Befitting for a Lady: Chanel Les Essentiels de Chanel Troublant, Rose Initiale, Frenzy

While I get a big kick out of the fact that I have greatly expanded my comfort zone beyond everyday basics, sometimes I do feel the need for staple pieces to chill with. You know, like a good pink blush that goes with everything, a lip shade that’s my lips but better, and a chic nude nail polish… not unlike what Chanel offers this fall with Les Essentiels de Chanel!

Today I’m showing you three pieces including Rose Initiale Joes Contraste, Troublant Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss, and Frenzy Le Vernis. You have been warned: it is a picture-heavy post!

The Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss comes in a chic black tube with the golden Chanel logo on top. The packaging is significantly heftier than most lip glosses (including its sparkling sister glossimer), which I enjoy. The surface is a bit of a fingerprint magnet though. I have to either constantly wipe it down or turn a blind eye (am I the only one who is bothered by fingerprints here?), but except for that I think it is very chic and sleek!

The applicator is interesting. It has a bouncy texture (which I absolutely adore) and looks like a duo-sided spatula. I use one side on each lip, and it holds the perfect amount of gloss for each use!

Troublant (68) is a mid-tone brownish rose with micro multi-colored shimmer. It darkens my lips a bit, but is definitely a color I would describe as “my lips but better.” It has the typical perfume-y smell, and gives semi-opaque coverage. The texture of troublant is between that of a gel and a glaze. It is definitely not as thick and gloopy as a lip glaze, but the finish is similar. It is not thin or buttery, but it glides easily on the lips. It doesn’t really mask lip lines, but the formula is definitely not drying. On me it wears about 4 hours (light snacking and drinking won’t take it all off).

This might not be the most “exciting” color ever, but I think it will work with everything and is great for every occasion. The non-sticky texture and beautiful micro shimmer are what I like the most about it! I don’t think Troublant is only fall-appropriate either. In fact, I plan to keep it in my purse for emergency pick-me-ups!

*Note: The Rose Initiale you see here is the “rest of the world” version that is baked and contains 4 grams.

Strange as it is, Rose Initiale (72) Joues Contraste might be the first pink blush I own. I got into blushes very late, and I started out with peachy and coral ones. I never really thought pink would be for me. I was worried about looking too “cute” and perhaps unnatural.

Rose Initiale proves such concerns unfounded. It is a medium pink with some shimmer and sheen. It leans warm, but only very slightly so. The brush it comes with is soft and non-scratchy. However, it is made with natural hair and using such a brush with baked products tends to kick up too much powder. Therefore, I still prefer to use a duo-fiber brush. The powder is very finely-milled, but it is not powdery on the cheeks and is highly blendable. I don’t detect any fallout either. I can build it up quite a bit on my skin tone (more than what I need), but not too much more beyond that.

The lasting powder is great. It holds on for 7-8 hours before it starts looking a bit faded around the edges. The shimmer you see close-up translates into nothing more than a sheen on the cheeks, but it never deteriorates into looking greasy or enlarges pores. I would say this shade is rather universally flattering, and something I would pair with many different eye looks!

Here is the swatch of Troublant and Rose Initiale (heavy and blended out) from the bottom. See how much peachier Rose Initiale looks when it is blended out (though you can build it up to make it look pink for sure)?

Now, I don’t know why they named this shade Frenzy, because there is something so calming and soothing about Frenzy Le Vernis (559), like a drizzly autumn afternoon. It is a creamy light taupe (which by definition is gray and brown). The consistency is spot-on. It is not too thick or too thin, and there is no streaking whatsoever. Two coats almost yield opacity, though some nail line still shows through.

Chanel Le Vernis with a metallic finish doesn’t wear too well on me, but I’m glad the creams do just fine! I can keep Frenzy on for 4 days with minor tipwear, which is about as good of a job as any nail polish can do! I didn’t previously own any taupe polish because I was afraid it would clash badly with my skin tone. It’s a pleasant surprise how flattering Frenzy turned out to be! I love the color. It’s elegant with a twist, and the texture is so fine and translucent! I suspect it’s the translucency that make it wearable on different skin tones. This is a color I’d

In the face shots you can see Rose Initiale on my cheeks, Troublant on my lips, and Frenzy on my nails.

