Dec 262012

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Chanel Spring 2013 introduces a new blush–Chanel Joues Contraste in Frivole ($43), a rich orange coral. Frivole is the marvelous pressed powder that gives a beautiful glow.

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Chanel Joues Contraste in Frivole is quite warm–some with cool tones may not enjoy them. Those with warm skin tones may not find it the most flattering everyday blush. However, I sometimes wear clothing with strong bright tones–a rich lapis blue, lime, or a strong coral, that seem to work well with orange toned blushes. Here is a comparison with Frivole and MAC Modern Mandarin (former limited edition product, no longer available, Chanel Tweed Corail, Chanel Espiegle and Chanel Reflex (the non-US baked version).

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Here are comparison swatches of all of these blushes. MAC Modern Mandarin is more shimmery and more red.  Chanel Tweed Corail is more pink, and less pigmented.  Chanel Espiegle is pinker and less pigmented. Chanel Reflex is far more shimmery and more brown.

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Here is Liz with Chanel Frivole, and the Chanel Raffinement eyeshadow quad on her lids (review coming soon), and a light dusting of the Poudre Singee de Chanel:

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Overall, Liz and I found that Chanel Frivole lived up the Joues Contraste name, having an excellent formulation, finely milled consistency, and overall glowing impression. Whether you wish to have a vibrant orange-coral in your blush selection is a judgement call. For its part, Chanel Frivole is an excellent choice if your answer is “yes.”

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  9 Responses to “Chanel Joues Contraste Frivole Review”

  1. I am not to crazy for powder blush, but I really love this shade that I may give this one a try. I can’t wait for Chanel to make cream/gel blush.

  2. Thank you so much for comparing it to modern mandarin! Don’t think I need this since it is quite similar to that.

  3. Love your suggestion to wear this color of blush when wearing brights such as lapis, lime and coral. I never knew what color to try with such bold colors. Thanks so much for the tip!

  4. What a pretty color. Love the comparison swatches, too. I just did a review of Becca Mineral Blush in Wild Honey and am surprised that this blush is somewhat similar, at least in the pan.

  5. This is the most excited I’ve been for a blush in a while 🙂 I am definitely getting this and the highlighter…and probably the eyeshadow quad. 😛

  6. Thanks for the comparison to Reflex blush. Reflex used to be my all time favorite blush. I wondered how it compared to Frivole. I see they are not the same so I can still hope Reflex comes back to the US.

  7. This is my 1st time visiting your blog. Love your pictures! This shade looks amazing and since it doesn’t seem to have too much shimmer would probably be perfect for me. 😀

  8. Thanks for your comparisons! Much prefer Frivole instead of the sheen from MAC Modern Mandarin 🙂

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