Leave it to Chanel to take something as seemingly boring as beige (seriously…the standard dull color of boring apartment walls everywhere) and turn it into something schmexy and worthy of being coveted.
Their new Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour SPF 15 face powders are doing just that.
From the elegant packaging to the cozy brush to the sheer, finely-milled powders (barely there on the skin, and perfect for natural-looking weekend makeup, or other times when you just want to look like yourself but a little put together), everything about it whispers “luxury…”
The line comes in seven shades with numerical names, No. 10 to No. 70. Right now I’m wearing No. 40, which is a perfect match for my mid-summer tan.
I’m kind of surprised by how well it works because I find that many beige products have a little too much pink for me. Many of them appear grayish on my warm skin tone, but at least for Nos. 40 and 50, which contain enough warm golden tones and also have a slight sheen, I’m not seeing any signs of gray.
I’m cursed/blessed with combination skin. Some spots are oily, and some spots are dry, and on my shiniest areas (my forehead, nose and chin), oily shine begins to show through around the fifth or sixth hours of wear, which is not bad wear time at all, but if you need serious oil control, you might have to upgrade this by mixing it with something like MAC Blot.
If you like opaque powders, a word of note — the coverage of these is sheer. I probably also won’t be wearing them often in pics, but more for just everyday wear, since the formula does contain titanium dioxide, which can produce a white cast under a flash.
They remind me of a very sheer, very expensive reproduction of a MAC Careblend, but with SPF. I like the subtle effect and that it sets foundation without looking heavy or fussy, but since they do contain SPF, I can’t really use them for pics. For photos, I love and prefer Chanel’s loose powder.
The Les Beiges, by the way, smell ah-may-zing! I would wear them for the scent alone — that lovely freesia/orange flower/rose fragrance that some of Chanel’s skincare products have.
If you don’t mind spending a pretty penny on pretty, everyday face makeup products, take a closer look one of these days when you’re near a Chanel counter.
AVAILABILITY:Â Available now in the Chanel permanent collection at Chanel counters and online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,