Chanel Spring 2011 Powder Blush Espiègle 65

December 26, 2010

Chanel Joues Contraste in Espiègle #65 ($42) is a soft luminous light peach with gold shimmer and the slightest hint of pink. It gives a pretty soft peach glow and in the US is made in the regular US formula (instead of the Euro Baked style). What I like about this color is that it simply glows. It’s not a full matte – the shimmer is finely milled so it’s not frosty on the skin. I find it more wearable than In Love and Fresque – both of which I like, but find difficult to get just the right amount of color. Both end up looking either too sheer or too orangey if applied with one-too-many brush swipes.

* On the nails, still Chanel Rouge Fatal

If you have a lot of peaches, you might find this one unoriginal. It looks a bit boring in the pan and swiped on the fingers, but if you have a Chanel counter near you, give this a chance and try it on the face with a blush brush. I love that it brightens the face with a soft peachy glow and also like that it has a bit of pink to it to prevent it from looking orangey. I personally think it’s a must-have for any peach-blush lover. It’s naturally flattering that gives a beautiful glow without looking overly frosty or too gold like some peachy-golds are.

I have two sets of comparisons for you. I wasn’t planning on doing any comparisons but everytime I leave them out, I always get asked to do some. The first set shows Chanel Reflex, Fresque, In Love and Tweed Corail.

* Nars Deep Throat was added in the swatch above, but the product wasn’t photographed

The second set compares the new Chanel Spring 2011 blush to MAC Ripe Peach, Nuance, Style, Springsheen, Utterly Game. Note that all the MAC shades are quite a bit more frosty and shimmery than the Chanel which has a nice glow. These were applied with a heavy hand.

One last view:

Overall: I love this, but I don’t think it’s a must-have. Still it has a beautiful finish that isn’t easily replicated in other brands or colors. It definitely leans towards peach but has just the right amount of pink to balance out the warm tones making it not-too-warm. Chanel.com currently does not have the “limited edition” indicator on their website for Espiègle #65 but I’m not 100% sure that I ever really trust any response on the LE factor.

If you don’t have many peaches in your collection, this is a great one to start with. Otherwise, if you already have a lot of peach – reshop your stash and wait for summer collections later in the year. Yes, I know spring isn’t even here and I’m already talking about summer. However, I’ve seen a sneak peek of what’s to come for spring and the blush colors seem to be blah this year for spring.

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!

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  • this is an absolute lovely color–
    For Spring I have been wanting to get a peachy blush. Whether it is this one or another peach from another brand, thanks for all the info. and swatches! 🙂

  • Thanks so much for those comparisons, Sabrina! It is very helpful. Happy New Year in advance. 🙂

  • Eileen

    I hope you've been enjoying a very happy holiday season. Your beautiful posts have provided welcome breaks from the whirlwinds of acitivity that mark this glorious time of year.

    I fell in love with this peachy pink because it could provide a delicate sun-kissed look that would be a perfect transition into summer's brighter colors. And, although intended for spring, in climates like Southern California where we have bright, sunny days year round, it works quite well now. Personally, I like a peach that has been moderated by a touch of pink. Colors like Fresque turn way too orange on me.

    Wishing you and those near and dear to you the very happiest of holidays!

  • Wow, so pretty!

  • Looks like a must have for me. I agree 100% with you on In Love–it's very hard not to overdo with it. I also have NARS Deep Throat, but it doesn't have much pink in it so this looks like an ideal choice for me.

    Happy Holidays Sabrina! I hope you get some time off to enjoy the season!!

  • Thanks for the swatch, I'm eagerly waiting for the spring collection to hit the stores. This is definitely a must buy for me, I love peach blush.

  • Lindsey

    Thanks for all of the wonderful pics! I read somewhere that Espiegle might be a less shimmery, more sophisticated version of Nars Orgasm. I'm not certain whether that's accurate, but it's something I'll be thinking about when I look for Espiegle at counters. 🙂

  • I am a peach FANATIC – I need to see this in person. It looks lovely.

  • Honor

    I am just waiting for m'y Chanel and believe i should Have waiting for your swatches , LOL. Espiègle looks rater close to Mac my highland honey that I bought recently !!!! Well this will warm me up
    Enjoy the hollidays Sabrina and thank you for your reviews

  • I've been looking for my perfect peach forever, and this looks like a fab place to start. I'm not sure when the collection is out in the UK (don't remember seeing it on my last shopping trip) but will definitely be asking the counter girls tomorrow .

    Loving your blog, by the way! 🙂

  • Excellent comparisons…thanks for these. MAC Nuance is one of my very top products, and it's still my favorite out of your swatch lineups. I will definitely try Espiegle at the counter, though, since I like the hint of pink it offers.