Bottom line: If uniqueness is what you’re looking for, consider Frenzy Le Vernis. If you want staple pieces that you can pair with almost anything in any season, all three are solid pieces worth looking into! Rose Initiale is a great take on pink that will go with both warm and cool-toned looks, and Troublant is very grown-up, classy, and probably many people’s “my lips but better” shade!

Do you have some space in your heart for these or do you already own too many similar pieces? What is your “my lips but better” lippie? What is your go-to pink blush? Have you tried a taupe on your fingertips? Do share!

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

Disclosure: The products mentioned in this review are provided by the PR for my consideration. All opinions are honest and my own. I am in no way compensated for this review. I have always been, and will always be committed ONLY to my readers.

  • Tracy@Beauty Reflections

    I adore everything on you!! SO pretty! :)
    I just picked up the blush and Frenzy myself and I can’t believe I’ve never bought a Chanel blush because BOY do I love this one!

    • Sunny

      OOOO Tracy you must keep me posted about how you like those! I don’t know which version of Rose Initiale you get in Canada, but from what I can see they’re both pretty nifty!

  • Beautiful Kayekie

    Beautiful shades, I’m loving the nail colour :)

    • Sunny

      You should check Frenzy out! It’s a shade that you can wear anywhere, and since it’s nude it’s not too high-maintenance!

  • mjacqueline

    You can never go wrong with Chanel, don’t you think. You bought lovely staples all right, might not look exciting but I bet you are going to get plenty of mileage from them. I just love Joues Contraste blusher, they are so soft and finely milled. Enjoy your haul!

  • redhotjillypeppers

    You look pretty in those colours ! Love the nail polish too !

    • Sunny

      Thanks so much Jill! These are colors that are pretty universally-flattering and everyday-friendly :)

  • ValleyDoll

    I am very much in love with all the nail polishes and all the lip products from this collection. My wallet is not going to like this.

    • Sunny

      Oh no probably not… Vertigo would probably look great on you, though I’m almost sure it won’t be as flattering on me!

  • Terri

    I have the blush and it is just so pretty!!! I think it is well worth the price.

    • Sunny

      Thanks so much girly :)

  • Memoiselle

    I like pink blushes a lot. It looks good in you :) Frenzy looks a bit too pale for me but it’s indeed a unique color :)

    • Sunny

      Thanks girly! There are a lot of taupes out there, but I think Frenzy has that translucency that makes it great. Otherwise I wouldn’t say taupes are flattering on me!

  • Caise

    this blush is fabulous! You look flawless!

    • Sunny

      Thanks so much! The blush is pretty universally-flattering and goes with many different looks, so make sure you check it out!

  • Rainy Days & Lattes

    Hi Sunny! I love your cat eye :) Troublant is so beautiful. Timeless! Frenzy is such a pretty nail color. I like that it’s elegant looking. Seems to be low maintenance as well, unlike super dark colors :)

    • Sunny

      Thanks Jen! Frenzy is indeed a lower-maintenance color like most nudes. You can’t spot a bit of tip wear or a tiny chip, which is great :)

  • Peggy Timmermans Visagie

    Well, I really like the blush and i think it suits you nicely!

    • Sunny

      Thanks Peggy! It’s a great one that goes with virtually anything. That’s why I love it!

  • Isabelle

    Pretty! I really like the nail polish. Pity I don’t do well with pink blushes…

    • Sunny

      Maybe you haven’t found a shade that works? There are a lot of cooler pinks out there as well, though this one isn’t TOO warm!

  • Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    Wow Sunny–your hair looks AMAZING in those pics! Seriously love the waves and your hair is getting long!!! I’m so jealous! 😛

    Glad you finally got your hands on Troublant and Rose Initiale, too! They’re both so gorgeous and I have to say, both are definitely in the running for some of my fave Fall releases so far…

    • Sunny

      Thanks Becca! That’s my new perm and I hope it’ll stay this way for a while!

      I wear Troublant all the time now! It’s something I can wear even when I’m not wearing anything else. There’s something so simple and great about it!

  • Danielle (@BloominBeauty5)

    They all look fabulous on you! The blush was already on my list and I already own Frenzy….now I want the gloss too! All three together just look so effortlessly elegant!

    • Sunny

      Thanks so much Danielle! Troublant is a great everyday color that I have made the exception to keep in my bag!