CHANEL: Spring 2012 ‘Horizon Soft Glow Blush’ (swatches, review & comparison)


When the CHANEL Spring 2012 Collection arrived at my nearest counter, I was there; from the earliest promotional photos, I immediately knew that several items would be coming home with me – ‘Horizon Soft Glow Blush’, without doubt, the crowning piece of this über-fresh collection, was the first piece I snagged. As luck would have it, I also benefitted from a $10.00 rebate (courtesy of The Bay), which makes this beauty that much sweeter!


Looking at ‘Horizon’ brings me back to this view: one of Key West’s famous sunsets

the outer box bears a colour image of the product – uncommon for CHANEL

love the clear markings

both the compact and the included brush come in individual velour sleeves

the iconic compact and the very useable brush

the brush comes in a wide easy to use size


‘Blush Horizon’ is a stunning multi-tonal cheek powder … and a complete surprise to me! Being of medium toned skin, I tend to shy away from pink hued blushes as they have historically clashed with my colouring, but I’m very pleased I took a chance with this product. The powder stays true to CHANEL quality by being exceptionally finely milled, and while several of the individual shades are much too narrow to be applied singly, they all work to compliment each other when swirled together. There was absolutely no powdery residue and applied over foundation primed skin, the colour lasted easily eight hours before any slight fading. The best part, is the subtle & refined “glow” this blush adds, seeming to get even better the longer I wore it. NOTE: Even though I have several blush brushes that I prefer using, it must be stated that the brush included here is actually quite well sized and helps distribute the powder quite well.

The following swatches are all on foundation primed skin, with the colours applied singly on the left and swirled together on the right:


in direct sunlight

seen indoors

with flash

I love the glowing flush ‘Horizon’ imparts


When the colours of ‘Blush Horizon’ were swirled together, I thought that they closely resembled NARS’ cult favourite ‘Orgasm’ blush (previously reviewed here), and while there’s definitely a similarity in the texture and shimmery output, ‘Orgasm’ leans visibly more to the peach/coral side, with the shimmer being somewhat more densely packed than that of ‘Horizon’, which is tempered by its warm pink undertones.

The following swatches are on foundation primed skin, with ‘Horizon’ on the left and ‘Orgasm’ on the right:


in direct sunlight

seen indoors

with flash


Final thoughts: This is an absolutely beautiful blush, both in terms of application as well as visually. The variation of tones gives it an excellent versatility, able to cross over into basically every skin tone with ease; keeping to the pink-er shades will ensure a more delicate flush, while straying more to the darker peachier tones of this blush will add a warmer touch. Even though this is rather steeply priced (CAD $76.00), it is quite generous in size and more importantly, the stunning glow it imparts makes it worth every penny. One of the limited edition products of CHANEL’s spring 2012 collection, you’d best pick one up now – before the sun sets on this “horizon” (cheesy, but I couldn’t help myself!).


*Image from my own personal archive

17 Responses to CHANEL: Spring 2012 ‘Horizon Soft Glow Blush’ (swatches, review & comparison)

  1. The day you posted this, I broke my rule to not look at beauty blogs at work and stared at your photos repeatedly on five separate occasions. That correlation with the sunset — STUNNING!

    Between you and Toya raving about this beauty, I find my resolve weakening. I know I don’t need another blush but… but… you know what I mean! 😀

    • Eugenia says:

      That’s one of my Key West sunset photos…and if you think that one’s nice, I have some others that will blow you away (remember: we still have that trip to Key West on the backburner, right? LOL!) Liz, I have been wearing this blush EVERY DAY and it is – I don’t have enough superlatives for it. I love the subtle glow it gives my cheeks and I’ve even alternated with sometimes using more of the pink, or more of the peach – both work equally well! Love this & so glad you liked it! 🙂

  2. D... says:

    My dear gorgeous Greek Goddess friend, I am loving this blush. I have been feeling the yen for blush. It’s funny how last year I was obsessed a bit with nail varnish and this year I just feel like, well I feel it should be dubbed the year of the blush. I hear by decree it to be so…

    • Eugenia says:

      My dear friend, D…..thank you so much! I have to totally agree with you; while nail polish will always be one of my loves and possibly the easiest “cosmetic” to play around with, I have a passion for ALL things beauty, and this year has been dubbed not only the year of the blush, but the year of the highlighter as well — in fact, the year of all-gorgeous-products-for-the-cheeks!! I’ll be indulging in many more new items as they become available, you can count on that!

