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.


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.


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


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,, 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.


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.

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About Maria Pia

A blog about beauty (what else), what makes me smile and life with two boys and a dog. This blog is about positivity and inspiration sewn in with a little humor. Makeup is not serious, but how we feel after we apply it, is no joking matter!!! I'm here to share my tips and tricks I have learned on my own for the past %&^$% years :) Enjoy my lovelies.

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