Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Seven effortless shades of this versatile powder let you create a custom glow for any season, any occasion. The sheer, lightweight color can be worn alone or over foundation for natural radiance each day.
A skin-perfecting powder, Les Beiges is light and natural, as advertised, offering a transparent, smooth, soft and natural, easy-to-apply powder. Chanel loses me with the "translucent sheen" it's supposed to have. There are seven shades available in the U.S., so the powders can serve as bronzers, contouring powders, or finishing powders.
A hybrid powder (depending on your skin tone and the shade selected), Les Beiges were inspired by Gabrielle Chanel’s passion for freedom - a new makeup approach for “simple, intuitive, and natural beauty.”
The ingredients are said to include a purifying protective cream containing white roses and a cotton composite plant cell extract that will protect the skin from environmental pollution while soothing and calming the skin. Shea butter will offer softness, while the UVA and UVB factors will help prevent fine lines and sun spots. The powders are lightly scented with Chanel's iconic gardenia - very lightly. I like parts of its description. The more UVA and UVB sun protection, the better in my mind.
I have a very large sample in N°10, given to me at Neiman Marcus (probably the same samples Chanel sent out). The color is perfect for my skin. I'm not looking for a bronzer; I have way too many of them.
I think Les Beiges Healthy Glow is a nice pressed powder. It adds a matte, not glowing, finish to my skin. It's great for "powdering my nose" mid-day. I've tried it as a setting powder, and it worked moderately well. It offers no coverage of note, so I could never use it alone, without foundation beneath. The coverage is way too sheer to expect coverage.
I've tried everything I know to do to find the glow that other bloggers have reported. I've applied it with a sponge and brush. I've swept my finger across the surface to get a good look at a concentrated sample of the powder. I've examined the powder's surface in the little compact. I can't find the glow or sheen!
I have concluded that the marketing strategy for Chanel's Les Beiges was brilliant. They managed to make me - and perhaps others - think there was something magical to the product, when, it's simply just another pressed powder - a nice one, but not award-winning. That luminous glow? Let me know if you can find it.
Photo courtesy of Chanel