Chanel Intonation Le Blush Crème de Chanel (Notes de Printemps Collection) Review & Swatches

Intonation isn't the kind of color I normally gravitate towards. At first glance, it was too bold, too bright, too coral, too much. But it all changed as soon as I swatched it on my arm! It literally was a love at first swipe! :)

Chanel Le Blush Crème de Chanel in Intonation
Chanel Le Blush Crème de Chanel in Intonation
Chanel Le Blush Crème de Chanel in Intonation
Chanel Le Blush Crème de Chanel in Intonation
Chanel Le Blush Crème de Chanel in Intonation - protective velvet pouch
Chanel Le Blush Crème de Chanel in Intonation – protective velvet pouch

Chanel Notes de Printemps Collection for Spring 2014 features 2 cream blushes in 67 Chamade and 69 Intonation. Intonation is lighter, brighter, and more coral than Chamade. Chamade leans a little more pink, which is also beautiful, but I went with Intonation because I find its coral undertone a little easier to work with and it just looks more flattering on my complexion.

Intonation looks ridiculously intimidating in the pan with its almost neon color but when swatched and sheered out on the skin, it's actually a really nice and wearable shade of warm coral pink. I think it's the kind of color that would suit a wide variety of skin tones. As with all Chanel cream blushes, Intonation is scent-free and comes housed in a super small (translates: travel-friendly) mirrored compact, completely protected in a matching black velvet pouch.

Chanel Le Blush Crème de Chanel in Intonation
Chanel Le Blush Crème de Chanel in Intonation
Chanel Le Blush Crème de Chanel in Intonation
Chanel Le Blush Crème de Chanel in Intonation

Due to its intense pigmentation, I find it best to start with the smallest amount. I dab my fingertip in the pan and lightly pat it onto my cheeks, then gently blend it out to sheer. A stippling brush works great, too, especially when you want just a light wash of color on the cheeks. It is to be applied over foundation but I find applying over a setting powder is just as easy.

The cream-to-powder texture really makes for fuss-free blending and a streak-free finish! I wouldn't say that it completely dries down to a matte powder, though, because it feels slightly more velvety/satiny to me.

With proper application, Intonation actually gives the cheeks a really healthy-looking flush without emphasizing pores (thanks to its shimmer-free formula)! It feels lightweight, non-sticky, and it just lasts. I do get an all day wear (8-9 hours) without any sign of fading or migrating on my combination to oily skin. :)

Chanel Le Blush Crème de Chanel in Intonation
Chanel Le Blush Crème de Chanel in Intonation
Chanel Le Blush Crème de Chanel in Intonation
Chanel Le Blush Crème de Chanel in Intonation
Chanel Le Blush Crème de Chanel in Intonation
Chanel Le Blush Crème de Chanel in Intonation
Wearing Chanel Le Blush Crème de Chanel in Intonation
Wearing Chanel Le Blush Crème de Chanel in Intonation

I have tried quite a few cream blushes myself and I can honestly say the texture of Chanel's is far more superior than the rest. The formula applies like a dream and provides a beautiful satiny finish that doesn't require setting with powder. I have been slowly collecting them and have had 3 shades in my collection so far. 63 Révélation is still my favorite but Intonation is slowly becoming the one I reach for more often now especially when Spring is right around the corner. :)

More reviews on the Notes de Printemps Collection:

  1. Quadrille Lumières Facettes Quadra Eye Shadow
  2. Dédicace Rouge Coco Hydrating Crème Lip Color

Did you pick up anything from the Spring collection?

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13 Comments

  1. Ooh, this is gorgeous! I love how soft and natural this looks once it’s applied to the skin! I’ve seen this online before and thought it looked a little intense, but it’s a real beaut. I LOVE your eye makeup here!! What are you wearing?

  2. says: Sunny

    Hey Jaa, my God the closeup! What a gorgeous shot!

    I swatched this but decided to pass! It turned out that I might like Revelation more, but since that one is permanent, I don’t need it now now. I have 3 of these so far (Presage, Affinite, Inspiration), and I use them more often than I use my powder blushes. Who would have thought!

    1. says: Jaa

      Oh I sooo want to try Affinite and Inspiration!! They are next on my to-buy list!! Do you have a review on either one? :)

  3. Oh Intonation, I was not sure that it would work on me but it does and it does even last longer than the rest of the Chanel Creme Blushes I own, so very very happy with that one. Looks very lovely on you! I also like your lippie in that pic, what are you wearing?

    1. says: Jaa

      Glad to know you love Intonation, too! Such a lovely color right? :D

      That’s MAC Huggable in What A Feeling! topped with Urban Decay Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss in Lovechild on my lips! :)

  4. says: Rachelle

    I own 0 cream blushes and didn’t plan to get anymore after I got my NARS Guy Bourdin cheek palette….. But your post is tempting me to get this Chanel blush :( For many reasons at that too!!! I love Coral blushes, I don’t own any cream blushes, I don’t own anything Chanel plus the texture and colour looks AMAZING!!!! Argh dammit

    1. says: Jaa

      How do you like the Guy Bourdin palette? So much controversy when the collection was launched!

      As for Intonation, I say, go get it! You *will* love it, trust me. I think it will look really nice on your complexion. :)

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