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.