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Chanel Joues Contraste Espiegle Blush

January 4, 2011

Chanel Joues Contraste in Espiegle ($42/ #65 Fard a Joues Poudre Powder Blush Espiegle) is a beautiful addition to Chanel’s legendary line of Joues Contraste blushes. In the lovely pressed powder format that imparts an incredibly natural glow, Espiegle is a warm mix of peach, gold and a touch of pink.

I was pleased to see that Espiegle uses the familiar soft, finely milled powder formula that U.S. beauty lovers have come to know and love.  Note that although Espiegle uses the U.S. formula, the blush is made in France.

In the pan, Espiegle has a slight gold shimmer, it is unquestionably a warm-toned blush.

Here, it swatches lighter and more coral that Chanel Joues Contraste In Love.  I thought it helpful to compare it to a few other warm corals in my collection, including the more pink MAC Hipness, as well as a discontinued Bobbi Brown Coral, which also has gold shimmers (this Bobbi Brown blush is in the round pan).

Here is Espiegle on Liz, together with Chanel Rouge Allure in Flamboyante:

Liz is wearing Chanel Lift Lumiere in Ivoire, Guerlain Le 2 Mascara, a bit of bronzer as a brow powder, and Caron powder.  She uses a black pencil liner on her lower lashline.  She applied Espiegle a touch more than she would normally wear it, to ensure that you can see the color well on all types of computer monitors, cell phones or the like.

Another, same makeup:

Like the rest of Chanel’s Spring 2011, Espiegle has a luminosity and a subtle color that looks absolutely lovely.  Few blushes match the texture of the Joues Contraste blush, and Espiegle is a lovely addition to the already legendary line.

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  • Musing on Beauty January 5, 2011 at 12:03 am

    Liz looks stunning with these colos (not that she isn’t beautiful on other pics lol), this blush is so pretty!

  • Grace London January 5, 2011 at 12:32 am

    Oh, I do love Liz in the brighter lip. Very pretty blush too. The US blush formula is better than ours, too 😉

  • Doriana Gray January 5, 2011 at 1:02 am

    Love both the blush and lippie. I have a similar colouring to Liz, so I am tempted to try these out now 🙂

  • Jennise January 5, 2011 at 1:04 am

    I loved how you paired the blush with Flamboyante, I couldn’t envisage how the colours could compliment each other but they go together so beautifully. It looks lovely on Liz.

  • Anna from Europe January 5, 2011 at 3:45 am

    Wonderfull, Liz is beautiful as always.

  • Eugenia January 5, 2011 at 5:57 am

    The colour looks absolutely stunning on Liz…even swatched heavily! (of course, I don’t think anything could look bad on her!) You just helped me decide on purchasing this…I was wondering if it looked too much like anything I already have, but happily, it doesn’t!

  • Martha January 5, 2011 at 5:59 am

    Wow, this is beautiful on Liz! I am wavering right now.

  • Julie January 5, 2011 at 7:51 am

    Liz has me completely smitten with her, she is gorgeous! Flamboyante suits her so well, it turned out to be too red for my liking. I’m glad to see that you are blogging regularly still! Thanks Amy!

  • Eileen January 5, 2011 at 8:55 am

    I love Espiègle and was thrilled with the return to the proverbial smooth-as-silk formulation. I have fair skin with peach undertones, so this JC looks like it was custom blended just for me 😉 Oh, OK, it was probably custom blended for Liz, too. LOL

    Although Espiègle is a golden apricot in the pan, when I apply it, the pink undertone is
    quite evident. The pictures of Liz capture the applied color to perfection. I also love that there is an extremely subtle, finely-milled sparkle to this. If anyone was put off by the obvious glitter in Pink Explosion, they don’t have to worry about Espiégle. There won’t be any bits of glitter on the cheeks. There’s just enough gold in this pink-tinged apricot to give the color a soft shimmer which will bring some life to our winter pale skins.

    As always, thank you, Amy, for giving us such accurate pictures. Espiègle is a beautiful color and Liz wears it like a dream. With those lip and cheek colors, she looks like a bouquet of spring flowers–which I’m sure is exactly what Chanel was envisioning.

  • katie January 5, 2011 at 8:59 am

    I skipped this as I don’t care for shimmery blushes but this post makes me think that I should return for it!

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  • Lakshmi January 5, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Wow Amy! Love the review! Liz is just breathtaking!!! Such a gorgeous girl, and your photographs are beautiful! Love it!! 🙂

  • Olga January 5, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    This blush is so beautiful! Can’t wait until it’s out here in Germany.
    And Liz is so beautiful as always!

