Most warm-toned girls probably have the same affliction I do – a weakness for a good coral blush. I imagine it probably appeals to most girls in general. But for me, coral is a colour that doesn’t judge, nor compete with the rest of my makeup. It looks fresh when I want to look fresh, and it can perfectly complement a summer tan.
I gravitated towards Chanel’s Présage primarily for the colour. In pan, it looks like a lovely deep melon – I was sold! Well, I suppose it helps that it is Chanel which hasn’t let me down before.
|FORMULATION||Cream to powder, oil-free|
|COLOUR PAYOFF/ COVERAGE||True to pan, buildable|
|PACKAGING||Mirrored plastic compact|
|RANGE||6 shades in Australia of a possible 7|
I bought this in shade #62 Presage.
The compact is small and light – I think this surprised me somewhat. But it is rather handy if you carry makeup in your handbag. The snap closure keeps it secure and the mirror is decent, usable size.
In the pan, Présage is a beautiful deep coral with enough pink in it to keep it from looking too summery. By which I mean, it makes for a year-round shade.
The blush is light and creamy to the touch and a small swirl with the finger yields a lot of pigment. This made me a tiny bit anxious at first but I needn’t have worried. It blends so readily and ends up turning into a soft powder on the skin. That isn’t to say it is matte. It simply dries to a velvety finish.
I dislike applying blush with my fingers so I use a small stippling brush (Mac 130) to stipple on the blush and sheer it out. There is no fragrance to speak of and the colour on the skin is true to that in the pan. This alone is a cause for joy for me because on my darker skin, a lot of lovely products lose their pigmentation and leave me disappointed. Not the case with Présage.
It looked natural and dewy without any streaks or patches. With neutral office-appropriate makeup, this colour looks like a gentle flush on the skin without appearing flushed!
As I have combination skin, I seldom purchase cream blushes. However, this range is an oil-free formulation so I’m a happy camper.
Longevity was another matter though. This blush disappeared in a few hours on me. Which is bizarre as I have read other reviews claiming it stays put for a good 8 hours!
I do tend to apply blush very lightly so perhaps therein lies the problem. What can I say, I have been terrified into a feather-light hand by many a picture of an 80s ‘dolly cheeks’ look. I also have this bad habit of touching my face (I forget that I am wearing makeup and get all Thinker posey at my desk). An easy situation to fix given the small size and weight of the compact. I could also just sit on my hands after applying it a little less sheerly.
As I am not one to carry makeup with me or to touch up (other than powder away any shine), this one will be relegated to occasional wear. Which isn’t too bad given it is rather dear but a shame given it is so, so pretty.
PICS & SWATCHES
Here is what it looks like on me.
Will you give Le Blush Crème De Chanel a go? Perhaps in another colour?
What coral blush makes you weak in the knees?