Too Much of a Good Thing Is Still a Good Thing: Chanel Inspiration & Affinité Le Blush Crème de Chanel

Chanel (62) Presage, (64) Inspiration, (65) Affinite Le Blush Creme de Chanel

I have always been a bit skeptical about cool-toned blushes. While I wear certain cool-toned eyeshadows and lipsticks with ease, each time I swatch a blush that leans cool, some kind of alarm goes off in my head: “No way, this is going to clash and it’s going to clash bad.” Then Chanel Inspiration and Affinité Le Blush Crème de Chanel happened!

Chanel (64) Inspiration Le Blush Creme de Chanel

Chanel Inspiration Le Blush Crème de Chanel (64) is a light pink with a blue undertone. Like the other Chanel cream blushes, it is matte (no shimmer). However, since it is a cream, it has a satin rather than matte finish on the skin. It blends easily and lasts all day. Even though this is a lighter shade (lightest in the range), I don’t need to pile it on for it to show up on my skin tone (I am closer to NC 30 for the moment). However, if you are a couple of shades darker, I can see it becoming a problem.

Chanel (65) Affinite Le Blush Creme de Chanel

Affinité (65) is a medium raspberry pink. It is very pigmented and bright. Fortunately, like every other Chanel cream blush I have tried, it blends easily so you can opt for a softer look if you want. It has some serious lasting power as well!

You can see Inspiration swatched in the middle, and Affinité on the right (Présage on the left):

Chanel (62) Presage, (64) Inspiration, (65) Affinite heavy swatch

Here are the two shades blended out:

Chanel (62) Presage, (64) Inspiration, (65) Affinite blended swatch

In real life, both of them look neutral enough on my skin tone. Inspiration is the type of blush that will go with absolutely everything. Despite the fact that it is light and cool-toned, it doesn’t look unnatural or ashy on me. Affinité should work for many skin tones and undertones. It pairs well with bright pink and berry lipsticks!

You have seen Inspiration on my cheeks here:

Chanel Inspiration FOTD

Affinité here:

Chanel Affinite FOTD

Bottom line: I don’t really know what else I should say to convince you that you need to check out these Chanel Le Blush Crème de Chanel! They blend well, last well, and from what I can see, they would work on all kinds of skin tones! If you want something that will go with everything, check out Inspiration. Like bright pinks? Affinité has got you covered!

Have you checked these out already? What did you pick up? I’m trying very hard to resist Révélation!

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

Mostly Sunny disclosure

  • Chris El

    This is quickly becoming one of my favorite cream blushes.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Chris, I’m glad you’re loving them as well! Chanel has definitely set an example for cream blushes in general!

  • Lily

    Oh Sunny, what are you doing to me? I splurged on skincare, so I can’t spend much on colours. Great skin beats makeup, right? These look so great though. Btw, are these permanents or limited editions?

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Aww sorry, Lily! Yes great skin should definitely be everyone’s top priority! As far as I know, only Fantastic and Presage are limited edition. The rest should be permanent so you don’t have to buy most of them now (though uh, Presage is really kinda nice haha)!

  • Bella

    Great post! I got my monstrous Chanel haul yesterday and I am in heaven. I’d been drooling due to your reviews already, though 😉
    I had reserved the blush in Revelation, but I actually ended up going for Affinite, since it looks cheerier and brighter. I may get Revelation when I’m a bit lighter.
    These cool toned blushes look very pretty on you.Though I have seriously yellow undertones, for some reason cool-toned blushes really work on me. Give me a raspberry/ blue tinged pink over a coral any day. I always feel much yellower with coral and I completely avoid orange. I thought that this was funny of me, until i saw Lisa Eldridge mention the same in one of her videos :).

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Bella, I’m glad you got something you like!

      I don’t think there is a hard-and-fast rule when it comes to colors. I don’t avoid orange, but I don’t like it as much as coral or bright pink. It could make me look a little sallow it it makes sense?

  • G.L. Mango

    Since two weeks I have the chanel cream blush in color destiny! And I haven’t been using anything else since then! It is a wonderful product. Blends so easily and so nice with my skins and stays the whole day! I’m definitely in love with the cream blush!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey girly, I’m so glad you like it! Destiny seems like another versatile shade!

