If you use your Chanel Les Beiges powders on a near-daily basis (I do) then you will most likely want to snap up one of the new, limited edition Marinière versions. They give the same perfected glow as the standard Les Beiges powders but with a bit of extra – very subtle – colour, and the tones are versatile, buildable and believable.
If you haven’t yet been initiated into the wonderful world of Les Beiges then let me warn you: beauty people are divided. Many (myself included) swear by it as a kind of foundation top coat that gives an undetectable veil of healthiness and radiance. It’s like a glow powder without any kind of highlighter pigment whatsoever – I’m not sure how it produces such a radiant finish, but it does. As a face powder it takes away shine without dulling the skin or making it look dry, as a complexion enhancer it simply adds the tiniest degree of healthy “outdoorsy” warmth.
There are those who would say “why bother?” and there are others who feel as though a natural daytime makeup look is unfinished without a quick sweep of Les Beiges to perfect and blur and add glow. For the “why bother?” people, Marinière could actually be the version you’ve been waiting for – 01 gives a pinkish, sun-flushed tinge:
(apologies for lack of eye makeup here – I was in proper testing mode and hadn’t yet got to the mascara stage!) and shade 02, below is really a lovely fair-to-medium bronzer. But one with the softest finish – it’s utterly foolproof.
I haven’t really gone to town with it but you can see how it adds a warmth to the skin without looking too orange. Die-hard Les Beiges users might argue that you could simply use a darker shade of the standard powder (I use shade 30 as a kind of contouring bronzer, shade 10 as my skin-match powder) but there’s a multi-tonal quality to the Marinière edition that I really like. If you “really like” too then get in there quick – I can imagine that these will fly from the shelves.