First things first — I love me my NARS blushes. The first pan of blush I've ever finished up is the cult favorite, Orgasm. I've a few MAC blushes and didn't have any luck with the texture nor the longevity, so I've set them aside and forgot about them since I ventured on to the beautiful Francois Nars beauties. A mini-collection post is in the works.
My secret affair with Chanel blushes started through my mom. She gave me my first Joues Contraste and I was quite impressed of the color and texure, although not to the point of converting and venturing on to that side and price point of the French makeup kingdoms. I've bought two other JCs since then but barely used them because I am quite put off with the scent which is too strong for me.
Packaging is okay — I'm not a fan of the plasticky housing but the sleek black color with the double Cs look elegantly chic. And despite the others' hatred for the small brush, I actually appreciate it. If I were in an event and can only bring a clutch bag in which I obviously will not be bringing a big/medium blush brush, I would much rather use this brush than my fingers. I also like bringing JCs for touch-ups because of this small seemingly annoying yet very useful and convenient brush.
However, Rose Tourbillon is less powdery than one of my other Chanel blushes (Fleur de Lotus) and is easily blended for a glowy, satiny finish. It has quite shimmery glitters which look a bit scary up close in pan but swatched on the skin mostly disappear and instead gives off a warm glow. I initially thought the glitters were going to put me off but was mistaken.
As compared to my two other Chanel blushes, Rose Tourbillon is very pigmented. Above photo shows 2 swipes of the blush vs. 4-5 times for my other two JCs. It has a decent amount of staying power, lasting 6 hours on me, no touch-ups vs. the 3-4 hours I usually get with Chanel Candy and Chanel Fleur de Lotus.
I admit I quite suck at doing swatches. As much as I want to capture the blushes' true colors, it's so difficult to perfect (my neophyte SLR skills are so weak, I feel like resorting to my iPhone which is much more user-friendly and takes great photos as well). SLR settings are so confusing to manipulate and I'm not satisfied with auto mode images. *rant over* Any tips on lighting and photography? Please share!
Anyway, the swatches above are Tarte Natural Beauty, a bright reddish pink blush, NARS Amour, a dark coral with a slight hint of pink and NARS Orgasm, my favorite peachy pink blush with gold shimmery specks. They are all heavily swatched so as to see their "truest" shade. I wasn't able to swatch NARS Gaiety, which is a lighter and cooler toned pink. Rose Tourbillon is the least heavily swatched amongst the bunch, only once (different swatch from the photo above it).
|Chanel Rose Tourbillon on my cheeks|