Monday, 15 July 2013

Review: Chantecaille Cheek Creme in Playful

This pretty little compact is Chantecaille's Cheek Creme in Playful, one of the two new shades added to the Cheek Creme lineup for summer.  They're designed to be easy to use, super creamy, and blend down to leave a glowy powder finish.

Cheek Cremes are sold in pan format, and to get the full thing you'll need to buy a "the Pebble" compact separately.  The cost of the two together is a fairly spendy £29, with the blush itself costing £19.50 and the case £9.50.

The sales blurb for the Pebble saying that the compact keeps products firmly in place with a magnetic strip, and that the mirror makes it perfect for applying on the go.  Unfortunately, I found that porting it around with me led to the Cheek Creme rattling around in the case, transferring product to the mirror and making a bit of a mess.  I'd find this unpalatable in any product, but I find it even more annoying in a product with such a high price tag.

Packaging gripes aside, the Cheek Creme product itself is actually rather lovely.  The texture is very soft, emollient and velvety, and the cream itself is packed with pigment.  Playful is a rather lovely mid pink, which gives me a natural, brightening flush.

It blends into the skin beautifully, and the promised powder finish isn't tacky or sticky at all, but still retains a little bit of a glow.

Overall, I'm a bit torn about this product.  The texture and colour are both beautiful, and I thoroughly enjoy using it - but the packaging leaves me cold.  I'd be tempted to take Playful out of its current case and store it in another palette (perhaps a Z-Palette or something similar), as I just don't think "the Pebble" is up to the job of keeping such an expensive blush safe.

If you'd like to try Chantecaille's Cheek Creme yourself, you'll find the Cheek Cremes themselves and the Pebble compact at Space NK.

Disclosure: PR sample

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  1. Wow, I see what you mean about the packaging! It seems like the magnet in the compact isn't strong enough... for £9.50 I'd expect it to be a bit sturdier :/ the blusher looks GORGEOUS though, blending really nicely!
    Sophie x
    Red Lips Sink Ships

    1. The blush is gorgeous, definitely agree! I do wonder whether the magnetism in a z-palette or similar would make a big difference.


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