Chanel's Harmonie de Printemps for Spring 2012 Collection is one of the prettiest Chanel spring collections I've ever seen. Essentially, I bought the entire collection - cash-on-the-line proof that I was swept away by the pastel colors and innovative pieces.
I wanted to show you the collection's centerpiece, Blush Horizon de Chanel Soft Glow Blush ($58) first. I had expected peach tones from Chanel's promotional photos (you can see one here). Even better (for me), this blush is pink - a striped compact with draw-in-your-breath shades of pink.
I had a photo challenge today. It's raining steadily outside. There was no chance of getting outdoor photos, so I rigged up a little indoor studio and did the best I could. The photos of the compact are fairly true without using flash. The palette offers vibrant shades of pink, with one white stripe and one gold stripe. It's gorgeous in the compact.
I applied the blended shades very heavily for my swatch photos - too heavily for indoor photos. Bear with me, please, while I learn how to take swatch photos indoors for the winter. You can see I didn't have enough light because my arm is not as not as "tan" in real life as it appears in these photos.
I blended all of the colors for my swatches. The stripes aren't broad enough (in my opinion) to pick and choose with a blush brush. At the top of my arm, you'll see the shades swatched with a sponge-tipped applicator. Below, there's a swatch applied with a dense blush brush.
The blush is vibrant when applied heavily. You won't apply it as heavily as I did for these photos. When applied normally, it offers a pretty-in-pink look to the cheeks. The pink leans cool on my skin, but it isn't so cool that those with warm-toned skin should pass on it. Try it.
A particularly attractive feature of Blush Horizon de Chanel Soft Glow Blush (Blush Éclat Douceur) is the absence of sparkle. This blush will make you look naturally perky. I plan to start wearing it now - in December - when color is welcome.
You heard it here first: Blush Horizon de Chanel Soft Glow Blush from Harmonie de Printemps is going to sell out - quickly. Check in with your Chanel representative or favorite sales associate quickly. The spring collection is arriving now at stores throughout the country. Speak up soon to claim yours.
News for DC-area gals...Chanel's National Makeup Artist John Fussell will be at Neiman Marcus Tysons Galleria on Friday - this week. If you'd like an appointment to see him (and the new collection, which will be available for his appearance to launch Harmonie de Printemps, call Kathy Shoreman at (571) 212-8399, or ask for Janine Greenberg at Chanel at (703) 761-1600.
Photos by Best Things in Beauty