Chanel Les Aquarelles Collection includes Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Pink Cloud ($43/ #66) is a soft, shimmery light pink blush. Pink Cloud is made in the baked formula that is traditional of Chanel blushes sold outside the U.S. It runs slightly warm, and is one of the tonally lightest blushes that Chanel has produced in the past decade or so. By comparison, Chanel Joues Contraste in Narcisse is quite cool, less shimmery and more pigmented (I’ll try to do a comparison tomorrow).
The other light, softly pigmented blush that Chanel has recently produced is Chanel Joues Contraste in Winter Shimmer. As you can see, Winter Shimmer is cooler in tone, and is the traditional U.S. powder formulation:
Here are some comparisons with Pink Cloud, Winter Shimmer. I also threw in Chanel Joues Contraste in Rose Petale as a contrast. Indoors with flash:
Same blushes, outdoors with flash:
Quite possibly, Pink Cloud is one of the most subtle blushes that I own. My facial skin tone is MAC NC15/Chanel Cameo-Ivoire. Some with pale skin tones will find it gives a perfect, subtle shell glow. Those with deeper skin tones may wish to consider Pink Cloud as a soft highlighter. If you have red or ruddy tones in the cheeks, you will wish to use a foundation with sufficient coverage before applying Pink Cloud.
Here is a swatch with Chanel Pink Cloud, Chanel Joues Contraste in Narcisse and Chanel Joues Contraste in Nude:
Chanel Pink Cloud has a shimmery texture, which when applied to face is quite wearable. Chanel Pink Cloud is an unusual blush in its very light tone, and I’m glad to have it in my stash. When applied to flawlessly applied foundation (or your natural skin, if it is flawless), it gives an incomparably subtle and natural look.
I honestly tried to capture the feel of Pink Cloud in these swatches–if you find that the effect is too quiet, keep looking. However, if you are searching for something that is noticeable, but just barely there, you have found a treasure.