Oct 162013
 

Chanel Accent Blush03

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:

Chanel Accent Blush applied 2b

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

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Dec 262012
 

Chanel Frivole12a

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).

Chanel Frivole Comparisons1

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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Dec 192012
 

Chanel Ultra Rose4c

Recently, there was a quiet overseas release of Chanel Ultra Rose Blush (#74), which I discovered from reading Reika’s review at Front Row Beauty.  To be honest, I don’t know much about the release beyond Reika’s post–that Ultra Rose appears to be a permanent non-U.S. addition to the line.

Despite Chanel Ultra Rose’s vibrant look in the pan, I found that it applied well with a standard blush brush. It’s a vibrant shimmery cool pink with a fair amount of blue undertone.

Chanel Ultra Rose reminded me of the former Chanel Turbulent, a limited edition U.S. release from several years ago. I pulled out my well-stored backup of Turbulent to compare. along with a few other cool vibrant pinks from my collection. These include Tom Ford Narcissist, and three MAC Pro ShadesFull Fuchsia, Azalea, and Rhubarb. Swatches:

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As you can see, Chanel Ultra Rose applies more satiny and deeper compared to Chanel Turbulent. The Tom Ford and MAC Pro shades are more deeper and vibrant. Tom Ford Narcissist, MAC Full Fuchsia, MAC Azalea, and MAC Rhubarb must all be applied with a duo-fibre brush on my fair NC15/20 skin tone–these are all very pigmented compared to Chanel Ultra Rose.

Overall, I’m pleased to add Chanel Ultra Rose to my collection. Unfortunately, I do not know if this will be added to the U.S. line. I purchased mine at Izzy’s for $65.

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Jul 102011
 

Le Blanc de Chanel was released this spring as an exclusive collection available exclusively in Asia.  As originally released, the group included foundations, skincare, and makeup.  Rouge Deluxe has a lovely overview of the entire line as originally released at this link.  This year, the Nordstrom Anniversary sale brings the collection to the U.S.  Nordstrom card holders can buy the collection now, and everyone else will have access on July 15th.

Here is an overview of the items available through the sale:

  • Poudre Lumière Perlée Pearl Glow Powder Highlighting powder $60
  • Rose Envolée Quadra Eye Shadow Palette $57
  • Joues Contraste Blush in Rose Tourbillon Blush $43
  • Rouge Allure Lipstick in Désinvolte and Joyeuse ($32 each)
  • Glossimer Lip Gloss in Blossom and Liason ($28.50 each)

I’ll be posting reviews of the items to help you put your shopping list together.

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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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Jul 052010
 

Chanel’s Les Contrastes collection includes Pink Explosion #64 Joues Contraste Blush ($42) (Fard a Joues Poudre Powder Blush).  I knew that I would love Pink Explosion before I ever saw it, when I called Bergdorf’s counter in New York City and they had sold out.

Let’s review here.  First, it’s Chanel.  Second, it’s called “Pink Explosion.”  Third, Bergdorf’s sold out in one week.  The evidence was piling up pretty fast.

Yes, I know that this blush is not the same as the U.S.-textured Joues Contrastes of the past.  Yes, I can see that there are tiny glitter bits in the pan.  And Chanel has released two incredible cool pinks already- Narcisse and Turbulent.  Bobbi Brown makes fabulous pinks.  And don’t get me started on Shu Uemura’s Glow-ons.  That’s tough competition.

Chanel Pink Explosion

Pink Explosion is medium deep cool pink.  Pink Explosion is between Narcisse (light, less pigmented) and Turbulent (deeper, more pigmented). And I have been hoping for a blush like Pink Explosion for a long, long time.

I happen to love cool pinks.  My skin tone is light (NC15/Cameo) and warm.  When I wear foundation, a cool pink stands out from my warmer skin tone.  It brings out the blue in my eyes.  When I wear bronzer, it gives some needed coolness to the warmth of the bronzer.  It keeps me from looking too warm.

Your coloring and preferences may vary from mine, but personally, I love Pink Explosion.  I find it gives me a very fresh, glowing look that is noticeable but not overwhelming.  I applied this with a MAC blush brush and was very pleased with the results.  I can see using this one up.

