Jul 112011
 

Chanel Joues Contraste in Rose Tourbillon ($43 at Nordstrom Anniversary 2011/ # 67) is a candy pink confection of a blush.  If you love fresh pinks, it is very difficult to resist.  This is a fantastic color, has a refined texture, and there is a beautiful glowing and natural quality when applied.

This cool pink is a gorgeous color when worn.  Although there are some sparkles in the pan, the look when applied is very natural and glowy.  That famous Joues Contraste texture works the magic with this amazingly versatile color.  As with any color this strong, you will want to focus the color on a portion of the cheek.  If you place in the upper cheek, the contour, or brush it back near the hairline, you will get a pretty, flushed and lovely glow.

Some comparisons–here, you can see it is cooler than the limited edition Chanel Joues Contraste Pink Explosion (reviewed here, no longer available).  However, Rose Tourbillon is more pigmented than Pink Explosion–that is, this swatch has several layers of Pink Explosion built up compared to 1-2 layers of Rose Tourbillon.   Next is Chanel Joues Contraste Turbulent (reviewed here, no longer available).  At the end, I swatched Chanel Joues Contraste in Rose Petale (reviewed here) so you would have a comparison to a warmer, peachy-pink blush.

 

Liz did a look using Rose Turbulent applied lightly over foundation (no bronzer).

Here, Liz is wearing the Chanel Topkaki eyeshadow palette (reviewed here) and Chanel Rouge Allure lipstick in Joyeuse (reviewed here.  We’ll do a more detailed post breaking down her application after we finish Le Blanc de Chanel.

 

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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 062011
 

The Byzance de Chanel Collection evokes a golden time with Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Or (meaning “gold”) ($43 #144.337).  This baked powder blush provides a slight yellow-gold finish.  As a soft highlighter, Or is the warm twin sister of Joues Contaste Luna (reviewed here).  Although called blushes, these act as shimmery powders that add a slight glow and only very soft color.

In Fall 2008, Chanel released another baked gold blush, the Facettes D’Or Highlighter in Gold Fever.  I pulled my Gold Fever out to compare:

I found that the colors are similar enough that I was unable to tell any difference once swatched on the skin.

Another:

According to sources, Peter Philips paired Chanel Joues Contraste Or with Chanel Joues Contraste Mocha (reviewed here) on for the Pre-Fall Byzantine runway show.  Paired with the deeper neutral pink-brown, one can see how such a blush could be used creatively to add a subtle but unusual twist to a makeup look.

I must admit the subtle cheek on this image is beautiful. The color picks up the gold on the model’s eyes, which is the gold shade from the Chanel Topkapi Eyeshadow Quad (reviewed here).

Bottom line:  Chanel Joues Contraste Or fits well within this unusual Byzance de Chanel collection for the niche buyer.  You might check your drawer to see whether you already own Chanel Facettes D’Or / Gold Fever or a similar gold powder blush before investing.

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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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Jun 302010
 

Chanel Plum Attraction #63 Joues Contraste Powder Blush ($42) is a deep, dark red-plum blush that looks quite dramatic.  When I opened this compact, all I could think was “This is so 1980′s.  How can I make this modern?” Chanel has a way of challenging my makeup routine, and that is why I love the line.  The products are so beautiful and intriguing that I cannot help but try to figure them out.  Makeup is fashion;  fashion is supposed to push new visions.  I vowed to give Plum Attraction a try.

Still, I’m not going out with massive color on my cheeks.  I’m quite pale and have warm undertones, with hints of mauve in my lip coloring.  I think this mix allows me to wear both warm and cool colors.  Yet Plum Attraction is such a deep dark shade; care is needed on lighter skin tones.

First, I covered my face completely in foundation to get a flawless canvas.  I rejected the thought of applying this blush as I would any other Chanel Joues Contraste blush, which is primarily from the apple of the cheek to the hairline.  That would overwhelm. I tried applying the blush very gingerly to the center of the cheeks only, using a MAC 187 very lightly.  This was not successful for me–it had a “just in from the cold” look but the strong color drew attention to my cheeks.  Who wants to emphasize their cheeks?  No good.

Second, I looked at Chanel’s promotion picture for Fall 2010.  Notice how she has a very open front cheek–there is very little blush applied to the center of the face:

Notice also that the blush is applied with a very soft edge to avoid the “1980′s blush streak” that would date the look (and probably add a few years to her in the process).  Using this as a guide, I found this blush looked best on me when applied the blush very far back on the cheek, much closer to the hairline.  With my duo fiber brush, I was able to obtain a very soft application that could be built up slightly so I could carefully control the color.  No hard edges at all.  As you can see on the model, this gives a slight contouring effect and draws attention to the eye. This works best for me, at least based on these first few days of experiments.

A few words about this blush:

  • This strong color worked well on a flawless face.  If you have any red areas on the skin, you would do well to conceal them first.
  • The pigmentation level is very high and needs a light hand.  I’m using this with a MAC 187 duo-fibre /skunk brush to help me control application.
  • The powder is very, very soft.  Any brush stroke brings huge fallout in the compact.  I found that the powder adhered well to my brush, so fallout during application was not a problem.
  • There are shimmer bits in the pan.  The blush applies somewhere between a matte and a very slight glow. I didn’t notice any shimmer bits on my cheek after application, but it is likely to happen.  If this troubles you, you can try blowing on your brush before applying to knock them off, or brush them off if they make their way onto your cheek.

You can see that the blush can be applied very lightly on the right, yet still show color:

This swatch shows how heavily this blush applies with a standard blush brush.  If you look closely, you’ll see a few shimmer bits peeking through:

Bottom line:  A great blush for Fall, but not for everyone.  Plum Attraction can be a challenge, and can deliver dramatic results.  I do occasionally enjoy wearing strong colors and so find this blush works for me.  If you buy the blush, I propose that you do a practice run the first time to find a look that suits you.

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