|Above: The three creme blushes I chose…Inspiration, Revelation and Destiny.|
Chanel’s Fall 2013 Collection arrived at counters a couple of weeks ago and, since then, the Internet has been buzzing with excitement regarding the cadre of creme blushes in a spectrum of stunning shades. Of course, the collection also includes the requisite eye shadows, nail polishes and lip color (to be reviewed soon!), but the blushes are what initially lured me to my nearest Nordstrom!
Upon arrival, I assumed that I would buy one, two at maximum; however, upon experiencing their delightful texture and pigmentation, I knew I couldn’t leave without three…
- Inspiration (a pale baby pink)
- Revelation (a pinky coral creme)
- Destiny (a clutch decision…this rosy bronze tan can be used as a contour shade and bronzer!)
|Above: Inspiration, Revelation and Destiny in direct sunlight.|
Retailing for $38, this creme blush comes in the sleek black compact packaging we’ve come to expect from Chanel. Each compact houses 2.5 grams of product and contains a generous square mirror useful for application and touch ups. The formula is decidedly creamy (which is apropos for a cream blush!) and extremely pigmented.
Additionally, it lacks the shimmery properties often associated with a cream product (in turn standing in stark contrast to another favorite, the much more luminescent LMdB Creme Fresh Tint for Lips and Eyes). Instead, it dries down to a satin-matte finish that glows without the use of traditional light-reflecting particles. When applied with a stippling brush (see my video tutorial, embedded further down in this post), this blush lasts a respectable 6-8 hours without fading or migrating.
Thankfully, it does not contain fragrance and the relatively brief list of ingredients (featured below) have not in any way irritated my sensitive skin or caused excessive oiliness, which is often a risk with creme products.
|Above: The full ingredients list for the creme flush formula.|
|Above: The compact comes in a signature Chanel velvet sheath.|
Scroll on for images and swatches of Inspiration, Revelation and Destiny as well as my video review/tutorial for this formula and the Bottom Line…
|Above: Inspiration is a pale baby pink.|
|Above: A swatch of Inspiration in direct sunlight. Since purchasing these blushes, I have found myself using Inspiration the most since it is the most subtle and is an excellent compliment for bronzer.|
|Above: Revelation is a pinky coral creme.|
|Above: Swatches of Inspiration and Revelation in direct sunlight…although these shades may look similar in the pan, side by side swatches reveal that Revelation is much deeper and brighter, making it a wonderful shade to wear on its own.|
|Above: Destiny is a rosy bronze tan.|
|Above: Swatches of all three shades…Destiny can multitask as a creamy contour or warm, rosy bronzer!|
|Above: Swatches of all three shades in outdoor shade.|
|Above: Chanel Destiny (for contour) and Inspiration (for a pink glow) on the cheeks.|
|Above: Chanel Destiny and Revelation on the cheeks (applied 5 hours earlier!) in extreme heat…who says target practice in the desert can’t involve a dash of Chanel?!|
Bottom Line: The Chanel Fall 2013 Collection yields delightful surprises…the creme blushes are pigmented, silky and long lasting, creating a shimmer-free radiance that lights up the face in a natural way that is suitable for every day use. I highly recommend the three shades that I picked up…Inspiration is the pale pink towards which I gravitate daily, Revelation adds a believable flush that is beautiful by itself and Destiny can be used for both contouring and enhancing a tan. Dare I ask, what else does one need for cheeks?!
Keep your eyes peeled for a post and video covering my lipstick selections from this collection (hint: Icone and Secret!)…what did YOU pick up from the Chanel Fall 2013 offerings?
–The Beauty Professor