When I placed this by the window, I can see the gold shimmer glistening from under the sun as shown below. Each of the Joues de Contrast blushes contain a mini Chanel blush brush and a mirror that's very useful for traveling. I personally don't find the brush scratchy at all, but rather soft and pleasant to use.
I don't usually buy a lot of peachy or coral blushes but here are a few for comparison:
In the line up, we have MAC's Ripe Peach, Utterly Game Mineralize Blush, and Stereo Rose MSF. My first gut reaction was Ripe Peach being the closest in color, especially the mid part of it.
The beauty of Ripe Peach is it's ability to replicate other peachy coral shades by different combination of the 3 colors. I was able to play around with RP to get the color closest to Espiegle. The main difference is that RP, Utterly Game, and Stereo Rose all do not have gold shimmer.
Stereo Rose is noticeably much frostier and darker compared to the other 3 colors. Utterly Game is a mineral blush and is much finer and smoother in texture compared to Espiegle. Ripe Peach is slightly more peachy whereas Espiegle is on the rosier side. From the swatch above alone, Espiegle looks like Utterly Game minus the gold shimmer.
In direct sunlight however, Utterly Game is much more coral/orange in comparison. Now Ripe Peach becomes a closer color to Espiegle but still not quite the same.
I don't have Chanel's In Love to compare with Espiegle but I don't think they're all that similar. From what I remember, In Love is more coral/orange. I have also compared it to NARS Orgasm and Deepthroat, which are much darker and not remotely close to the Espiegle.
One thing to note, I am NC25/30 so it looks peachy rose on my skin tone. For those who are lighter, I suspect it may come out a bit more coral.
So what's the verdict? Espiegle is a peach blush that has a hint of rose and very subtle gold shimmer. In terms of texture, it is slightly powdery when swatch but doesn't show up that way on my cheeks. Like all Chanel JC, the subtle shimmers help attract light to create a soft beautiful glow that's very natural looking. I can definitely see myself using this with a neutral eye or light smokey eye. If you are interested in Espiegle, I'd say snatch it up if you have the funds. If you don't have the funds, check with the local counters to make sure it's permanent so you can get it later. It's definitely a thumbs up from me.
Can you see yourself wearing Espiegle?