I almost didn’t type this review out and was just going to leave you with pictures–because honestly, what is there to say when you’re looking at something that gorgeous?! Trust me when I say you cannot live without this–especially if you are a.) a lover or collector of Chanel blushes, b.) adore pretty (such an understatement) pink blushes, or c.) are a living, breathing human being. I kid you not–this is some pretty serious stuff. And, it’s my first ever Chanel blush. Hurray for me! I personally don’t think I could have made a better decision to break my Joues Contraste cherry.
Released as part of the Fall 2012 Les Essentiels de Chanel Collection (yes, we’ve gone over this. In the fashion and beauty world, styles are always a season ahead–like it or not), Chanel describes Rose Initiale as: ”[a] Unique powder blusher [that] offers buildable coverage, from natural to dramatic, and imparts a flattering radiance to cheeks. [the] Remarkably silky texture ensures easy application of seamless colour. Applied high on the cheekbone, or near the eyes, it instantly ‘lifts’ and softens the face for a more youthful look.”
Originally, my plan when I made the trip to Nordstrom was to acquire the new Beiges highlighter instead (I was trying to limit myself to one item from the Fall collection…didn’t work out so well. But 2 ain’t half bad! :P). Anyway, I was kinda meh about the highlighter. In my opinion, it just wasn’t luminous enough–instead, all it seems to add is a soft, slightly powdery beige-y color. Nothing special really, especially after the overspray has gone. So I was disappointed for a millisecond…that is, until I swatched Rose Initiale. Thank you Lord–for this blush is truly sublime.
The packaging is your basic black plastic compact–and yes, prone to fingerprints like they are wont to do. It’s sturdy though and comes with the little push-button mechanism to secure the lid in place. There is an accompanying brush, but I honestly don’t like it and would never use it. $43 for a blush and that’s the best they could do? The Shiseido powders come with a very amazing, very usable brush and costs $13 less. The first time I used the brush (just for my blended swatches on my arm), it shed 3 hairs onto my skin. I guess most people don’t use the brushes provided in compacts anyway, but if I’m paying that much for a product, I think the least they could do is give you a usable one.
Based on a lot of photos online, I was under the impression that Rose Initiale was just another rosy-pink blush–pretty, but in a sea of other pretty pink blushes, I couldn’t muster much enthusiasm for it. But honestly, if you felt/feel the same way I did, you have to please do me a favor and swatch it in person before making a final decision. It’s just glorious on the skin! It’s so soft, yet dense–I wouldn’t call it buttery, but it’s so smooth and silky. And the color–my god, the color!!! It’s insanely divine. It’s the prettiest rosy petal-pink but I swear it leans on the warmer side and (in my eyes) has a faint touch of peach that just really takes it up a notch. It really works to brighten and enliven the skin. There is an incredibly subtle gold shimmer to this blush that provides a luminous, lit-from-within glow rather than being overtly shimmery.
I will say, however, that the blush is a tad on the powdery side. When I dip my brush in the pan, there is a shower of powder that gets all over the place–and there is a lot of it! Kind of a shame. Other than that, the blush is easy to apply and blends beautifully. It’s very fine-milled and feels very light on the skin. Like the other blushes in the Joues Contraste line, Rose Initiale is lightly rose-scented. The scent is not nearly as heavy as other high-end blushes I’ve tried (Guerlain and Burberry, for instance). I actually really like it–once you apply it though, the scent is no longer detectable.
On my skin, Rose Initiale lasted only about 3 hours before showing signs of fading–however, I’d like to point out that at the moment, my skin is incredibly oily because the weather is starting to heat up here. But it’s so lovely. It’s also a difficult one to overdo–it’s very pretty and subdued but can still definitely be built up for a stronger cheek. Overall, if I had to use one world to describe this blush, it would be happy. It’s just such a happy color! And it makes my cheeks so naturally flushed that I’m happy. And when I’m happy, well, the world just seems like a better place. So if you want to make the world a better place, buy Rose Initiale!!!
Pros: BEAUTIFUL color; silky smooth texture; subtle shimmer to brighten but doesn’t enhance pores or look overtly shimmery; feels light on the skin and blends beautifully
Cons: a little pricey for just 0.21 oz. of product (for reference, Burberry blushes are $1 less for 0.03 oz. more product); slightly powdery; wear time could be greatly improved–but then again, my skin is a lot oilier than usual
»»Pricing: $43/0.21 oz. (6 g.)
»»Recommended for: those in search of the perfect pink blush!
»»Overall Rating: B+ (it’s definitely not the best blush I’ve tried formula-wise, but it’s just so darn pretty!)
So what did you think–will you be splurging on this particular blush? Have you tried any other Chanel blushes that you can recommend? (because I am now addicted…great. Like I needed another blush to be addicted to!).
On a side note, I’d like to send out a sincere and heartfelt thank you to all who have been there for me. I know it sounds cheesy, but your comments and well wishes really helped me make it through this past week. All my love! ♥