Chanel Rose Initiale Powder Blush #72 – Fall 2012

June 24, 2012
Chanel Rose Initiale Powder Blush #72 ($43 for 6 g/ 0.21 oz) is a dainty rose pink with a beautiful subtle gold and pink shimmer. It’s absolute perfection for a pretty pink glow and definitely a must-have. I like that this has very little brown/rose tones in it. There are a number of gorgeous rose, browns, peaches and bright pinks that exist among Chanel’s blushes, this is a nice addition to their lineup for something in different along the lines of Narcisse/Rose Petale but still different (more on this below). Rose Initiale in the US formula has a wonderfully pigmented texture that is easy to blend. I tried this using blush brushes from MAC and Chanel (the newer ones). I prefer MAC’s for this one since I like to use fluffier brushes for the blushes that have more pigment. For me it helps the color go on more evenly in sheer layers and allows more control
Rose Initiale has a gorgeous petal pink base with finely milled shimmers. The shimmer isn’t visible on my skin though, but it does give this color depth:

Under artificial light the gold shimmer is more visible, can you see the slight glimmer?

Best Things in Beauty has wonderful swatches of this on fairer skin. I recommend you check out her review. Here it is swatched on mine (Chanel B30):

There are most likely similar colors out there to this new beauty, but in my opinion, there are few other brands that have blushes with the finely milled beautiful quality that Chanel does. Don’t get me wrong, I adore many other brands for blushes (NARS, MAC, Armani, Burberry etc.) but I really do love Chanel’s. Many of the blushes have a gorgeous glow. The shimmer is subdued and visible but not over-the-top. In Chanel’s exisiting lineup, I found Rose Initiale unique. My thoughts on a few other pinks by comparison:
  • Rose Petale used to be my favorite pink by Chanel. I find it has some brown tones while Rose Initiale is more of a pure pink.
  • Narcisse is significantly more cool-toned and has more visible shimmer.
  • Pink Explosion (euro formula) has more rose tones and darkens on the skin.
  • MAC Dainty is a color I thought was similar. It is, but on the skin shows up quite a bit more frosty and warmer with more peach.

Overall love love LOVE! I want to wear this one everyday now. I think it is suitable for most skin tones. Definitely check this one out. Blush swatches on the arm never do justice to what these really look like on the face. Many have asked where Fall is available. None of the counters near me have it yet (as of Saturday) in Southern California. I’ve heard Nordstrom Seattle has it, various Neiman Marcus stores and Bergdorf Goodman in NY. Some have reported it arriving in Saks. I suspect most counters in the US will have it by the end of this week. At this time I am not sure if it’s limited or not.

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  • What a beautiful everyday rose for every girl!

  • Oh this is beautiful. I can never resist a new Chanel pink blusher!

  • Anonymous

    hi sabrina!! could you please tell me exactly what mac brush you used? i'm really needing brushes and i was going to purchase chanel's. i have a chanel blush brush but, it's old and very floppy. it's also "angled". i noticed that guerlain used mac brushes when i saw pictures of the artist applying makeup. so, i think i'm going to purchase mac especially with your recommendation. thankyou very much. wendy xo.

    • Hi Wendy, I really like MAC's #116 (smaller) or #129 (slightly larger). Some prefer #116 because it's smaller and allows for a more precise application. I alternate between both. I would say it depends on your face shape/cheekbone structure for preference.

      If I just had to pick 1 though it would be #129 because I like something slightly more fluffy/bigger. Hope this helps!

  • Eileen

    You're right about this looking beautiful on just about everyone. It's gorgeous on your skin tone, but it looks pretty darn good on mine, too, and I'm considerably lighter than you (B20/BR22) πŸ™‚ Rose Petale and Rose Γ‰crin are two of my favorite go-to pink blushers because they have that slight nude undertone that makes them look utterly natural. This new one is soft, but unapologetically pink and has a subtle gold glow that says summer is still here, but autumn is on its way. It's the perfect So Cal transition into autumn color since our weather stays warm for so long.

    As always, Sabrina, your swatches are fantastic and so helpful.

  • Ooh another winner from Chanel! Very pretty!

  • Anonymous

    Got it yesterday (Saturday) at Nordstrom at Ala Moana in Honolulu. Gorgeous on my daughter's Chanel B30!

  • Anonymous

    I purchased a few pieces from the Fall 2012 collection at Neiman's in Fashion Island in Newport Beach, although testers weren't available.

    I really appreciate your comparison swatches. So very helpful on deciding whether to purchase. By any chance, do you know how this Chanel blush compares with Tom Ford's Love Lust or Sunday Riley Blushing? They both seem to be in a similar color range, but you you never know until swatched side by side.

    Thanks again,

    • Hi Anon (and thank you Eileen for your response/help!)

      Tom Ford's Love Lust is a lot paler and peachier like Eileen mentioned. Sunday Riley Blushing is more nude, less pink.

      On the face I would say the Chanel is more of a true pink where the others are less so. Hope this helps.

  • Eileen

    Hi Anonymous,

    I have Love Lust and Rose Initiale. Love Lust is much more peach whereas Rose Initiale is decidedly pink. The two colors are completely different. Sorry, I don't know about Sunday Riley's Blushing.

  • Thanks for such a detailed review, as well as the swatches. Nice to know it's pretty distinct from MAC Dainty, which is one of my regulars. Any excuse to buy a new pink blush, right?! πŸ™‚

    • Of course! How can anyone resist a pretty new pink blush! πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous

    Thank you, Eileen, for the comparison between Love Lust and Rose Initiale. Sunday Riley's Blushing is definitely more pink than Love Lust, but perhaps warmer than Rose Initiale (at least from photos). Rose Initiale may be too cool for my fair, but warmer complexion.

  • Wow wow wow–this blush is SO pretty and warm and bright! Absolutely am getting this one–if I could just find out where to get my hands on it! πŸ˜›

  • I love your reviews! Also, I was wondering where I could get Chanel Narcisse. I used to work for Chanel and that was my FAVORITE blush. I just ran out saving the last bits around the edges for special occasions. But they now say it has been discontinued and I can't find it anywhere. If you don't know where I could get it do you have a suggestion for a blush that is most similar. Thanks!

    • Hi, I believe Narcisse is indeed discontinued. I think the Brompton Road shimmer powder (check online at chanel.com) is similar. If you do a blog search for narcisse, I'm sure I've compared it to other shades in past posts. Hope you find your dupe!

  • Ashley

    So, so, so beautiful!

  • Linda M


    When I tested Rose Initiale in the store it seemed very similar to the Spring Horizon blush when swirled together. Can you compare the 2?


    • Paige

      I was trying to find a comparison between the 2 blushes as well. I found that Perilously Pale posted such comparison on her site.