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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