Friday, July 8, 2011

Chanel Joues Contraste Rouge Swatches, Photos, Reviews

I deliberated for a long time what my first feature should be, until I realized that fretting over it just means wasting valuable time I could utilize to, I don't know... actually start the blog?! So without further ado, my first product feature will be the most intriguing item of the recently unveiled Collection Byzance de Chanel. Joues Contraste Rouge ($43) is a true red I never thought I would so ardently embrace. I was never afraid of this blush, but I did think it would soon edge over to the Limited Edition Collection corner of my drawer, to be caressed on the rarest of occasions. At first use, my earlier preconceptions dissipated, and when it comes to makeup, I love to be proven wrong.


Chanel Joues Contraste Rouge

L-R: Heavy and blended swatches

The most common worry I've heard about this product is the fear that it will produce "clown cheeks." It is indeed all too simple to achieve that effect. A regular blush brush and a sweep of that powder and before you know it...


The key phrase to hold on to when using Rouge is less and less and less is more. Forgo your dense kabukis and whip out your best fan brushes, yachiyos, or blending brushes, and swirl it on your cheek like there's no tomorrow. 

The texture of this blush lives up to the Chanel Joues Contraste reputation: soft, smooth, and oh so blendable. When I swatched it on my arm I saw tiny gold shimmers swimming in the red, but it wasn't visible when applied to my cheeks. 

As Gaia of The Non Blonde points out, the red of Rouge mimics tones actually found in the human skin.  Thus, with proper placement and the lightest of hands, you'll be able to look like you just ran a few miles, or heard something amazing from the man of your dreams, or giggled yourself silly for the past half an hour. Who doesn't want to recreate health and happiness on their cheeks? 

Joues Contraste Rouge is produced in extremely limited quantities and will likely sell out soon. Chanel regret is agonizing and one of the most expensive in the beauty market. Snag it now or forever hold your peace.


  1. I am really loving that colour!! so pretty for summer :D

  2. I agree! Did you pick it up?

  3. OH MY GOD WHY have I not heard of this before? I want one now.

  4. @suelynn you can only get it in the US though. :(

    @Hopelessly Devoted: thank you! xo

  5. Lovely, smart and fun. What a great 1st post. I look forward to seeing more of your wit, and good taste. I bought mine before any reviews...)

  6. I had no idea this was your first post; by your writing style it seems as if you've been blogging for a while. I just came across your blog and will be happy to follow it :)
    P.S. That blush is so flattering on you! I do want it, but I'd rather find a cheaper dupe, you know?

  7. Great post! Love that you showed the clown cheeks LOL, the color on you looks as beautiful as your are - really pretty!
    What are you wearing on your lips? Looks awesome with the blush.
    Congratulations & good luck with your new blog!

    BTW - Came across your post via KarlaSugar

  8. @Anonymous: Thank you for your kind words! How are you enjoying your Rouge? I have to stop myself from wearing it everyday

    @Anonymous: Thank you! That means a lot :) I know what you mean about cheaper dupes, but i think true reds come few and far between :(

    @Pam: Thank you! I had fun with the clown cheeks. It didn't take much to go there. I wore Rouge Coco Plumetis, which I reviewed on the post above :)

    Thanks for letting me know! I'm so grateful to Karla for linking me.

    Yes, I am eternally grateful to Karla for linking me.

  9. Red blushes are lovely! They are so few, that I do collect them when I come across one. I've always thought they are the most natural colour to wear, provided you know how to correctly apply it (I have pale skin and it works).

    I picked this one up and just to let you know, it is available in the UK, at London Selfridges and one or two other counters.

    I found a post that lists international availability:

    Just to let everyone know, Selfridges in London do take telephone orders and ship internationally.

    I was surprised to see your blog is so new! Seems like you've been writing for ages. Like the about description ^-~ what are beauty blogs for otherwise?

  10. The clown cheeks caught my attention, LOL! Thanks for the fab swatches and you look lovely on the last 2 photos. I wish I could grab the Chanel Rouge before it solds out. =)

  11. I wish this was permanent! It looks flattering.

    In fact, I wish the entire Byzance collection was permanent..

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