Chanel launched a Les Beiges Collection earlier this summer. I picked up the items from the collection a couple months ago before I left for Europe, took photos and swatches but didn't have time to edit (by now fall beauty has already started to hit counters!). I thought I'd share some quick thoughts on the lips and nails from the collection (nail polish swatches to be posted soon). There are three new lip items in this year's Les Beiges:
- Rose Tendre 204 Glossimer ($30) is a sheer milky smooth pink
- Beige Star 206 Glossimer ($30) is a creamy beige nude pink cream
- No. 10 Healthy Glow Hydrating Lip Balm ($36, limited-edition) is a medium sheer peachy pink cream
All three are light in color without shimmer. Pigment and coverage is sheer to medium - not so sheer that they are invisible on the lips, but still pretty light. I'm in love with all three colors. They give the lips the perfect wash of effortless color. Polished and natural.
For the glossimers, you may find similar colors or dupes. I'm a sucker for the lush glossy sheen Chanel Glossimers give the lips. Beige Star is very pretty - it's a your lips but better kind of gloss and covers the lip entirely. Rose Tendre is a sheer milky pink that goes on smoothly - many milky pinks tend to settle into my lip lines and are chalky looking (I have pigmented lips) but Rose Tendre goes on perfectly. It's my favorite milky pink gloss to date. Right now it appears both are permanent, but I'm not 100% sure.
For the Healthy Glow Hydrating Lip Balm, I expected it to be transparent on the lips. On the back of my hand it looks really pale and usually pale lip balms wash out once they go on my lips. No. 10 however gives sheer to medium even coverage. It is lighter than my natural lip color so I find when it fades I have a pale rim on the outer portion and a darker middle. Lasting power can be extended by lining the lips and filling them in with a beige lipliner (I'll have swatches below of some good light ones). In terms of hydration - it moisturizes the lips, but similar to the way Rouge Coco Shines do. It's emollient, glossy and feels nice without sliding off - I'm not sure I can really tell if there are true moisturizing properties in it. The good thing is it doesn't make my lips peel.
Two sets of swatch comparisons below, first to other glosses and then a few lipliners.
Bobbi Brown Illuminating Nudes Gloss in Almost Nude
Chanel Rose Reve Glossimer swatched here (discontinued)
NARS Lip Gloss in Belize
Chanel Precision Lip Liners in Natural, Beige Satin and Beige Innocent
NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in Buenos Aires
Burberry Lip Definer Pencil in Nude Beige
If you're a neutral lip lover, I think you will adore the Glossimers. The Lip Balm is lovely but given the size and pigment, I think it's overpriced. That being said I don't have anything like it in terms of the lightness of color but smooth coverage. Your mileage may vary depending on your skin tone and natural lip color. I was surprised at how much I liked it on the lips, but I don't love it enough to feel the need to buy a backup.
You can find the Les Beiges Collection at Chanel counters now. Online at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales and Chanel.com.