Want to Look Like You Just Spent an Afternoon Outdoors? Try Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder

Chanel Les Beiges brush

Radiance-boosting powder seems to be all the rage this year. Recently Chanel joined the game with their own version, only they took it one step further! Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder (RRP in Belgium: 48 euros) is a pressed powder that is supposed to enhance glow and make you look like you just spent an afternoon outdoors. Let’s find out how it measures up!

Chanel Les Beiges box

To fit the beige theme, the box and packing of Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder are different from the standard black. Note how the compact contains a generous 12 grams/0.42 oz, and the powder has SPF 15 / PA ++. It’s nice to have some extra protection from a product that you can use for touch-ups!

Chanel Les Beiges packaging

Here you can see the size of the compact. Once you open it up, you will see a mirror and a brush along with the powder.

From what I can tell, the full range of shades goes from 10 to 70. In Belgium however, only 20 to 60 are available. I thought 30 would be the right match, but I was a little surprised when I saw even that seemed too “dark.” What I soon realized however, is that these powders are so sheer that even the 50 I also received doesn’t look off on me.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder 30, 40, 50

Here you can see the three compacts (30, 40, 50) and the brush. The brush functions for touch-ups, but in the morning I still prefer to apply the powder with a fluffy powder brush.

The powder itself is very typically Chanel in the best way possible! It is so silky, lightweight, and almost creamy. I can see some tiny light-reflecting particle upon close inspection, but it is so tiny that it is invisible on the face. The powder has the signature Chanel rosy scent, though it is dispersed quickly and I am not bothered.

This is a closeup of 30:

Chanel Les Beiges 30 closeup

Closeup of 40:

Chanel Les Beige 40 closeup

Closeup of 50:

Chanel Les Beige 50 closeup

This is how 30, 40, and 50 swatch on me. Do note that it took some building up for the color to show, and in reality they all more or less blend into my skin tone easily (with 30 being the easiest, though even 50 only appears ever-so-slightly darker):

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder 30, 40, 50 swatch

What I like about these powders is they all seem pretty neutral to me, and since they are so sheer, I don’t expect them to look fake or awkward on anyone. Of course if 20 is your good match and you get 70 instead, it might not work as easily for you (we’re talking about an afternoon outdoors, not a beach holiday). Other than that, these aren’t “bronzers” that could potentially go very wrong, yet they make that bit of “difference” that people won’t be able to put their fingers around.

The finish of this powder is velvety. It is not matte, but it is not as “radiance-boosting” as for example Guerlain Météorites. I like how it gives the foundation a better finish and keeps my blush going for longer, which is what a good setting/finishing powder does. It is not the most oil-controlling powder I have tried, so I would recommend people with combination/oily skin to combine it with a oil-control primer. However, because the powder is so fine and weightless, it won’t feel like you are piling the product on with the touch-ups.

I have worn 30 in the following photos:

Estee Lauder Pretty Naughty

OPI What Wizardry Is This liquid sand

Here is the ingredient list if anyone needs it:

Chanel Les Beiges powder Ingredients

Bottom line:  It is important to know Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder is pretty much in its own league. If you are looking for a bronzer, this won’t fit the bill. It is essentially a setting/finishing powder that gives you a tiny bit of warmth and a nice velvety finish. If that’s what you’ve been dreaming of, then Chanel Les Beiges might just rock your world with its superbly fine texture!

Have you seen Chanel Les Beiges around? Have you purchased a glow-enhancing product recently? What is your go-to setting powder, or radiance-boosting setting powder in particular?

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

Mostly Sunny disclosure

  • http://www.bellachique.be Teri

    I really love the packaging, it’s chique and different from the usual Chanel compacts. 30 looks perfect on you, love it! ^^

    • Sunny

      Thanks Teri! I promise even 50 doesn’t look too off on me either, but perhaps it’s because my face is the lightest part to begin with!

  • Anne

    This is way out of my budget, and I don’t thinik I’d use it a lot (but maybe one day in the future), but it does sound like a great product. It’d be so interesting to know the steps of the creative process to come up with such a product…

    • Sunny

      Hey Anne, I like to know how products are conceived as well. You just get a much better idea about how they’re intended to be used that way!

      • Anne

        Yes! I’m probably a bit of a nerd, but I’d really like to know the technology behind it! :)

  • http://myfashiontrendencies.com Chris

    3 gives you a nice healthy glow. You just reminded me that its about time I revisit my Chanel bronzer. :)

    P.S. those coral lippies look so pretty on you!

    • Sunny

      Haha yes take that bronzer out!!! Thanks Chris :)

  • http://makeupmorsels.wordpress.com Makeup Morsels

    Why yes, I would like to look like that! The velvety finish is really nice, gives that airbrushed effect but doesn’t look fake, like you said. And I know I already said this, but damn I love those nails on you. Such a cool color/finish!

    • Sunny

      Aww thanks MM! I personally like some powder, because it always blurs imperfections further!

