Chanel Spring 2012 – Blush Horizon de Chanel Review and Swatch

February 13, 2012

I am not in a makeup phase right now, so I was quite hesitant to buy the Blush Horizon de Chanel (Soft Glow Blush) from the Chanel Spring 2012 Collection given that it has received quite mixed reviews.  I had no idea what made me bought it in the end but it was one of those “Don’t want to miss a LE Chanel” regretful purchases. By no means is the blush a bad product, but I just feel other than the alluring design there is nothing else about this product that really blows me away.  And for such a high price tag, I expected a lot more than just a pretty package!


Blush Horizon de Chanel is packaged in a black mirrored compact. Different to the blushes from the previous releases, it comes with a seperate brush that is packed in a velvet pouch which I thought was cute. The brush feels surprisingly silky soft.

The blush powder is very buttery smooth and pigmented – one swipe is enough to show up on fair skin. There are small strips of white, beige and dark raspberry color mixed with the pink blush, and each strip contains different degrees of shimmer. When applied mixed together, as the name claims it gives a natural flush of pink with a soft glow. I was in love with this blush until I saw my face under direct sunlight – it can look too frosty and the shimmer flecks just enhances the size of the pores which is quite unflattering. After playing with it for a few days, my tip is to avoid the white and beige strips as much as you can for a less glittery finish.

On Me


I pulled out the Les Tendres De Chanel in Les Roses that I acquired when I was in Asia, and despite the size of the strips, don’t they look surprisingly similar?! This could be one of the reasons why I thought Blush Horizon de Chanel was not so unique.


On the skin, Blush Horizon appears slightly more peachy pink than Les Tendres. Both blushes are shimmery, but I personally prefer Les Tendres as it just looks more flattering on me without the obvious glitter.


So, have you picked up the Blush Horizon de Chanel? Do you love it or do you wish you could have spent the money on something else?


{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

Anna February 13, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Hello Reika! First of all, can I say how much I love your photos?? I too got Blush Horizon because I didn’t want to miss out, we all know what it feels like to want but not be able to get! I don’t mind the shimmer too much, and I do like this blush, but yes, I guess it’s not that special in the end. I still haven’t bought Dior’s Rosy Glow but I read your rave review…do I really need it? Oh, and what are you wearing on your lips in these photos? So pretty! x


Reika February 13, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Thank you so much Anna! Your comment made my day 🙂 If you like cool candy pink blush, I think you would love the Dior rosy glow. I personally think the texture of Dior blows Chanel completely out of the water! I am wearing YSL Rouge Volupte in shade 26.


Eta February 13, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Hi Reika,
I’ve been following every post of yours and still check on a daily basis. Beautiful photography, stunning looks, classy writing. Keep up the great work!

I agree that this blush really pales in comparison. Chanel’s spring looks are usually neutral leaning on warm, so I never get to purchase much. I suppose you can relate, considering how well cool-toned products suit you… *I’m* blown out of the water everytime I see a true blue pink on you! x


Reika February 15, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Thank you so much for your lovely comment Eta! Oh yes…I can totally relate to that! I love cool toned shades (such as cool candy pink shades and taupe shades) and I consider myself very lucky to be able to pull off such shades 🙂


Natalie February 13, 2012 at 7:07 pm

You have an amazing blog I follow it all the time! What are you wearing on your eyes here? I love the combination:)



Reika February 15, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Thank you so much Natalie! I am wearing LMdB jojo and corinthian e/s on my eyes 🙂


AriSatomi February 19, 2012 at 2:52 am

I was looking for the name of these shades! It looks great on you 🙂 I’m definitely putting those shades on my To-Buy list!! 😉


Jess February 13, 2012 at 11:36 pm

I had a look at it at the counter last time, and of course didn’t miss to swatch it on the back of my hands. Yep, I totally agree that both the design and the color is not really unique. That’s why I didn’t and will not get this item, hehe… 🙂


Reika February 15, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Hehe you have a better willpower than me Jess 😛


petrina February 14, 2012 at 12:32 am

i did pick it up and love it! i like the luminous effect it has on me 🙂 I didn’t pay the exorbitant AUD price though I had to wait for almost a month for both this and the Dior


Reika February 15, 2012 at 1:58 pm

That’s good to know this blush works for you petrina!


