Chanel's Les Beige Healthy Glow Lip Balm Is the French-Girl Lipstick of My Dreams

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@jeannedamas 

I might not be sunning myself in the south of France right now, but I am channeling French-girl makeup vibes all winter long. While I feel like I've got the tousled hair (thank you, Oribe), and raw skin figured out, I've always struggled to find the perfect lip color. You know the one—that muted, pinky-red that comes off more stain, less painted-on. Well, I've finally found it, and from none other than the quintessential French beauty house Chanel. 

The newly launched Les Beige Healthy Glow Lip Balm ($25) comes in five shades of rouge. Personally, I'm partial to Deep since it gives a perfect berry stain that's both uncomplicated and universally flattering. Paired with neutral skin, a hint of blush, and a lick of mascara, my winter makeup is sorted. And now, so is yours. 

Chanel Healthy Glow Lip Balm
Chanel Les Beige Healthy Glow Lip Balm $25
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Chanel Les Beige Healthy Glow Lip Balm

Best for: Daily lip/cheek stain

Active ingredients: Moringa Butter

Clean?: No, contains parabens.

Potential allergens: Please see full ingredient list.

Price: $25

About the brand: Chanel is a French luxury powerhouse specializing in fashion, beauty, jewelry, and more. Its N°5 Eau de Parfum is regarded as the world's most iconic fragrance.

How to Apply

Nourishing and foolproof, this balm enhances natural lip color, and gives just a subtle sheen (before drying down to a more matte finish, once the gloss dissipates). For best results (read: ultimate hydration), glide on lips daily. Wear it alone for a hint of color or layer with your lipstick of choice for a more customized look. It actually works really well as a cheek color too—just use your fingers to pat it on.

The Results

There's no false advertising here as this moisturizing lip balm left my pout with a "healthy glow" and just the right touch of color to give off serious French-girl vibes. Thanks to its lightweight, non-stick formula, you can wear this lip balm comfortably all day long, and into the night as well.

The Value

You can usually find this Les Beige product retailing for around $25, which, for a lip balm seems a bit steep—then again, it is Chanel—however, let's not forget that apart from bathing lips in a sheer wash of color, it's got the added bonus of doubling as a cheek stain. Not too shabby, IMHO.

Our Verdict

Chanel's Les Beige Healthy Glow Lip Balm ticks off my checkboxes of texture, color, and quality. In other words, it delivers. Add espadrilles and a Rouje dress, and you're basically Jeanne Damas. Put it this way—mine hasn't left my handbag since I got it.

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