Feb 192010
 

Chanel’s Joues Contraste in Tempting Beige (currently available, $42) is a highly pigmented nude.  It’s a beautiful neutral that has a hint of a pinky-peach-rose to add a touch of color.  The texture is pearly, with very faint sparkles that are almost indiscernible once applied.

The blush applies with far more pigment than Nude, yet not as deep/dark as Enchantresse.  Here are some swatches so that you can see the application under different lighting and application:

I like this shade when wearing a strong lip color or otherwise want a subtle look.  Tempting Beige has that wonderful, finely-milled Joues Contraste formula that looks very natural.  I’d try this first with a light hand, it can go on stronger than you might think from looking at the blush pan.

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Chanel Joues Contraste Marathon: Nude

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Feb 182010
 

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Nude ($42) was released during the middle of 2007.  In the pan, it appears to be a very soft nearly-matte beige.

On the cheek, the blush gives a very natural soft-beige-peach glow.  Those who have a touch of red in their cheeks find that the color neutralizes the skintone nicely.

The blush was extremely popular, and was discontinued last year.  Presently, it is extremely hard–if not impossible– to find.  I found that the blush was nearly invisible on me, and so I do not use this very frequently.

Chanel’s Joues Contrastes in Nude looked, to my eye, quite similar when applied to Chanel’s Irreelle Blush in Sable, which was released during 2006 as part of the Beiges collection in Asia.  Sable was only available for a few months and it sold out quickly.  Both deliver a very soft peachy-beige nearly-matte look.

If you want a Nude look and are unable to locate either Nude or Sable, I would explore Shu Uemura’s Amber line of blushes.  I’m particularly fond of Shu’s M Amber 85, which gives a slightly darker look by comparison.  

Bobbi Brown’s Sandstone is another nice alternative, however Sandstone is more pigmented and leans pink (rather than Nude’s peachy glow).

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Feb 182010
 

Lumières Magiques de Chanel ($50) is a combination blush/highlighter released on Spring 2006.  To be entirely technical, the product is not marked “Joues Contraste,” although the format clearly seems to be same:

The pan includes three colors:  a red, a pink-coral and a light pink highlighter.  It originally came packed with a direction card that suggested that one could place each of the three colors on different areas of the cheek.As a practical matter, each area of the pan is quite small.  Getting a brush into each of the small areas makes individualized application of the colors a little difficult.

Separate swatches of each shade

Typically, I swirl a blush brush over the entire pan to get a very natural, soft pink glow. Afterwards,  I pick up some of the highlight color for the upper cheek.

All colors swirled together

The highlighter color takes up a good one-third or more of the pan and has very little pigmentation.  As a result, the pigmentation of the blush overall is not as strong as others in this series.  No matter how much I apply, I cannot get a very strong pink.  It does, however, give a very luminous pretty look.  Lumières Magiques has a strong rose scent that fades about an hour after application.

I believe that this blush is no longer produced, however there seem to be a surprising number of online sources for it.  The baked texture and black brush suggest that this blush (which was purchased in the U.S.) was identical both inside and outside the U.S.

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Feb 162010
 

Over the next several days, I’m doing my own version of the Winter Olympics featuring Chanel.  This marathon includes posting pictures and swatches of my over-sized collection of Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blushes (Fard a Joues Poudre) ($42.00).

Just a portion...

Here are a number of things that you should know about the Joues Contraste blushes:

  • U.S. Joues Contraste blushes are made of pressed powder, and are remarkably soft and easy to work with.
  • Almost any blush or powder brush will do.  I’ve used them all, including the tiny one that is packaged with the product.
  • These last for years of heavy use, depending on their pigmentation.
  • The compacts are luxurious, with a good usable mirror.  However, they can be a bit bulky for traveling.  Because I love them, I do bring at least one.  No major tragedies yet, except for a broken clasp.

I purchased my first round Chanel blush in the mid-1980’s.  As far as I can recall, it had a different texture than the pressed powder Joues Contraste blushes sold today –it was somewhat harder texture.  The color was a popsicle red, and I miss it.

Are you ready?  Let the marathon begin….

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