Industry-leading, celebrated and renowned: There’s a coveted list of famous beauty products that have stood the best of time, being adored by many over years, if not decades. However, there are few that are quite as legendary as the Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Bronzing Cream. With its iconic swirling shape that emulates whipped caramel ice cream, everybody knows about it, regardless of whether they’ve tried it for themselves or not. If you’re reading this article, you like me, are probably a little late to the game, and want to know the big question: Is it really as good as everyone says? If that’s the answer you’re after, let’s stop the waffling and get into my review of the Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Bronzing Cream right away…
TEXTURE, APPLICATION & FINISH
I took delivery of the Les Beiges Bronzing Cream on a particularly hot weekend. I was away in London and terrified (due to the £46 price tag) that it was going to melt. My friend assured me it wouldn’t, and she was right. Even though, when I was photographing the product, I was so tentative, just in case I bashed it. I shouldn’t have worried. As I went to test it for the first time, I took my Sigma kabuki brush and tapped it gently into the product, thinking I’d create a massive smudge with the lightest touch. It’s solid – don’t worry, you can be firm with it!
With an incredibly lightweight and fine gel-cream texture, the Bronzing Cream melts onto the skin and blends effortlessly. You can apply a little or a lot, and it becomes one with your other complexion products. I always worry that cream products will look shiny or greasy, but the Bronzing Cream has a beautiful soft matte-satin finish that enables the skin to look radiant and healthy without adding unwanted shine. Unlike with a powder bronzer, application feels more precise and controlled, which is brilliant if you want to obtain a more sculpted look too.
PERFORMANCE THROUGHOUT THE DAY
I have oily skin, so I have to set my makeup with a setting powder. More often than not, I will also use a powder bronzer, such as the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Bronzer, over the top of the Les Beiges Bronzing Cream, however this isn’t a necessary step. On its own, the Bronzing Cream holds well during the day, even more so with a setting powder. It becomes one with your foundation and concealer, and so will emulate however your foundation and concealer perform throughout the day. If you’re wearing the Bronzing Cream on its own (i.e. on top of foundation and concealer with no powder bronzer overtop) then I find the colour can fade a little, so don’t worry about applying a healthy amount.
SHADES & PACKAGING
The Les Beiges Bronzing Cream comes in three shades. I use the lightest, 390 Soleil Tan Bronze, and although I have fair skin it isn’t too dark for me by any stretch. In the packaging, the product looks as though it has quite an orange-toned base. However on the skin you can see the inclusion of a soft hint of red pigment which make the Bronzing Cream beautifully flattering for so many skin tones.
The packaging is stunning. Coming in a generously-sized frosted clear jar with the iconic Chanel logo on top of the black lid, the packaging oozes quality and luxury. As you only need the smallest amount of product, the Les Beiges Bronzing Cream will last an exceptionally long time given the sheer volume Chanel provide in the jar. Despite the initial cost, it’s brilliant value for money.
If you’d like to read more about my favourite bronzers and summer-esque beauty essentials, you can do so by reading my article Ten Must-Have Golden & Bronze Makeup Products You Need For Summer.