Dec 162013

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A new blush is always cause for celebration, and we are celebrating Chanel Joues Contrast Emotion #87 ($43) (designated as “87” on Nordstrom’s site). This has the Chanel Powder texture and is made in France. Note that The Beauty Look Book’s reviews and comparisons are here.

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Part of the reason that this blush is celebratory is its universality. It has enough color and tone to look good on a variety of skin-tones, from light to deep, as well as cool and warm. Also, the medium pink color will look good with a variety of looks and various situations.

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Chanel Emotion is a deep pink-rose:

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Chanel Emotion on Liz:

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I do not have anything quite the same in my collection, so I did some random swatches so that you can place the color between plums and pinks. Here is Chanel Emotion compared to Chanel Plum Attraction, Illamasqua Chased, and Chanel Rose Temptation:

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Overall, we’re applauding Chanel Emotion as a new addition to Chanel’s Joues Constraste line. True love!

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Mar 192012

 When I heard that Chanel was re-releasing Chanel Pink Explosion (#64/ Fard a Joues Poudre Pink Explosion)($43), I didn’t realize that the color had been reformulated. If you’ve been watching Chanel for a while, Chanel originally released Pink Explosion as part of the Fall 2010 makeup collection in a baked format (the former version is reviewed here and here). Currently, it is being re-released into a new, powder texture that is common for Chanel U.S. releases on the Joues Contraste formula.  For an overview of the differences between the U.S. and non-U.S. formulas, see this post. Generally, this powder formula has a softer texture that is much easier to pick up on a brush. Also, the U.S. powder Joues Contrastes give a lovely, glowing look to the face. The baked, non-U.S. formulas requires a stiffer brush and tend to have a more obvious shine/sparkle. As you can see in the above picture, the new Pink Explosion has a deeper pink hue, with subtle sparkle, and a touch of cherry red (compared to the softer, lighter pink of the former version).

Both the former and current version have the same name–Pink Explosion–and designation number, #64. Both are made in France. How can you tell the difference? For one thing, the older version that I have in my drawer is numbered #2605, and the new one is numbered #4401. Here is a comparison of the back of the compacts that show the precise number designations:

Also, the older version has 0.14 oz. and the newer one has 0.21 oz. of product. As you can see, the new Pink Explosion has the hatch marks of the powder formulation, a smooth texture and a slight touch of sparkle:

 A bit closer:


Here is a swatch comparison between the old and new Chanel Pink Explosions. I’ve also added a comparison with Chanel Tumulte (reviewed here), as well as Chanel Rose Tourbillon (reviewed here).

 One more, using slightly different lighting:

As you can see, the new Pink Explosion is slightly deeper in its pink tone. Working with the new formula is certainly easier, as you can imagine. The softer Chanel powder blush is a dream to apply with any standard powder brush. By comparison, the new Pink Explosion is deeper than Chanel Tumulte, and less red and lighter than Chanel Rose Tourbillon.

As with my other Chanel blush reviews, more will be posted as I work with the formula.

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Mar 192012

Chanel Joues Contraste Tumulte (#70/ Fards a Joues Poudre Tumulte)($43) is a cool, soft pink with a soft near-matte texture.

Chanel Tumulte is a light, cool pink that is very girly and fresh. Here are swatch comparisons with the former Pink Explosion (reviewed here and here), the new Pink Explosion (just released now), and Chanel Rose Tourbillon (reviewed here).

 As you can see, Chanel Tumulte is the lightest of the group, a very soft color that I find more usable than Chanel Narcisse (which did not show up well on some medium to dark skin tones). Chanel Tumulte is less red than Chanel Rose Tourbillon, and lighter than both of the Pink Explosions. Chanel Tumulte is far less pigmented than the now-discontinued (but legendary) Chanel Turbulent.

In the interest of getting this pictures up quickly, I’ll have supplement with more information after I play with the blush more than I have so far.

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Mar 192012

Chanel is set to release four new blushes over the next few weeks. Two of these are new shades–Chanel Tumulte and Chanel Malice (reviewed here).  Two are reformulations of former shades, reformulated in the powder, U.S. versions–Pink Explosion and a very deep purple/mauve Chanel Plum Attraction. For a description of the differences between U.S. and non-U.S. Chanel Joues Contraste blushes, see this review.  Malice looks much peachier than the others in the picture, above. However, in my opinion Malice is not a true peach. Compared with true peach blushes, Malice has a touch of pink/red.

This review is a first look at Chanel Joues Contraste Malice (#71)($43/ Fard a Joues Poudre), a pretty pink-peach that has a touch of soft, subtle sparkle.

As with the other Chanel Joues Contraste blushes, Malice comes in the familiar black square compact with the tiny brown-bristled brush.

