Chanel Cruise Collection 2017 – Les Indispensables de L’Ete

May 31, 2017

Chanel Cruise Collection Summer 2017 Review | The Beauty Look Book

Chanel summer launched a little over a month ago with their Cruise Collection called Les Indispensables de L’Ete. I’ve been testing these a bit longer than normal as I had such mixed feelings about the products I kept trying to make them work but in the end decided I just could not. I’ve been a long time fan of Chanel and the spring/summer collections are usually my favorite. This launch had a few items that caught my eye so I ordered them sight unseen as most of it didn’t launch in stores until weeks later. I did try the remainder of the items at a counter while I was in New York but did not pick up anything else. Much to my disappointment, out of items I ordered the only things that worked for me were the nail polishes. What I hauled:

Up first are thoughts on the Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Colour, I bought three shades as I found the original Sheer Colour formula ran a bit on the darker side for me.  The new Les Beiges line are powders described as a powder bronzer and highlighter in one with illuminating pigments. They recommend you buy one darker than your skintone to use as a bronzer and one lighter to use as a highlight. The concept sounded promising so I didn’t trying for colors that could be both a highlight or bronzer. The colors ended up swatching a bit lighter on the skin compared to what I saw in the pan. They had an almost creamy feel to the touch yet looked extremely powdery on the skin. There wasn’t enough color or pigment to use as a proper bronzer or highlighter, yet there was too much shimmer to use as a setting powder. I tried it by dusting it all over and it looked way too shimmery all over the face. I tried the deeper color ones at the counter and they looked muddy on my skin. All three shades I bought were a complete miss for me – the product just sat on my skin, even over foundation and or any tinted moisturizer. I couldn’t make these work as a highlight, bronzer or setting powder. I can’t remember the last time I was this disappointed in a makeup product, although I tend to get let down by a lot of mascara formulas.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Powder, Light, Medium Light and Medium

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Powder, Light, Medium Light and Medium

I had high hopes for the lip colors but was also disappointed with the ones I picked. I’ve been a huge fan of the Rouge Coco Shine and Rouge Coco Stylo lip formulas. Something was missing or changed with these. The Rouge Coco Shines in this launch had a sheer streaky finish that didn’t meld well with my lips. Golden Sun is a pretty light orangey gold but on the lips went on streaky. Golden Sand should have been right up my alley but also went on a bit streaky and even though it looked sandy in the tube it went on a bit dead-looking on my lips. The Rouge Coco Stylo in Panorama was a streaky goopy mess upon contact. The color is so pretty but was an utter fail on the lips. It almost disintegrates upon contact and doesn’t apply smoothly or adhere to the lips. Perhaps I got a dud – I can’t believe this would perform that poorly considering I’ve had such great experiences with the other shades.

Chanel Cruise 2017 Rouge Coco Shine and Rouge Coco Stylo | The Beauty Look Book

On the left is Rouge Coco Shine in Golden Sun with the Medium Light Les Beiges on the cheeks. It’s hard to tell I have anything on but it just gives my skin a chalky look/finish.

On the right is the Rogue Coco Stylo in Panorama + Medium Les Beiges on the cheeks. This one too is also virtually undetectable but just looks powdery and emphasizes texture on the skin. Top from Nordstrom.

Chanel Cruise 2017 Rouge Coco Shine and Rouge Coco Stylo | The Beauty Look Book

Swatches, all three are listed as limited-edition on

Chanel Cruise 2017 Rouge Coco Shine and Rouge Coco Stylo | The Beauty Look Book

Chanel Cruise 2017 Rouge Coco Shine and Rouge Coco Stylo | The Beauty Look Book

Last we have the four Le Vernis nail polishes. I’m a coral lover so 3 of these were perfect for me. They do have a similar vibe to many older discontinued shades. I think Chanel Coralium is pretty much identical to Dior’s Coral Crush. (Comparison swatches below.) Coquillage is a creamy light orange, Sea Whip is a pretty peach, Coralium is a coral pink, Sargasso is a color I found an odd pick for summer. It’s a very dark green with a hint of shimmer. Right now Coralium is the only one that isn’t listed as limited-edition.

