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Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Accent Review and Swatches

October 16, 2013

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Chanel Joues Contraste Accent Blush ($43) is a new addition to the Chanel’s superior line of blushes. This U.S. purchased version is the beautiful pressed powder version with microsparkle that seems to disappear into the skin for a soft glow upon application.

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 I probably should have titled this post “first look,” because I’ve had scarce time to get to know this beauty as my schedule has been quite challenging lately. Nonetheless, I thought it best to post the information that I have so that it can be updated later on.

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From all of my experience with the blush so far, Accent seems to be worthy successor to Chanel’s prior nude blush range (and, in some ways, for the former Orchid Rose as well). Although it looks like a brown, sparkling product in the pan, keep in mind that the magic of Chanel’s Joues Contraste range has always, always emerged after application. As you can see from the below swatches, Chanel Accent applies as a soft rose brown with a touch of mauve.

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Here is Chanel Accent on the far left, followed by Chanel Tempting Beige, Chanel Mocha, Chanel Rose Bronze, and Chanel Tweed Brun Rose.  As you can see from the swatch of the Chanel Bronzer Terre Ambre, a true bronzer in Chanel’s line, Chanel Accent applies as a neutral brush and not at all similar to this warm, amber-bronze.

Here is Chanel Accent on Liz, as you can see it applies as a soft rose neutral on her skin tone:

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So far, Chanel Accent looks like a winner. I’ll update as we continue to work with the blush.

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  • wendy October 16, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    hi amy! could you please tell me what liz is wearing on eyes and lips? i especially love the look she has under her eyes. thankyou!! xo.

    • Amy October 16, 2013 at 9:07 pm

      Hi Deb, we just applied it using a Bobbi Brown blush brush here, applied over Chanel Perfection Lumiere foundation. I was standing right next to her, we didn’t do anything special that I noticed.

    • Amy October 16, 2013 at 9:11 pm

      Wendy, she’s wearing Marc Jacobs Sweet Escape gloss on her lips, it seemed to have worn off a bit since first she applied it. As for under her eyes, do you know how some girls can just wake up and they already have that “already made up” look? Yes, that’s Liz. Other than mascara on her lashes, she’s not wearing any particular eyeshadow or liner under her eyes, we had just been lolling around the house on a Sunday morning. I can achieve a similar look with a light gray matte eyeshadow and a touch of a smudge brush (I had put together a palette of Bobbi Brown neutrals years ago that is my go-to).

      • Sandra October 18, 2013 at 12:02 pm

        Please – do tell more on the Bobbi Brown palette. Which colours are in there?

        • Amy October 20, 2013 at 7:39 am

          This is from the former round-eyeshadow pan days. I suspect those colors aren’t available anymore. It includes White, Bone, Grey, Steel, Sterling and Charcoal. A similar palette could be made today from the matte shades from almost any line that allows the creation of a custom palette– including Bobbi Brown, Make Up For Ever, Inglot, or MAC.

  • Tracy@Beauty Reflections October 16, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    YUP. Need this one! I don’t think I have anything similar and I have a lot of blush hahaha! Looks lovely on Liz!

  • Deb October 16, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    What is your secret for diminishing the glitter of this blush? I tried it at the counter; both an arm and cheek swatch. It was a glitter bomb. I looked like a disco ball. The SA buffed it out quite well but there was very noticeable sparkle and fallout everywhere. I don’t see that in your pic of it on Liz. I loved the color so much and really want it, but I can’t do it unless I can figure out a way to get past the effect of looking like a 13 year old playing in glitter. Any tips would be much appreciated.

    • Amy October 16, 2013 at 9:06 pm

      Hi Deb, we just applied it using a Bobbi Brown blush brush here, applied over Chanel Perfection Lumiere foundation. I was standing right next to her, we didn’t do anything special that I noticed.

      • Nawi October 17, 2013 at 1:57 pm

        Hi I am considering getting the Bobbi Brown blush but its so expensive is it worth the money? Or do you have ànother blush brush that you woud recommend? Thanks.

        • Amy October 17, 2013 at 3:20 pm

          I think you could do better. Mine haven’t held up well.

    • Eileen October 17, 2013 at 8:54 am

      Hi Deb,

      I remember reading your similar comment on BTiB and was surprised when you declared this a glitter bomb with fallout. Amy’s excellent pictures are a reliable representation of how Accent looks in real life. There is, indeed, micro-shimmer, but not to the extent that you’ve experienced.

      There’s a lot of product cross-contamination at the counters. Even though brushes are (hopefully) sanitized between use, glitter is difficult to remove unless the brush is actually washed so often there is glitter from other products still in the hairs. In addition, even if a brush is reserved for use with only one particular product, the glitter in that product builds up in the hairs so the product applies more glittery as the day progresses. Add to that the product cross-contamination and many products end up with glitter on them that they don’t actually have.

      Suggestion: Take your own clean brush to the counter. Wipe the product with a clean tissue and then use your brush to swatch it. A bit of micro-shimmer? Yes. Over-the-top glitterfest? No. If you absolutely abhor even a tiny bit of sparkle, though, then this one simply isn’t for you.

      • Amy October 17, 2013 at 8:14 pm

        Well said, Eileen. I appreciate your perspective as always.

