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I wasn't ever one to wear blush until I was around 15 or 16 years old, until then, I was very much a bronzer only kind of girl. You can only imagine how that must've looked! over the past few years I've gone through different phases with blushes, always sticking to higher quality brands to ensure they don't bother my sensitive skin. I've gone from MAC to Benefit to Nars and for the past year and a bit, have continuously been using Chanel Joues Contraste as my only blush. As mentioned in previous reviews, I tend to keep my makeup quite simple and then change it up with a bright lip colour, so I only have a couple of these blushes, but after having used them for so long, I felt it was worth reviewing.
Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush is the simple range of blushes by Chanel. The other two blushes both have multiple shades of blush in one pan and usually include a lot of shimmer too. Joues Contraste is available in 10 shades, however the colour range isn't particularly impressive. This is fine for me as I found my perfect colours and don't stray from them, but for anyone who wants a brighter, more red colour, it'll be impossible to currently find in this range in the UK(April 2012). There have been reds in the range in the past and I believe there is a red available in the states too.
The colour range varies from very nude colours, to pale pinks to a bright orange-coral. I own Espiegle (65) and Plum Attraction (63). I'll talk more about these later.
The blush compact comes in a classic shiny black box with a gold stripe along the bottom and white writing. Chanel packaging is always very simple and elegant looking, so there are no designs or anything, just font explaining the product name and colour in both English and French. I'm also told that the net weight is 4g, although I would prefer to know how many grams of that is actually the product.
The back of the box displays the ingredients and an image stating that you should use the blush within 18 months of opening. This is simply because makeup can in face "go off" and any longer than 18 months would start to harbour dangerous bacteria that you certainly wouldn't want to dust across your face!
The compact itself is very similar to the box, black, shiny and elegant. There is a white circle in the centre with the Chanel logo inside. You simply press the small button to release the catch and then lift the lid to reveal the product.
When you open the lid you'll find that not only is there a blush in there, but a small makeup brush and a mirror. Bonus points for the mirror, but booby points for the brush! I hate when makeup companies include tiny makeup brushes in their compacts, they are rarely useful and just take up space that could either be used for more product or just cut down on.
The blush itself is in a circular pan in the compact, maybe 1.5 inches in diameter. Instead of being flat across the pan, the product is in a dome shape which gives the impression that this is a baked blush (much better for the skin) rather than a pressed blush. I cannot however, find any information backing this up, so I may be wrong.
Espiegle (65) is a peach-pink colour with a very subtle champagne shimmer. Upon first swatching this blush I found that it isn't quite as bright on the skin as it is in the pan which is always a good thing in my opinion! I absolutely detest seeing girls (or men, I don't discriminate!) walking around with lines of bright pink streaked down their cheeks. The shimmer is even more subtle on the face than on the finger swatch and actually cuts down the need for a highlight during the day. I have very pale skin and this shade gives a pretty pink glow without being noticeable that I'm actually wearing product. It looks very natural and applies evenly when using my MAC 116 brush. I've never tried the brush included, so I won't comment on it. It only about half an inch wide so I don't think would cover my hamster cheeks very quickly!
Although being a subtle shade, it is highly pigmented and you only need to tap the brush onto the product before dusting it over your cheeks. You can build the colour if it's too subtle for you, but I find it is perfect for my pale skin. I do build it a little bit when I'm more tanned for a night out. I've never noticed any uneven fading during the day, nor have I had any skin irritations or chalkiness since using this product.
I'd recommend this shade for pale-mid tone skin colours as a blush or as a highlight on darker skin tones.
I've had this compact for roughly 13 months now, used it maybe 6 days a week, sometimes twice a day if I get ready twice and haven't even hit pan yet. It seems a shame that I'll have to dispose of so much product in a few months, but I'm fussy about bacteria, so I'm quite happy to do so.
Plum Attraction (63) is a dark plum with gold shimmer. This is mainly for evening wear and fancier events when I do wear it. It's definitely not an everyday blush for me. Again, this is much more subtle on the skin than in the pan and gives the cheeks a beautiful rosy flush without looking unnatural. The subtlety of it makes it suitable for all skin tones, but as I mentioned before, it's one for night time for paler people.
This shade is incredibly pigmented and again, I only need to tap my brush into the product, tap the excess off and then lightly brush it over my cheeks to get the desired look. This looked absolutely gorgeous with a very light tan, dark hair, neutral eyes and a dark matte red lipstick.
This is another buildable colour, but I'm not sure the colour would be very flattering on anyone if you built it up. I did notice that there was some slight fading of this throughout the evening when I wore it to a recent event without a primer, although I was there for 9 hours, so an even fading isn't too bad! Again, no chalkiness or irritation.
