First up is Présage, a bright, intense peachy-coral with strong orange tones. This is a great choice for the summer months and coordinates wonderfully with the new Rouge Coco #57 Mystique.
Next is Révélation, a lovely mid-tone rose shade that I imagine will work well across a wide range of skin tones and is probably one of the safer choices if you're purchasing sight unseen. Although it seems to appear slightly cool-toned in these photos (especially when seen next to Présage), it actually leans warmer on the skin.
Inspiration is, quite unexpectedly, my current favorite of the bunch. It also happens to be the lightest and therefore is more of a goof-proof shade that is perfect for everyday wear. Initially I thought it might be too cool for my skin tone, but it is actually more neutral than it appears in the pan. It gives a pretty, dusty blush-pink to the cheeks that is soft and flattering. Because it is fairly subtle, this shade might be better suited for those with lighter skin tones. Those with very tan or dark skin tones may find it to be a bit too light. You can see this shade applied on the lovely Martha, of Planet Martha, in her face of the day.
Affinité is a shade that eluded me for a couple of weeks and is the only shade still missing from my local counters, but it is currently available on Chanel's website. As you can see, in the pan it is a gorgeous, bright azalea pink. I thought this would easily be my favorite of the bunch, but I find it to be so pigmented that it requires a bit more time spent on blending. This shade was used recently by the talented Lisa Eldridge in a special occasion/wedding/prom makeup tutorial, which can be seen here. I love the romantic, soft and beautiful look she created!
|Left to right: 62 Présage, 63 Révélation, 64 Inspiration, and 65 Affinité|
|Blended (indoor low lighting)|
I am a big fan of cream blushes as they tend to have stronger pigmentation and better longevity than many powders. I have only tried these in the store so haven't put them to a full test yet, but did find that when I tried one on at the counter at 10:00 in the morning I could still see most of the color on my cheeks through late in the evening. I have dry skin, though, so I'm not sure if others will have the same good results.
Compared to other cream blushes I've tried, these have more of a matte finish on the skin and don't provide a dewy glow as some of the "stickier" cream blushes do, such as Stila's Convertible Color, for example. They also do not have as much slip, or blend quite as easily as cream blushes from Chantecaille, NARS, and Aerin Lauder. But overall I'm very pleased with their performance and with the shades offered in this initial release. I hope they become a permanent addition to the brand and would like to see additional shades offered in the future.