Saturday, September 29, 2012

Chantecaille Elephant Cheek Shade

Chantecaille has done it again. First they got me with their whale palette, La Baleine Bleue. Then it was the sea turtles. And now--baby elephants! How can one resist? 

If you find you're feeling bad about the splurge, perhaps some of your guilt will be assuaged knowing that five percent of the proceeds will be donated to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Founded in 1977 and based in Kenya, one of the Trust's missions is to rescue and foster young elephants (and other wildlife) orphaned by poachers. 









The shimmer on the elephant is only a fine layer of over spray that will wear off in the first use or so.  



Comparisons

  1. Chantecaille - Cheek Shade: Delight 
  2. Estee Lauder - Pure Color Blush: Peach Passion
  3. MAC - Supercontinental 
  4. Dior - Passion Fruit 
  5. Chantecaille - Elephant Cheek Shade: Fun 
  6. Chantecaille - Cheek Shade: Sea Turtle Palette



Chantecaille's blushes are a quite a bit smaller than those of the other brands shown above. The Chantecaille pan contains .13 oz of product, while the standard-size MAC blush pan contains .21 oz of product. This is not really a negative for me, as I like Chantecaille's compact and lightweight packaging and I tend to switch blush colors frequently, so even a product as small as this will last me for a long while. 

Let's take a look at the elephant side by side with the sea turtle. The elephant does look somewhat similar--both are warm peachy shades, but there are definite differences in tone, and the elephant has a satin finish, whereas the sea turtle has a shimmery finish. Both have the lovely, soft, and finely-milled Chantecaille texture. 



The swatch below is a more realistic representation of the color. This blush is not a whole lot darker than my skin, which can be a desirable quality in a blush for everyday wear. It doesn't have major impact, but it's what I consider a "can't go wrong" type of shade: easy to apply, hard to overdo, and does a decent job of brightening the face.


The color is natural looking and understated. I have fair skin and this color is subtle on me unless I apply it heavily, which makes me wonder how well it would show up on medium/dark skin tones. I recommend trying it on in person if you have the opportunity.

A view of the elephant sans shimmery coat.



For more swatches and information on this item, visit Best Things in Beauty. There is also an eye palette available that's embossed with the same cute elephant design, reviewed here by Visionary Beauty and here by The Non-Blonde.

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26 comments:

  1. I love the exuberant elephant on the pan, it's like a small sign of victory towards the very worthy cause. For some reason, I imagined the color to be more subtle with sheen (like Sea Turtle); it was certainly helpful to see the comparisons. Fun looks beautiful on you, and works so well with your ultramarine top! :)

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    1. Hi Dovey, Thanks so much for the kind comment! I was thinking the same about the elephant -- his stance does indeed look exuberant! :)

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  2. That looks great on you, I've bought this but not be able to use it yet as I am trying to get a good picture first for my blog post, gah! I really like your whole look, what colour are you wearing on your lips?
    Thanks for the mention :) x

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    1. Hi Replica, Thanks!! :) I'm looking forward to your review on this! I actually took this photo at work on my lunch break and I only had an Avon lipstick in my purse. It's called "Sheer Light Peach" in the Ultra Color Rich formula. Is Avon easily available in the UK? x

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    2. I had to get my husbands help to get some photos of it in the end, he wouldn't let me use his camera, didn't trust me with it!
      We can get Avon here in the UK, my Nan who is now deceased use to be an Avon lady, though the brand has changed since then x

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  3. The swatches are really helpful thank you! :) I love the elephant design in the blush... so gorgeous! The blush looks great on you :)

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    1. Thank you Annick! I really love Chantecaille's palettes and it helps that some of the profits go to a good cause :)

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  4. It's so very lovely! Their animal imprints always catch my attention, though I've never indulged.

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    1. Hi Larie, They really know how to make eye-catching palettes. It's always a little hard to use them the first time and ruin the cute designs! :)

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  5. I have been WAITING for this to come out for forever!!! Lovely swatches. I did get a chance to play with a sample at the counter before it was released though, but I didn't apply it to my face. I'm worried it won't show up on my light-medium (more medium at the moment) but I'm still giving it a fair shot. It's just too pretty to resist!

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    1. Hi Becca, Thank you! It is pretty, isn't it? I'm sure I didn't need it myself, but gave in to the baby elephant :)!

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  6. stunning blush, also exceptionally radiant on you

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  7. I love peachy/coral blush colours the most. This looks so pretty. I really love your swatches, they really stand out and look delectable. Makes me want to own all the shades swatched ;)

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    1. Hi Jacqueline, Thanks very much! I end up using my peachy blushes more than any other! :)

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  8. What a gorgeous colour - and that elephant is just too adorable for words! It looks like he arrived just in time to take the place of the poor turtle who is nearly extinct. :) It looks wonderful on you and seeing your comparisons is always a great visual treat!

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    1. Hi Liz, aw, thank you for the sweet comment! :) Chantecaille's animal palettes are great - always look forward to see what they'll come up with next!

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  9. What a gorgeous shade. I find the elephants really cute! This colour suits your complexion very well. I would get it only for the elephant imprint D: just cute! / Claire

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    1. Hi aucupariabrumalis, Thank you!! I confess that without the cute elephant imprint I would not have gotten this! :)

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  10. I love the animals on the blusher, I would not want to use it though as it looks so nice!

    http://whatkimmididnext.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Hi Kim, Yeah, it was not easy to use it the first time! But I had to dig in and get my money's worth :)

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  11. I ADORE elephants, tiny ones at that! I need to try this line - I've never tried anything yet I instantly feel smitten with it when I see the line on other blogs. A lovely color on you!

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    1. Hi Lexi, Thank you! :) I love elephants too and baby ones are too cute!... I like Chantecaille a lot - they have some very pretty eyeshadows and lipsticks. I don't shop the brand that much though -- it's a little less accessible for me than other brands.

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  12. I love the animal motifs in makeup, it makes the makeup more interesting and cute to look at. The color is very pretty on you.

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    1. Thanks very much Rola - I agree! I think it's a little bit more fun to use makeup like this :)

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  13. It's so beautiful ! thanks for these absolutely amazing swatches ! I really need this blush :)

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