  • Sara_BeauTime

    Love those blushes, still not sure about Inspration though because I like powdering on top and like that it will be all washed away. I am loving Affinite right now though. By the way how do you apply it so that it lasts, for me with fingers it lasts less than when applied with a dense brush.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Sara, I do powder as well and it’s been fine! Is your skin tone a lot darker than mine?

      I just apply with my fingers and I don’t have problems with the lasting power! They pretty much stick to my skin until I remove my makeup! I pat the cream in if it makes sense?

  • beauties

    so much eye candy :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      I know! These are really great! They have become go-tos for me!

  • Icaria

    Oh darn Sunny!!! For some reason I just can’t take the plunge. I swatched some of these last week and they scare me! That last pic of you is Wow!!! Love it!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Helene, you neeeed to just go ahead and get one because they blend out so easily on the cheeks! Dab your finger lightly in the pan and go from there!

  • Yak Man

    Love the first look, omg! the blushes look so beautiful!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Yak Man! That’s a look I don’t do too often, but variety is always nice :)

  • Kiss & Make-up

    *drools* Oh man, these look fantastic! I love cream blush, and these colors are so soft and delicate, just lovely.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Melissa, these come highly recommended by me! You won’t believe how well they last!

  • expatmuaddict

    I am personally recommending you pick up Revelation-resistance is futile!! It has been pretty much my go to blush since I bought it! I love that it is a fairly ‘dry’ formula yet is still easily to work with and it’s a beautiful coral. I neeeeed Affinite I have decided! Xx

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Stacey, thanks for the enabling haha

      Yeah I think Revelation will work well for me, but cream blushes do have a shorter life span, and it’d kill me to have it dry out because I own too many!

  • peggy timmermans

    They are just amazing! I love them all! Would love to have some other colours!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      It’d be great to collect them all to be honest LOL

  • Charismafulltv

    I got presage and I’m in love since. I love how these blushes are. I’m still trying to control myself not to purchase Fantastic. Haha. Affinite is just beautiful!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha Fantastic is SO pigmented! I’m sure if it’s anything like the rest of them, you can blend it out for it to look less intense though.

  • Catherine

    Haha I love this title. The colors are gorgeous, obviously and they just sound top-notch quality-wise.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Catherine, they really are! I love how well they last. They out-last most powder blushes on me!

  • Larie

    These seem like the Illamasqua cream blushes, texture wise. Do you know how they compare, Sunny?

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Larie, sorry but I haven’t tried any Illamasqua cream blushes yet! I read some reviews, and apparently that one is not a cream-to-powder? In that case the formulas would be pretty significantly different.

  • Marijke

    Love the colours! So pretty!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Dior is robbing me BLIND this year LOL I will plop down money for some more when they hit the stores next week!

  • lexierose

    so pretty!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      They really are! They last well so I reach for them often!

  • Jacqueline Ma

    These look so good on you! I haven’t received mine yet and I’m going nuts looking at your posts.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Aww I’m so sorry to hear that! I hope your order will arrive soon!

  • Melissa

    I ordered Relevation, but its still on backorder from Nordstrom! You’re tempting me to get more!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Melissa, wow these are so popular! Try Revelation out and see how the formula works for you, but I daresay you’ll need more 😉

  • MyLuciteDreams

    I seriously love all of these shades! I. Just get my paws on them soon! Too much beauty!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Taylor, you should! I bet they’ll look great on you!

  • TracyBeautyReflections

    LOVE LOVE! I still need to get one haha!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      YES, Tracy, you do!

  • Cassandrapamela

    gorgeous!! I’m flying to paris in a few days so I’ll def check them out!! thanks for the review,Sunny! love how all of them look on you 😀

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      OOO Paris! Have fun, Pamela! I can’t wait to see which one(s) you pick out!

  • Sofia

    I love cream blush and these seem so lovely!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Sofia, you have to pick one up! I’ve never thought I’d use cream blushes more often than powder blushes, but it’s officially happening!

  • Liz

    I like how wearable they all are! You look great – esp. love the last shot. I kind of want all of them… eventually, LOL.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Aww thanks, Liz! 4 out of the 6 shades are permanent, so you can sit on it!

  • ValleyDoll

    Bad idea to read your post, I love them all 😀 !!!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha same here! I don’t think there is a single shade in the range that I wouldn’t want to wear!

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