, I saw the collection in person so I’m pretty sure it’s available at your local Nordstrom now. And, you know what? You need this. You need this in your life. Now.
LES BEIGES: A MANIFESTO FOR A HEALTHY GLOW – “With an effortless touch, this innovative, versatile powder makeup enhances, brightens or bronzes the complexion for a custom glow. On its own, it heightens skin’s natural beauty; over foundation, provides a sheer, luminous finish. Advanced technology protects against skin-dulling environmental stressors, while White Rose and Cotton Flower offer absolute comfort for even the most sensitive complexions. In seven no-fail shades; each, with its own sculpted half-moon brush.”
The Les Beiges powders were created to “enhance, brighten, bronze” the skin in a sheer and glowy way. This powder comes in 7 effortless shades, and is designed to be versatile to “create a custom glow for any season, any occasion. The sheer, lightweight colour can be worn alone or over foundation for natural radiance each day.”
First of all, let’s take a moment to just oohh-aaahh over the packaging. It’s just breathtakingly beautiful and all that you would expect from Chanel. Rather than the traditional glossy all-black packaging, it’s a glossy creamy white. Beautiful. Completely. The brush that it comes with — unfortunately — is quite useless, especially if you plan on using the powder all over. But if you’ve purchased the darker shades to use as a bronzer, this may not be that bad.
The texture of the powder is soft and fluffy. It’s extremely lightweight and glowy, without looking glittery or unnatural. On a separate note, much like the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder, this product is very much lighting-oriented for sure. It creates the softest glow around the face. When paired with foundation, it just seals the deal: delivering the most prettiest effect on the face. Pores, lines, discoloration, etc. are all diffused and blurred — it’s like photoshop. When worn alone, it’s kind of like a powder foundation without the heaviness and often the cakeiness too.
N10 is the lightest shade of all the colors and works well for me as a powder because it matches my skin tone. For those with darker skin tones, this can be a beautiful highlighter. This powder, as advertised, definitely enhances your skin and makes it look radiant. The hype around this product is unreal, but I think it’s totally worth it and belongs in your collection for sure. In person, many of the colors look dark except for N10 which is slightly on the pink side, and N20 which leans more yellow but is still fair/light. I like that these powders can be a setting powder, a highlighter, or bronzer — completely depending on your skin tone. In fact, if your budget permits it, 2-3 shades for your collection could be like a super dream.
The powder is expensive, but because it’s rather multi-functional, it’s worth considering. It’s also beautiful to look at and looks beautiful on the skin. If you’re unsure about your coloring, check them out in person because that will really help. I highly recommend this product and it totally doesn’t matter if you need this for a special occasion or not! You must have this in your collection.
Retails for $57.50 USD.
Made in France.
*Quotes extracted from http://www.chanel.com