Dec 24, 2012

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush Frivole (Printemps Precieux de Chanel Spring 2013 Makeup Collection)

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush Frivole (available here) - $43

This unique powder blusher imparts a flattering radiance to cheeks.  Remarkably silky texture for easy application and subtle shading.  Accentuate cheekbones for a youthful look.  Softer tones around the eyes soften expression and rejuvenate.  The shade Frivole is part of the Printemps Precieux de Chanel Collection for spring 2013.

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush Frivole 76 Printemps Precieux de Spring 2013 Makeup Collection Review Swatch FOTD Looks
Chanel Joues Contraste Blush Frivole 76 Printemps Precieux de Spring 2013 Makeup Collection Review Swatch FOTD Looks
Chanel Joues Contraste Blush Frivole 76 Printemps Precieux de Spring 2013 Makeup Collection Review Swatch FOTD Looks

The newest Chanel Joues Contraste blush Frivole is a bright-ish orangey-apricot blush, and unlike the other Chanel blushes I have tried so far, this seems mostly matte - well, completely matte to me, but I have read reviews stating there is some shimmer somewhere. The packaging is the usual black compact with a small brush included.  

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush Frivole 76 Printemps Precieux de Spring 2013 Makeup Collection Review Swatch FOTD Looks
Chanel Joues Contraste Blush Frivole 76 Printemps Precieux de Spring 2013 Makeup Collection Review Swatch FOTD Looks

Depending on the light, Frivole looks almost orangey to a paler apricot in the pan. On swatches, the colour is incredibly easy to blend - I still haven't found the shimmer - and the color looks is a soft apricot-peach combination on my skin tone.  The blush is pigmented, but the colour itself is not too bright and the overall effect is quite subtle on my skin.  I can build up the colour, if I want to, but it  stays soft rather than a brighter, intense orange that I was expecting it to be.  To me, this is definitely a spring-time blush - the subtle flush of peach won't be my first pick for the December weather.

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush Frivole - Swatch/FOTD

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush Frivole 76 Printemps Precieux de Spring 2013 Makeup Collection Review Swatch FOTD Looks
Chanel Joues Contraste Blush Frivole 76 Printemps Precieux de Spring 2013 Makeup Collection Review Swatch FOTD Looks
Chanel Joues Contraste Blush Frivole (applied quite generously to show up up in the photo :P)
Additional Makeup Used:  Chanel Raffinement Eyeshadow Quad, Chanel Noir Intense Eyeliner
Smashbox Hyperlash Mascara, L'Oreal Nature's Blush lipstick
It's only been a few days since I bought this blush, and I am still undecided on whether I like it or not.  I was expecting it to be much more pigmented, but at least on my skin tone, it's anything but pigmented!  I love natural-looking, subtle flushes of colour, but with the weather being all gloomy and dull of late, I am really not in a mood for barely visible blushes.  Plus, I miss the beautiful shimmer that Joues Contraste blushes usually have.  Frivole blends beautifully, and even when I packed on a ton of it to show up in the photos, it didn't look the slightest bit cakey in real life!  This is an insanely early Spring makeup collection, so I should probably wait and watch - by March I just might be head over heels in love with Frivole :D 

On the bright side, the lack of shimmer means it pairs beautifully with the Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating powder to give a fabulous glow.  For lighter skin tones, I think this would be an easy way to wear peach/orange shades that get popular every year around spring and summer.

Also part of the Chanel Spring 2013 lineup
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Polish:  Accessoire
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Polish:  Fracas
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Polish:  Emprise

9 comments:

  1. Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwww... This one is amaaaaaziiiiinggggggggg... Esp on you :) And how many more posts coming up today???

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  2. Hehhee..is over my blog marathon. I am good-nighting after this :D

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    1. Sorry about jamming/spamming the blog feeds..heheheee :D I just wanted to finish up the reviews on this spring collection right away..

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    2. No spamming.. We having good time reading it all :D and I so want this one and the Chanel Nail Polish :p

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  3. very flattering blush! love the natural glow it gives..sad its not highly pigmented

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  4. I am SO in love with this blush!! It really looks beautiful on you--very natural indeed! I know you're undecided but I'm not--I *LOVE* this on you! :P I like that it's on the subtle side (easier for someone like me--who has a tendency to overapply cheek color--to use) and sans shimmer. The ultra-fine shimmer that is in most Chanel blushes would've been pretty too, but either way, the color is so gorgeous I don't care! And besides, I really could use more matte blushes in my collection.

    I was thisclose to purchasing this last week but I decided to do the responsible thing and wait until after Christmas (it was SO hard though! haha). Now that Christmas is over (and I have some gift cards burning a hole in my pocket), this blush is first on my to-buy list, followed closely by the highlighter from this collection.

    Haha okay, done with my super-long comment now :P I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, Rads! <3

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    1. Haaaaahahaaa :D :D Hope you had a great Christmas too - you did get a lot of gift cards so it couldn't have been too bad :D :D

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  5. I love the natural flush it gives you, a very spring ish color. I still want to try this on my cheeks, I've lost my tan :( lol

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    1. I don't knowwww...Michelle...is very faint on me :(

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