Why? Because these powders are so sheer, the darkest shade in 70 may serve deeper skin tones but only up to a point.
The premise behind this powder is radiant, subtly glowing, brighter skin. It’s meant to make you look like you’ve spent the day in the sun. Hence the reason you won’t achieve full coverage with this. I have shades 50 and 60, with 60 being in my collection for a few years now. You’ll see how much I’ve used from the photographs. I bought shade 50 as a bit of an experiment to see if it could work for me and it can, if I use a light hand and focus more on the high points of my face.
But no matter your skin tone, here’s why Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder may be a lovely addition to your stash, just know that it won’t cover blemishes, nor will it stand in as a powder foundation.
Contains SPF 15.
Sheer, yet buildable coverage.
Long-wearing and weightless on the skin.
Can be used to blot up any excess shine.
Light floral scent.
Shade 50 is yellow-based and not terribly lighter than shade 60.
Shade 60 is warmer, with a hint of red undertone.
The powders are tightly packed into the compact and when swatched or looked at in direct sunlight, you can see the tiniest bits of mica but on the skin it becomes undetectable.
Applying this powder to your skin is best done with a brush that has densely packed bristles so that it can be buffed in. At the same time, the small half-moon brush it comes with is also useful. I’ve tried using a flat powder puff to apply but I could never quite gauge how much was making it onto my skin with that method so unless you have ace powder puff skills, I’d bypass that method.
Earlier this year, Chanel released a new version of this powder in six shades without SPF. Some reviews of the newer version report that the original formula is preferable but sampling both may help you decide.
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder contains white rose and cotton flower which offer a softening effect on the skin. Shea butter is also among the ingredients but don’t hold me to that as ingredients change over time. Case in point, realising that these powders no longer contain SPF.
Most skin types are likely to get along well with this powder including drier types as it has never robbed my dry skin of what little naturally occurring oils it has. Plus the powder photographs well and is easily portable. If you’re truly fragrance-averse then you may want to skip this although the scent is quite subtle.
The original compact is beautiful but I’ll admit that this year’s launch which includes a newer design featuring cursive writing across the outside of the compact is stunning especially if you’re a makeup collector.
Ultimately, it’s about what’s inside right? And these powders certainly are worthy of permanent residence in your bag on a daily basis. It has accompanied me on every occasion and travelled with me year-round. So referring to it as a staple is indeed natural.
There are more powder suggestions [here] and even another featuring Chanel’s oil-free Universal loose powder [in this post]. But if you need to up your self-care game before even entertaining thoughts about makeup, there are two soothing mask suggestions ready and waiting [here] and I hope this helps.