I was pleasantly surprised to see such a lovely collection at my local counter–the Chanel Les Beiges collection. Although I’ve refreshed my Chanel staples over the past few months, I have not been drawn to any of their recent collections. Happily, their Chanel Les Beiges is based on everything that the line does superbly–it is minimal with excellent textures that make one look and feel beautiful. Bravo!! This collection is currently at Chanel online, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Selfridges UK, and Bergdorf Goodman.
One of the most comfortable and luxurious face products that I’ve tried in a very long time is Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Fluid (SPF 15)($45). This makes my skin look fabulous. The texture is “my skin with sophisticated sheen.” It looks healthy without going too glowy or hyper-real. The coverage is sheer to medium (if you layer). I bought this in the lightest shade, N10, which skews neutral/cool. I will also be picking up the same product in N20 as the summer moves forward and I want a more glowy-bronzy look for that tromp l’oeil bonne mine soft tan look.
If you don’t love the sheerness, you can always add a touch of concealer before you add this. I’ve worn Les Beiges over MAC Pro Longwear concealer, as well as Laura Mercier’s. Les Beiges glides on like a dream over each, so it definitely plays well with others. Please note that most counters will have the CC Cream (previously reviewed here) in an extended range of colors on their counters–it looks similar, but is not the same product. The CC Creme is a black-and-white package, and the Les Beiges is in the beige-and-black tube. The CC Cream has more coverage, and feels less moisturizing. Some comparisons:
I understand that all of the products in this collection are permanent, except for the two Chanel Marinier powders (also called the “Chanel Healthy Glow Multi-Color Powders“)($65 each) which are limited edition.
The Chanel Marinier Powder #01 is a beautiful finishing powder that leans pink/cool when applied. The powder has a pearl sheen, but it is not very obvious. It gives a beautiful sheeny-glow. Several years ago, Chanel had some permanent powders called “Doueur,” and the the lighter powder reminds me of the Rosee shade in that line. It’s beautifully milled. For those with fair cool skintones, this is a must. I love this on my fair, light skin because it makes it look naturally ethereal. For those with warmer and deeper tones, you might wish to try before you buy.
The Chanel Marinier Powder #2 is a bronze finishing powder, similar to the solid Les Beiges powders but with a touch more complexity and sheen. It melts into the skin, improving texture and leaving a natural glow. I recommend this for those in the NC15-35 range. This runs warm.
The Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Color Sticks ($45 each) come in three shades. I chose #20 (the bronze), and #21 (the light, warm pink). I’m told that these are permanent, and they are absolutely must haves. They both have a warm shimmery look, and look very natural and glowy when applied. There is also a #22 (coral), which is beautiful but not a color that I need right now (your mileage may vary, because I know there are some coral blush collectors out there!).
Plus, something makes my heart sing when I see this packaging.
I’m not sure that words or pictures can express the beauty of these blush sticks, particularly for the warmer-skin tones. There is a touch of shot-through gold in these that’s amazing. I sort of want to make a poster of the picture, below, and hang it in my makeup room. The texture of these is wonderful.
Some swatches of the powders and the blush sticks:
All in all, Chanel Les Beiges for this summer relies on the best of Chanel’s beauty strength: it’s knowledge and implementation of beautiful texture and formulas. Instead of relying on strong color, these products are intended to give an improved, healthy summer skin. The timing, the formula, the color, are all perfection. Thankfully, Chanel has restrained itself by making nearly all of these products permanent. Still, I wouldn’t wait. You’ll want to start using these immediately. One last blush stick picture:
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