Chanel Les Beiges Powder

OK, i'll admit it. It was the compact that compelled me to buy this. There is nothing more chic than a Chanel compact, and like i've said before, I am a total sucker for lovely packaging. The other factor that appealed to me was the SPF 15 as I am spending 2 weeks in the sun so any additional sun protection is welcomed.

After buying it I came across the Youtube tutorial that Lisa Eldridge did using it for Chanel. Instead of putting it over foundation, she recommended applying it straight on to a clean face with a kabuki brush. I tried that method and I didn't really like it. I don't like the look or feeling of powder directly on my face so I have been using it as I would any other face powder over my foundation.

 

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder. I apply this with a large powder brush like this one.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder. I apply this with a large powder brush like this one.

I really enjoy using it. It is very finely milled which makes it not seem so powdery on the face (if that makes sense), and when lightly brushed over using a large powder brush it really does give a healthy glow. I opted for colour B20 which was the closest match to my skin tone, but I was advised that it is possible to buy a shade up and use it like a bronzer. I don't like the small brush that comes with the compact though (see the picture below). I've never worked out how to successfully use small powder brushes so I opt for my large brush or my Rae Morris kabuki brush to get more of a blending action happening.

Les Beiges powder compact showing the brush they supply. Soleil Tan de Chanel bronzing base.

Les Beiges powder compact showing the brush they supply. Soleil Tan de Chanel bronzing base.

You can buy this powder from Boots for Β£38.00 here in the UK. In Australia it costs $80 (ouch) and you would need to head to a Chanel counter to find it.

I am very tempted to try the Soleil Tan de Chanel bronzing base which Lisa Eldridge has also done a tutorial on, but I may have to wait for my next stint of airport tax-free shopping for that one.