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Chanel Joues Contraste in Rose Tourbillon ($43 at Nordstrom Anniversary 2011/ # 67) is a candy pink confection of a blush.  If you love fresh pinks, it is very difficult to resist.  This is a fantastic color, has a refined texture, and there is a beautiful glowing and natural quality when applied.

This cool pink is a gorgeous color when worn.  Although there are some sparkles in the pan, the look when applied is very natural and glowy.  That famous Joues Contraste texture works the magic with this amazingly versatile color.  As with any color this strong, you will want to focus the color on a portion of the cheek.  If you place in the upper cheek, the contour, or brush it back near the hairline, you will get a pretty, flushed and lovely glow.

Some comparisons–here, you can see it is cooler than the limited edition Chanel Joues Contraste Pink Explosion (reviewed here, no longer available).  However, Rose Tourbillon is more pigmented than Pink Explosion–that is, this swatch has several layers of Pink Explosion built up compared to 1-2 layers of Rose Tourbillon.   Next is Chanel Joues Contraste Turbulent (reviewed here, no longer available).  At the end, I swatched Chanel Joues Contraste in Rose Petale (reviewed here) so you would have a comparison to a warmer, peachy-pink blush.


Liz did a look using Rose Turbulent applied lightly over foundation (no bronzer).

Here, Liz is wearing the Chanel Topkaki eyeshadow palette (reviewed here) and Chanel Rouge Allure lipstick in Joyeuse (reviewed here.  We’ll do a more detailed post breaking down her application after we finish Le Blanc de Chanel.


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  22 Responses to “Chanel Joues Contraste Rose Tourbillon”

  1. It appears I need everything Liz is wearing. Gorgeous!

  2. Great comparison between Rose Tourbillon and Turbulent. Merci mille fois!

  3. I must have it! lol

  4. Rose Tourbillon is a beautiful whirl of medium rose with an icy swirl of cherry popsicle pink to give it a bit of pizzaz. Unlike the three baked formulas that we saw last fall, this one does not seem to have the fall out or graininess that marred, for me at least, their beauty. When using Rose Tourbillon there is definitely some dust in the pan, but on the whole, it applies smoother, more evenly, and with more depth of color than have the other baked formulas I’ve tried. Although it looks rather bright and intense in the pan, as you can see from looking at the lovely and radiant Liz, there is absolutely no reason to have clown cheeks. Applied with a bit of restraint and a good brush (I use a fan), it can create a soft porcelain doll look or a delicate flush of color. Worn with Lumière Perlée on the cheekbones, it is the epitome of elegance. Rose Tourbillon has already sold out at my local Nordstrom

  5. Hello Amy,
    Thank you by the great swatches! Rose Tourbillon is really gorgeous.
    How do you think it compares to Edward Bess Moroccain Rose?

    • Moroccan Rose has a deeper rose color, and a touch of mauve–sort of a rose-mauve if that makes sense. Rose Tourbillon is brighter, and more blue-pink. I hope this helps! 🙂

  6. what I wouldn’t give for a Turbulent!!! but terribly happy I have joyuese and rose turbullon waiting for me at home.

  7. For both the Byzance and Le Blanc collections, the blushes have been most striking. Perhaps because Chanel generally plays it so safe, neutral, and sheer with their cheek colors, Rouge and Rose Tourbillon look fresh within that context.

    I like how you didn’t quite close the black liner on Liz’s waterline. It’s a small detail, but it gives definition to her eyes while opening up the inner corner so they look more wide set.

    • Thank you Dain–I’ll pass your comment on to Liz–she does her own makeup and she’ll love the compliment.

  8. Hello Amy,
    did you try to compare to Les Tissages de Chanel in Tweed Fuchsia Holiday 2010? It looks like very same for me….

  9. Liz’s makeup is beautiful, and your product/swatch photos are great as always! Though I decided I prefer the JCs which aren’t baked, Rose Tourbillon is still part of my top 5. I always thought it was the “prettier sister” of Pink Explosion, lol!

  10. Hi Amy, Liz as always looks gorgeous. I’d love to know what foundation she’s wearing here… I’m still in search of the perfect fit for my acne-prone skin.

    • Yvette–she’s wearing Chanel Vitalumiere (the standard one, not vitalumiere aqua) in this picture. She usually wears Lift Lumiere, which seems to work well for acne prone skin. I’ve have good luck with Lift Lumiere too, and also Burberry’s. Le Metier de Beaute’s Peau Vierge works well too, but it is a combination tinted moisturizer plus skin care, so the price is higher. You should note that we are crazy good about removing it at the end of the day. Oil cleanser, plus the clarisonic. So important to get everything off at the end of the day, no matter how good your foundation is.

      • Thanks Amy! I use Bobbi Brown Skin right now, which is pretty good, but I’m always looking for a new one. How much coverage does Lift Lumiere provide?

        I don’t use the clarisonic – I’ve been curious about it, but Renee Rouleau says it’s too much exfoliation and should only be used once a week. I just use her Micro Crystal Scrub a few times a week instead. My skin is so damn sensitive.

        • Lift Lumiere is medium coverage—You can use some concealer in spots if you need more, or apply lightly with a brush if you need less. It’s versatile. I really like the finish, and it seems very gentle on skin. Thanks Yvette! 🙂

      • This is so counter-intuitive to me – that Lift Lumiere and Burberry would be good for acne prone skin – but, indeed, Burberry is one of the few foundations that my skin agrees with. I am not acne-prone normally but have very sensitive skin which breaks out when I use the “wrong” foundation, cleanser, moisturizer. I would have been afraid of Lift Lumiere, but I think I will try it. I’ve always assumed that lighter (non-moisturizing) foundations would be less likely to cause pimples but Vitalumiere Aqua breaks me out more than any other… is there a ryme or reason for this? Thanks again for another great bit of information!

        • Hi Katie- it’s so individual. There must be an ingredient or two that is not working for you. My best to you with the search ….

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