Recently I have tried to cut down on my beauty purchases, hence the lack of posts in August (but that is also due to time issues). Instead of buying almost everything that looked good/interesting, I have been editing my wishlist down to the essential "must-buys" from each collection (I skipped the entire Dior Autumn collection).
At first I thought I had to have Lumiere d'Artifices, the stripey sequin palette from the Chanel Autumn 2012 collection. But after looking at swatch photos and trying it in store, it's a big no for me - the colour just doesn't show up on me. Then I thought is it absolutely necessary to buy Rose Initiale, another pink blush?
Well I caved and bought it. I have a thing for Joues Contrastes and I like to collect them. And when I put Rose Initiale next to my other Joues Contraste, it looks dissimilar enough to justify my purchase.
The closest Joues Contrastes I have to Rose Initiale is probably Rose Pétale, which is not as cool as Rose Initiale.
My Rose Initiale was slightly chipped at the edge during transit/manufacture - and I knew why once I applied it. Rose Initiale is much softer than my other Joues Contraste blushes - the lightest touch with my Shu Uemura blush brush picks up a lot of pigment.
Rose Initiale is cool blue based powder pink with some shimmer (which is present in all Joues Contrastes). Compared to other swatches, I think it rounds up my Joues Contraste collection rather nicely.
I didn't think of it at the time I took my photos, but after some quick swatches, Rose Initiale is a bit similar to NARS Angelika, but not quite as blue and without the glitters.
What do you think of Rose Initiale?