Chanel Le Blush Creme de Chanel in 80 Invitation had been repromoted as part of the La Perle de Chanel Collection in Asia. I initially thought it was not a part of La Perle de Chanel, but rather a separate collection that is Le Blanc. So for the photos in this post, I had tagged it as under Chanel Le Blanc Collection. Apologies for the honest mistake. 🙂
Anyways, Invitation cream blush is not a part of the La Perle de Chanel collection in the US, so you would not be able to buy it from Chanel.com. It is only repromoted in Asia.
There are also some Le Blanc items released in the collection, which caused my confusion. Lol! They are Le Blanc Light Creator Brightening Makeup Base SPF 40/PA+++ and Le Blanc Fresh Glow Brightening Loose Powder SPF 10/PA+. I thought they were a separate collection including Invitation. 😀
What Chanel says about Le Blush Creme de Chanel:
A soft and silky cream blush with a satiny finish that blends into the skin and comes in six bright shades.
Delicate or more intense, the brown, apricot, pink and burgundy shades are simply smoothed on with fingertips.
Matte and luminous, they sculpt and accentuate cheekbones in an incredibly natural way.
An oil-free formula.
CHANEL INVITATION LE BLUSH CREME DE CHANEL
Chanel Le Blush Creme de Chanel in 80 Invitation is a light-medium, warm-toned peach pink with golden micro shimmers. Once you’ve started using it, you’ll notice that there’s really a lot of micro shimmers in the pan.
Don’t get discouraged by the shimmers, though, as they don’t really translate once applied on the cheeks. Invitation blush doesn’t accentuate my pores and also doesn’t make my cheeks appear oilier than usual.
In the arm swatch below, Chanel Invitation looks a bit cool-toned when swatched heavily. But once blended, it becomes more warm. It also appears to be a bit sheer and shimmery. However, it’s not the same when applied on the cheeks. The shimmers are not noticeable on the cheeks, and the color can also be built-up for more coverage.
Once Invitation is blended, the golden micro shimmers transform into a beautiful luminous effect that gives a fresh and healthy, subtle glow. It is pigmented, but because the shade is on the light side, you can never go wrong with it. If you want more color, you can also build it up. But don’t expect it to be really bright on your cheeks.
It is very smooth and creamy, so applying it and blending it out is super easy. It’s a bit creamier than other Chanel cream blushes I’ve tried. But it still doesn’t feel like you’ve applied lipgloss on the cheeks. Chanel Invitation Le Blush Creme de Chanel is not super sticky, but the color really sticks and sets on the cheeks, giving me long lasting cheek color. I get around 6 to 7 hours of wear time, depending on whether I applied it over or under my foundation.
In the above photo, you’ll see how pretty Invitation is on the cheeks. It gives a healthy glow that is so subtle and fresh, no one can tell you’re wearing a blush! It’s like a very natural flush on the cheeks. I also love how the golden shimmers are not noticeable, but rather translates into a luminous finish.
Color comparison swatches from L-R:
A – Chanel Invitation Cream Blush
B – Chanel Joues Contraste blush in 250 Crescendo
C – Chanel Joues Contraste blush in 87 Sakura
D – Chanel Joues Contraste blush in 170 Rose Glacier
CHANEL RECOMMENDED APPLICATION TIPS:
☆ Using your clean finger, take a small amount of the cream blush. To avoid applying too much color on the cheeks, wipe the excess product at the back of your hand. You can always build up the color if you so desire.
☆ Gently dab or pat the remaining blush on your finger onto the apples of your cheeks. Blend and smooth using soft tapping motion.
NOTE: It is recommended to apply cream blushes before applying powder. Therefore, it’s not recommended to use it on top of powder foundation. Also, if you want a sheerer and more blended effect, you can apply the cream blush before applying your foundation.
Invitation is housed in the same packaging as the rest of the Le Blush Creme de Chanel. It’s a black compact with mirror which is slimmer and smaller than the regular Chanel Joues Contraste powder blushes. It also doesn’t come with any brush because you only need to use your clean fingers to apply it. As with most Chanel compacts, it also comes with a velvet black pouch with Chanel logo which helps protect the case from scratches and dust.
I bought Invitation for Php2,150 from Chanel in Rustans Makati. As of this posting, Invitation is not available at Chanel.com and is only available as a Limited Edition item in Asia. The Le Blush Creme de Chanel cream blushes are sold for $38 at Nordstrom.
Because I hadn’t been able to buy it last year when it was first released, I’m really glad that I was able to purchase it this time. It’s such a pretty cheek color that I know I would be using frequently. I hope Chanel makes it a part of the Permanent collection instead! 😉
What is your favorite brand of cream blushes? Do you find it easier to apply cream blushes as compared to powder blushes? Have you tried the Chanel Le Blush Creme de Chanel 80 Invitation? Did you like it, too?