  • http://www.beautyloves.be BeautyLoves

    Gorgeous products! I haven’t seen or tried them yet, but I’m guessing I’ll be a 20. I do love the packaging, it’s so simple, yet chic. Definitely going on my lust list 😀

    • Sunny

      Hey Stamatia, yeah I think 20 might match your skin tone better indeed (mine as well actually). They’re already available so take a look and see how you like them!

  • http://wade-ashore.blogspot.com Caise

    I got mine in 10 which is a little too dark for me but it still somehow matches my skin tone and I don’t look weird. the best thing is that it kind of look for me orange/brown and I was so afraid to use it because I haven’t found a right bronzer for me because I usally look bad wearing warm colors but it doesn’t look brown on me yay:)
    it looks perfect on you!

    • Sunny

      Yay I’m glad to hear that! I don’t think any of these shades are too orange/brown, so I’m glad to hear it works for ya!

  • http://beautiesatwork.wordpress.com/ beauties

    love the beige packaging :)

    • Sunny

      Yeah it feels more spring/summery for some reason :)

  • Dominique

    I have les Beiges shade 20 ( in France we only have 5 shades too ), it’s a very good powder, so smooth and subtle. It is very natural, as you said sheer but it really enhances the skin. I agree the brush is for touch ups, and this is not a bronzing powder at all ( quite the opposite, it remains extremely natural ). I love the texture, the result on my skin and the beautiful packaging, it’s the 1st time Chanel has used beige packagings in fact, I mean for makeup.
    For summer days, I will purchase shade 30 and even if we had 10, I would not have bought it because it looks very very pale. To me Les Beiges is a perfect powder, so is the Nars Reflecting powder but not for the same purpose and the same result. You are right, powders are trendy and some are highly good, I am a huge fan of powders so I am very happy about it ^^

    • Sunny

      Hey Dominique, I’m glad to hear you like your Les Beiges! I think 30 will be a perfect match for my skin tone in summer, so maybe I’ll try 40 because I can go a shade darker. I definitely need some setting powder myself, so it’s nice to see so many new options this year!

  • Paige

    You look lovey with there with a subtle tan. The effect looks so natural–not orange, not brown, and not shimmery either–just a hint of glow. Initially, when I saw promo ads of Les Beiges, I wasn’t interested in them at all thinking they are just another collection of powders. Boy, was I wrong. Now, after seeing their effect, I look forward to check them out when they are released in the U.S.

    I’ve just recently gotten into using radiance-boosting powder. I purchased one of Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders (the shade/effect I chose was Diffused). It gives me a nice glow and diminishes the appearances of pores. I’ve been using it everyday, lightly dusting it over my face. However it’s a light-colored powder suited better for my skin in the winter. I would need a different powder for summer. I was thinking of getting another Hourglass powder, this time in Radiant. However, since there’s this Les Beiges collection as well, I’m going to have to compare between the two.

    • Sunny

      Thanks Paige! When I first saw the promo I thought it’d be a powder foundation, but apparently everybody was wrong 😉

      I’d love to hear how you’d compare the two! I just laid my hands on Hourglass Radiant Light, but it contains way more light-reflecting particle so it really depends on the effect you want!

  • http://www.chloeash.com Lily (@ChloeAsh)

    That’s a nice one, Sunny! I’d be lemming for this if I wanted to look more tanned, but you know, Asians living in Asian countries are more about brightening powders. LOLOL!!!

    • Sunny

      Haha well if you pick a shade that fits your skin tone you won’t necessarily end up looking more tanned! I like this because it is practically shimmer-free, so when there is sun I risk less having particle catching light on my face. It’ll probably be distracting.

  • http://www.strawberryblondebeauty.com/ Nic @Strawbry_Blonde

    I so want to try this… I know it’s not a bronzer, but is there any reason it couldn’t be used as one – or for subtle contouring?


    • Sunny

      Hey Nic, if you want something VERY subtle then sure, but it’ll really be a smidgen of difference I think!

  • http://beautyreductionista.blogspot.ca/ Liz

    Is it ridiculous that I want ALL of them? Something about the smooth velvety look of those powders in the pan…! Sadly, I don’t have the budget for these right now but they are very tempting and look great on you!

    • Sunny

      Haha I’d urge you to pick ONE shade to begin with, Liz!

  • http://kissandmakeupsbeautyblog.wordpress.com/ Kiss & Make-up

    I think I need this…! :-)

    I just spent the whole day outdoors skiing by the way but my face is more red and sore than anything else. But that’s what sub-zero temperatures and snow/ice smashing into your face at full speed do…

    • Sunny

      LOL sounds like you had fun though!

  • http://www.lenallure.com L e n a

    how subtle yet beautiful!
    you look indeed naturally radiant wearing this, Sunny. 😉
    love that it has sun protection as well.

    • Sunny

      Aww thanks Lena! Hurrah for extra sun protection too!

