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.
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:
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.