Malice is a pretty, soft peach with a touch of pink. Here is a comparison with Chanel Malice, Chanel Rose Petale, Chanel Tweed Corail, and Chanel In Love:

One more:

I literally put these pictures up as my first opportunity, based on reader feedback that sooner is better. I’ll play with this during this week, and am hoping to get some more pictures.  So far, so good!

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Nov 012011

 Chanel Les Tissages de Chanel Blush in Tweed Brun Rose ($45 / #70) is a finely-milled, complex blush with subtle shimmer.  The color is a mix of brown, rose, gold and peach.  Here is the pan as it arrives from Chanel, with a light dusting of gold overspray.  A quick sweep removes most of the gold shimmer.

The color virtually melts into the skin, the quality is really excellent.  I’ve worn this over Ko Gen Do Foundation, and thought that the effect was extremely natural.  Although pictured here on Liz wearing a light pink lipstick (Chanel Crystal, which is no longer made), Tweed Brun Rose will look lovely with red, beiges, peaches and nude lip colors as well.

 Chanel Tweed Brun Rose applies as a pink-peach-nude. It has more color than most other nude blushes, here pictured with Nars Madly, Nars Loveljoy, and Chanel Fandango.  Tweed Brun Rose is much more nude/bronze compared with last year’s Chanel Espiegle:

 I didn’t expect to like Chanel Tweed Brun Rose, but after playing with the color for several days it won me over completely. The color is tenacious–it doesn’t fade.  The texture is beautiful in that it does become part of the skin without looking powdery.  The texture is not as “glowy” as blushes from Chanel’s Joues Contraste collection, the overall impression is slightly more matte with a tiniest bit of shimmer.  The color is gorgeous–a beautiful, natural, year-round shade.

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Oct 172011

Chanel recently had an exhibition at Harrods London, which has been documented by British blogger Pixiwoo here. At the same time, Chanel released a mini-collection that included the Brompton Road Powder (£46/ Poudre Tissee, Brompton Road Highlighting Powder and Blush).  Miraculously, this item is still for sale on Harrods website and can be shipped to the U.S.

Like the Poudre Tissees in Beiges released with Les Aquarelles Collection late this summer, Brompton Road has a cleverly quilted top that gives the impression of Chanel tweed.  Brompton Road is topped with a sparkling glaze with silver glitter, which brushes away easily with a soft stroke.

The glazing is not as extreme as Les Aquarelles Beiges, but still you will notice a diamond effect when the compact is  first opened.  The powder is a combination of white highlighter in Chanel’s trademark “CC” shapes, and a soft medium pink that surrounds the logo.  Here is a comparison of the tones mixed (on the left), and the pink alone (on the right):

The white shade is pretty, but the band too narrow to negotiate a brush through the area for cheek application.  As you can see, the color is quite subtle.   If you use a very soft brush, it can be used as a finishing powder applied lightly all over the face.  If you use a stiff, dense brush then you will get a blush effect.  Below, Liz used this Chanel Contour brush, which is quite stiff:

There are also three Rouge Allure lipsticks released with this collection which are not on Harrods website, but are available at the store.  Above, Liz is wearing Chanel Rouge Allure in Belgravia, which was our favorite of the three.  We’ll be reviewing all three over the coming days.

Overall, Chanel Brompton Road is a soft pink shimmery powder with a subtle effect.  Some collectors will love the compact on its own, and those with pale skin tones will love the subtle pink color.  Those with darker skin tones may find that this color is not sufficiently strong to act as a blush, but will be more of a soft highlighting finishing powder.

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Jul 022011

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Rose Ecrin ($42 #68) is a medium rose-pink shade in this beautifully textured formula. Thankfully, this blush is in the soft powder U.S. formula, that has the familiar texture that seems to melt into the skin.

Rose Ecrin is a proper, “tea with the Queen” pink that always looks appropriate.  The blush seems to apply in a slightly deeper tone than it appears in the pan.  Despite the slight glow that you see in the picture above, Rose Ecrin applies as a near-matte on my skin.  It’s a very pretty, subtle blush that you will find yourself reaching for again and again, due to its versatility.

