Les Essentials de Chanel Fall 2012 Joues Contraste 72 Rose Initiale Blush ~ Swatches, Photos, Review, Comparisons

Chanel describes Rose Initiale as a universally flattering blush for all skin tones. I don’t doubt this to be true. It is just a perfect pink. Not too cool and not too warm. Not too bright and not too subtle. Not too matte and not too shimmery. Shall I go on? The Chanel Joues Contraste powder blush formula remains my favourite powder blush formula. My sizeable collection will attest to that. The US formula is satiny smooth, pigmented, and has the loveliest subtle glow that helps create a natural look on the cheeks that is neither flat nor flashy. It sits at that perfect place in between. Rose Initiale lives up to Chanel’s standards and will take over a well used position in my stash. 
I will keep this post light on words and let the pictures speak for themselves. It is the long weekend after all! I didn’t want to hold this out on you until next week though!

Comparisons to other Chanel Joues Contraste pinks (and the Spring Horizon de Chanel blush as well). Please click to enlarge.
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I ordered this from Neiman Marcus.

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  • Gaelle- The Make up Fairy
    June 29, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    Perfect pink or what?! The formula looks brilliant

  • Becca @ The Beauty Sample
    July 2, 2012 at 4:55 AM

    aaaahh–not you too! I am seeing this everywhere and it is really starting to break down my willpower. So. Beautiful. But. Must. Resist!!!

  • lola seicento
    July 11, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    I WANT!!!!!! MUST HAVE!

  • Martha
    July 13, 2012 at 12:42 AM

    Excellent comparison! I still can’t decide if I should go for it though. I have most of the blushes on your arm too lol.

  • Perilously Pale
    July 13, 2012 at 1:38 AM


  • Paige
    July 14, 2012 at 1:56 AM

    Thank you for making such a comprehensive comparison swatch!! I wasn’t sure whether I need Rose Initiale in my collection, but it turns out that I don’t have anything remotely similar to it.

  • katherine
    July 19, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    What a nice color!

  • Marisa Anderson
    March 2, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    Love the color of Rose Initale, lovely color, love the slight amount of radiant shimmer.
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