The Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow line (SPF 15) debuted sometime last year and saw the iconic designer introduce seven shades of a light-weight, compact powder meant to give a healthy, glowy appearance to the skin.
Spring boarding on the popularity of Les Beiges, for Summer 2014, two (2) limited edition versions were offered: Chanel Les Beiges Multi-Colour Powder in 01, a lighter shade meant for fair-light skin tones, and 02, a more bronze take meant for medium- deeper skin tones.
On Chanel’s website this powder is described as a “lightweight, multi-stripe powder” which “offers a palette of effortless effects” and “acts as a highlighter, sculpting powder, bronzer and blush — all with a sheer, natural finish and broad-spectrum sun protection”. The three strips, therefore, are the highlight, les beige powder, and bronzer.
I didn’t really think too much about this purchase when I picked up the powder at the Chanel counter during my trip to NYC. I am kicking myself about this now, btw, because I found out a few days later that we did indeed get this collection in The Bahamas and they are cheaper! This almost makes me want to go off on a tangent again. You know, whenever I am shopping at home, I always ask the sales associates about what they have, what are the new collections, are they getting any specific LE collections etc. etc. You know what I was told at the Chanel counter in The Bahamas when I first asked if they would be getting any of the limited edition collections? No. She simply told me, No. And lookie here, they came after all. Ugh! I don’t know if it’s a management issue (i.e. sales associates are simply not told) but I am getting kind of frustrated by this (I vex).
Anyway, back to the powder…
Obviously, it is beautiful to look at. But the quality and application are more important, right? Right…well, I am kind of on the fence about it. As you will be able to see from the swatches below, it is very sheer and very light, which can be a good thing or bad thing depending on what you are looking for. Actually, I think the best thing about this powder is the fact that it is sheer, especially as the colour selection is so limited. A fairer person might be able to use 01 and a darker person might be able to use 02 because there is not too much colour to the product, you know what I mean?
My apprehension is not with the coverage (it’s a “light-weight” powder) but I am not sure whether it’s giving me that glow factor. I don’t want to look like a disco ball, but I want it to enhance my complexion. You can see that when you mix the colours of 01 the result is a pinky-beige sort of satin-sheen finish which seems like it would be great at adding some colour and dimension to the face. I think I need to play around with it more. Also, I heard that a lot of lighter skinned girls opted for 02 to use as bronzer.
Oh, and before I forget, it may be somewhat difficult to get to the powders individually depending on what kind of tools you use to apply your makeup (the brush it comes with can actually achieve this feat but not everyone will be a fan of the brush itself). Regardless, I never thought to do that, anyway. It was always my intention to use all of the colours together – hence getting the “all-over” subtle, glow.
Conclusion? I am happy I own it (uh-hem, make-up junkie here).
- Coverage: Light
- Wear-time: Average
- Cost: High ($65.00 USD/$53.00 BSD)
- Available Locally: Yes (Chanel Counter, John Bull)
What are your thoughts? Is it worth the splurge?
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