Part of the limited edition Bombay Express makeup collection, Chanel describes Brume D'Or as "beautifully sunny earth tone awakens cheeks with an elegant glow." I kept going back and forth about whether I really need this blush, but I did eventually end up buying it. The power of the magic words "limited edition" never fails!
Chanel Joues Contraste blush in Brume d'Or comes packaged in the typical Chanel packaging - with a velvet pouch for storing the compact in, and a generous large mirror and a useable brush included.
The blush is a beautiful brown-bronze, and while Chanel calls this a blush, left to my own devices, I would have called this a blush-bronzer hybrid :P The soft blush has very fine shimmer mixed in, but typical to the Joues Contrate formula, the shimmer melts into the skin and shows up more as a sheen rather than shimmer particles. The result is a beautiful glow that I somehow never seem to get with any other blush.
Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Brume D'Or - Swatches/FOTDI have never really used a bronzer, and I have never been very confident about about using one, so a blush that looks and feels like a bronzer doesn't make things any easier for me. I played around for a while and here's my theory - for me, this works best as a contouring of sorts, applied below the cheek bones and along the jawline (along the hairline). It might work differently on different skin tones, but at least for my darker skin tone I found it best used this way. Here's a look at the swatches and how it looks on me.
While I have used only Brume D'Or in the photo, it does pair beautifully with with a subtle pink blush like Chanel's Rose Initiale gives a very natural effect. The formula is easy to use and blends like a dream. Like most Chanel products, this has a rose fragrance to it which I am quite used to but, of course, might be an issue if you prefer unscented products.
Brume d'Or, is the one shining point in the otherwise disappointing Bombay Express collection, and while I am still waiting for Nirvana, this one is definitely a good buy.
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