Chanel launched some new additions to its Les Beiges collection last week – and tres chic they are too! As with the existing items in the Chanel Les Beiges range, the idea is that the make-up “instantly enhances comfort, pleasure and elegance”, and takes natural beauty to a new level.
The stand-out is the Les Beiges Healthy Glow Gel Touch Foundation SPF25 /PA *** (£46), which is – frankly – the best foundation I have tried in yonks. It’s an innovative aqua-gel foundation which comes in the form of a liquid that is squeezed through mesh liner, and can be applied using the sponge pad provided, or with a brush or blender. Since Les Beiges Healthy Glow Gel Touch Foundation is a jellified emulsion containing 56% water, it is extremely lightweight, hydrating and refreshing – it’s so light that you barely notice it on the skin; it’s only when you realise that all your imperfections have been masked, and your complexion has a radiance that it didn’t have prior to application, that you begin to appreciate how marvellous this product is.
Whereas previous “cushion foundations” that I’ve tried have not provided sufficient coverage, this new one from the Chanel Les Beiges collection works miracles while looking completely natural. Of course it helped that the shade I was sent to try was absolutely ideal – No22 Rose. I am still, at the age of 45, prone to getting shiny and so with a foundation like this, I make sure I carry a powder compact with me in case some blotting is required – but I would much prefer to do that and wear a lovely-feeling and looking base like this, than wear a heavier, more matte foundation which is potentially less flattering and less comfortable on the more mature skin! I also love the fact that the Healthy Glow Gel Touch offers decent sun protection.
My other favourite of the Chanel Les Beiges products is the the Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick Blush (£34), which I tried in the new shade of Blush No24. This blusher stick provides silky, easily blendable and fine colour and is great for giving cheeks a pop of fresh colour. The No24 shade is a beautiful coral; there is also a new pink shade joining the existing pair.
Unfortunately, I was disappointed in the Les Beiges Healthy Glow Natural Eyeshadow Palette (£45), a quintet of eyeshadow shades chosen “to boost the natural sparkle” of the eyes. An awful lot of effort was required when applying the paler shades in the palette, and the dark one is a very strange, sludgy colour with which you don’t want to be too heavy-handed. Up close, I wasn’t very keen on the results; they looked quite pretty from a normal distance but as Chanel eyeshadow palettes go, this is not a patch on the last eyeshadow quartet they brought out. It will see me through into summer!