  • Eileen

    Great review, Sunny. I especially appreciate your clarification regarding the intended use. I think many of us were a bit confused as to whether it was an all over radiance powder, a light bronzer, or just what exactly it was 😛 Your thorough review cleared up the mystery. Thank you. It looks like a wonderful option for those of us with lighter complexions (I’m NC15) to add a bit of summer’s warmth without necessarily going the bronzer route. And, because it is in a compact, it will be travel friendly.

    • Sunny

      Hey Eileen, you’re welcome! Les Beiges give just a hint of warmth and it’s hard to overdo, so if you’re looking for something for that purpose it will totally work!

  • http://www.unprofessionalbeautyblog.com Angela @ The Unprofessional Beauty Blog

    I really want to love this because it looks really nice on you, but I think I’ll have to skip this due to that ingredient list. I think Chanel has to be quite daring to be charging such a price tag and put talc in this.

    • Sunny

      Hey Angela, I’m personally not allergic to talc so it’s fine by me. There must be talc-free alternatives around though, so look into those!

  • http://miaka-mylife.blogspot.com Ruby

    This is a great review, Sunny. I would prefer it coming with a puff than a brush though, just my personal preference.

    • Sunny

      Hey Ruby, to be honest I don’t think I’ve ever used a puff! The brush is fine for touch-ups though!

  • http://www.valleydollbeautyblog.blogspot.com ValleyDoll

    You’ve made me very curious ! And love how the packaging is beige instead of black, it’s something else for a change.

    • Sunny

      Yeah I think the packaging works well with the concept :)

  • http://www.peggytimmermans.be/blog Peggy Timmermans Visagie

    I am very curious what no 40 is going to look like on me! I think way to dark but after reading this it might be ok!

    • Sunny

      Hey Peggy, I can do 50 and it’s not off-looking. It could also be because my neck is slightly darker to begin with though!

  • http://www.qtplace.com Mattania

    I love this product so much!! I’m glad I have one :)

    • Sunny

      Yay glad to hear you like it too! I think it’s great for transitioning into spring/summer, and also it’ll be great for early autumn when you’re not yet ready to part with the tan :)

  • http://mybeautysample.com/ Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    I don’t know that I’d splurge for one of these but the beige compact is calling to me!! 😛

    • Sunny

      Haha yeah the packaging is definitely one of the best things about these!

  • http://mylucitedreams.com Taylor

    I love the packaging!! The shade looks gorgeous, just a subtle amount of warmth, I loooove it!!

    • Sunny

      Hey Taylor, I still have to try the Chanel cream bronzer that you love so much, but before I pluck up enough courage this will do :)

  • Zara


    What do you think will match a Nc 42… indian skin perfectly and most naturally??

    Also which could be used to add more of ‘soft very soft tan feel’ [would it have to go to a 60 or 70??]

    • Sunny

      Hey Zara, actually it’s a little hard to tell because of the nature of this powder. If I want something that fits my skin tone the best, it’d probably be 20. I use 30 now, and I look like I just spent a little time in the sun, but definitely not too much. Since you’re several shades darker than I am, I’d say start with 50 and see where that takes you. I think ultimately they’re all designed to give you a bit of color, but in a very credible way. Hope this helps!

  • http://www.imz-itsalondinthing.com Imzlondon

    What a great review! Ive picked up shade 40 right after reading this. I think its sheer enough so that darker skin tones can still use it and have a healthy glow without looking ruddy or ashy.

    • Sunny

      Oh thanks! I’m glad to hear you like it!

  • http://isabelletakingchances.blogspot.be/ Isabelle Van Otten

    Just discovered your blog and really enjoyed reading it!
    I wanted to buy this at ‘Ici Paris XL’ but the girl who worked there said I would look old with this because it’s too matte. So I didn’t buy it… Now all these great reviews are popping up and I regret it so much that I didn’t buy it!
    But now that I read your blogpost, I WILL buy it, no matter what she says 😀

    x Isabelle

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Isabelle, I don’t really think this is too matte! It depends on how you use it really. From what I can see it’s not a flat-looking powder! You should have it applied at the counter to see how you feel!

  • Az

    I am having the most difficult time choosing a color as they only have 10 and 20 where I live! I have warm, yellow undertones to my skin and am generally a medium – to light tan. What would you recommend for me?

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Az, wow, only 10 and 20? I wouldn’t say your undertone matters too much here. However, if you’re more tanned than I am (NC25-30), I don’t really think 10 or 20 is going to give you too much color. I’d say go with 20 and buff it in with a kabuki brush!

      • Az

        I’m actually traveling to Singapore tomorrow where they carry a larger shade range so I plan on picking up the right shade. I’m an NC35/37. which shade would you recommend for me?

        • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

          Hey Az, I’d say take a look at 30 or 40 depending on how much “color” you want and how you want to apply. I can wear 30 as a setting powder for example, but if I buff it in with a kabuki brush the bronzing effect would be rather obvious!