Chanel Cruise 2017 Nail Polishes, Coquilage, Sea Whip, Coralium, Sargaso

Swatches with each color shown with two coats, the pigment is excellent and coverage smooth with these.

Chanel Cruise 2017 Nail Polishes, Coquilage, Sea Whip, Coralium, Sargaso

Swatch comparisons, note that both sets are the same, just with different lighting to try and show the differences in color. Most of these have been discontinued. Colors you can find now include Tulle, Sea Whip, Coralium, Turban, Espadrilles, Aventure and Coral Crush.

Chanel Cruise 2017 Nail Polishes, Coquilage, Sea Whip, Coralium, Sargaso Comparisons

Chanel Cruise 2017 Nail Polishes, Coquilage, Sea Whip, Coralium, Sargaso Comparisons

When it comes to buying things sight unseen I think it’s a given that not everything will be a hit. I’ve been lucky so far that I’ve had mostly hits even when I order things without testing first. For the most part I found this collection a miss. By now most of you who are Chanel fans have most likely seen all of these at the stores near you. If you’ve tried it I’d love to hear your thoughts. Any ideas on how you’ve been using the powders would be great to read about for me. The lip items are just not workable for me color-wise or formula-wise, but I have plenty of other lip items to keep me busy for a very long time.

You can find the Chanel Cruise collection online and in stores now. I ordered my items from and Nordstrom.

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  • Amanda Hollingsworth May 31, 2017 at 7:41 am

    Even aesthetically this collection leaves me cold. Three nail colours that are similar to each other and one that has no business in a summer collection. Everything else was just too similar in look to the last three years to make me feel like I was getting anything new. After a great start from Luca Pica I felt that this collection had no cohesion and was thrown together on a whim with no understanding of the core customer whatsoever. It just all looked and felt so average. Now when you look at what Tom Ford and Suqqu gave us for this Summer there is no choice where to spend your money. I haven’t been so disappointed since the horror story of a collection that wasn’t a Christmas Collection but sold at Christmas in 2016. Raise your game Chanel because everyone else has.

    • BeautyLookBook May 31, 2017 at 9:49 pm

      LOL your comment made me laugh so hard, I’m almost in tears. “One that has no business in a summer collection” is exactly spot on.

      • Amanda Hollingsworth June 1, 2017 at 10:53 am

        I treated myself to this year’s La Mer Ltd Edition Bronzer and the Body oil. The Bronzer is exquisite. Pricey but it feels and looks so extravagant. And of course I had to get the new formula Ultimate Bronzer from my beloved Mr Ford.

        I’ve seen a few pieces from Chanel Fall……I think Luca’s had a brain fart because the face compact is inexplicable. 1/3 of it is given over to concealer and for love nor money I don’t understand why? Xx

    • Eileen June 1, 2017 at 2:28 pm

      Oh, Amanda! You’ve so perfectly expressed my frustration with the direction Chanel has been taking–collections that are a hodgepodge of out of sync colors. I could go on and on about how the changing seasons should be celebrated for the the way in which the variances in weather, light, and nature’s own evolving palette influence what we are drawn to, but Pica and Chanel seem to be in love with the absence of seasons.

  • loriindc May 31, 2017 at 7:54 am

    My best makeup memories are of Chanel purchases, but ever since Luca took over I’ve been at a loss. Each collection is worse than the last. I don’t expect to love it all, but I usually find a few items that I love in each collection. And how do you mess up bronzers so badly? Sigh. I just saw pics of the Fall collection and I’m further bummed.

    • Jelena Stojnic May 31, 2017 at 9:46 am

      Sadly I have to agree about Luca. She needs to go.

    • BeautyLookBook May 31, 2017 at 9:56 pm

      Hi Lori – I feel the same. On another note if you’re in the market for a new bronzer, when I was in New York with Amy from Cafe Makeup we checked out the two Guerlain ones. She is light/fair skinned and the shimmery Guerlain one just made her whole face glow beautifully! I have resisted since then but it is a really pretty option.