Swatch applied with a blush brush:

Heavy swatch:

If you are considering investing in Pink Explosion, you may already know that not all bloggers are in agreement about Pink Explosion.  For example, Sabrina at The Beauty Look Book, who I respect, gave Pink Explosion a less than satisfactory review.   For me, Narcisse was too light and Turbulent too pigmented (and therefore difficult to work with).  I find Pink Explosion a stunning pink that is very easy to use, looks very polished, but has a little fashionable kick that I really love.

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Chanel Blush Marathon: Joues Contraste Rose Petale

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Feb 252010
 

Chanel Joues Contraste in Rose Petale (currently available, $42) is a sophisticated pink.  The color seems to be appropriate for both young and old, providing a pretty skin-brightening fresh tone.

This has a subtle rosy glow that always looks appropriate.  It is neither dramatic nor extreme, and yet I can’t think of anything else that quite duplicates this color.  As with other Joues Contraste blushes, the finely milled powder invites layering for more dense color application.

This has a very “lunch at the Ritz” or “tea with the Queen” feel to it– that is, I can be comfortable wearing these on even the most proper occasion and feel perfect.

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Feb 232010
 

Chanel Joues Contraste in Mocha (currently available, $42), is a recent addition to my makeup collection.  Here’s my question:  Why did I wait so long to buy this?  It’s beautiful!

Mocha applies as a mauve-rose with a touch of brown, and has a very glowy, shimmery appearance.  When applied lightly, it applies as a dusty rose-mauve.  Applied more heavily, the brown tones start to show.  Bobbi Brown Bahama Brown Shimmering Blush ($22) behaves similarly, and is in the same color family.

Here are some swatches of Chanel Mocha, side-by-side using different brushes:

So far, we’ve seen several brownish-toned blushes from Chanel.  How are they different?  Here’s my take, doing the best that I can to describe how I see them:

  • Mocha is a highly-pigmented, high-shimmer red-mauve-brown.   Lightly applied, the blush looks red-mauve with a hint of brown.  More heavy application brings out the brown tones.
  • Nude is a softly-pigmented very light tan that is nearly matte in texture
  • Fandango is shimmery and pigmented.  Fandango’s undertones are more yellow-based, leaning more peach but with a hint of rose.  It does not have any mauve tones.
  • Enchantresse is a shimmery warm bronzy-brown that has a tiny hint of red.  It gives a bit of of a sun-tanned effect.  Like Mocha, it’s highly pigmented and shimmery. It’s more bronze than Mocha.
  • Imprevu is a shimmery bronzy-peach.
  • Tempting Beige has a peachy-brown tone with a faint hint of rose.  It is less shimmery than Mocha, Enchantress and Imprevu.  It gives a softer, simpler color wash–it does not have the complexity or depth of those three.

Of course, these do look different on different skin tones.  Playing with the testers at a counter is always a good idea before investing.

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Chanel Joues Contraste Blush Marathon: Fandango

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Feb 222010
 

Chanel’s Joues Contraste in Fandango (currently available, $42) is a lovely deep red-brown that seems to work on a variety of skin tones.

I knew when I saw Fandango for the first time that I would use one up.  I’m so happy that this is a part of the current line, it’s a universally flattering blush that can be used to add a touch of sun.  This gives an absolutely beautiful shimmery bronze-rose glow.

The shimmer is not over-the-top, there is no glitter but rather a natural deep flush.  This seems to apply well with a standard powder or blush brush.  No special handling required, worth every penny to me.

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Chanel Blush Marathon: In Love

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Feb 192010
 

Chanel’s Joues Contraste blush in In Love (currently available, $42), is a softly pigmented peach-toned blush with a touch of pink and gold.

This blush gives a soft glowy look.  The effect is subtle.  If you are looking for pronounced color this is not your blush.  Perhaps Nars Orgasm or Bobbi Brown Calypso Coral is the better route. I typically use In Love over a bronzer to add a bit of fresh color.

Chanel has released another blush under the same name, “In Love,” in their now-discontinued Irreelle series with the quilt-impression surface and rectangular pan.  As you can see, the Irreelle version is much more pink than the Joues Contraste version.

The Irreelle version has more pigmentation than the Joues Contraste version.  Here is a comparison of the two:

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