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Chanel Joues Contraste Blush Marathon: Fandango

February 22, 2010

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

February 19, 2010

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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Chanel Blush Marathon: Chanel Turbulent Joues Contraste Blush

February 19, 2010

If blushes were actually part of the Winter Olympics, Chanel Joues Contraste blush in Turbulent would be the opening quadruple axel skating jump.  You think its impossible– it cannot be done!  Yet Turbulent defies limitations, landing beautifully, elegantly and perfectly capturing the gold.

Originally released in Fall 2006, this blush represents the best of a makeup line at least to me.  Although Chanel has a number of beautiful classics, there are occasionally little edgy beauties that somehow work even at the office.

We need at least one standout item, just to set us apart.

This is an extremely pigmented blush.  I usually tap the brush onto the powder, then swirl the brush onto the mirror in the compact to shake off the excess.  You could also use this with a duo-fiber/skunk brush.

The first swatch is very heavy (heavier than I’d recommend) to show the cool pink color:

Here are some lighter swatches (both are Turbulent) to show the pearly texture and glow:

Is this the most pigmented blush that Chanel has ever produced?  I’m not sure.

However, I did find this decades-old Chanel makeup ad from the 1980’s, which I features an even more dramatic color.  Too bad this one isn’t available to compare to Turbulent….

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Chanel Blush Marathon: Tempting Beige Joues Contraste

February 19, 2010

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

February 18, 2010

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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