Anyone else feeling like there could finally be the beginnings of just a hint of spring in the air? I certainly am! The weather here has been strange–it warmed up quite nicely last week, even reaching the mid-70′s during the day. Okay so admittedly it’s a bit chilly today but still, I feel much more okay with posting my review for Chanel’s new for spring 2013 blush in Frivole. It just seemed too peppy and bright for the weather before but now that it has warmed up a bit overall, I’m ready to play with this beautiful gem.
Frivole is a stunning warm, slightly-pinky orange–Chanel calls it a “luminous apricot”. It tends to photograph much more orange than it truly is but I promise you, the pink is there.
The packaging is the same as all the other Chanel Joues Contraste blushes–simple black plastic compact with Chanel logo embossed on the front, black velveteen pouch to house the compact in, and mini blush applicator included. The blush is also gorgeously rose-scented, as per usual. It’s light and unoffending, in my opinion, and dissipates within a minute of application.
The texture of Frivole is on par with the only other pressed version of the Joues Contrastes that I’ve tried–that being Rose Initiale. It’s insanely fine-milled and silky but admittedly just a touch powdery. As a result, it does kick up a bit of dust in the pan, but the results are worth it. Despite this, it doesn’t apply to the skin powdery–instead, it blends into the skin beautifully and creates a very soft, thin veil of color on the cheeks. It feels light and comfortable and looks incredibly natural. If you enlarge the images below, you’ll see a hint of Chanel’s usual, tastefully done shimmer. This shimmer is not at all visible on the skin but does emit a luminous glow.
The color payoff for this blush is excellent. It does apply a bit soft-looking (which I think makes it much more wearable) but it’s also very easy to build up the color, if that’s what you prefer. In this way, Frivole caters to both the lover of a soft, understated cheek and those who like a bold “statement-cheek”, if you will.
The photo above was taken without flash while the one directly below was taken with. The one taken with flash shows the slightly pinky tones a bit more
Frivole lasted a little over 4 1/2 hours on my oily skin. In the swatch photos below, you’ll see it swatched heavily on the left and blended out on the right. Hopefully, you will be able to detect the luminous sheen in the blended swatch–I struggled a bit with swatches as it’s completely clouded over today and I had to use flash (I usually prefer sunlight for swatches).
I know Frivole won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but I urge you to swatch it at a counter before making a final decision. Frivole might look a bit scary in the pan but it’s absolutely gorgeous on the cheeks and really does lend itself to a soft springtime flush, but one with a kick! It’s cheery and vivacious yet still surprisingly wearable. Don’t pass this one up til you try it–it is, in my opinion, a must-have for spring and summer!!
»»Pricing: $43/0.21 oz. (6 g.)
»»Recommended for: I think Frivole will ultimately be most flattering on warmer skin tones but there’s just enough pink in it that it won’t look clownish on very pale, cool tones either
»»Overall Rating: A-