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.
- Chantecaille - Ella
- MAC - Pinch O' Peach
- Chantecaille - Fun
- MAC - The Perfect Cheek
- 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!