Initial Impressions: Chanel Les Beiges Multi-Colour No 1. Light Harmony

Monday, May 19, 2014
I have a whole series of 'initial impressions' blog posts coming soon with multiple products in each post but for today I thought I would share my opinions and initial impressions of the new Chanel Les beiges Health Glow Multi-Colour (SPF15 PA++) (£39). This is my very first Chanel purchase!
I bought this product from House of Fraser as soon as I saw it as I think it is going to be a sell out product this summer! I bought the shade 'No 1 Light Harmony' which is the lightest shade of two. With the compact you receive a pouch (very fancy) and a semi circular brush which is fantastic! The powder consists of a top highlight layer, followed by a bronzer and finally a blusher. The highlighter does have fine shimmer in it and the bronzer/blusher also have shimmer in them but it is very very fine, it is hardly noticeable in the compact. 

Can we just have a moments silence for the gorgeous, luxe and freakin beautiful is this compact - even the brush and powder have 'chanel' written on them. Usually I throw away brushes but as this is Chanel there is no way this brush is going in the bin - and the brush is fantastic! The brush is super smooth, soft and effective for the highlight, bronzer and blusher. The brush is big but thin so it is great for contouring when used on its side and when used flat it is great for sweeping the product over the high points of the face that would catch the sun. 

Now onto the powders, the highlighter is a soft creamy champagne colour with noticeable fine shimmer. It is a super soft powder that is very easy to apply and blend. The shimmer isn't really noticeable on the skin, it just gives a subtle, lit from within glow *most used phrase in blogging ever*. I expected the pigmentation to be a little better as I do like a strong highlighter (such as TheBalm's Mary Loumanizer) but it is nice to have a more subtle sophisticated glow. 

Secondly the bronzer, I have only recently started to get into bronzer fully and I am loving the Bourjois Chocolate Bronzer. I was slightly concerned while buying this compact that the bronzer would be too strong, dark or orange on my super pale skin but it isn't. As you can see from the swatches above, the bronzer as well as the other powders isn't very pigmented which may be a negative for some people but for me it is great as it means I will not look like a muddy, orange tangoed mess! It does not look orange or dark on my skin, it blends so well that it looks very natural. I like the subtle glow the bronzer gives and it is fantastic for contouring - it is not shimmery at all so it is nice for a bronzy summer contour. 

Lastly the blush, if you have been following my blog for a while you will know that I am definitely not a blusher kind of girl but since using TheBalm's How 'Bout Them Apples Lip & Cheek Colour, I am a convert! I use the same Chanel brush for all of the powders and it works well. The blusher is the most pigmented when swatched but on the skin it is just like the highlighter and bronzer - subtle but gorgeous. I can easily get away with swirling the brush through all three powders then dusting it on the high points of the face for a lovely subtle, healthy glow - hence the name. 

Overall, I adore the packaging and the compact. I am very happy with my first Chanel purchase. All three powders are beautiful to use and give a lovely, subtle and glowing radiance to the skin. It would be great for travelling as you have three products (well five in one, if you count the mirror and brush) together. Some people will be disappointed with the subtle pigmentation but I love it, it is perfect for my very pale skin. I am knocking one star off for the price and the scent of the powders (which is nice and floral but I would have preferred it to be unscented). I will definitely get a lot of use out of this compact, I hope it isn't limited edition! ★★★★☆, 4/5 (almost 5/5).

What was your first Chanel purchase? Will this highlighter/bronzer/blusher compact be on your summer beauty wish list?

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  1. Wonderful post :) You've definitely convinced me to try this, it really does sound like it'll be a sell-out product this summer! And I love your pictures, they really show off the product well xoxo

  2. This is one of the prettiest products I've seen! I can just imagine how amazing it will look when all of the powders are swirled together.

    I was worried about the pigmentation before but I imagine that's entirely intentional as Chanel makeup is nicely pigmented in general.

    My first Chanel product was a blush, the most gorgeous shade of plum. I still feel it's too precious to use too often. I really want to buy a few items from the Les Beiges collection.

    Sej || What Would Grace Kelly Say?


  3. Thank you soo much for review!
    This product is so pretty!
    I saw and test it in the store, I love it! must buy! :)

  4. really , i am a big time lush kind of a girl .. stil have to purchase my first channel product
    this blusher looks nice
    keep in touch

  5. This looks gorgeous! x

  6. It looks so luxurious and lovely! x

  7. the brush caught my eye ! It's super cool and compact !

  8. The palette looks gorgeous!
    Thanks for the review!

  9. You're right, the packaging is gorgeous! Chanel always has beautiful makeup :)
    ßerry ♥ Stylish  

  10. Thanks for the review! I think the subtle pigmentation would be bad for me since I have tan skin!

    Lets keep in touch and follow each other on bloglovin! I always follow back!

    Love from Canada,

    Marie from Elle Charie


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