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Overview and Initial Review: Le Blush Creme de Chanel

June 14, 2013

Chanel Cream Blush box1

Fall 2013 brings these six Le Blush Creme de Chanel ($38 each/.09 oz), a entirely new format of cream blushes by Chanel. It has been more than a decade since we’ve seen Chanel release cream blushes, and these bear little resemblance to those created with former technology. Instead, these have excellent, controllable pigmentation. If you like to wear your blush with a water-color whisper lightness, or as a bright statement (or anything in between), Chanel has got you covered with these. These have a bit of slip and a silicone feel, as you can see from the ingredient list posted below.

Chanel Cream blush group6a

The color range is broad, with a strong emphasis toward pinks (and no reds).  I’ll be doing more in-depth coverage of each color, for now I wanted to present an overview so that we can see what this new release brings. First up, the colors:

  • Presage is a highly pigmented coral (warm apricot)
  • Inspiration is a cool light pink (this has the softest pigmentation of all)
  • Revelation is a warm pink/rose
  • Destiny is a warm bronze/tan
  • Fantastic is a highly pigmented pink berry that is close of fuchsia
  • Affinite is a beautiful bright, pigmented pink

The compact size is a slim square, which is smaller than the larger eyeshadow quad/powder blush compact and larger than the small eyeshadow compact.

Chanel Cream Blush compact1

The compact is a touch slimmer than either of the other two.  When the package is opened, there is no slipcover, sleeve or brush.

Chanel blush cream compact21

Inside, the cream blush sits in a circular pan with a mirror in the lid. The sales associate used the Chanel duo-fibre brush (reviewed here) to apply the product. However, I prefer to use my fingers (dot, dot, dot and then blend, blend).

Chanel Fantastic cream blush

Chanel Fantastic cream blush

Here is the Chanel cream blush ingredient list (click to enlarge):

Chanel creme blush ingredient list1

I’m still playing with these, but wanted to put up some quick swatches of the existing shades. Also, it’s exciting to have cream products to play with given that, with a little practice, I’m able to mix the colors to create new shades. 

Here are some heavy swatches:

Chanel Cream Blush Swatches bright2a

Here are some light swatches, just tapped onto the skin with a concealer brush:

Chanel Cream Blush Swatches light1a

Because of their versatility, I believe that one of almost any skin tone can wear these without concern that they will show beautifully on the skin.  These don’t cake up for get thick-looking when more is added–the pigmentation is highly buildable.

I’ll be posting some comparison swatches later on, mostly with powder blushes. Truth be told, I own very few cream blushes (I didn’t invest in Dior’s recent release or YSL’s either), so I will have to rely on my blogging brothers and sisters to give you comparisons with other creams on the market.  I will note that the texture of these Chanel cream blushes are fantastic, very easy to work with and to control.  Although I’ll post more updates, I’m finding that these have excellent longevity on my arm (I wore counter-swatches on my arm for hours yesterday, including through lunch and shopping).

This first look has me really impressed. I must confess I was reluctant to invest in any of these until I saw them in person. Although this may sound a bit off-key for a $38 product, I found that the price point was lower than I thought these would be for a new Chanel release.  Also, the colors are absolutely gorgeous.  So far, so good.

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  • Sunny June 14, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Ahh I love Presage, Affinite, and Revelation! Don’t know when these will land in Belgium, but they look so exciting I can hardly wait! Thanks so much for the swatches 🙂

  • Mehvash June 14, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Presage looks beautiful! Definitely ordering it! Thanks for the swatches

  • Mary June 14, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Thank you for this info! And especially thanks for the ingredients. These are hard to find for many products, and ingredients are becoming more and more important to me.

  • Teri June 14, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Amazing colours! I’m so happy that Chanel chose slightly more exciting colours and the texture sounds promising already Especially Presage and Affinite is something that I look forward to!

  • Kira June 14, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Presage is beautiful! Not a big fan of cream blushes, but maybe I’ll check these out~

  • shadowy_lady June 14, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    the swatches are gorgeous! I love cream blushes in spring especially. I have a couple of MAC and Nars ones but am very curious about the Chanel version. How long did these last on you (with or without setting powder)? I find the MAC and Nars ones don’t last day

    • Amy June 14, 2013 at 5:42 pm

      I’m still testing.. I will update! 🙂

  • Claire June 14, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    This is bar none the most exciting product from Chanel! I live for cream blushes and Chanel is one of my fave makeup brand. I wonder if you may do a comparison color swatches between these and existing Chanel JCs, for e.g. I very much like to know if Revelation is comparable to JC Rose Petale, and so on. Thank you for the great swatch pictures!

  • Iron Maiden June 15, 2013 at 12:26 am

    Must … have … them. I’m such a cream blush junkie anyway. Thank you for the excellent swatches and review!

  • Su June 15, 2013 at 4:26 am

    First of all i love your blog! Second i just want to say: Wow!! these seem really nice!!! Thank you for your post! I know you mentioned that you haven’t tried many cream blush formulas -me neither- but i would like to ask you how would you compare these to Le Metier de Beaute Creme Fresh Tint. I remember that you have already done a review on these, if i m not mistaken. Fresh tints are the only ones i have tried.

    • Amy June 15, 2013 at 7:28 am

      Hi Su–thank you for remembering. First up, five of these (except for inspiration) have more pigment than Le Metier’s. Second, Le Metier’s feel like a true cream—if you add more and more, you can get a bit of build-up. Chanel’s feel like they have more slip (silicon/gel) and are packed with pigment so you are going to get more vibrant color with less product and the overall appearance is quite smooth b/c of the silicon/gel. Of the two, I prefer Chanel.

      • Su June 15, 2013 at 11:47 am

        Thank you for your reply!! It was really helpful! So i guess the only thing i have to do now is wait until these get to Europe!! 🙂 Thanks again!

  • Andrew James June 15, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    you have no idea how much i have to try these haha! i want them so bad!

  • Katie June 15, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    I am absolutely in love. I will get Presage first, because it’s limited, and with my next pay-cheque I’ll get Revelation.

  • Eileen June 15, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Of everything in the Superstition collection, the new cream blushes are the only thing I’ve really been anticipating. I’ve heard that these are strong colors and heavily pigmented so I’ll be sure to try them with a #7 brush when I go to the counter to play. Since I’m fairly light (NC15), I’ll want to try these beauties out before buying :-). Thanks for the great swatches, both heavy and light. By the way, the #7 brush is excellent when working with cream/gel products. It applies color evenly and smooths out the edges for seamless blending. Great brush.

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  • Gray June 24, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    I just ordered all of them except Affinite. I can’t find it anywhere and it’s the one I want the most. Where can I get it or where did you get yours?

    • Amy June 24, 2013 at 8:01 pm

      As you can see, this Affinite is a tester. I did a few backflips to get you early swatches. Affinite is worth the effort–love it. I believe it should be in stock everywhere for sale soon!