Blush Crush: Chanel Rose Initial

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I mentioned in a previous post that I’ve found a Chanel blush that’s been grazing my cheeks daily since purchase. The creme blushes (from the Fall collection) are seeing less and less of daylight since this new baby arrived. Enter Chanel Rose Initial — a neutral medium-pink with very sparse microshimmer which is almost undetectable on skin. It’s been a while since I’ve been very excited seeing myself wearing blush. When I tried it on, I just had to take it home with me.

See swatches and FOTDs of this after the jump…

1bIf you’re wary of the baked Euro formulas of Chanel blushes, I urge you to try this one because it’s quite unlike the others that are filled with shimmer. This has very tiny gold microshimmer that translates into a slight glow on the skin once you put it on. It’s so elusive you can’t pinpoint the flecks, it doesn’t give off a visible sheen the same way as Chanel Rose Tourbillon and NARS Orgasm.

The texture of Rose Initial is different because it’s more finely-milled than the usual baked versions. It’s quite powdery but forgivable since it melds on the skin once applied. It goes on well-pigmented, but not as pigmented as say, NARS’ matte blushes (the swatch above consists of 2 swipes of Rose Initial). It is buildable and very difficult to overdo. It lasts around 5-6 hours on my normal-combination skin before fading — the creme blushes last a bit longer though.

65Comparing it with the three shades of blushes above, it actually does have a peach tinge to it but less than Amour’s and Orgasm’s peachiness. Beside Rose Tourbillon, you’ll see that Rose Inital lacks the sheen/shimmer that RT has.

I’ve seen swatches of Rose Initial online and they all look different depending on lighting. It’s very hard to capture its true color – even my swatches aren’t truly representative of its real shade. Some also describe it as warm, others cool-toned. I say it’s quite neutral on me because it doesn’t lean too warm like NARS Amour or too cool like NARS Gaiety.4OVERALL This is a true winner for me. In the few weeks I’ve had it, it’s already been used up quite a lot. My Rose Tourbillon has taken a backseat as well as my creme blushes (which I’ve been using almost daily before I bought this). This is exactly the everyday blush I’ve been looking for without the shimmer/sheen that NARS Orgasm has. Too soon to tell if it’s my number one favorite or HG material, but it is kind of headed in that direction.

Price: Php 2350 Place bought: Rustan’s

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  1. Arielle
    August 5, 2013 / 5:55 pm

    Lovely! May I also know what lipstick are you wearing on the photo?

    • August 9, 2013 / 12:04 am

      Hi Arielle! It’s Faux by MAC.

  2. August 5, 2013 / 6:30 pm

    Very pretty!

    • August 9, 2013 / 12:04 am

      Thanks, Eula!

  3. August 5, 2013 / 6:50 pm

    I love the Chanel blushes everytime i swatch them in stores~ The quality is amazing and the finish it gives is so pretty too. This shade looks lovely on your skintone! I should really invest in a Chanel blush very soon to try out because i have been so fixated with my beloved NARS blushes that i have not delved into other beauty brands as of yet 😀 Thanks for recommending this shade~ Have a lovely day <3

    X x X x X

    • August 9, 2013 / 12:05 am

      The NARS blushes are just as good! Chanel is nice-to-have, not so much a must-have.
      Thanks Ying!

  4. August 5, 2013 / 6:59 pm

    The color really does remind me of a rose..very nice and subtle…. looks great on your skintone!

    • August 9, 2013 / 12:06 am

      It’s subtle, yes! Thanks Maia.

  5. August 5, 2013 / 10:45 pm

    gorgeous shade! the last pic was just super nice! ^_~

    • August 9, 2013 / 12:07 am

      Thanks Janet!

  6. August 6, 2013 / 12:50 pm

    Well the blush does look good on you and the price is quite steep too but it is worth it, I must say. Currenty I am in love with my NYC blush. It’s inexpensive and performs well for its price 🙂

    • August 9, 2013 / 12:08 am

      I’ve read up on NYC blushes – there are great swatches online nga!

  7. August 6, 2013 / 7:46 pm

    Absolutely beautiful, although I like tourbillion just a bit more! I sheen on it is just amazing! I don’t think its still available but I must see if I can get it anywhere!

    • August 9, 2013 / 12:10 am

      Rose Tourbillon IS pretty but I do love Rose Initiale as it’s more subtle and great for everyday!

  8. August 7, 2013 / 4:29 pm

    What a lovely soft pink shade! It looks so nice on you.

    • August 9, 2013 / 12:10 am

      Thank you!

  9. August 9, 2013 / 10:52 pm

    Waw this looks really pretty!
    Love your blog! Definitely going to follow 🙂

    x Isabelle

  10. August 12, 2013 / 7:27 am

    I have always looked at this Chanel shade but have never taken the plunge. My man bought me Pink Explosion last Christmas and I wear it all the time, but I also bought myself Frivole and adore that one as well!

    • August 12, 2013 / 6:31 pm

      I’ve been eyeing Frivole! But i’m scared of the coral being intense on my skintone. I was supposed to get Pink Explosion too but went for Rose Tourbillon. Pink Exp is also pretty!

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