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!
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!
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.
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:
Closeup of 40:
Closeup of 50:
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):
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:
Here is the ingredient list if anyone needs it:
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