Powders are always an unnecessary part of my makeup routine, the “extra” step. My first ever “brush” with a powder was the MAC Careblends Pressed Powder which being as awesome as it is, made me rethink my whole makeup philosophy! After polishing off a pan recently, I had no doubt I’d repurchase it, but the Chanel Les Beiges had been at the back of my head always, and I finally gave in to that temptation!
How can I possibly justify replacing a perfectly functional makeup product with something thats costs almost double without doubling the “effects”? I’d be honest, it was clearly a case of giving into the “Chanel” lure and completely ignoring the “want vs need” battle in my head!
Now that I have already mentioned the MAC Careblends pressed powder, let me compare the two. The Chanel powder DOES NOT have even half the coverage that the MAC has, which means its nearly invisible on my skin and does not cover any thing when worn alone. The MAC on the other hand was almost my powder foundation for two years and I wore it on bare skin which it perfected, made glowy and covered what needed to be covered. We aren’t talking the Studio Fix coverage but close. I have been wearing a tinted moisturisers on most days which means I don’t need as much coverage from a powder. I thought it would make sense to get something sheerer and lighter on the skin that would blur things out without making the skin “too” matte and keep any shine in check.
I got the shade No. 20 which is a perfect match for my skintone. I have another Les Beiges Multi Color powder, which I use as the “warmth-giver” or the “color-adder” so I didn’t bother to get a shade darker in this (Chanel suggests choosing a shade darker for more of a glow). I have been wearing this on top of my Jouer Moisture tints and this + that is the perfect base pretty much! See it in action here.
I actually quite like the brush that comes with it to dust powder all over. Its a soft brush which picks enough product for each application. The fragrance in the powder is typical Chanel, not too over powering. It is finely milled, very “un-powdery”, goes almost invisible on the skin and keeps my face looking very polished. A pretty stylish handbag companion, that can be layered a LOT but doesn’t get cakey at all, hmm sounds dreamy!
Do you need it ?
No! Regardless of the luxury that comes with it, I don’t think its worth the price tag and hype that surrounds it. Its NOT an exceptional powder as it is sometimes made out to be and I am sure there are enough cheaper more affordable powders out there which work just as well. Unless you get a shade much darker than your normal skintone to work as a bonzer, it DOES NOT make sense to invest in such an expensive everyday powder. I much prefer my MAC Careblends to this, inspite of its slight powderiness the MAC version works just as well if not better.
If you are a Chanel fan or in the market for a sheer powder then you should get it you’ll enjoy it. But, its not going to show up like a blush or highlighter does or make you suddenly look air-brushed, its just going to cut some extra shine and may be blur a few imperfections?
While I was writing this, I though I’d do a quick comparison with the other powders that I have in my stash, the Hourglass Dim Light and the Guerlain Wulong Pressed Powder. While the Guerlain is discontinued, they do have permanent finishing powders in their line which are very similar to this one.
You can tell from the swatches, the Dim Light is paler and less “dense” and more glowy in comparison and the Guerlain is much lighter (nearly translucent) a true “finishing powder” with no coverage whatsoever and the one with most glow! The Chanel is more “yellow” and dense and can also work as a finishing powder when used with a light hand. None of these are anywhere close to as pigmented as the MAC powders are.
I do wear the Les Beiges alone on bare skin and it does feel comfortable and keeps any extra shine away.
Have you tried the Chanel Les Beiges ? Love or hate?