Chanel Destiny 61 Le Blush Creme de Chanel review, swatches and comparisons.

Chanel Destiny 61 Le Blush Creme de Chanel.

Chanel Destiny 61 Le Blush Creme de Chanel.

Admittedly, I had absolutely zero intentions of purchasing the new cream blushes from Chanel, but the very young, bright-eyed, sweet sales associate had me at, “Hello, my name is so and so, if you need help or have any questions I’ll be right over there (pointing to the other side of the counter).”  How refreshing, politeness and no hovering or pressure to buy anything, this sale approach solidified my intent to purchase something/anything (as if I needed an excuse ) 🙂 My stress free experience lead me to acquire Chanel Destiny 61 Le Blush Creme de Chanel ($38 US/2.5g). *click on each photo to enlarge*

Chanel Le Blush Creme de Chanel swatches. L-R:  Inspiration (64), Destiny (61), Prestige (62), Revelation (63),  Affinate (65), TOP: Fantastic (66).

Chanel Le Blush Creme de Chanel swatches.
L-R: Inspiration (64), Destiny (61), Presage (62), Revelation (63), Affinate (65), TOP: Fantastic (66).

The Color:

After much thought and consideration, the “black sheep” of the Chanel Le Blush Creme de Chanel family stood out to me for a variety of reasons. Even though Chanel Destiny (61) appears dark and bland in the pan, this rosy/brown color would suit a variety of makeup looks and skin tones.  Darker skinned beauties would fare better with one of the other brighter colors in the line-up.  This blush could easily pair nicely with a smokey eye/nude lip combination or a minimal black winged liner/red lip look.  I also thought it interesting to layer an opposing color powder blush on top of the Chanel Destiny to give depth and dimension to my powder blushes.  Depending on the intensity in which it is applied, Chanel Destiny (61) could possibly be the most versatile color (out of the six colors offered) in this limited-edition collection.

Chanel Destiny (61) on cheeks.

Chanel Destiny (61) w/Sunday Riley Blushing on cheeks.

The Pros/Formula:

Chanel has out done itself with this cream to powder formula.  Destiny (61) glides on the skin so smoothly and dries down instantly to a powder matte finish.  Application was most favorable when fingers were used. Despite the sheerness of the first layer, Destiny (61) does build up rather quickly and seamlessly.  On its own, Destiny (61) lasted an impressive nine hours full strength and faded gradually as the day progressed. I suspect my dry skin lent a helping hand with the amazing lasting power.  The finish, color and warmth this brings to the face is so flattering, there are days when I do not feel a need to apply bronzer.

Shamelessly posing as the guinea pig in this scenario, I experimented with applying Sunday Riley’s Blushing blush (a pink blush) on top of Destiny (61); the results were so complex and lovely.  The method of layering powder on creme ensures your blush stays put for the entirety of the day.  The packaging of Chanel Le Blush Creme is also conducive for travel; a lightweight, thinly mirrored compact with a wide surface area for easy accessibility to the product.

Chanel Le Blush Creme de Chanel Destiny (61) on the cheeks.

Chanel Le Blush Creme de Chanel Destiny (61) on the cheeks.

The Cons:

The amount/price ratio is a bit unsettling ($38 US/2.5 grams).  Chanel should have considered making this product at least 5 grams, which would have been on par with other cream blush formulas.  Very little product is needed to obtain full impact, however I would have liked to have had a more substantial amount for my money.

Comparisons:

Instantly, I saw a correlation with two other cream products in my arsenal; YSL #3 Silky Praline Creme de Blush and Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel (aka: Bronze Universel).  YSL Creme de Blush is a cream to powder formula with moderate lasting power, and the color is deeper than Destiny (61). Chanel Bronze Universel retains its creamy nature and has a noticeable brown/orange undertone (especially visible on lighter skin tones).

An alluring quality to Chanel Le Blush Creme is the absence of fragrance and parabens; YSL Creme de Blush is very heavily scented and Chanel Bronze Universel is scented and contains five parabens. Fragrance in my cosmetics irritates me to no end, sadly for this reason, I can no longer wear either product.  The packaging for YSL Creme de Blush is inconvenient, the small opening makes for awkward product accessibility.  Chanel BU requires a brush to apply and the bulky container is not suitable of travel. Chanel Destiny’s (61) texture, finish, color, longevity, packaging and lack of fragrance/parabens wins out in this cream product battle extravaganza.

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Comparison Swatches L-R:  YSL #3 Le Blush Creme, Chanel Destiny (61), Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel/Bronze Universel.

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Packaging Comparisons:  YSL #3, Chanel Destiny (61), and Chanel Bronze Universel/Ingredient list.