I've had this shade for a few months now and only used 10-15 times, so it barely looks like it's been touched.
Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blushes are very easy to remove with a good cleanser or makeup remover. They leave no staining or pigment on the skin like some lower end blushes do due to the cheap colourings used.
There is a slight floral fragrance, not unlike any of the other Chanel powder products but this shouldn't irritate sensitive skin - or at least it hasn't irritated mine.
You can purchase this blush for £31 from Boots and any other department store stocking Chanel products. It seems like a steep price to pay, but when one compact lasts you so long, gives such strong pigmentation with an even coverage and little fading, it's completely worth it in my eyes. Especially being someone who sticks to the same blush day in day out.
I fully recommend trying the Chanel blush range if you do want to treat yourself, I see it as a great investment really, £31 every 18 months isn't really anything to complain about!
I'm going to give this product 4 dooyoo stars as the inclusion of the brush and the lack of reds in the range is quite disappointing, but not enough to deduct one full star each. I'm sure some people find the brush very handy!
Thanks for reading! All reads and rates are currently going to my trip to NYC, so it's fully appreciated.
I actually bought this whilst on holiday in Australia, though I do know they sell this in the UK. I had a make up assistant take the time to find me the right colouring.
I have always had a little trouble with finding a decent blusher, as I am quite tanned with a yellow undertone, so I didn't want anything to clash or look ridiculously orange. I did not want anything particularly heavy, and I think this product definitely fits that. I can lightly brush it on and it gives quite a natural warm glow affect. Luckily it isn't too shimmery or glittery so you won't look like a disco ball, however if you feel the need to build up colour you can. I find that it also stays put and lasts all day, whereas other blushers tend to fade (as I'm constantly touching my face accidentally - if I'm working and I'm leaning my face in my hands...sounds strange but we've all been there when we are completely bored stiff staring at a computer). It even smells quite nice.
I also quite like the fact that I've had the same one for a year, and I've used it every day, and it looks like I haven't used it, so I can see it lasting a really long time. I definitely think its worth the money.
The mirror in the compact case is quite useful for when you need to touch up when out, and the brush supplied is ok... But I would recommend buying your own brush for it as sometimes it picks up too much blush and then clumps on your face when you try and apply it. I use quite a soft large blusher brush to apply and it turns out looking quite natural. I bought mine in "59 Imprevu".
Chanel does not come cheap and usually tend to buy high street brands of make up thinking that blusher was blusher no matter how it was packaged. However, I was very wrong to believe this and on trying this product for the first time I was instantly hooked. On a trip to Leeds last summer I swung by my favourite department store and stopped by at the Chanel counter. I was accosted by a pleasant make up consultant from Chanel who showed me a whole new world of blushers. "Chanel; a luxury brand that sells itself." The attendant told me as she swept the colour across my cheeks. It amused me how confident in the blusher she was, but she was right to be, it felt great on, I loved the look of it and the feel. I bought the product and was impressed with getting a few samples thrown in. I paid £30.00 for 4 grams. This is very expensive compared with Lancôme or Dior for example, where you get around 6 or 7 grams.
The blusher itself is set in a heavy black case. The box has the signature CC on the case in white and has a little mirror on the inside. The box comes in a little velvet pouch again with the Chanel logo but this attracts so much dust. However it does protect the box when I throw it in my handbag on a night out. The blusher also comes with a little application brush. You can get away with using this to apply it but I'd recommend you use a bigger brush to get the most out of the product. The blusher is dome shaped which gets more of the colour on your brush without loads of (expensive) blusher dust flying everywhere! I simply stroke the brush softly over the colour and then apply.
The blusher has a very sophisticated and quite distinctive scent. If you struggle with scented products I would recommend you try this one first, however I love the smell and I get excited every time I apply it.
I like hot pink blushers and so use Rose tourbillion. It lasts fantastic on my skin and always has the same great matte look as when first applied, even in the heat of summer. I hardly ever have to touch it up. The range is sparkly but not glittery, adding highlights in the right places on the cheekbones.
I am completely convinced by this product and it seems to be lasting a long time. It is definitely worth the money.
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This has to have been my best purchase that I have every made! That is not a lie. In July 2010, I went on a spree for my birthday with around £400 and I thought, right I am really going to treat myself because it is not often I spend much money when I am on mission save! I went into Selfridges and saw the Chanel section and I spent £30.00 on this gorgeous blusher that I was recommended by the very useful staff that work there.
