Chanel Les Beiges Comparisons

August 20, 2013

Here are a few comparisons of the new Chanel Les Beiges to some other powders including the Poudre Douce Soft Pressed Powder in Pêche Tendre 20 (discontinued), Double Perfection Lumèire in 20 Beige and MAC Golden Bronzer.

In general the Les Beiges powders are among the sheerest of the sheer when it comes to pressed powders. They aren’t quite as sheer as MAC Blot Powders though (which I always found chalky-looking). You can definitely layer the Les Beiges over tinted moisturizers or foundations. Buffing in a circular motion with a denser brush helps build color.

I would say the Les Beiges are most similar in concept to the discontinued Poudre Douce Soft Pressed Powders even though these only came in lighter shades. Pêche Tendre 20 (no longer available in the US) has a more glowy finish with visible shimmer. Les Beiges No. 20 has no visible shimmer and goes on the skin more pinkish.

Below you can see that the Double Perfection Lumiere in 20 Beige has significantly more coverage than the Les Beiges powders and that in general the darker Les Beiges powders are quite a bit warmer in undertone. They aren’t quite as brown as MAC Golden Bronzer (which also has more of a glow at a cheaper price) but Les Beiges have a similar natural finish.

Close up of the lighter shades:


Right now my favorite finishing powders are tied between NARS Light Reflecting Loose Powder (I haven’t tried the pressed) and Dolce & Gabbana’s Powder Foundation (I currently mix 100 and 140). Chanel Double Perfection used to be a favorite before they reformulated to the current Double Perfection Lumiere formula.

The more I use the Les Beiges the more I like them. My initial thoughts were slightly less than impressed due to the sheerness. I’ve found that buffing in a circular motion creates a nice glow – something definitely more natural and suited to my preference than mineral powder foundations (pressed or loose), but similar in result by blending out imperfections (only when layered over liquid foundations though for me).

You can find Les Beiges now at Nordstrom.

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  • I love the color selections in this collection. Really impressive! I would prob need the n20 and n30. Perfect all around light bronzed glow. 🙂

  • Great post! I have been looking for a good sheer loose powder because the one that I am using now just makes me look chalky.



  • Oh! Another endorsment for NARS, I simply must try it. I don't know why I can never make up my mind about it. I wonder if Pêche Tendre would still be available here? I'm going to have a look, the color would be quite nice for me.

  • Why you do not like new double perfection lumiere?

  • Hi Sabrina! Super thanks for these comparisons. Ive been on the fence with rhese powders because theyre all the rave but Im just not so convinced. Im thinking if I do buy, it'll be more for the packaging than the product itself.

    Btw, what camera and lighting setup do you use? Your photos and swatches (esp!) are so clear!

  • I would classify Les Beiges as a pressed sheer setting powder. It perfectly fits with my makeup routine–using it as a setting powder over Nars tinted moisturizer.

    Since you like more coverage, have you tried YSL Matt Touch powder foundation? I used to love it before switching to Nars tinted moisturizer. I have a swatch of it in shade #4 on my instagram page comparing it with Les Beiges N20 🙂