The Sample: NEW Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in 69 Fleur de Lotus (Review, Swatches & Photos)
I did it! I got my hands on Chanel’s limited-edition beauty: the Fleur de Lotus blush! As soon as I saw the photos for this glorious confection, I knew immediately that it would be mine. I don’t know if I’ve told you this, but I’m obsessed warm coral and peachy-pink blushes–and the color of Fleur de Lotus is about as perfect as they come.
Released as part of the limited-edition 6-piece Fleur de Lotus collection available exclusively at Nordstrom, the collection was previously released in Asia for Spring 2012 under the title Le Blanc de Chanel. The collection proved so popular however, that they eventually decided to release it stateside as well. But apparently, they decided to release it “as is”–meaning the Fleur de Lotus blush as well as the Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Palette are in the baked formula that is typical in Asia/Europe, not the pressed powder version found in the U.S. For some, this might be a dealbreaker but I loved the color so much after swatching it that I decided to go for it anyway.
Fleur de Lotus is the most stunning coral-pink shade ever. I already thought it was gorgeous in the photos I saw online, but when I swatched it in-person…goodness, it was true love. On the cheeks, it’s more a soft peachy-coral. It’s beautiful and has the most lovely, luminescent sheen (vs. full-on shimmer). The sheen, along with the healthy peachy color, gives your cheeks the healthy, youthful, glowy cheeks of a child model or something equally ridiculous. It has a shimmery marbled pattern atop the blush, which is typical in baked formulas. As you can see based on my photos, the color of Fleur de Lotus does vary depending on the light. In the shade (which is where the 2 open-compact photos were taken), it can appear more coral. In the sunlight (closeup photos), it looks to be more of a vibrant pinky-coral. Either way, it’s beyond gorgeous and you need it! It’s a shade that I think will be universally flattering. The blush is on the sheer side but can definitely be built up for a stronger coral cheek. For some reason, I had trouble building up the color for the swatches on my arm, but the color shows up on the cheeks very easily.
Though I prefer a pressed powder formula, the baked version of Fleur de Lotus is surprisingly smooth and silky! I’ve read several other reviews where bloggers have remarked that they feel Fleur de Lotus’ baked formula is softer than usual, too. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still harder in texture than my other Joues Contraste blush in Rose Initiale (pressed powder version), but for a baked blush it’s remarkably fine-milled and smooth. It also blends very easily. I would use a dense, firm blush brush when applying this as a soft one does not pick up a lot of color. Like the U.S version though, this blush is pretty darn powdery. You have to use a denser blush to pick up a sufficient amount of color, but with a denser brush the amount of powder fallout is incredible. A few swipes and there is powder flying off in every direction and a fine layer of powder covering everything in the compact. Also, like all the Joues Contraste blushes, this powder is scented with a lovely rose fragrance. It’s not too strong though and I can’t smell it at all once it’s actually on my cheeks.
Again, I wanted to apologize if the swatch photos below are a bit light. I had absolutely no problems with pigmentation and getting it to show up on my face–but on my arm, it just did not want to show up!
Fleur de Lotus lasted about 4 1/2 hours on my oily skin before it began to fade considerably. It’s not the best–but it’s considerably better than the wear I got with Rose Initiale. However, I think I am going to re-test the wear of Rose Initiale since I believe my skin was abnormally oily at the time. Overall, I really do love this blush. Again, it’s not the best formula I’ve ever tried–and I definitely prefer the U.S pressed powder version–but it’s still really nice. The color is stunning–I honestly love it and can see myself reaching for it year round. If you’re interested, run to your nearest Nordstrom and try it–it’s 10 times prettier in person than it is in pictures. And remember, it’s limited edition! That alone makes it a more desirable piece…that is, if you’re an irrational beauty addict like me
Pros: color is gorgeous; shade is universally flattering; the sheen is lovely and refined and doesn’t accentuate my pores; the baked texture is hard, but still applies smoothly and blends easily; color is sheer but buildable
Cons: a bit pricey for the amount given; very powdery; wear time could be greatly improved
»»Pricing: $43/0.14 oz. (4 g.) *please note that the U.S version of the Joues Contraste blushes is $43 for 0.21 oz. (6 g.)!! I was pretty disappointed at that…
»»Availability: Nordstrom.com and in-stores (click the link and enter your zip code to find a store that has it near you) *update: my lovely reader Em has informed me that Fleur de Lotus is now available online at Chanel’s site. This was interesting to me because it was only supposed to be a Nordstrom exclusive, but I’m glad it’s more accessible now. Everyone should be able to enjoy the beauty that is Fleur de Lotus Click here to go to the site
»»Recommended for: everyone–though I think it will be especially flattering on warm skin tones
»»Overall Rating: A-