I hope you are all having a wonderful week. My week has been busy, yet incredibly fun. Yesterday, Amber of Canadian Fashionista, and I drove into Toronto for some ikea shopping (I am re-doing my makeup room/office), dinner, and a John Freida event showcasing their new 'Luxurious Volume' collection (post coming soon). Today was a bit more of a relaxing day, as Caryl Baker Visage was nice enough to treat the two of us to a microdermabrasion treatment and an oxygen facial (can't wait to share my experience with you).
While I have admired their products from afar, I have never purchased anything from Chanel, with the exception of their Tan de Soleil Bronzer a couple of years ago. When I saw their new Spring 2013 collection, however, I couldn't help but take a closer look.
With so many new products, including a new eyeshadow palette, a powder and several new eyeliners, lipsticks and nail polishes, it was hard to decide what to get. After a lot of 'humming and ha-ing', I finally decided on their newest Joues Contraste blush, 'Frivole', a stunning coral-orange (think sherbet) with very finely milled silver shimmer.
I've had a couple of weeks to play around with my new blush, and have to say I am in 'makeup love'. 'Frivole' is incredibly smooth (like 'buttah'), extremely well pigmented, and blends beautifully into the skin for a sheer wash of colour (you can obviously build it up if you want something a little brighter). This is definitely one of the softest blushes I have ever tried (its so silky), and yet, unlike a lot of softer powders, does not have a lot of fallout. This blush does have fairly distinct scent (a mix of flowers and citrus) which, to be honest, I am not 100% sure I like (this is my first Chanel blush so I have no idea if every blush smells this way).
Like all of Chanel's Joues Contraste blushes, 'Frivole' comes in a sleek, elegant compact engraved with a white Chanel logo (so pretty). Inside, the compact has a large mirror (you can see 3/4 of your face) and a small, very soft, blush brush (personally, I prefer to use a larger brush to apply my blush, so I tend not to use the small one).
This blush retails for $48 CND/$43 USD (I was lucky enough to grab mine in the US) which is, in my opinion (and I am sure a lot of your opinions), an extremely steep price for a blush.
In the end, I really do love Frivole's unique colour, great pigmentation and smooth finish, and am extremely happy with my decision to pick it up. With that said, $48 CND/$43 USD is too pricey for my wallet, so it will be a while before I add a second Chanel blush to my makeup collection.
If you have been wanting to try something from Chanel, and are looking for a great'Spring' blush, you will definitely want to check out 'Frivole'. If however, you can't fathom paying over $40 for a blush, I am sure you can find something similar at a lower price point (I am going to be checking my collection for dupes this week, and will be sure to let you know if I find any).