Every day after Connor and I have lunch, we go outside to play on the grassy knoll in the front yard common area here in our little condo complex, and almost every day we go out there, I’ve got some degree of craziness on my face — mismatched eyeshadow, false lashes with the wingspan of a bird of prey, bright green Hulk gloss, etc. — so I usually look a little nuts and get some sidelong glances.
Do I really care? Nope!
It is nice, though, when I’m not testing some new makeup and actually, ya know, look kinda normal and someone gives me a compliment, which happened last week while I was wearing the Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour stick No. 24.
Actually, come to think about it, whenever I wear one of these cream blushes, somebody asks about it. I’d probably do the same if I saw a gal wearing one, because they’re bomb!
They’re twist-up cream blush sticks sort of like the NARS Multiples, and there are five of them, all available on Chanel counters now in the new Les Beiges collection. Also, yay! — I’ve been told that they’re permanent.
They feel similar to the Multiples but aren’t quite as dry. They’re wetter and creamier, so they’re also 1) easier to blend and 2) don’t push around whatever you have on your cheeks, like foundation, tinted moisturizer, concealer, etc.
No. 20 is a tan shade, and I haven’t tried it…YET!). No. 21 is a warm peachy pink. No. 22 is a bright coral. No. 23 is a rosy pink with secretive, little golden sparkles that are only visible up close. And No. 24 is a coral, also with tiny, timid sparkles.
The colors look bright in their sticks, but they go on fairly sheer. Not completely sheer, though. You can certainly see color on your skin, but the colors don’t deposit so intensely that they become hard to control. They’re like Chanel’s powder Joues Contraste blushes in that way.
Oh, side note! Speaking of the Joues Contraste blushes, these creams look AMAZING when you layer them together. I really, really like the pink shades — No. 21 and No. 23 — together with Chanel Pink Explosion or Rose Initiale. And then No. 22 and No. 24 with Malice.
Also, combining them with the Contraste blushes makes them last longer, like 8+ hours! — although they still last about six hours on my cheeks by themselves, which is pretty good.
FYI, they are fragrant. Yes, you know how Chanel loves to scent their makeup. They smell fresh, fruity and floral, like apples, jasmine and a hint of lychee.
To apply them, I recommend using a kabuki brush and running it across the top of one of the sticks. Then, gently sweep and swirl the loaded brush directly on your cheeks. This way works best for me on either bare skin or a sheer base like tinted moisturizer, BB cream or CC cream.
If you’re going to be wearing primer, a medium- to full-coverage foundation, concealer and the whole nine yards, though, I just use fingers. I’ll pat (not swipe) and press the cream on my cheeks and blend out the edges.
Seriously, SO in love with these! They’re right up there with Kjær Weis Sun Touched Cream Blush, which rocks me to my makeup-lovin’ core. They’re both tied among higher-end cream blushes for me.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,