We continue our tour of the fall collections. It looks like everyone has a new blush out and the colors are pink and tempting, which might explain why all of a sudden I felt the urge to get a Chanel blush, even though it's the one Chanel product that never really rocked my socks. My issue with them was more about the colors than the texture, but I figured that the new (to the US) baked formula might also bring a change in pigment.
Choosing a color was easy. Rose Temptation (60) is a beautiful rose mauve that works well with my funky skin tone and looks very natural on my cheeks, despite the tiny shimmer particles (I could live without those, but Rose Temptation seems to have less of them than the lighter colors in this collection, at least from the testers at my local Saks).
While I'm not thrilled with the messy debris created when swiping a brush over the blush which means annoying loss of product as well as pink paw prints all over my dressing room, the texture actually works well on my face and blends evenly. I took note of Amy's advice on Cafe Makeup and started using this Joues Contraste with a dense brush- Sephora brand angled blush brush seems like a very good fit. Also, making sure to have a smooth and supple base (serum/moisturizer, primer, liquid foundation/tinted moisturizer) is a good way to ensure the blush sits well and looks good. So far I haven't experienced any chalkiness, but then again, I've been testing Rose Temptation over three or four weeks of extremely humid and swampy weather. Seriously, dry skin hasn't been a concern since some time in May, despite having the a/c blasting 24/7 for weeks now. We'll see how it goes when fall is actually here.
Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in 60 Rose Temptaion ($42) is a limited edition for fall 2010. Available right now from most decent department stores and chanel.com.
All photos are mine.
***On a completely unrelated note, last week has been sad and absolutely horrid for me, and the weekend brought on some extra unneeded stress. I did my best to maintain my regular posting schedule, but I'm very far behind on replying to comments, not to mention emails and direct tweets. Things are getting better now, so I'll try to catch up throughout the week, but please don't take it personally if it takes me longer to get back to you.