  • Michelle January 5, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    I love this blush! The pictures are amazing! For anyone concerned about the shimmer — it really gives more of a glowy look than shimmer. I definitely do not go for glitter or too much shimmer in blush — but I have to say I love all of my Chanel JC blushes!

  • Lucy January 5, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Another incredible photo of Liz! She is a peach. 🙂 The makeup is lovely with her coloring.

  • Michelle (Lipstickrules) January 5, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    How am I supposed to be on a self-imposed spending ban on makeup after seeing such a gorgeous blush? Absolutely stunning.

    Must. Look. Away.

    • lexi920 January 5, 2011 at 9:38 pm

      Agreed – January is ‘No NEW MAKEUP’ month for me, too! Such a pretty blush to walk away from.

  • yvette January 5, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    Hi Amy! I have a question for you (and Liz). What skin care products do you guys use? I am 29 and have had adult acne since I was 21. It’s not severe, but any zits I do get leave red marks for months, even without me touching them. I have just ordered a bunch of Renee Rouleau products tonight and can’t wait to get them – have you had any experience with them?

    • Amy January 5, 2011 at 8:58 pm

      Hi Yvette, Retinols (Differin, Taz or Retin A) works, but it takes at least 4-6 weeks. Liz is currently blessed with very good skin, she just uses an oil cleanser and plenty of sun screen. She uses moisturizer if her skin gets dry. We both use the Clarisonic cleanser every night. Also, gets results. Take a look at Gossmakeupartist’s Acne video–he’s on Youtube– and his video is at this link, he recommends the system. If that doesn’t work, I’d go to a derm and get the big guns (retinol). Hope this helps!

      • yvette January 6, 2011 at 9:51 am

        Thanks Amy. I have been using for a while now, my biggest issue with that is they want you to smother your skin with BP in the morning (as well as the evening) and I find it impossible to put foundation over BP. So, I’ve been only using the BP at night (which bleaches towels and pillows) and although the results have been ok, it has not been anything astounding so I’m still searching for a better solution. Damn hormones!

  • lexi920 January 5, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Gorgeous pictures – I should make this blush my very first Chanel blush. Yup, I still haven’t bought a Chanel blush just yet.

  • Blyss January 6, 2011 at 2:45 am

    I’ve been reading your blog for ages and I want to say thank you for the amazing pictures that generate such vibrant and vivid colours… and also lemmings for me! This blush looks wonderful but I’m wondering how it compares to other peachy blushes such as Chanel Reflex, Benefit Coralista, or the many peachy Nars blushes.

    Please keep writing as I’ll keep reading!

    • Amy January 6, 2011 at 3:41 am

      Hi Blyss, Espiegle has more pink tones than Reflex when applied, although they look quite similar in the pan. The Beauty Look Book has a swatch comparison here. NAR’s texture is quite different–Chanel’s are more transparent and glowing. NAR’S pink peach is Orgasm/Deep Throat, which are so much darker–it’s not the same color at all. But even if there is a color match, you still won’t have the same look because the Chanel texture is different on the skin. By the way, Natural N Chic Makeup has some comparisons with MAC’S Rip Peach and other brands, you might take a look over there. I hope this helps!

  • Christine January 6, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    This looks so incredibly beautiful on Liz that I’m wondering if perhaps I should have just bought the damned thing and applied it in natural light (when I tried it on at my counter, it turned pale orange on me ???) … I LOVE how this looks on her!

    • Amy January 6, 2011 at 9:58 pm

      Christine, you have to go by the way that it looks on your skintone! Liz and I are trying to do our best to show you our point of view, but we are only one team. Perhaps check with the other bloggers who have played with the blush, but otherwise you are the final judge of whether this enhances your individual look. Thank you for the comment! 🙂

      • Christine January 7, 2011 at 12:02 pm

        Thanks, Amy! LOL, I know, I know … I’m just jealous that it looks so fresh and radiant on Liz, and on me, well … not so much lol 😉 It’s what I WANTED it to look like on me! 😀

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  • katie January 8, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Amy, how would you compare this to Burberry’s Blossom blush?

    • Amy January 8, 2011 at 5:32 pm

      Hi Katie, i don’t have Blossom yet but will update when I do. Thank you!

  • Cindy (Prime Beauty) January 8, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    When I looked at this in the store it looked very sparkly–too much so for me, however Nordstrom was so busy I wasn’t able to swatch it or try it myself. After seeing it on Liz, I will definitely have to go back and try it on! I have in In Love but it looks more much more orange in comparision.

    Thanks Liz & Amy!