Mmm … you know when everyone and their aunt is raving about a product and you just never try it for whatever strange reason you may have? That’s me and the Chanel Les Beiges powders. Let me just say that I’m not quite sure what they are. Pressed powders? Finishing powders? Do they add colour? What?! Beiges? How blah is that?
But while on a shopping jaunt not too long ago, I found myself standing in front of the Les Beiges display at Chanel looking at the very pretty Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour powder. The pretty stripey detail reminded me of a pretty blush I own from the brand and I was sort of smitten.
Tell me you wouldn’t be too
I haven’t bought anything from Chanel in a very long time and for some reason, I got it into my head that I wanted this powder. This is a limited edition powder that is part of the Les Beiges line, and comes in 2 shades, imaginatively identified as 01 and 02.
01 which you see pictured here is the lighter shade meant for fairer skintones. 02 is more bronzed and slightly deeper in tone for medium to deeper skintones. Each palette contains a highlighter at top, a Les Beiges powder in the middle and in the case of 01, a blush at bottom or in the case of 02, a bronzer.
Ideally, you could then use this powder in a few ways. You can blend all the colours and use it all over as a finishing powder to add glow and warmth to your skin; or you could pick up each colour individually and use them separately. Well, let’s just say that the latter ain’t gonna happen!
The fact is that the pan, despite the deceptively large size in photographs, isn’t very large. You will need a very narrow brush if you wanted to pick up each colour individually. There is one packaged with the product, a half moon curved brush that lies on a hard piece of plastic covering the powder.
It isn’t too bad, but I found it flimsy and too thin to be of any real use. It’d work in a pinch but I rarely work with anything in a pinch. It either works or it doesn’t and this, for me, doesn’t.
The other thing I noticed was that the tester at the counter felt relatively soft, so when I ran my finger over the powder, it picked up product quite well. But when I took mine home, it feels hard to the touch and there is little product pay off. Am I the only one who feels this way or did I get a dud?
The strange thing is that when you run your finger over the powder and then swatch it on your hand, it looks like there is a lot of shimmer and “glow”. When I pointed it out to the SA and asked if it might be too much to wear all over, her reply was that it was the “glow” and that it’s what these powders were for, plus there was SPF15 for sun protection. Wow… not
Anyway, despite all my misgivings I took this powder home and put it to the test. Can I say I’m wowed by it? No I’m not. I’d rather have bought another RMK Kaleidoscope Nuance Color powder to be perfectly honest.
I found that it was far too fiddly trying to pick up product from each individual stripe. If that’s your intention, forget it. It’s not big enough a pan for you to do so. So, I ended up swirling a brush over all the colours and then applying as a finishing powder to set my foundation. The last step of my base, as it were.
Let me try to show you a swatch (which I always feel a little silly doing for powders but it’s expected isn’t it? Please tell me it isn’t so I can stop this madness )
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi Colour 01 Powder Left: Swatched heavily Right: Light
When swatched heavily, you may see a bit of a pinky toned colour down the stripe but to be honest, when you use a brush, you don’t get that sort of colour intensity, so you won’t risk walking around with a pink face. I found that the colours were very sheer on skin and the shimmer which shows up on my arm and fingers, don’t show up on my face.
As a finishing powder, I found it alright. It didn’t particularly seem to add a glow to my skin but it did seem to finish off my base nicely. The colour pay off is very sheer and light so if you’re looking for colour, this isn’t the product to get.
I do have to mention the scent. There is a perfumed scent that I didn’t detect in the tester but which is absolutely present in the powder and it smells musty to my nose. I absolutely detest it so if you have a sensitive nose or sensitive skin, be warned.
The packaging is, like everything Chanel, chic. I liked the solid beige compact and the consistent quality of the velvet pouch it comes in. At least some things don’t change.
I can say I’ve assuaged my curiosity but I can’t say I’m sold on this product nor am I about to shout about it from the rooftops. It’s OK. It’s not wonderful nor life changing nor even something I’m about to tell you to run out and buy because it’s simply just… OK
In a nutshell
The Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour Powder is a limited edition powder that comes in 2 shades. 01 is a lighter glowy-pink shade for fairer skins while 02 is a deeper bronzer shade that would suit medium-tanned skintones or serve as a bronzer for those who like that. I found the quality of the powder a little inconsistent. It felt hard and there were very little colour pay off for the Les Beiges powder and the pink blush shade, but the highlighter shade was softer and as a result, there is more shimmer. Ideally you can use them separately but I just swirl the colours together to use as a finishing powder. I find it alright but nothing to write home about. There is a musty perfume scent I dislike and it isn’t a product I’d naturally reach for. I prefer the RMK Kaleidoscope Nuance Color powder which serves a similar purpose and for me, looks far better on skin than this one.
Pros: Chic packaging, Easy to use, Included brush isn’t crappy
Cons: Pricey, Powders have a hard and inconsistent texture in pan, Strongly perfumed
Who will like this: Anyone who already likes Chanel powders or Chanel Les Beiges powders
Here is the ingredient list for the Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi-Colour powder for anyone interested.
Are you a fan of the Chanel Les Beiges powders? What do you use them for? Are these limited edition powders on your radar?
To be honest, I never quite “got” the Chanel Les Beiges powders so I stayed away. From what I understand, they are supposed to be powders you can use for finishing or as a light bronzer. Seeing as bronzing isn’t my thing, I guess I’d not be dabbling in this anymore. The scent really got to me and I haven’t had much of a good run with Chanel in recent times. Haven’t bought a thing I’m happy with!
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi Colour Powder comes in 2 shades – 01 (pink) and 02 (bronze) Price: RM165 Availability: Chanel counters Limited Edition: Yes, Summer 2014