Chanel Sakura #87 Blush and Jardin de Camélias Illuminating Powder – Chanel.com Exclusive

February 26, 2014

There are two new cheek products in the Chanel Jardin de Camélias collection Sakura #87 Joues Contraste ($43 for 4g/0.14 oz, made in France) and Jardin de Camélias Illuminating Powder ($70 for 16g/0.54 oz). Both products are lovely classics true to Chanel form. It appears that the blush has already sold out online but I’ve pulled quite a few other blushes in attempt to find a dupe. Scroll to the bottom for comparisons.
Sakura #87 Joues Contraste is a soft peachy pinky color with a soft shimmer. This is the baked Euro/Asia version of blush which I’ve found to be hit or miss. Some are powdery on the surface with a hard texture underneath which can be difficult to apply. I’ve had better luck with some of the more recent releases but prefer the US formula. Sakura applies quite nicely on the skin with a soft pink glow. It’s a softer sheerer color but you can build it. It’s still very very natural on the skin. Lasting power is medium from morning to the early afternoon (like most powder blushes). There is a slight shimmer to the blush, on the cheeks the shimmer doesn’t show up but it does give the blush depth. This is a much-needed in between shade in Chanel’s line. Most blushes are either more rose or a straight peach. This is a good in between color with a mix of pink and peach.

Jardin de Camélias Illuminating Powder is a very pale ivory tinged with a hint of light rose pink. The color of the product in real life is true to what you see on Chanel.com. There is a slight iridescent quality to the powder when applied on the skin. On my face it just looks like a sheer pale white with a hint of pink pearl. It resembles a soft finishing powder with a hint of an opal pink glow. I personally wouldn’t use this all over the face for me. It can be used to tone down harsh edges of blush. I didn’t remember to photograph swatches of this next to Hourglass Dim Light but the effect is similar. The difference is Hourglass is more beige while the Jardin de Camelias is more pink. The first time I tried this I did not like it. I found it extremely subtle and almost invisible on my skin. I’ve been testing it some more and find it adds a lovely glow when applied on top of any blush (powder or cream). Still, the $70 price tag is hard to justify something that is extremely subtle in effect.


I have two sets of comparisons below. First set shows the colors next to Chanel Rose Initiale (review here), Fleur de Lotus (Nordstrom Exclusive, miraculously still available for sale), Poudre Signee de Chanel Powder (discontinued), Hourglass Luminous Light (review here) and Chanel Rose Tourbillon (discontinued).

I later pulled a few more blushes after someone emailed me asking if the #87 Sakura was the same as the recently released #87 Émotion blush. Although they have the same numbers, the colors are completely different.

Left to right: Chanel Rose Petale, Chantecaille Laughter (discontinued), Chanel Emotion (review here), Chanel Narcisse (US version, discontinued), Inspiration Blush Creme (apparently discontinued now as well, more swatches here), MAC Dainty Mineralize Blush and Tom Ford Frantic Pink.

There’s no dupe from what I’ve found although MAC Dainty and Tom Ford Frantic Pink (my all time favorite natural pink blush) are very close. If you click to enlarge you might be able to see that the Chanel is more satiny with less shimmer while the MAC/Tom Ford have more shimmer. I tried Sakura on one cheek and Dainty on the other and they were almost identical on my skin.

Did you order anything from the Jardin de Camélias line? What were your thoughts? Or if you were waiting for my swatches, has anything caught your eye?

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  • Gail

    Thanks for the great swatches and comparisons Sabrina. Amazing photos as always. I skipped Sakura because it's baked but it looks like a pretty shade. FYI Chantecaille Laughter is still available, it's just that now you need to buy the refill and empty compact separately.

  • I'm actually looking for a very subtle highlighter atm. This one looks really lovely, and I love how it pulls slightly pink. But the price tag is pretty high idd and you said it was very subtle, so I really need to swatch it myself to see :). Sakura looks so pretty too, must resist!

  • I too have the baked Euro/ Asia version of #87 Sakura. It's a beautiful soft glowy pink on the cheeks, and it's very natural. The shimmer isn't noticeable which is a plus point. I quite like the texture although it does kick up a fair bit of blush dust, most probably due to it's "softness".

  • So.. that blush and highlighter is now on my must have list… That blush is such a gorgeous colour and that highlighter doesn't look too shimmery/glittery at all 🙂 Very subtle and beautiful!

    Eat. Live. Love. Repeat.

  • lyn

    I plan to pick up the blush and highlighter and just hope the nearby Chanel counter has stock. Beautiful swatches and comparison.

  • Sakura 87 is so pretty. I love the shade for its not too light and not too dark. Love it! Its a must try indeed.

  • I wonder how Sakura looks like next to Rose Initiale. They look fairly similar (in pan at least!).

  • Thankyou for the heads up! I love Inspiration cream blush so must get a backup before it disappears. It's always my favourites that are discontinued, I previously adored narcissi JC and the Aqualumiere glosses!

  • Since Tom Ford's Frantic Pink is one of my favorite every day blushers, I have the feeling Sakura is right up my alley. I'll never know for sure, though, unless I order it. So, excuse me while I go and do just that! 🙂 As always, your comparison swatches are so very helpful, Sabrina. I'm sure we all appreciate the time you take to dig out and swatch—side-by-side—so many other products.

  • Me again 🙂 I just got back from Chanel.com and Sakura is already out of stock.

  • Chris

    Thanks for the swatches! I bought the eyeshadow quad, the illusion d'ombre (actually quite nice and layers nicely with the shades in the quad, the illuminating powder, and the baie rose gloss. I'm pretty fair, and most highlighters are either too metallic, shimmery, or dark for me, so here's to hoping! The price tag hurts, but this looks like it'll last a long time!

  • Anonymous

    I thought Sakura would be similar to Rose Initiale but from your swatches, Sakura is pinker. I would like to get it. It's the only item from this collection I want to get. Unfortunately it is out of stock. I called Chanel and the representative told me that they 'might' restock it; I will just have to keep rechecking the website. On another note, Sakura looks similar to NARS Orgasm, does it not? If it is, I won't feel bad not being able to buy this blush.

  • Hi Sabrina,

    What a beautiful duo! I think these two were my most anticipated products from the CHANEL Jardin de Camelias collection. I love the illuminating palette (what a stunning design!) and that for once we have an illuminator that doesn't lean gold. If only it had a bit more frost … it would have been perfect!

  • Love the design of the illuminating powder. Sakura looks really beautiful in your swatches! it's definitely going on my wishlist 🙂

  • This collection looks beautiful – I especially love the Sakura blush.

    Nic x

  • What a lovely shade of blush! Reminds me of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat that I recently picked up. Both very pretty!

  • I really like that blush but near to never buy any from Chanel. Not sure why though, but I think they have a slightly different formula over here in Europe.