Review: Chanel #4 Blush Brush

chanel blush brush review
I’m constantly on the lookout for that HG blush brush. I’ve come pretty close to it with the Rock & Republic blush brush, which I bought about 3-4 years ago but it has already been discontinued. A few months ago, I had a gift card from Holt Renfrew that was about to expire and I couldn’t find anything to spend it on, thus I bought the Chanel #4 Blush Brush. This brush, priced at $52 CAD is not at all affordable, but when I played with it at the Chanel counter, I was set on getting it.

Chanel revamped their brush collection two years ago and the #4 Blush Brush was a part of the revamp. The blush brush is made of all natural hairs. The size is relatively small, you can see a comparison of it below with the MAC 168, and the hairs are short and bushy. I love that the size is smaller than other blush brushes on the market because I like to be very precise about where I deposit my blush, and this brush is great at applying blush right on the apples of the cheeks. In addition, the bushy-ness helps to blend out the colour to a very natural finish.

chanel blush brush review

The brush is super soft; even on my sensitive cheeks I can’t feel any scratchiness at all. The softness of the brush helps to prevent any powder flyaway when the brush is being swirled around even the softest of blushes.

The downside is that it is quite expensive, at $52 CAD and $54 USD. It is also Made in China, which I was surprised to find out after I brought mine home. Regardless, the quality is superb and I can imagine myself using this for years to come.

Have you found your HG blush brush yet? Please share it with us!

chanel blush brush review
chanel blush brush review
chanel blush brush review

The one that got away: Chanel Joues Contraste in Rouge

Chanel Joues Contraste in Rouge review swatches

Have you ever wanted something but restrained yourself, and then have it be taken away forever? That longing for something you no longer have because it’s no longer produced, but the sane part in you refuses to pay 2x the mark-up to acquire it for your collection. That was my experience with Chanel Joues Constrate in Rouge, a once limited edition blush from the Byzantine de Chanel collection released for pre-Fall 2011.

The first time I tried this blush on, I was on the fence about it. I was unemployed at the time and freshly graduated from university, so I felt like I didn’t deserve another blush, albeit how much it was different, limited edition, and looked so amazing on my cheeks. I didn’t buy it, and of course it was sold out almost immediately and I regretted my decision for the next two years. I refused to pay the high prices from eBay, so I waited it out to see if I would find it anywhere else.

Chanel Joues Contraste in Rouge review swatches

Luckily for me, I learned that Chanel re-released this product into the permanent collection in Asia, and I managed to snatch one from Strawberrynet, one of my favourite, and most reliable online retailers for cosmetics (no, this post is not sponsored). I recently received it and it was every bit as beautiful and unique as I had remembered it to be.

Rouge (now assigned a number like all other permanent Chanel blushes – 79), is a fiery red blush with specks of gold shimmer. It applies incredibly smoothly and non-patchy. This comes only in Chanel’s baked blush formula, which usually means that it is sheer, but this one is actually super – with a lot of emphasis – pigmented. The swatch you see is just from one swirl in the pan with my index finger for both the heavy swatch and the blended one. You only need to touch your blush brush to the pan ever so slightly and you will get an intense colour.

My cheeks are naturally quite red, so I need to do a decent amount of cover-up before I apply this, otherwise it will just accentuate the redness in my skin.

All in all, I’m very happy to have finally found this. While this takes more effort to apply in the morning due to how pigmented it is, it does give me the more natural blush of colour. I doubt I will ever need a backup, but that also means I can focus on finding other things that are on my wishlist but are too late to buy retail.

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Chanel Joues Contraste in Rouge review swatches
Chanel Joues Contraste in Rouge review swatches

You can more clearly see the gold shimmery-sheen that is subtle and just beautiful.

Chanel Joues Contraste in Rouge review swatches
Chanel Joues Contraste in Rouge review swatches
Chanel Joues Contraste in Rouge review swatches
Chanel Joues Contraste in Rouge review swatches

Chanel Le Vernis in 575 Starlet… a preview of summer!

