Chanel Pink Explosion Joues Contraste Blush
Chanel Pink Explosion Joues Contraste Blush ($43) is a medium-toned cool pink with fine shimmer. It’s not overly cool, so thankfully it works really well on my warm skin. It provides that dolly pink cheek that pairs well with neutral and cool eyeshadows (purples, taupe, etc).
Mine is the Euro (original 2010) version, which is a baked powder as opposed to the version you’d get from the Chanel counters in the US, which is the standard pressed-powder version. There are slight differences – in general, the baked version isn’t as pigmented with one swipe and isn’t as soft. I prefer the US version. (You can view a comparison on Cafe Makeup.)
The pigmentation is good – it’s light, but buildable and what you’d want from a blush that’s so pink. I’m actually less inclined to use some of my really pigmented blushes (Nars for instance) because I tend to use too heavy of a hand. With my Joues Contraste Blushes, I never go overboard – but if I do, the color blends so well into my skin that it never looks unnatural.
Is it a must-have? Eh, not really considering I own shades that are similar enough and the color isn’t all that unique overall. But, I love the luxury of Chanel cosmetics and I’m happy to have it.
- Cool pink that is soft enough for daily use
- Blends very well on the cheeks – diffuses into my skin, looking very natural
- Good amount of pigment that is buildable
- Luxurious packaging 🙂
- Rose scented – love!
Price: $43, Chanel.