    • Suzanna May 31, 2017 at 10:17 pm

      Fall collection similarly uninspiring, I agree. Time for something new. I’ve always looked forward to Chanel seasonal collections, but there now have been some thuds/duds back to back. Tom Ford and Chantecaille have had lovely items this summer and that’s where I’ve spent my money.

      • loriindc June 1, 2017 at 8:48 am

        I really need to branch out and try those lines as well as Guerlain.

  • Eileen May 31, 2017 at 9:09 am

    This year I decided to try the new Les Beiges powder and was terribly disappointed. I purchased the Light which actually gave my fair skin some color, but it was unflattering in the extreme. The powder never melded with my complexion for that healthy glow that Les Beiges promotes. Instead, it looked powdery and like it was just sitting on the surface. Not light enough for a highlighter; not dark enough for a bronzer, the degree of sparkle also rendered it unfit as a finishing powder. I’ve worn powders for sixty years so I know all about various application techniques. Perhaps some women will love this new powder, but I just couldn’t get it to look good on me. I hate to return a product, but since the SA talked it up as giving that real-skin, healthy glow–which it failed to do in an astounding way–I took it back and exchanged it for the original Les Beiges powder in #10. It does have a natural glow and it warms up my fair skin just enough as I switch to a more springtime palette.

    • BeautyLookBook May 31, 2017 at 9:54 pm

      Hi Eileen – glad to know I’m not the only one who couldn’t figure out how to get the powder to work. No matter how I tried it just was a total fail. The original ones are so good. Glad you were able to exchange it!

  • Suzanna May 31, 2017 at 9:53 am

    I tried the same Les Beiges the other day, and despite being told how wonderful the product made my skin look, the mirror told otherwise. The product was a shimmery but dull (how did they accomplish that feat?) mess.

    The rest of the collection did not tempt me. The coral polishes are pretty, but not my thing.

    As an aside, I have never found a Channel foundation that has worked for me. They are invariably orange and the textures are sticky or wet.

    I swear by Le Volume mascara, however.

    • BeautyLookBook May 31, 2017 at 9:53 pm

      Hi Susanna – you’re so right! Shimmery but dull is exactly what the powders looked like on my skin. I thought maybe I’m just not the right skintone, but it appears it’s like this with a lot of other beauty lovers as well.

  • Elena May 31, 2017 at 10:10 am

    I tried the whole collection as it launched in the London Chanel boutique earlier than the rest of the UK… I appreciate your honest review and I felt the same. I was head over heels with Le Beiges earlier this year but this collection didn’t do it for me the same way. I skipped tre bronzer/highlighter. Too shiny as a bronzer and not special as a highlighter. Got two Rouge Coco Stylos and I like those, but I’m not wowed by them. The two eye pencils are worth investing in though- I love the shades.

    • BeautyLookBook May 31, 2017 at 9:50 pm

      Thanks Elena! So glad to hear I’m not the only one who felt this way! Will look into the eye pencils again 🙂

  • Amy Case May 31, 2017 at 11:59 am

    DIsappointing! I will admit that Tom Ford tends to get my business as far as lipstick….haven’t bought a Chanel lipstick in about two years! I do like their formula, though. Same with the polishes; I tend to like *maybe* one Chanel polish per season, and I don’t like purchasing shades that are too similar to other polishes I have. This collection doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. I think I’ll be passing.

    • BeautyLookBook May 31, 2017 at 9:52 pm

      If it doesn’t speak to you then yes I’d agree that it should be a pass.

  • TraceyEB May 31, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    I purchased 2 items from this collection. At my local Chanel counter, I was matched to Medium Deep in the Les Beiges Healthy Glow product. As someone with light-to-medium skin tone, I expected to be matched to one of the lighter shades. To test the shade range, I asked the MUA to apply Medium to other side of my face and I borrowed her mirror and went outside to have a look. Clearly, Medium Deep looked best and I love the reddy colour of this shade, which suits me best. Medium, though, had an unflattering yellow tone viewable in natural light. I’m so glad I checked in natural light. The shade range is very limited, which is unfortunate.

    The other item I picked up was the Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo in Sepia (207). I love it! It’s a darker red shade that feels light on the lips. It’s my first Coco Stylo.

