Blushed: Chanel Cream Blush (Presage)

The highly anticipated cream blushes from Chanel are here, and they do NOT disappoint. I got to play with the lot of them during a recent trip to Nordstrom, and it’s safe to say that there’s a little something for everyone.

I ended up with the peachy color called Presage. It’s the most universally flattering color of the selection, I think. There’s also a deep pink (Fantastic), a cool blue-toned pink (Affinite), and a warm pink (Revelation) that I want. One of the blushes, Destiny, is not much of a blush at all. It’s more like a bronzer for fair skinned beauties. In fact, it completely disappears on my skin… I dare say I could even wear it as foundation.
The fantastic thing about these blushes is, although they are labeled ‘cream’ — they are more like a solid mousse texture. They move like a cream on the skin, but blend down to a matte finish. There is no oil… no slick… no shine to speak of. So oily skinned beauties can apply this blush with confidence, and not worry about it looking like they applied lip gloss as a blush color
I find this color works best when applied with fingers, or a dense synthetic brush. You can certainly use a fluffier brush to diffuse the color, but these colors are initially sheer. They build with intensity as you layer them. So you can make the color as saturated as you wish.

This color is so flattering on my warm skintone… it literally makes my skin ‘glow.’ I love it. I’m definitely going back for more. You can find out more about Chanel Cream Blushes HERE.

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YSL Summer 2011: Audacious Orange

The new cream blush from YSL Summer 2011 collection is hands down my favorite piece. I like one of the eyeshadow duos and one of the lipsticks, but for me… the blush in Audacious Orange is a MUST HAVE:

Despite the massively bright hue in the pot, the color is actually quite wearable. You can put it on sheer for a coral ‘flush’ or build it for a more expressive orange…

I love the new YSL cream blushes because they aren’t really a traditional ‘cream’ — meaning they don’t go on wet. They remind me of the NARS cream blushes, with maybe a bit more staying power and compatibility with powder formulas. You can put this blush over your foundation, and even a set powder, without disturbing the finish. They blend out easily with your fingers or a brush.

This is a good blush. If you like oranges, you might want to pick this little beauty up.

YSL Boheme Libertine: Take Three!

Some of you guys have been with me on my quest (and eventual dismissal) for the YSL Boheme Libertine collection for Spring 2011.

Well, the flagship Sephora store in Hollywood had a few of the items. As suspected, the quint is a repromote (Indian Pink/#2).

Initially I’d decided to pass on the cream blushes, because I have oily skin and creams never do well for me. But I got to play in them recently, and I have to say, YSL has changed my mind. It’s a ‘dry’ cream… more like a gel pigment. It sets as pure color and does not move, even on my oily skin.

I ended up with the Cream Blush in Praline…

It looks like a peachy brown… but it swatches more of a brownish pink, which is perfect for my skintone:

This is the only thing that I really liked from the collection. All of the glosses looked pretty pedestrian to me. There is a fuchsia version of this blush, as well as a cool pink. I have enough fuchsia EVERYTHING, and the cool pink went a little ashy on me. I imagine it would look stunning on fairer skintones.

If you’re going to get anything from this collection, take a good look at the cream blushes. I think they’re worth taking home.