Chanel Destiny 61 Le Blush Creme de Chanel can be purchased at Lord & Taylor, Saks, Macys, Bloomingdales, NordstromChanel.com, etc.  Another one of my favorite beauty bloggers Cafemakeup reviewed and photographed the entire the collection here.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you if you are in the market for a fabulous creme blush then do pick-up Chanel Destiny 61 Le Blush Creme de Chanel or one of the other 5 colors available.  These blushes are rather expensive for the amount offered, however if all the pros mentioned outweigh the possible expense, then do not hesitate. Personally when I wore Destiny (61), I appeared to have been on vacation, lounging poolside at a Villa in Lake Como, Italy with none other than…….you guessed it………..Georgie C.   So worth it for me….Be well and stay safe.

-M-

Yeah that's where I belong!!  George Clooney's villa in Lake Como, Italy.

Yeah, that’s where I belong!! George Clooney’s Villa in Lake Como, Italy.

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me.  Compensation is not given for any reviews.  **Click on the rose highlighted product name to take you to a direct link to the item.**George Clooney’s Villa photo courtesy of celeb-estates.com.

Laura Mercier Ritual Baked Blush Bronze review and swatch.

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Laura Mercier Ritual Baked Blush and Bronze:

Do you see this beauty?  Do I even need to elaborate past this sentence?  Can you predict what my thoughts will be on this product?  Well here goes…Introducing Laura Mercier Ritual Baked Blush and Bronze ($36US/9.50 g).   This stunner is part of the Folklore Collection Spring/Summer 2013.  According to LM website, Ritual is comprised of 5 different colors and baked to “provide the perfect, natural color for cheeks and face.”   I would have to say that description is spot on.   This is a very pigmented, dark rosy brown shade with a slight pink shimmer that works surprisingly well as a bronzer.

Multiple uses for Ritual:

The pink veining in the product does make it usable as a blush.  If used as a blush tread lightly.   Did I say Ritual is dark and pigmented?  This product does not contain any orange undertone what so ever!!  Bare Minerals Faux tan is similar, in that they both are on the reddish side of the bronzer spectrum.   Bronzers that fall in this realm are regarded as mimicking the natural effects of the sun!!   Ritual’s powder is finely milled and applies smoothly, it does not come off as a shimmery mess on the skin.   Instead Ritual subtly highlights the areas in which it is applied.  It gives off the “glow” we often hear about in the beauty community.  I also use this beauty as an all over eyeshadow or crease/blend out color.   Ritual lasted on my face for a solid 6 hours with noticeable fading on the cheek area.  In all fairness, this can be attributed to my annoying habit of always resting my hand on my face when I read.  Hey ho, I still LOVE the color…I will endure!!

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Laura Mercier Ritual swatched heavily and blended out.

As much as I love this product, it maybe too dark for someone with a fair complexion.  Could it work?  Sure anything can work on anyone, however proceed with caution.  Use a fluffy bronzer brush or even a stippling brush to apply Ritual AS A BRONZER.  To my eye this would be catastrophic if used as a blush for the fairest in the land.   I have a fair complexion (NW20/25), however because I have such dark (hair, eyes, and brows) and strong features, Ritual works for me in all regards (lucky duck).  Below are a few popular bronzer comparisons.

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Top row: LM Ritual, Bare Minerals Faux Tan, Bobbi Brown Medium
Middle row: Edward Bess Daydream, Too Faced Chocolate, Chanel Soleil tan de Chanel Bronze Universal
Bottom Row: Dior Nude Tan 003 Cinnamon

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LM Ritual, BM Faux Tan, BB Medium, EB Daydream, Too Faced Chocolate, Chanel, Dior.

Application:

I use my Tom Ford bronzer brush to apply Ritual as a bronzer followed by my RMK blusher brush to apply Ritual as a blush.  If you are not familiar with a RMK brush, it is very similar to the Suqqu blush brush, as both are very soft and designed to give light application with pigmented products.  Any STIPPLING  brush from any line sill suffice.  Sonia Kashuk makes an affordable version that can be acquired from your local Target.

Laura Mercier Ritual is available for purchase at Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor, Bergdorf, Sakes, LauraMercier.com, etc..

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Laura Mercier Ritual used as a bronzer, blush and crease color (triple treat…oh yes).

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

It would tell you to go to the counter and see “my Precious” in person.  Picture me with Gollum’s voice (Lord of the Rings dude) stroking my Ritual compact against my face and repeatedly chiming,  “Precious, oh my precious please become a permanent item in LM line”.   You are getting a sizable amount for a reasonable price compared to other lines (Guerlain I’m looking at you with your Terracotta bronzer ($75) that smells like my Grandmother).  It would be wise to go see Ritual in person (have I stressed that enough?) because there is only one color offered and some may not find this suitable for their complexion.  Makeup also says,  “remember, it’s only makeup, you don’t likey you don’t keep!!!”     Be well and stay safe!

-M-

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Laura Mercier Ritual Baked Blush Bronze ingredient list.