PLUMES PRECIEUSES De Chanel Holiday 2014 Collection – Joues Contraste Blush CARESSE and Illusion D’Ombre Eyeshadow Envol Reivew and Swatch

October 27, 2014

It is no secret that Chanel makes my heart flutter. I wasn’t planning to get that many items from the PLUMES PRECIEUSES De CHANEL Holiday 2014 Collection, but I succumbed when I saw them in real life. They are simply stunning and all look very flattering on my skin tone with the items I picked.  Today’s review is for the Chanel Joues Contraste Blush CARESSE 180 and the Illusion D’Ombre Eyeshadow Envol 847.


I won’t go into the details of the texture of Joues Contraste Blush as they have been reviewed many times on my blog. In short they are ‘baked’ to perfection – very smooth, finely milled and easy to apply.  CARESSE looked like a plain pale peach with micro silver shimmer from the pan, but once I tried it on my face I just couldn’t let it go. It shows up as a soft wash of coral peach with a hint of rose-gold undertone with the signature Chanel soft glow that gives a youthful, glowy and plumped effect.  This color made me appear a lot more revived as soon as I had it on my face after a long day of work, and I knew I had to bring it home and it will be the workhorse blush as part my everyday makeup items. It has medium opacity and it can be applied sheer or layered for more color.


The Illusion D’Ombre Eyeshadow in Envol is another must buy item from this collection for the neutral makeup lovers. The color is very similar to the CARESSE blush, but more translucent and shimmery with a stronger undertone of rose gold. It provides a soft and shimmery wash of color which serves as a good wash for the eyelid, as well as for highlighting purpose. The color, wearability and its versatility makes this a worthy purchase.  I have mentioned that I adore the formulation of the Illusion D’Ombre cream eyeshadow –   the cushiony soft texture makes it easy to apply and blend, and the shimmery finish is neither metallic nor frosty. The longevity is also outstanding. I have had cream eye shadows from other brands which were purchased around the same time as my first few Chanel Illusion D’ombre,  and they have all dried up since then, except for the Chanel ones which are still performing as good as they were new.


Left: Caresse Sheer Swatch, Middle Caresse Heavy Swatch, Right Envol

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Shari October 27, 2014 at 10:16 am

I don’t know what it is with Chanel but the lure is so strong – I think I’d have 50 shades of Chanel pink blushes in my stash if I didn’t stop myself from buying them. I swear, they all look the same (PINK!) but they just look so beautiful 🙂 I love that Caresse is not a pink though – but a peach this time! I loved Espiegle and Candy – both of the peach family 🙂 Can’t wait to swatch this in counter. For the IDO though, I’m passing! Need to give my current Illusion d’OMbres some love! 🙂


Reika October 28, 2014 at 7:02 am

Thanks for the comment 🙂 I know…Chanel makeup is just so beautiful so they are not only good for use but are also great for collecting 😛


Sarah October 27, 2014 at 7:44 pm

Wow, I just love it. Chanel’s blushes are simply the best. Could you please post a picture with make up made with that blush and eyeshadow.


Reika October 28, 2014 at 6:02 am

Yeh sure! I am planning to do a FOTD with all my new makeup this weekend 🙂


Yuki October 28, 2014 at 9:06 am

I have a thing for pink blushes and this one is gorgeous!


ifmakeupcouldtalk November 2, 2014 at 1:03 am

Hello Reika,
I would love to see these in action on your lovely face..especially the Illusion D’Ombre…


Joanne November 4, 2014 at 6:32 pm

This blush looks beautiful. Thank you for the great review. I’m trying to decide between Chanel JC in Caresse and Armani Cheek Fabric in Dolci. Could you tell me how the two formulas compare? Which do you think is better Chanel JC or Armani Cheek Fabric? Many thanks. Joanne


Reika November 6, 2014 at 1:15 pm

Hi Joanne it really depends on your personal preference. They are both really great blushes. The GA cheek fabric is more firmly pressed and pigmented. And the Chanel blush is baked so it’s powdery and loose. The finishes of Chanel blush is more glowy as it contains shimmer, and the GA blush conceals pores better. HIH!


Joanne November 8, 2014 at 10:20 pm

Many thanks for your help. Joanne


jay December 9, 2014 at 5:03 am

would you say the blush is similar to Milani’s Luminoso? so pretty!


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