Oct 21, 2011

Chanel Joues Contraste Rouge Powder Blush


Chanel Joues Contraste Rouge Powder Blush - bestselling, ultra-wearable powder blush highlights cheeks with a subtle new shade of red, accentuated with traces of gold and pearlized shimmer. Limited Edition.


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The limited edition shade of Chanel Joues Contraste blush - Rouge - was released a while back as part of the Byzance collection from Chanel. A very limited release, I could only find this online - a first for me, buying without swatching.

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The Chanel Joues Contraste Rouge Powder Blush comes packaged in the usual velvet pouch, and a small brush is provided with it.  There are some subtle differences in the packaging of this product, though, when compared to other Joues Contraste blushes.  It's almost as if the colour is so exclusive it has to be hidden in every possible way - I know it sounds a little too dramatic, but I couldn't think of any logical explanation :P :P  The back of the package does not show the colour - just a white dot - and the protective plastic covering the blush inside is black and definitely not see-through.

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Once I got past all these oddities, though, I definitely did discover a treasure.  The Chanel Joues Contraste Rouge Powder Blush is is the most pigmented Chanel blush I have seen - a deep dark reddish pink with very elegant pearlized shimmer woven throughout.  I use the word "shimmer" only because I don't know the proper word for it - on the skin, it just provides a sheen, like a very fine highlighter, and I can barely ever see the shimmer particles.  This, of course, is a common feature with all JCs.

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chanel byzance fall 2011 collection joues contraste blush powder rouge reviews ingredients fotd makeup looks swatches

I am darker skinned, and even on me, the colour is best used sparingly.  A light application gives the flushed look that I would normally get when I go out in the winters.  Perhaps because this is so pigmented, and I am not very great at blending/makeup to start with, I found this blush bit difficult to get right.  I apply the blush very sparingly with the brush provided and use a clean brush to blend this in.  I find this method gives me the most natural (and nonclowny) application, especially since I don't have the perfect skin that is almost essential to carry off reds.  This is how the Chanel Joues Contrate Rouge Powder Blush looks on me:

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Additional products used:  Chanel Perfection Lumiere foundation
Chanel soft touch eyeshadow - Vert Khaki
Rouge Allure Extrait De Gloss - Emoi
Despite the fact that it is a little difficult to work with, especially for a not-so-perfect makeup newbie like me, I really do like this blush a lot.  This will last me a lifetime, and hopefully, my skin and skills would improve with time :D :D

Chanel Joues Contraste Rouge Powder Blush (available here) - Cost:  $43.00.  Also part of the Byzance collection is the golden highlighter blush - Joues Contraste Or (limited edition).

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23 comments:

  1. You know what I've been drooooling over this blush since the time I saw it in the collection and this does loooooooooks sooo amazinggggg...you are lucky to get your hands on it there..otherwise this was not planned to be released in India! :P

    And you looking sooooo gorgeousssssssss...... <3 <3

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  2. Wow...! that is one pretty blush..!! chanel..... *sigh....*
    I have been forever scouting for a blush that gives that healthy glow to my tan skin..!! Usually most "healthy flush" shades are too light for me.!

    And you are looking very star-esque in that shot! really great photo rads! :) :)

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  3. Cali - It hasn't been released in stores here, either. It's only available at Chanel online - at least as far as I know! :D :D

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  4. It's pretty! What lippie are you wearing?

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  5. It's a lip gloss, Shai - Emoi. You can click on the link given under the pic to see.

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  6. such a fab shade rads..n u looking nicee..

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  7. It's almost as if the colour is so exclusive it has to be hidden in every possible way : - flaunntterrr-- spank... i reminds ,e of the tomato blush. i still use it.. :D i like how you have applied it. i like it this way on myself too. :D the brush is beteer now na...

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  8. No really..I don't get why they have to do all this :| I like the transparent plastic only..this black looks kind of odd na. This brush is definitely better. Actually, only that first blush I bought has that rotten scratchy brush..all the others have this normal brush only :D

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  9. yeah the transy one is actually more comforting to eyes.. if that makes any sense. ;P

    i have one.. the name i forgot. :} it has the transy cover only. guess it's either for the limited edition or the new ones in the range. :|

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  10. Is only for this one, Rati. They came out with those molten-metal looking highlighter also as a part of this Byzance collection na..superexclusive expensive kinds.

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  11. Oi Rads I was waiting for your review on Channel blush xD Because I have a request to make...I was reading on Beauty Cop that Channel and Bourjois get their material from same distributors and factories and in some cases the formula is exactly the same as well, which is more evident on the blush i would say...As you understand very much of channel I would request you if you could have a look on B blushes and check if the info proceed, of course might not be dupes of the color but if they are same quality? Pls Pls pretty please? :D

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  12. From what I know, Deb, the two brands are owned by the same parent company. Does that make the products exact dupes - no I don't think so. I haven't tried Bourjois blushes to comment on those, but I have read they make some very good products. I don't believe they would be the same quality as their pricier cousins, but probably pretty much above the usual drugstore quality. Again, I haven't tried them personally, so I can't tell for sure, and I haven't seen them here.

    L'Oreal, Bobbi Brown, MAC, Tom Ford, and EL are all owned by the same company, but I don't think a L'Oreal lipstick would be the same as a Tom Ford lipstick :)

    And that brings us to the end of my long and very vague inconclusive answer...:thank you: :thank you:

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  13. This one is so very gorgeous. It does give you a lovely, glowy flush :D

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  14. Hi Larie :) It does give a lovely flush when I get the application right :D

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  15. Hehhee, Deb...what I meant was you will have to try it for yourself to know. I have read good reviews on their blushes, though :D

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  16. me likey the blush :) me likeyyyy a lot on u too :-*

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  17. Pretty color and suits you too :)

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  18. i guessssss ... am not sure though :)
    sooooo .... i guess we had a small discussion over this ?
    and nowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww ...... i am proud owner of this radssss :D D:
    thank you bolonnn ??

    thank you
    tahnk you :D :D

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    1. :D :D :D You will love it!!!!! You got it in India? Is sold out everywhere!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  19. yeahhhh am already smiling hard :D :D I was in Lifestyle CHANEL counter to pick a gloss and asked "aawein" (just like that ) to Hazra if she has that "RED BLUSH" she showed me the tester and i was like ya yaaaa this only :d ahhahahaha
    she checked and there was this last piece :D am so glad the price here and in USA are almostttt same :D
    gonna show you dear , am already loving it so muchhhhhhhhh :D my firstttttt CHANEL blush , have tweed too :D but this is round pot na hahhha

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    1. Hahhaaaa....goood!!! Ya this one is round pot..:D

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