|Above: The white compact of the Chanel Les Beiges is atypical of Chanel’s expected black packaging…it is a delightful departure.|
I have been patiently waiting for the arrival of the Chanel Les Beiges since reading of its debut in Europe and Asia months ago…there is something about the pristine white compact, beige theme and versatility of a powder that confirmed my decision to buy this as soon as I could.
Over the weekend, I was able to locate this collection and instantly snapped up #20, which is suitable for NC 20-30 skin tones. While many shade options (there are seven…#10, #20, #30, #40, #50, #60 and #70) in this collection are intended to create contour and a healthy glow (not quite bronzer but certainly darker than one’s natural skin tone) this particular shade can be used as a subtle highlighter, setting powder and touchup powder for light beige skin.
|Above: The Les Beiges powder contains both chemical and physical sunscreen.|
|Above: The compact includes a moon shaped brush.|
Retailing for $57.50, this compact has a generous mirror and two layers of sorts. The top tray-like layer (which must be removed to access the powder) houses a moon shaped brush that had surprisingly soft bristles, especially for one that is included with the compact (rather than purchased separately). This brush is useful for quick touchups, although I prefer my Hourglass Retractable Foundation Brush for more precise application. Beneath the removable separator is the powder itself, which generously resides in the pan.
|Above: Chanel Les Beiges #20.|
The powder is creamy and subtly fragranced with an aroma that vaguely reminds me of peaches and a creamy floral essence. I am not typically one for scented products, but this fragrance actually agrees with my nose and lifts my spirits…it also dissipates rather quickly and hasn’t irritated my sensitive skin whatsoever.
|Above: A swatch of Chanel Les Beiges #20 in natural daylight.|
I prefer to apply this as a setting powder and then use it as a touch up powder throughout the day…it evens my skin tone, is not the least bit cakey and somehow adds a subtle radiance that is an anomaly for most pressed powders. It neither oxidizes on my NC 25 skin nor does it settle into fine lines. In terms of opacity, this powder is sheer but buildable and the opacity it yields with a few strokes of the brush is utterly perfect for a setting/touch up powder!
Below…the following images illustrate the effect of Chanel Les Beiges #20 as a setting powder over foundation (in this case, Kanebo Sensai Cellular Foundation in Natural Beige):
|Above: I got distracted by this darling bottle of Perrier: Andy Warhol edition. I already adore sparkling water but this label takes it to an entirely different level, no?!|
|Above: OK, back to the powder at hand! This is Les Beiges on my face in direct sunlight ; )|