This comes in a small compact with a small brush with the Chanel logo engraved onto it and also the blusher has a plastic lid over it which gives it great protection. But, most of all I love the white Chanel logo on the front as it looks very posh! When you apply it to your cheeks it is best t have clear skin I think because this gives such a radiant touch it looks so smooth and silky. It is very easy to apply and very subtle too.
This set me back £30.00 6months ago and it is still going great I have loads left I think it is going to be one of those compacts that lasts for months but I am glad because it cost such a high price. But, this can be justified because the quality is brilliant and I use it every day. When I do apply it, I clean around to make sure that nothing gets clogged up. This way it stays clean.
I have this in number 15 Orchid Rose which really suits my skin colour, but if you go to the Chanel section they will test them all on your skin and see which one suits you more. I know about 4 shades of this blush but sorry, I don't know if there is any more.
Now I know that there are big divisions with people when it comes to designer brands and make up. Some people feel it is worth the money because it is far better quality and others feel it is the same product, but with fancy packaging and a high price tag.
I have to say that untill recently I was one of the people that just thought it was over priced and that you were just paying for the name.
A few months ago I was on holiday with a friend and had forgotten my blusher. I usually use a fairly cheap blusher because I am quite pale and dont always use a blusher. If I do use one, I don't use much at all as I would just look like a clown.
We were going out to a bar and my friend offered me to lend some of hers. When she showed me it I was very greatful but couldnt believe how pink it was. I thought I'd be polite and just put a tiny bit on and wipe it off later it was really bad.
It was of course a chanel blusher and in the packaging they can look incredibly bright or dark, but when you apply them, they are much lighter and far more natural than you would ever think they could be.
I applied it and was really shocked at how good it looked. I have never been that good at applying blusher and yet even I had managed to get it to look good.
Since then I have only ever used a Chanel blusher and I think they are great and really worth the extra money. The podwer does not cake or sit on the skin. If I have ever worn it for extended period of time it doesn't disappear and I only need to reapply it if I really want to.
Since trying their blusher I have tried some other products in the range and have to say that I am yet to find a product that I don't like. I feel the extra money is well spent and always worth it.
When it comes to blush, I don't typically think that expensive means better, in terms of both quality or colours. My blush collection ranges from Rimmel and Revlon to MAC and Dior, but one of my favourites has got to be Chanel's "Joues Contraste" for many reasons :-)
Currently available in thirteen shades ranging from pale, shimmery pinks (#44 Narcisse) to bright, yet wearable corals (#57 Fandango), the "Joues Contrastes" promise a touch of colour and radiance. The effects gained from these blushes range from 'very natural to very sophisticated.' When used as for a simple flush of colour across the cheeks the results are a healthy glow, but if used in a more professional manner then you can achieve a sculpted, contoured finish.
Manufactured by a process Chanel themselves claim is exclusive and revolutionary the silky and smooth texture gives easy application and promises to blend like a dream.
It is packaged in a small, stylist dark compact with a mirror on the inside of the flip top lid and a small, natural bristled brush is included alongside for ease of application on the go. This is all included in a nice little velvet pouch.
These products retail at £25.45 for 4g, which seems a little excessive but actually does last me a long time, even if used daily as a little goes a long way.
I rarely use the brush included as I find a larger, fluffier brush works better for my cheeks. They apply smoothly and evenly on the face and give a lovely healthy glow that looks almost candlelit :-)
They are highly pigmented and I find that last very well on me throughout the day, especially if I dust lightly with an invisible set powder afterwards. One light tap onto the pan is enough for an entire cheek in my opinion so you can see why a compact lasts so long!
They have quite a strong scent however - rose - which I would not normally choose as I am not a huge fan of those floral, powdery type scents but it dissapears soon after applying and I've also noticed that the deeper you get into the product the less scent there seems to be anyway. This isn't a huge problem though and it definately wouldn't put me off from buying.
I now have three of these;
"Tempting Beige" - This shade gives me a natural peachy-nude colour with very slight shimmer. I love contouring with this one for a professional, elegent finish. Definately my favourite!
"Narcisse" - A gorgeous, soft cool toned pink with some silver shimmer shot through it. This gives a playful, innocent glow to the cheeks - even if you're not innocent in the slightest!
"Candy" - A definate peach shade but with some pale pink tones in there too. This is one is probably the brightest of them all, but still works with my pale skin. No orange in sight, which is definately something I look for / need when it comes to peach blushes.
Although I only have the above three, I can assure you that they are all beautiful and very easy to wear! I have tried almost all of them on on one occasion or another but I find it hard to look past the price tag sometimes when I know I could find a cheaper alternative elsewhere.
But when I do bite the bullet and purchase one I am never let down by them so I definately recommend them!