Chanel Blush in Rose Tourbillon

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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.
In an effort to ignite the love affair didn’t quite extend to a more serious relationship, I got the shade ROSE TOURBILLON. It’s slightly on the brighter side of pinks, leaning on the fuschia territory.


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.
On the pan, it looks quite overwhelming but it registers so glowingly well on my cheeks. The texture is a wee bit powdery being a baked formula, which is the case for all Euro/Asian version of the Joues Contraste. They say the US formula is more finely milled and creamier than the Asian versions but I wouldn’t know for sure since all JCs I own are of Euro/Asia.
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


OVERALL I’m really liking Chanel Rose Tourbillon. It was between this and Pink Explosion, which is a slightly lighter, less red yet cooler-toned version of this. The SA recommended the latter as it is easier to wear and apparently, a bestseller here in the Philippines. But being the obstinate me, I chose to go with Rose Tourbillon instead. I didn’t need another light-colored, less-pigmented Chanel blush (okay fine, I didn’t need another blush, Chanel or not). I had to either go hard or go home. Go hard, of course!


Um. I wasn’t supposed to include a FOTD because I wasn’t in the mood to do full makeup plus I looked el terible as I’m currently sick. But I really am a believer of including face shots to show how products generally look when applied on the face. It’s just me and my non-artsy brain that can’t imagine arm swatches on cheeks or lips. So armed with my ungroomed brows which I horribly/merely filled in, I dusted Majolica Majorca Skin Remaker powder all over my face with a bit of emphasis on my undereyes, slapped on a Chanel lipstick et voila.
REPURCHASE? I’ve only finished up a pan of blush ONCE so I don’t think this is a valid question to ask me now. Also, I’m always on the look out to try new blushes —especially pink ones like these — and experiment on what may/may not suit me.
WHERE TO BUYRustan’s counters in Makati, Shangri-La, Alabang Php2,350 Also available at Nordstrom online.
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  1. May 22, 2013 / 5:02 pm

    it is so pretty. You’re right, it looks quite different in the pan than on your face. Looks very pretty on you.

    • May 24, 2013 / 1:27 pm

      Yes, it does! I was quite hesitant at first but when I swatched it, it didn’t seem as intense. Thanks!

  2. May 22, 2013 / 5:32 pm

    It’s pretty. I’ve always wanted a Chanel blush but I find them quite expensive, but from your review I think its really worth it. 🙂

    • May 24, 2013 / 1:28 pm

      I’ll be honest, I DON’T need a Chanel blush 🙂 And 2350 is may be TOO much for a blush. A NARS blush has the same quality, if not better (some shades) for almost half the price. 🙂 So, yes – sometimes it’s the name instead of the quality we pay for (although don’t get me wrong, it is of great quality rin naman!)

    • May 24, 2013 / 1:29 pm

      Thank you! ♥ For fair-skinned ladies, they may have to be extra light-handed with this though 🙂

  3. May 23, 2013 / 3:05 am

    the color’s so pretty- it suits you ♥

  4. May 23, 2013 / 6:08 am

    You really don’t look seek, you look very pretty ^_^
    I love a good blush with a little sparkle in it!

  5. May 23, 2013 / 9:29 am

    The shade looks gorgeous on you! I actually find the packaging quite cute with the small brush hahaha. And I feel your pain when it comes to photographing swatches and using a DSLR. Maybe you could try adjusting the exposure or extending the shutter time so it captures more light? I’m no expert though and rely on trial & error.

    Also, thanks for visiting my blog! Yours is so pretty and I love your content. Following you now 🙂


    • May 24, 2013 / 1:45 pm

      Thank you for the tips, Louise! I rely on trial & error, too.
      And thanks for following!

  6. May 23, 2013 / 10:03 am

    Curious, what blush did you use up? Anyway, it’s so pretty 🙂 I love my Joues Contraste, too, but am also bothered by the scent.

    Btw, I tagged you to do Lipstick Week. Hope you can do it 🙂

    x Carina

    • May 24, 2013 / 1:46 pm

      Carina – I mentioned it up there. NARS Orgasm is the only blush I’ve finished and repurchased pa lang. 🙂

      Thanks for the tag – I replied! I might just do it 🙂

  7. May 23, 2013 / 12:17 pm

    I love this blush on you! Such a gorgeous bright pink, a lot more intimidating in the pan then on. So luxurious! xx

    • May 24, 2013 / 1:46 pm

      Thanks Ashi! Yes, it is quite gorgeous 🙂

  8. May 24, 2013 / 1:11 pm

    I’ve been trying to cut down on the makeup hoarding but I dunno if I’ll be able to resist this! I’m thinking of getting a Chanel blush too but maybe a different shade for my yellow-toned skin 🙂 Rose Tourbillon looks really flattering on you though!

    • May 24, 2013 / 1:46 pm

      RESIST if you must, Jess! 🙂 Hihi. It’s not a MUST-BUY naman 🙂 And thanks for the compliment!

  9. May 24, 2013 / 2:19 pm

    so so pretty !^_~

  10. May 25, 2013 / 4:07 pm

    I always seem to have trouble with really pigmented blushes – I think I actually prefer less pigmented ones as they’re generally easier to apply. These Chanel blushes remind me so much of the Bourjois round pot blushes!

  11. May 26, 2013 / 12:49 pm

    This one is very pretty on you! You can take pinks very well 🙂 I don’t really.. But I think that gorgeous NARS one would suit me!

    • May 26, 2013 / 12:49 pm

      (this is Isabelle from by the way, discovered you blog through my comments, yay!) 🙂

  12. May 28, 2013 / 5:34 pm

    Hi shari 🙂 i noticed that you have a lot of reviews on Chanel products. I was wondering what you think of Chanel Pourde Universelle Compacte press powder?

  13. May 30, 2013 / 3:50 am

    Such a beautiful blush! 🙂 This one is so nice. You look so fresh!

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