Lisa February 14, 2012 at 5:51 am

Thanks so much for this review, you helped me to decide to skip this. I picked up Nude Pink by BB instead. However, I am now wondering whether to get Lancome’s blush/highlighter and its mint/greenish eyeshadows…if you have thoughts on those, would love to hear them (though it seems to me like you don’t really buy Lancome’s color products?). P.S. I always eagerly await your posts, better than reading fashion/beauty magazines, thankyou!


Reika February 15, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Thank you so much for the lovely comment Lisa! That is so sweet of you 🙂
Unfortunately I haven’t had a chance to try out the Lancome products you asked about…but I have set my eyes on the latest Lancome lipsticks..they look divine!


Crème February 14, 2012 at 10:07 am

Hey hey 😀

I am checking your blog everyday, and so happy to see a new review hehe.
Personnaly, i stopped using blush pouders, i don’t find it that easy to use plus it never looks natural on me. So now, i use Crème de blush from Yves Saint Laurent and i love it !! Plus, i lasts a lot longer than my blush pouders.

Love your blog, looking foward your next article! Kisses from France !


Reika February 15, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Thank you so much for reading my blog from France! I am so flattered 🙂 Yes I love creme blushes as well and I alternate between cream and powder blushes. Agree with you that cream blush looks more natural, but when I’m in a hurry I tend to go for powder blushes 😛


Jamilla February 14, 2012 at 11:23 am

This blush looks incredible against your skin!! I have this too and it’s my favourite Chanel blush!


Reika February 15, 2012 at 2:05 pm

I know that! This blush looks gorgeous on your skintone 🙂


Lakshmi Rajaram February 14, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Hi Reika! I think this blush looks beautiful on you! I bought it partly due to the LE factor and my MA’s recommendation but I must say I’m super thrilled and impressed with it!! It looks normal/cliched but on the skin I feel it looks different from any other pink blush I own, I was also really impressed with the wear time! So this product is definitely LOVE for me, I don’t find the pore enhancing frost you mentioned, what kind of brush did you use? I use my Burberry kabuki which has become my fave blush brush recently…


Reika February 15, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Hi Lakshimi, agree on the wear time. I find that this blush lasts on me much longer than the Chane JC blushes! Thank you for the tips, I am currently using it with the Nars Japanese kabuki brush, I shall try it with another brush which might work better. Oh I’ve been eyeing Burberry brushes for a while, you just tempted me again 😛


Dovey February 15, 2012 at 5:29 am

I love the glowy fresh color of the blush— the eye makeup in your photos is beautiful too!


Reika February 15, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Thanks darl!


Cafe Bellini February 15, 2012 at 11:39 am

Hiya, I could have written that first paragraph myself! I don’t think it’s anything special but wanted it because it’s Chanel. DUH. I got the two LE blush-bronzers last summer (they look like the Tendres that you got in Asia) and I much prefer those.


Reika February 15, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Agree, the Les Tendres feels very similar to the LE blush-bronzers, and I much prefer its finish!


Tina February 15, 2012 at 2:07 pm

I think it looks beautiful on you!!! I’m so tempted atm, I can’t think of a dupe in my current blush collection! Plus it would go so well with the Lumiere Sculptee highlighter!!!



ladymoonlight February 16, 2012 at 1:43 pm

I got this blush and my observations are exactly the same! Shines like plated armour in the sun and makes my pores, which aren’t normally my concern, sooo huge! I love the design, though.


Cindy February 20, 2012 at 4:14 am

Hi Reika

Thank you for your review!!! I am lemming Dior Rosy Glow – but my husband might kill me if I purchase yet ANOTHER blush to put in my makeup organiser LOL


Angeline Koh February 21, 2012 at 7:10 am

Hey Gal, may i know what e/s are you using here… look fabulous. ;D


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