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The minute I saw images of the Chanel Sunkiss Ribbon Blush Harmony, I was like “I. NEED. THAT.” But oddly I SWEAR I saw it listed somewhere for $46 not the $70 I wound up paying at Neiman’s. Anyway.
Chanel Sunkiss Ribbon Blush Harmony is described as “an interlaced-ribbon design with a radiant palette of pink, beige and coral, and leaves a smooth, satin finish that brightens the cheeks.” It looks all bold and bright and punchy like how I LOVE my blush to be (the darker the skin, the brighter the blush) so I just KNEW I needed to have it. Only thing is this blush is a LOT softer than it appears in the palette and this is especially true with darker skin like mine. Even if you try to concentrate on the bolder areas of the palette, it’s still a lot softer on than you’d think. That’s great if you have a lighter skin tone because this will look all kinds of coral-y without being overpowering—there’s a slight amount of orange shimmer in it that truly does give a sunset feel. But on darker skin it looks very subtle. It’s not a bad thing that it looks subtle on darker skin—perhaps you’re not looking for a bold cheek—but for a $70 limited edition palette, I’d say it’s a pass for deeper skin tones.
Quality is amazing—I had no problems with it lasting on me at all and you can even layer it to intensify it (be careful because it can look ashy if you’re my shade or darker and you layer too much). If it had not been for the soft pink stripe that’s diagonal in the center (like if it were a much bolder shade), this would be perfect. But it’s looking like my niece will be lucking out and getting mine (I’d return it but I bought it while I was in Atlanta and the closest Neiman’s to me here in NYC is over an hour’s drive—there’s one opening in Roosevelt Field mall which is MUCH closer but that may not be for another month or so).
NOTE on the pictures below: I’m using a new camera (well, I’ve had it since July—Sony A5100—but just now trying it out for makeup pic “selfies”) and still figuring out best settings and what not for it when taking pics of myself. The blush doesn’t show up as much in the pics on my cheeks as they do in person—I still have to figure out how to get makeup colors like that to show up on me in pics in post-editing. But if you look at my cheeks you can see it—this is a softer-looking blush on me but it shows up more in person than what the pics are showing. I have a Chanel gloss on in some of the pics and the camera makes it look “chalky” when it definitely doesn’t look like that in person…lol. Ah, the joys of makeup picture taking…lol.
The product pics were taken on my SLR and look true to what they look like in person, but this blush is a paradox—it looks so bright but looks much softer on darker skin but not as soft as it shows up on my cheeks in those last three pics. Make sense?
This is why I was taking pics of myself with my iPhone for so long. This stuff is stressful. LOL
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Bottom line: Chanel Sunkiss Ribbon Blush Harmony is a pass for me, but if you have a lighter skin tone, give it a whirl next time you’re at a Chanel counter.