      • Deb October 20, 2013 at 7:22 pm

        Eileen, I think the SA used a clean brush. I saw her clean if off before she used it on me. I really am aware of things like cross contamination and so forth and I usually just use my fingers and swatch on my arm. But this time I loved the color so much I broke my own rule and allowed the SA to apply it to my face. And I know enough about what I’m doing to know the difference between shimmer and glitter. What confirmed it for me was the SA remarking how many people were walking away from it because of the glitter. Sorry you don’t agree, but this blush is glitter city. For me, anyway. But if other people don’t find that and are happy with it, then I’m happy for them!

        • Eileen October 21, 2013 at 9:11 am

          Hi Deb,

          I was trying to be helpful by offering a suggestion as you loved the color and asked Amy for some tips. I have no way of knowing another reader’s background and so I’d rather error on the side of offering too much explanation rather than too little. I’m sorry you took offense as none was intended or implied.

          I think we’d both agree that Accent looks lovely on Liz and not in the least bit like “. . .a thirteen year old playing in glitter,” but if that’s the way it makes you feel–and really, that is all that matters–then Accent simply isn’t for you. The blush has been very popular here in So Cal, so perhaps we just have a higher tolerance for the fairy dust 🙂

          • Deb October 21, 2013 at 12:26 pm

            Hi Eileen. Having lived in LA for 22 years before moving to AZ, I have to agree with you. I think the So Cal crowd may be a little more “makeup forward”….for lack of a better term. I’m 57 years old so I’ve definitely reached that point in my life where I know what works for me and what doesn’t. I have noticed after moving to AZ that women in my age group are a little more conservative in dress and appearance than what I was used to in LA. With my post and question on this blog and BTiB, I was really looking to see if anyone else had experienced the same thing with this blush and if so, had someone figured out a method of application that reduced the shimmer effect. It is a lovely blush and looks so good on Liz, I was hoping maybe she and Amy had cracked the code. But then I realized Liz is so young and naturally beautiful that most anything will look good on her. Plus, unlike my aging face, she doesn’t have the lines, crinkles, and wrinkles for the shimmer to gather in. Thank you for trying to share tips. I have made peace with the fact that this blush will not be mine. And yes, on me it did look like a 13 year old playing in glitter! Even the SA said “no, I don’t think this one is going to work on you”. Now, on to the hunt for the next best thing 🙂

  • Anne October 17, 2013 at 7:13 am

    Orchid Rose was my first JC and I really love it, so I’m expecting Accent to arrive to counters here in Mexico soon. I’ve heard it’s quite similar to Burberry Earthy, is that true?

    • Amy October 17, 2013 at 8:26 am

      No, Earthy is cooler.

      • Anne October 18, 2013 at 9:14 am

        Thanks… that’s enough different to justify owning both 🙂

  • Eileen October 17, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Accent is one of those chameleon colors that simply needs to be tried. I’ve seen it on several different skin tones, and it seems to adapt beautifully to each one. On my light complexion, Accent is more of a rosewood shade that blushes with warmth–very autumnal! On Liz it is exactly as you described it, a neutral rose. In either case, Accent produces a healthy and natural flush of color. I’m so pleased to have this lovely shade now as it is not what I’d consider a winter blusher–at least on me 🙂

  • Zeynep October 17, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    I love this blush. So much so, I’m considering getting a back up. And I’m very envious of Liz’s “already made up” look….I wish I had it too!

  • Gail October 18, 2013 at 5:33 am

    Hi Deb, If you click to enlarge the swatch picture I think it gives a very accurate representation of the glitter particles in Accent. It’s too much for me as well. 🙂

    • Gail October 19, 2013 at 12:43 pm

      Forgot to say…it can be minimized by using a skunk brush and gently tapping off the brush before applying.

      • Eileen October 21, 2013 at 9:13 am

        A fan brush also works. Lightly stroke it across the blusher and then tap off the excess.

    • Deb October 21, 2013 at 12:32 pm

      Hi Gail. I did enlarge the pic hoping against hope that I would not see the glitter, but alas, there it was. It looks great on Liz but I am glad that someone else besides me sees it! The SA did apply it to me with a skunk brush, stepped back, said “Oh, dear”, came back in for some buffing and that was all she wrote 🙂 We couldn’t get it to work no matter what. But I live another day to find a dupe that doesn’t make my 57 year old face look like a disco ball!! It’s out there, I just know it.

  • Louisa October 19, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    I love this blush! I was almost deterred by all the comments about the shimmer factor. However, on me I don’t see any sparkles. My skin is light, and this appears rosewood on me. This blush is wonderful for the hollows of my cheeks and slight contouring of the cheekbones. I love that it is warmer than last year’s “Notorious”, which looked deathly on me. I have been using the little brush in the compact, which I would normally throw away. The brush head is a good size for the cheek hollows. Great lasting power.

  • KT October 19, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Thanks for the sharing! But is it similar to Giorgio Armani sheer blush #5?

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  • Marga J October 21, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    Great review and swatches! You are right! The chanel accent is the winner. Love the shade for its light and seem so natural on skin. I am so excited to try this one out.

  • samantha October 22, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    I just ordered this and can’t wait to get it. I’m addicted to neutral blushes