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My fascination with Chanel makeup goes back so many years! I clearly remember the day I bought my first item. It was an Aqualumière Lip Gloss, in a rosy shade; sadly I don’t remember the name of it, nor the number… But I know it was similar in color to Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick Magnolia ( # 117 ), in a lip gloss formula.

Today I’ m bringing you a review on a Chanel favourite that has a special meaning to me. Here you have my very first Chanel blush in Rose Initiale, #72.

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It came out with Les Essentials de Chanel Fall 2012 Collection and it was a great addition to the permanent line. The instant I saw it, I fell in love. ( I know! You are right! I have a weird relationship with my makeup… Anyone else?… No? Oh! ok!… )

It is a warm-ish pink that doesn’t lean too warm. It shows a bit of peach in it and this makes it suitable for many skin tones. I see it similar to NARS Orgasm, except without, the overpowering shimmer. I’m not a fan of glittery blushes!

The pigmentation of a Chanel blush never disappointed me. It wasn’t the case with Rose Initiale either. Like many Chanel blushes it is just the right amount of colour; not too little, not too much. It is great for an everyday blush, but I find it easily buildable for a night out.

photo 3        – Chanel Joues Contraste #72 Rose Initiale, heavily swatched and a just a swipe of color

The formulation is very soft, very smooth and a little bit powdery, but only because it is so finely mild. It is a good thing that when applied on your cheeks it doesn’t make you look as if you put flour on your face.

I wore it without any fading problems for about 8 hours, at work. After that I reapplied it a bit.

Another plus: it smells like a bunch of roses, picked up from a french garden, in the morning.

The compact is all black with the Chanel logo ( No surprise there! ). The entire lid is a large mirror on the inside, and it comes with a little brush, that you already know I use without complaining.  For best results, use a decent size brush, or the one you are used to and use the little brush that comes with the compact for touch ups, or if you are on the go.

See you soon, beautiful people!

xx, Annie