Chanel Les Beiges in No 10

I’ll be honest about this one–I more just wanted the beautiful packaging. Plus, I mean, how beautiful does Gisèle look in the ad campaign. Brainwashed by the media, I am.

How chic would it be to pull this compact out of your purse? Exactly.

Les Beiges isn’t meant to be a blotting powder (though it will absorb some oil), but a sort of skin finish, or a very sheer setting powder. It is very lightweight, and has a nearly undetectable shimmmer that leaves a slight glow to the skin–very natural and not powdery or cakey in the least.

You can use these powders in a few different ways:

  • As an all-over powder over moisturizer for a natural finish (these don’t provide coverage though, so you would need excellent skin)
  • As a finishing powder over makeup
  • To highlight and contour by using the lightest shade (see above) and a shade a few tones darker than your skin tone

I could see the darker tones as being a great tool for very fair-skinned girls who need to liven up their pale complexions in the winter. Since they are quite sheer, it would make for a foolproof application: no worrying about the bronzer looking like dirt on your face, or looking too orange.

I like to apply it in the afternoon all over when my tinted moisturizer needs a bit of freshening up (and the powder has a beautiful scent, that smells clean and fresh). The included brush is soft and great for sweeping across the nose or down cheekbones, but I like to use my retractable kabuki brush when buffing the powder in a circular motion all over the face for a glowy finish.


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