  3. Yay! I can’t wait to hear what you think about the line. I first became interested when the gal from The Best Things In Beauty blog started talking about EB- because he’s from Charleston, SC, just like her. Over the months, I started seeing pics from makeovers that different friends of mine had gotten from Edward, and I realized that this is a very special line. Women of all ages (from barely 21 to 60s) all looked incredible and they all had great things to say about the cosmetics. The only thing I’m surprised about is how long it took me to take the plunge!

  4. Latoya says:

    I don’t know how this is possible, but somehow you just made me fall in love with this that much more – and as you know I already own it and have professed my undying love!! How do you always manage to do that??? It looks gorgeous on your skin (both in swatches and on your cheek) – honestly it makes me want to just go put some on right now just because. That’s ridiculous but oh so true!!! Every day I’m so thankful it was well worth the $$$$!

    • Eugenia says:

      Hahaha! That’s exactly how your post on it made me feel!! I’ve learned that this is such a universally flattering blush, it’s uncanny! And you’re so right about it being worth those big bucks! Thanks for your kind words, my friend – we have to each be wearing this blush when we finally get together, lol!! 🙂

  5. Big Sis, this is on pretty blush!!! It looks so very amazingly GORGEOUS on you! Sigh… blush ban stinks…

    • Eugenia says:

      Yeah…I ditto your stinky blush ban, Lil Sis…lol! You had to pick NOW to go on a blush ban, right?!!! Glad you like this; I’m betting that this would have been absolutely divine on you but that darn ban…..grrrrr!!

  6. It’s not as orange as I thought it would be. It’s lovely on you! So very beautiful!

    • Eugenia says:

      It’s funny you should mention orange; it seems that quite a few people had that impression, whereas I feared it might be too pink! Go figure! Thanks, my friend (even though I’m not showing nearly enough of it in my photo!) 🙂

  7. Mara says:

    This blush is so beautiful!! It caught my eye too when I first saw it. today I saw your swatches and I went to the store. I tried it and it´s amazing! I don´t know if I´m going to buy it, I bought a couple of months ago a Givenchy prism blush in Lune rosé. I tried both together and they are very “similar”, the Givenchy a little more peachy. So I guess I don´t NEED it…
    I love your blog, I know I will find the best products 🙂

    • Eugenia says:

      Thank you so much for the kind words, Mara! Of course, if you just bought something so close to Horizon, then by all means you should enjoy it! But yes…you don’t NEED the Chanel, but…..;) !! I’m such an enabler, lol!

  8. I thought at first this would definitely be too orange for me, but seeing it swatched, it might be great for me. It definitely leans pink. BUT I just treated myself to an Edward Bess cheek & lip rouge in the BEST cool pink (as well as his concealer and lip gloss), so I think my wallet should stay closed for awhile. 🙂 The Chanel is very beautiful, though.

    • Eugenia says:

      I have been dying to try some Edward Bess products, and now that they’re finally available through Sephora, I’ll get my chance; in the meanwhile, let me know your thoughts on the goodies you just picked up! As to this Chanel blush, it was primarily the pink that made me hesitate at first (even though it just looked so incredibly beautiful!), and I’m glad I tried it out – something tells me that it’s bound to become one of my all-time favourites!

      • I totally recommend the Edward Bess cheek & lip rouge compacts, I can’t wait to get more colors. So versatile, and the texture is perfect. The concealer is beautiful too, very creamy, but when you blend it out, it has the perfect almost-powdery finish so it doesn’t cake up in any lines. I have tried it as a one-step foundation/concealer also, which works incredibly well. It’s got the texture similar to the wildly expensive Cle de Peau concealer and also La Mer (my other holy grail concealer), but I think the EB is only about $38. The lip gloss is long lasting but not sticky. In other words, PERFECT! I also love the minimalist packaging, everything is small and slim and travels well. This mini-haul I got from Sephora was my first EB purchase, and it’s safe to say I’m going back for more! Only thing, they don’t have the cream foundation compact at Sephora, so will have to go elsewhere for that.

      • Eugenia says:

        Carrie, my love…you have sold me! I will take all your recommendations to heart and go on an Edward Bess haul of my own! It’s a line I’ve been wanting to try for quite some time now, but it’s not available anywhere near me. But now…watch out! I intend to get crazy!!!

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