If you have been following my posts and/or tweets you will know that I have been after the Chanel cream blush in Presage since July. When I first saw it I diligently put money aside for it. Unfortunately getting my hands on it was turning into an epic odyssey of long car trips, parking struggles and toddler juggles when I eventually found out that this limited edition shade had never even arrived in South Africa. I was about to give up when Irina from I’ll Take It All blog sent me a tweet that she had found Presage in Moscow, and kindly offered to bring one home for me. So after such mule-headed persistence on my part, did it live up to the hype?
I really love the colour of this blush. It looks like quite a dark nectarine colour in the compact but blends out to a soft apricot with coral-pink tones, which makes it the perfect companion for a range of lipsticks from peach to coral. It is very pigmented to a little goes a long way. I really like the tactile experience of using cream blush, and I’m a big fan of a more dewy complexion so cream blush suits me.
A lot has been said about its cream to powder formula, but I don’t find it has a very powdery finish when it sets. It isn’t as creamy or dewy-looking as the Stila convertible colour, but it doesn’t go completely matte on me. It works well with my dry skin and doesn’t accentuate dry patches. When it comes to staying power I find it quite long lasting, but the colour does fade a bit after a few hours, so I usually give it another dab again mid-day.
The compact is small enough to carry around easily for touch-ups, has a good sized mirror, and it comes in the classic black velvet protective pouch. It comes in six shades, although not all shades are available here yet (worth waiting for this one though!), and retail for R440.