I hope you are all having a great weekend. It was a very sunny day today with almost spring temperatures. I am afraid to say but I haven't been out because I was feeling a little under the weather. Also my husband is sneezing so I believe we are about to catch the trend here in the south of Germany. Half of the colleagues in my office are sick...
Today I would like to share my thoughts about two of the cheek products I have picked up from Asia/North America exclusive La Perle Collection. Chanel Joues Contraste #250 Crescendo and Le Blush Créme #80 Invitation. They both appeared to me as universally flattering shades of pink, this is how I feel about them after testing for a few weeks by now...
|Chanel Joues Contraste #250 Crescendo & Le Blush Créme #80 Invitation|
First off let me start with Chanel Joues Contraste #250 Crescendo which is the powder blush of the collection. The one I got is 4 g, indicating that it is the baked formula. I believe North America also received these in baked formula (if not please let us know in the comments below). I personally like the baked blushes of Chanel, so no problems there. #250 Crescendo has a good color pay-off, although it doesn't appear as vivid as it is in the pan, it shows up nicely on the cheeks.
|Chanel Joues Contraste #250 Crescendo|
I have swatched it together with other Joues Contraste from my collection to give you an idea about the shade. #250 Crescendo is a medium cool pink, which is cooler than #72 Rose Initiale and #170 Rose Glacier. It is less vivid and warmer than #74 Ultra Rose. I was a little bummed after seeing how close Crescendo is to #70 Tumulte. It is basically like a less intense version of Tumulte, so for me it is rather a repetition in my stash without adding anything new to it. Nevertheless the formula is nice and if you don't have Tumulte, you may want to check it out. It is not available in the States at Chanel Online Store.
|Comparison swatch: Chanel Joues Contraste #250 Crescendo|
Here it is me wearing Chanel Les 4 Ombres Tissé Rhapsodie and Illusion d'Ombre in Mysterio as well as Stylo Jeux Water Proof Perle de Luna on eyes. These are all from the same collection and I have reviewed them here previously. As for my lips, I am wearing Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet #45 L'Adorée which I adore for over a year now. It is listed as limited edition but I see that it is still available at some sites such as Channel's online store.
|FOTD: Chanel Joues Contraste #250 Crescendo|
Le Blush Créme #80 Invitation was released with the collection in Asia. My dear friend Linda picked up the products for me and she told me that it was sold out very soon. I haven't seen this appear in the States at Chanel online store either although I have heard that some of the shops received it. This one is an interesting addition to Le Blush Créme line which is very different than all the other cream blushes I own from Chanel.
First of all it is more sticky and less powdery. If you like Chanel Cream Blushes and their cream to powder formula, you may find #80 Invitation deviate from what you expect. On the other hand if you find Chanel blushes drying or not applying as you want them to, you might end up liking Invitation, such as Linda, who liked this one more than the others she owned. Me on the other hand ended up not liking the stickiness of the formula.
|Chanel Le Blush Créme #80 Invitation|
Here is a comparison to Le Blush Créme de Chanel #64 Inspiration, which has a very close base color. #80 Invitation has glitters in it but on the cheeks it doesn't apply glittery. I believe they had to make the formula a bit stickier for the glitters to hang onto it or they would fall out *wink* I don't know, all I can say is that it is not my favorite Créme de Blush to date and don't worry if you somehow missed it.
|Comparison swatch: Chanel Le Blush Créme #80 Invitation|
Here is me with Chanel Le Blush Créme #80 Invitation on the cheeks combined with Les 4 Ombres Tissé Rhapsodie on eyes and Tom Ford Lipstick Preston on the lips.
|FOTD: Chanel Le Blush Créme #80 Invitation|
Final thoughts: If you don't own Chanel Joues Contraste #73 in Tumulte and you are in the market for a cool medium pink blush, I can recommend Chanel Joues Contraste #250 Crescendo. I personally didn't like the formula of Le Blush Créme #80 Invitation but if you find the other Chanel Cream Blushes rather dry you might like it.
I would like to hear what do you like or not like about Chanel Le Blush Créme.
Disclaimer: The products in this post are purchased by me.