With the festive period* now at full speed ahead almost upon us, it is probably opportune that I (finally) tell you about the Les Tendres de Chanel Les Roses blush which is a travel exclusive item, since some of you might be travelling. I purchased this on board Malaysian Airlines where I saw it labelled as “Flight Exclusive” and I have not even see it at the duty free stores. I’m not sure if other airlines also carry it.
Here it is in all its unsullied glory! The Les Tendres de Chanel Natural Finish Face Highlighter and Blush in Les Roses. As the ridiculously long name implies, this is both a face highlighter and blush. It in fact looks very similar to what Chanel was offering for the Summer collection – Soleil Tan something something… (which I passed on for being too dark). The difference is that instead of a bronzer-blush, this is a highlight-blush.
The blush colours are the two lower shades – a rose and a browned rose, and the highlighter shades are a light pink and a white. It isn’t shimmery and it is all very sheer. VERY sheer. But glowy.
It took me a while to break into this compact, but when I did, I couldn’t stop using it. Despite the sheer colours, it gives a lovely glow to the skin that I absolutely loved. The problem however, if I can call it that, is that the highlighter shades tend to apply a little white on the skin. So if you are of a darker disposition, I don’t think you’d like this very much.
I bring you no swatches because the first two colours barely show up when I try to pick it up. It only really shows up when you run your brush over it. In fact, the white haired brush included in the palette does a decent enough job. It does feel a little scratchy on the skin, but it works well enough so you don’t have to carry a separate blush brush if you prefer not to.
On my skin, this is what it looks like.
I told you it is sheer no? If you perhaps tilt you head this way and look out from a corner of your eye you might see a pink flush on my cheeks. That isn’t me with a touch of sunburn. That’s the Les Roses blush. The colour of the blush is as you see in the first two pictures not this dulled version in this composite picture. I suck at editing light 😛
How I like to apply is to brush over the bottom two rose shades and apply to the apples of my cheeks. Then, I dab on the highlight colours on the high point of my cheekbones, closer to my eye socket. I also sometimes use the highlighter shade to run it down the middle of my nose.
I do like this palette and I’m very pleased with my purchase so I regret it not one bit 🙂
In a nutshell
Lovely sheer rose tinted blush and highlighter powder in one compact. It applies very sheer but can be layered to build up colour. The white highlighter shades may be a little white on those who are darker but it is a very subtle highlight that isn’t glittery and gives a soft glow to the skin. Unfortunately this is a Flight Exclusive and only available on board certain airlines including Malaysia Airlines.
Pros: Sheer soft colours, Highlighter adds a soft glow to the skin, Compact case makes it easy to travel with, Brush included is a little scratchy but serviceable
Cons: Some might find it too sheer, Only available on board certain airlines
A reader Mon asked me in the comments of the Diorblush Pink in Love review if I prefer Pink in Love or this Les Roses and how they compared, or if they were totally different. My answer was that they are actually very different.
Pink in Love is much more pigmented. Les Roses is much sheerer. If I wanted something more pink that needs less work to show up, I’d go with the Diorblush Pink in Love. If I wanted something a little more subtle with brightening highlight qualities, I’d go with Les Roses. I do however, find that the Dior blush applies better in terms of texture. Its silkier somehow.
So, its hard to compare but I will prefer Pink in Love over Les Roses if I did not already have this. Since I do, its pretty much a moot point 😛 I can’t choose between my babies 😛
* Festive period = Eid-ul Fitr or Aidil Fitri or Hari Raya Aidil Fitri where most of us here in Malaysia are off for the better part of the coming week, possibly including MWS – but we’ll see 🙂
Les Tendres de Chanel Natural Finish Face Highlighter and Blush in Les Roses is a flight exclusive and purchased on Malaysia Airlines flight for RM178.