Yes, it’s October and for half of the world, summer is very out and fall is in. So this review might not seem too relevant since both these products were part of the Chanel les beiges summer collection. I think the powder is limited edition (although it’s still for sale) whereas the Healthy Glow Sheer Colour stick format is rumoured to be replacing Chanel’s current cream blush . Not sure how true that is though, I’ll have to double check that for you.
As for how relevant these products are for fall 2015 ; I assure you, these are very relevant.
I’ve been using the Mariniere powder as a bronzer nearly all summer and well into autumn to the extent that it has replaced my beloved Guerlain Terracotta bronzer. I don’t even think I’ve used the Joli Teint powder by Guerlain ( reviewed here ) ever since I’ve acquired Chanel’s Mariniere powder in 02 .
The powder itself is gorgeous and blends like a dream . When used on its own it really warms up a sallow complexion and when used as part of my makeup routine it just finishes my base beautifully and defines my cheekbones in the most flattering way. My skin glows and looks healthy. It also does a great job at giving that HD , soft-focus finish, which I only noticed when my husband mentioned how good my skin looked. It lasts for a good 8 hours on me and it doesn’t look orangey at all. Although it does impart some glow there doesn’t seem to be any shimmer / glitter in the powder itself, which is remarkable. Oh and it’s SpF 15. You’re going to need some spf during Autumn, too. Check out the swatch below.
Let’s move on to the Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick, shall we ? I’ve been using it in so many ways and I’m really excited to have bought it. The colour I picked is #22 – a peachy coral that is so flattering and reminds me a bit of the cheek colour Gisele bundchen is wearing for the Les Beiges campaigns . The formula goes on pretty sheer if you’re light handed and can be built up to a pretty pigmented coral colour, which I think is great as it makes it versatile enough for all skin tones. It blends easily without messing with your base (unless you’re really pushing it) and dries pretty quickly with a finish that is neither too matte or too dewy. There is a hint of shimmer in the formula ( see swatch below ) but it doesn’t necessarily emphasize pores or look unflattering .
I’ve been using it on my cheeks and sometimes even on my eyelids which I think worked pretty well. You can dab some on your lips too although I found the Diorblush Cheek Stick to be better suited for that. (review coming up soon) Also if you have very oily skin or live in a hot and humid climate , you may find that this tends to get a bit greasy and moves around a bit after 4 hours. So make sure to use a setting powder or a good primer underneath. If you’re not into finishing powders or primers, again, you could also have a look at the Diorblush Cheekstick Dior launched earlier for their Fall 2015 Collection, I found it to be a bit more suitable for combination/oily skin.
I’ll definitely be using Chanel’s Colour stick ($45) and Mariniere Powder ($65) well into winter and beyond. That glow is as useful in fall as it is in summer . ( if not more? )
Hope you’re all having a fun friday & are about to have an even better weekend!
Thanks for reading . xx