Chanel Le Vernis in 575 Starlet swatch and review

Chanel released a capsule collection for Spring/Summer 2013 called the Avant Premiere de Chanel. The collection is comprised of four new and limited edition nail polishes, with complementing Rouge Coco and Rouge Coco Shine lipsticks. From the collection, I picked up a nail polish (surprise, surprise) called Starlet.

Chanel Le Vernis in 575 Starlet swatch and review

Starlet is a watermelon-coral shade with beautiful gold pearl that has become almost a signature for Chanel’s polishes. The gold pearl is subtle but brings depth and uniqueness to a colour that is pretty commonly seen around this time of year. Even though it is a relatively bright colour, I still think it is office-appropriate enough to wear during the daytime.

Chanel Le Vernis in 575 Starlet swatch and review

The formula is not the best I’ve seen from Chanel (that honour goes to Rose Cache). It is slightly more viscous and not as liquidy and light as most of my other Chanel polishes that glide on effortlessly. This one takes a bit more work to get it evened out and smooth. Wear time on average for my Chanel polishes is about a week.

Do you need this? Probably not. You can likely find very similar colours in drugstore or other non-luxury brands. When I brought Starlet home, I noticed that it looked super familiar, so I brought out my stash of polishes and found that under my bedroom lights, it looks like almost a dupe of Paul & Joe Marrakesh polish from Summer 2010. When I did a swatch of it side by side though (see comparison shots below), it looks very different so now I feel better about my $30 indulgence. Marrakesh is much more orange and the gold pearl is much more pronounced than the subtle gold pearl in Starlet. Marrakesh is borderline shimmer/metallic, I would have to say, especially under sunlight.

Chanel Le Vernis in 575 Starlet swatch and review
Chanel Le Vernis in 575 Starlet swatch and review

Starlet on left, Marrakesh on right
Chanel Le Vernis in 575 Starlet swatch and review

I also did a comparison with Rose Cache and Distraction below as well. You can see that Distraction is a cooler pink with iridescent shimmer, whereas Starlet is warmer and leaning towards almost a rose under certain lights.

From left to right: Starlet, P & J Marrakesh, Distraction, Rose Cache

 Chanel Le Vernis in 575 Starlet swatch and review

Oooh la Love: Chanel Chance Eau Tendre EDT

Chanel Chance Eau Tendre

I recently purchased a bottle of Chanel Chance Eau Tendre EDT in Vienna after just one quick sniff of this while out shopping with Jess (pics to be posted later!). I have been lemming over the original Chance EDP (Jess’s HG!) since it first came out many years ago and I’ve never had an opportunity to purchase. And then the Eau Fraiche came out a few summers ago and even though I loved that one too, I wanted to wait. And then… Eau Tendre comes out early this year.

(image from Chanel)

When I first saw the ad in a magazine, boy, it was complete love at first sight. Consistent to the other Chance ads, the model is so gracious and the crystal bottle is very pretty.

Eau Tendre is much lighter than the original Chance (both EDT and EDP), but muskier and darker than Eau Fraiche. It is still fruity and floral with grapefruit and jasmine, but the White Musk really stands out.

I love this perfume, its similar to other ones I have but still stands out on its own. I really have no idea why I buy like 5 bottles of perfume that have very similar scents, but I do because I love them all. Plus the fact that its Chanel and always a classic will help too. Not to mention I also got a bunch of my friends addicted to the scent too.

Chanel Chance Eau Tendre is available in 50mL and 100mL sizes. The 50mL is $65 USD and the 100mL is $90USD. I purchased mine for around that price in Austria.

P.S. Can you imagine that this is only my first bottle of Chanel perfume? I have 3 bottles of Dior, 2 bottles of Gucci and 2 bottles of Anna Sui, but this is my first Chanel. I guess Chanel for me was always a status thing. My mom owned a lot of Dior stuff so that seemed natural, but for Chanel I had to make sure that I was able to uphold that Chanel spirit before I bought it. I don’t know if I can uphold that spirit now… but I still love wearing the perfume!

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