    • BeautyLookBook May 31, 2017 at 9:52 pm

      Oooh good thing you checked in natural light too!

  • DB_Boston May 31, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    Each spring, I look forward to running to the Chanel counter and purchasing a new Les Beige in 10. I love the glow that it gives my skin. This year, I opted to try the Healthy Glow Luminous and was disappointed in the quality. After lightly dusting my brush over the powder, the compact was a mess and there was more product in my sink than on my brush. I immediately justified the waste as a small price to pay. My real heartbreak came when I looked in the mirror after applying to see the powder sitting on top of my skin, which looked frosty instead of glowy. Every line and crease was pronounced. I returned the product to the Chanel counter, which is something I rarely if ever do. I reminded the salesperson that she assured me the product would deliver radiance, which is not true.

    • BeautyLookBook May 31, 2017 at 9:51 pm

      The original Les Beiges powders are so good. I was also really excited about a luminous version but for me yes, lines and creases are emphasized with it 🙁

  • Swingtime May 31, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    Well, that’s unfortunate–it all looks so pretty. Great review, though!

    • BeautyLookBook May 31, 2017 at 9:50 pm

      Glad you found the review helpful!

  • Jill Eileen May 31, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    I’m usually between shade 20-30 and got the luminous glow in shade medium deep and use it more in a sun-stripping bronzer way than a contour bronze way. I absolutely adore it. Maybe a product you need to try on yourself first. I do completely disagree with the Chanel commentary on their website that you should pick a shade lighter and use it as a highlighter.

    • BeautyLookBook May 31, 2017 at 9:57 pm

      Hi Jill – thanks for the input! Glad to know you found a shade that works for you 🙂 I may have just picked colors that were way too light for me.

  • Katherine T. June 1, 2017 at 12:37 am

    Yikes!!! The powders and lippies don’t look too appealing at all. Thanks for the honest review!!

  • suefreieh June 2, 2017 at 7:57 am

    Sabrina thanks for a great and honest review. I was so looking to this collection and I TOTALLY agree with all on the Les Beiges Luminous Color aka Les Beiges NIGHTMARE. I swatched everything and was seriously disappointed. Sea Whip nail polish is gorgeous so I got that because I had nothing like it and the formula was so good at the counter. Chanel has been trying to be so avant garde that they’ve left the core goal of makeup, and that is to look pretty. The green polish, the metallic powders…ugh. Lucia Pica is clueless and other brands have thrown some serious competition–Becca’s collections are gorgeous, Tom Ford, Clarins, Chantecaille etc. I hate to say it but Chanel is now back to the dowdy/ ugly phase they had about 10 years ago. We’ll wait it out with other pretties to keep us glowing 🙂

    • BeautyLookBook June 8, 2017 at 8:41 am

      LOLLLLL your comment made me laugh so hard about the phase they had 10 years ago. So on point and I couldn’t have said it better. Ok, so not to be a mean girl I do think they have some good items here and there but I remember for so many years being such a DIE HARD fan of everything they launched and this past year (or maybe 2?) it’s just meh.

  • emmmilyyy June 2, 2017 at 11:34 am

    Ugh, I had exactly the same issues with the Healthy Glow Luminous Powder. Although I’m pretty fair, N50 in the standard Les Beiges powder is one of my favourite bronzer. So I went ahead and chose Medium Deep (unfortunately I didn’t wait for your review). It’s….horrible. It’s basically the colour of Cheeto dust, except with shimmer. Not kidding – it makes me look like an oompa loompa who’s just discovered highlighter!

    I love Chane, I really do, but this collection was awful. Even the nail polishes were me, imo. Corallium looks lovely on you but there are so many dupes for that colour.

    I love that you were completely honest in your review and that you didn’t sugar coat your feelings. I really appreciate that and it makes your readers (and definitely me) trust your opinions and recommendations that much more.

    • BeautyLookBook June 8, 2017 at 8:40 am

      Thanks Emily! Glad to know this wasn’t just me with the powders! I actually love the polishes but yes DUPE central lol. I own a million corals and even though they all look the same I think they are each special in their own way haha.