Another swatch:

As you can see, Rose Ecrin swatches neutral to very slightly warm.  For comparison, you can see that it is not as warm as the peachier In Love (reviewed here), nor as cool as Narcisse (limited edition and no longer available/ reviewed here).  Here is a picture of Liz wearing Rose Ecrin directly over foundation (no bronzer):


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Oct 172010

Chanel Holiday 2010 includes Les Tissages de Chanel in Tweed Fuchsia ($45/ Blush Duo Tweed Effect).   Consistent with the other Tweed Effect blushes in the line, Tweed Fuchsia has a pattern on top that resembles the fabric used the iconic Chanel suit.  An updated version of this fabric from Spring/Summer 2011 is below:

Chanel Tweed Fuchsia blush’s pattern echoes this fabric pattern, sprinkled with a gold overspray:

A close-up of the blush with the overspray:

Here is the blush after several brush swipes.  As you can see, the two-toned color underneath shows more clearly and the sparkle is far more sparse.  The slight gold sparkle that you see in the below picture appears to go all the way down the pan, as it’s still apparent on my Tweed Fuchia that  I’ve used at least five times:

Tweed Fucshia applies as a marvelous deep cool pink.  The look is very fresh, although not particularly multi-dimensional.  The gold seems to mostly brush away on application.  If you are looking for glow, add a separate highlighter over this blush; unlike Chanel’s Joues Contraste blushes, this blush does not have the glow built in.  The powder is extremely finely milled, delivering a gorgeous deep wash of color.  It reminds me of a good Shu Uemura blush–a beautiful wash of pigmented color that does not leave any “powdery” look.

From these comparisons, you can see that Tweed Fuchsia is brighter and cooler than the Fall 2010 Pink Explosion, although not as pink and bright as the former Turbulent.  Also, you can see that Tweed Fuchsia maintains a touch of sparkle, although these are easily brushed off when they appear on the cheek:

Here is Liz wearing Chanel Tweed Fuchsia blush over Chanel Lift Foundation in Ivoire topped with Caron finishing powder in Translucent.  She’s wearing Chanel Rouge Coco lipstick in Magnolia, Guerlain Le 2 Volume Mascara.  She’s also wearing Shiseido Hydro-Powder cream eyeshadow in Whitelights, and a touch of Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfecter in Opal on her upper lid, with the black Prestige Total Intensity liner.

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Jul 082010

Chanel’s Fall 2010 collection includes several clear pink and peach-toned colors to compliment the smoky eyeshadows and deeply colored blushes that are in this same release.  One of the ones that caught my eye is Pink Teaser Glossimer #142 ($27)(limited edition).  Pink Explosion is the most opaque gloss from this collection and has a similar medium pink feel as Pink Explosion blush.

Chanel Glossimers have a gel-like texture that has dimension and staying power without a sticky feel.  When someone asks me for a duplicate for a Chanel Glossimer, I cannot answer them.  If you own any, you already know that they have a depth and dimension that I have not found in less expensive glosses. Glossimers have no scent or smell.

Here, Liz is wearing Chanel Lift Lumiere foundation in Ivoire (Intensity 1.0) topped with Caron translucent powder, Maybelline Colossal mascara, Prestige Total Intensity liner in Deepest Black, along with Chanel Pink Explosion blush and Pink Teaser Glossimer.

This shows Pink Explosion blush, where Liz applied this lightly to the apples of the cheek to give a glow:

Both Pink Teaser and Pink Explosion are universal colors that can be worn year-round.  Both seemed fine to wear yesterday, even in July.  Of course, these colors will look beautiful in the Fall and Winter, when paired with the deeper smoky colors of those seasons.

Karlasugar has swatched the rest of Chanel’s Fall 2010 lip collection here.

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Mar 022010

The Winter Olympics are now over, and so too the blush marathon must end.  I feel as though I’ve spent a significant amount of time over the last few weeks on Chanel products, so it is time to add some variety.  Later on, there may be time to add some more Chanel Joues Contrastes from my drawer to the site.

So far, I’ve reviewed fifteen Chanel blushes in the Joues Contrastes format.

To organize the information here, here are the Chanel Joues Contrastes blushes reviewed on the site to date:

  • Enchanteresse is reviewed here.
  • Fandango is reviewed here.
  • Imprevu is reviewed here.
  • In Love is reviewed here.
  • Lumieres Magiques is reviewed here.
  • Luna is reviewed here.
  • Mocha is reviewed here.
  • Narcisse is reviewed here.
  • Nude is reviewed here.
  • Orchid Rose is reviewed here.
  • Reflex (non-U.S.) is reviewed here.
  • Rose Bronze is reviewed here.
  • Rose Petale is reviewed here.
  • Tempting Beige is reviewed here.
  • Turbulent is reviewed here.

Hopefully this will allow you to click to compare them.

One blush that I’m unlikely to ever add is Fresque, which was released for Fall 2009.  I’ve tried this several times at counters, attempting to get it to work but I still cannot understand the logic of that blush.  It’s either the peach equivalent of Narcisse, or a glowy highlighter.  Unfortunately, it nearly completely matches my natural skintone when applied.  Chanel’s sales associates (yes, more than one) have literally refused to sell it to me, as it simply is invisible on me when applied.  If you are fair and warm toned, now you know.

Which is  your favorite blush–of any brand or type?

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