|Above: The white compact of the Chanel Les Beiges is atypical of Chanel's expected black packaging...it is a delightful departure.|
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.|
|Above: A swatch of Chanel Les Beiges #20 in natural daylight.|
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 ; )|
Bottom Line: Despite the initial hype that made me a bit skeptical, I can honestly say that the Chanel Les Beiges powder has exceeded my expectations. It is creamy, buildable, has SPF, doesn't get cakey and refines the skin in a lovely way. I am beyond pleased to have found a setting/touch up match in #20 and highly recommend it for these purposes! I bought mine at the Chanel counter at Neiman Marcus (though, as of publish date, it is not on their website yet) and believe it will become available at other traditional Chanel retailers over the month of August.
Will YOU be trying the Chanel Les Beiges powder? Thoughts?!
--The Beauty Professor