CHANEL – #72 Rose Initiale Joues Contraste Powder Blush for Fall 2012 (swatches, review & comparison)

 

What impresses me the most about CHANEL’s Fall 2012 collection – the entire collection, in fact – is how utterly wearable each and every item is. Blush, for example, can break your entire look – too vivid and/or wrongly placed and it’s instant “clown cheeks”, too pale/shimmery, and you look like an extra on “Twilight” – but getting it right AND finding a shade that’s universally flattering, sometimes takes a magician’s skill … CHANEL’s #72 Rose Initiale takes the guesswork out of the equation. No wand required.


#72 Rose Initiale


#72 Rose Initiale


#72 Rose Initiale


#72 Rose Initiale, flash


#72 Rose Initiale, natural light


 

#72 Rose Initiale is that perfect mix of true rose with some peachy undertones to add warmth, and the most delicate hint of shimmer for a bit of depth. The powder itself is quite soft and I was able to easily pick up enough with the first swipe of my brush for a soft flush of colour. With hardly any powdery kickback, I found this shade to be quite buildable, with the shimmer imparting a beautiful glow. Lasting power was quite decent as well, especially when applied over foundation primed skin, going well past the 7-hour mark before I noticed any fading.


swatch – natural light


 

I initially thought that ‘Rose Initiale’ was basically an amplified version of last year’s ‘Espiègle’, but as the swatches show, they couldn’t be more different, with ‘Espiègle’ being not only significantly paler, but with more visible gold-flecked shimmer. I also noticed how much more pigmented ‘Rose Initiale’ is in comparison, even while both remain relatively “soft” hues.


swatch – natural light

 

Final thoughts: There has been much said about the differing formulations of CHANEL blushes, with the European/Canadian versions coming in a baked format and reputedly harder to work with, as opposed to their softer US counterparts. Personally, I haven’t found too much of an issue with either type, and easily switch back & forth. I will say that CHANEL blushes can sometimes take a little effort to apply, but that’s offset by their impressive staying power.’Rose Initiale’ is that absolutely beautiful shade that I believe will be universally flattering on a broad range of skin tones, and it’s the blush that I have been using almost daily since picking it up – a few light swipes for day, then adjusting its volume by layering it when I want to take it up a notch for evening. I’m already planing on getting a backup; when you find something that works, you just know it.


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