The first review of the new year calls for something extra special and right now it is hard to think of anything else more special than the new Chanel blush in Camélia Rosé! A limited-edition collector's piece that is slowly taking everyone's breath away for its stunning flowery design. But is it worth paying the extra money for? Let me share my thoughts with you. :)
Jardin de Chanel Blush Camélia Rosé is one of the two cheek blushes released for Chanel's Spring 2015 Rêverie Parisienne Collection. It features an intricately raised camellia motif on the surface that seems to stay intact even after multiple uses. The first thing you'll notice upon opening the compact is the super tiny size of the blush which contains only 3 g (0.1 oz) of product. The exterior packaging is the same size as regular Joues Contraste blushes but contains half the product and costs $10 more. The second thing I noticed was the strong, powdery rose scent! It's not overpowering by any means but it's much stronger than most perfumed blushes I have smelled.
The mirrored compact comes protected in a black velvet pouch (not pictured) and includes a Chanel-stamped, black plastic cover and a small applicator that is usable and functional. To my surprise, the brush actually works really well for picking up the color (by using swiping motions across the surface of the blush) and depositing it on the cheeks as you will see in my portrait photo below where I didn't use any additional brush to apply. It may take a little longer than a typical blush brush to cover the large area of the cheeks but at least the soft bristles fan out nicely to diffuse the hard edges as you apply.
Besides the included applicator, I find smaller blush brushes such as MAC 168 and Shu Uemura 20 to work really well since they fit in the pan and are firm enough to pick up the right amount of pigment for a soft and even application on the cheeks.
The two-toned Camélia Rosé comprises of 2 distinct shades of pink: a darker, warmer mauve rose and a lighter, cooler muted pale pink. Both contain sparse but sparkly shimmer in the formula that translates to a soft satiny glow on the cheeks. With small effort, you can angle the tip of the included brush perpendicularly to the surface of the blush to pick up each color and apply them separately as a highlighter and a blush. A more practical way would be to swirl them together and apply for a soft and delicate flush of warm rose with a satin-matte finish.
Pigmentation-wise, let's say if you have medium skin tone, you will need some layering for the color to appear on your cheeks. It is on the lighter side of the blush scale but at least the color is buildable. Although the more you build, the more powdery it will become. I really don't mind subtle blushes at all since they are more comfortable to apply and are less likely to over do.
The texture of Camélia Rosé is generally smooth but slightly firmer upon touch than other luxury blushes. I suspect it has something to do with preserving the pretty design. We are charged a premium price for the visual effect after all, so anything to keep the beautiful pattern to stay longer! :)
Despite the sheer pigmentation, Camélia Rosé lasts unexpectedly long! On my combination skin, I didn't notice any fading until after 7-8 hours which is really impressive. Below is how it looks on me with a few layers on and yes I applied the blush with the included applicator! :)
I see Camélia Rosé being a good option for those who have light to medium skin tone, prefer subtle and easy-to-apply cheek colors, and have a soft spot for pretty details. And of course, if you are a true Chanel makeup collector, this piece is a must-have! The tiny size may be a deal-breaker to some but it is certainly not for me since I've never hit pan on any of my blushes anyway. I have used Camélia Rosé extensively and I have to say the texture becomes softer and more pigmented once you get passed the stiffer top layers. So, don't write it off as an under performer just after a few uses. Give it some time and you'll perhaps see its true beauty and performance. :)