Chanel Affinité 65 Le Blush Crème de Chanel ($38 for 2.5 g/0.09 oz) was one shade missing from most counters near me. Stores had received testers but no product to sell. Chanel.com had the color available for a few days before selling out. I had my name on the waitlists and was thrilled to find it arrived in stores at Nordstrom and online Nordstrom.com. Affinité #65 is a hot cool-toned pink. It's quite pigmented and visible on the skin - it's one of the brighter shades out of the six that were released for fall. Other Blush Crèmes in Destiny, Presage, Revelation and Inspiration were reviewed here. Out of all the shades, my top three picks are Présage, Révélation and this one Affinité.
Since Affinité is very pigmented, it does require blending on the skin for a more natural look. I've found either a foundation brush or regular blush brush work fine. My favorite is Tom Ford's Cream Foundation brush but any brush will do. I don't recommend applying over dry skin. It does work ok over a powdered face, but for easier blending, apply a sheer illuminator first to the cheeks. The slightly emollient base helps the color blend easier. Swatches, heavy and blended:
Comparisons below to Chanel Revelation (warmer), Edward Bess Love Affair (the EB has more blue and is dewier), MAC Dollymix Powder blush (similar in undertone):
Overall love. It's a beautiful bright pink shade that is easy to wear and coordinate into looks for both day and evening. It's layerable so you can adjust the intensity to your preference. I'm happy I was able to find it. I'm not sure why it's one of the hard to find shades, perhaps it was just one that sold out very quickly - the good news is that Affinité is not listed as a limited item on Chanel.com even though it is sold out. If you had difficulty finding this the past few months, know that you can find it now at Nordstrom.