Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Chantecaille Protect the Wolves Collection: Ella Cheek Shade


After splurging on the new Protect the Wolves Eye Trio I figured I couldn't do without the perfect complementing cheek shade from the collection, Ella ($40/.08 oz). Five percent of the proceeds of this item will be donated to Conservation Northwest to support their efforts to protect wolves in the wild.

The powder is embossed with the same beautiful wolf design as the eye trio and is also contained in a refillable compact. Since space is at a premium in my makeup collection, I really appreciate the small size of Chantecaille's blush compacts.

Ella is a lovely muted neutral pink. At first glance I wasn't sure how pigmented it would be, but it actually shows up quite well on my light skin tone (MAC NC20/Bobbi Brown Sand). Ella is the type of shade that should coordinate well with just about any lip or eye look, as it simply gives the appearance of a natural flush and won't compete with the rest of your makeup.

Even the pattern on the box is beautiful! 

Ella Cheek Shade (on the left)

Below is a comparison with a few shades in my collection, which will hopefully give you a better idea of the color. As a sidenote, I noticed while viewing images of this product online that some people have a version that has a metallic overspray, but the version I purchased from Neiman Marcus online does not and neither did the ones they had in stock at the counter. 

  1. Chantecaille - Ella 
  2. MAC - Pinch O' Peach 
  3. Chantecaille - Fun 
  4. MAC - The Perfect Cheek 
  5. Tarte - Celebrated 

I was happy to see that Ella is similar to one of my favorite blushes from MAC, The Perfect Cheek. As you can see, it is just a bit lighter and a tad warmer toned. Tarte's recent limited-edition blush, Celebrated, although not an exact dupe, is also somewhat similar but is even more of a nude tone. Chantecaille's Elephant Cheek Shade, Fun, from a few years ago is lighter, peachier and has some shimmer, whereas Ella is completely matte. 
Left to right: Chantecaille Ella, MAC The Perfect Cheek, MAC Pinch O' Peach, Tarte Celebrated, Chantecaille Fun

Ella should work well for both those with warm and cool skin tones, as I would classify it as a neutral pink. It's the type of shade that you may find yourself repeatedly reaching for whenever you're unsure of what to wear, and the forgiving tone and buildable formula means you can quickly apply without any worries of overdoing it. I foresee Ella becoming a new go-to blush in my stash and give it an enthusiastic thumbs up! 


  1. LOVE it. This might be similar to my all time fave check shade by Chantecaille called Wind which they discontinued and I CRIED. Next time I'm around a counter I'm going to have to get this one! Thanks for the review and swatches!

    1. Hi Tracy, Ooh I hate when favorite shades are discontinued! Ella is subtle but noticeable - looks very natural and pretty :)

  2. Wow Ella is such a beautiful shade! I've considered getting it just because of the wolf print ( I love wolves!! xD )..
    But after reading your review, I'll def get this one! I'm quite surprised to see that the pan is smaller compare to MAC blush.. But it won't stop me from getting it I guess ^^

    1. Hi Pamela, I love the wolf print! It was so hard to dip in my brush and ruin it! Chantecaille blush pans are quite small -- though it usually takes me a long time to finish a blush because I tend to switch products often :)

  3. I bought last years blusher and dropped it after 2 weeks of owning it! It's made me hesitant to purchase another due to the powder being so soft! Still, Ella is incredibly gorgeous

    1. Oh I'm sorry about your blush accident - especially after only 2 weeks! :( The powder on this one is very soft as well. Love the shade though -- it's just so easy to wear. I think it would be very difficult to over-apply!


Thanks for commenting!