Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in 72 Rose Initiale is now my HG peach blush! It had been released in 2012 and is part of the permanent collection. I’m not sure why the new releases are spelled Rose Initial as opposed to Rose Initiale, when I believe that they’re just the same. It had probably been repromoted, but I’m not 100% sure. In this post though, I will refer to it as Rose Initiale so as not to be confused.
Here in Manila, we usually get the baked Euro version of blushes and eyeshadows. I personally prefer the US version because they’re much softer and more pigmented than the baked Euro version. My Chanel Pink Explosion blush was a baked version and although I really loved it, I found it a bit hard to get the color from the pan. I think this was the reason why I had given it away.
Lately though, the Chanel baked Euro version blushes I’ve bought have been much softer and pigmented. These include Rose Glacier, Sakura, Accent, and now, Rose Initiale as well.
What Chanel says about Joues Contraste:
Unique powder blusher offers buildable coverage, from natural to dramatic, and imparts a flattering radiance to cheeks. Remarkably silky texture ensures easy application of seamless colour. Applied high on the cheekbone, or near the eyes, it instantly ‘lifts’ and softens the face for a more youthful look.
Manufactured by a process exclusive to CHANEL, the compact and silky texture of JOUES CONTRASTE gives easy application and subtle blending. The brush is made of natural hair.
Highlighting your cheekbones enhances the youthful appearance of your face. For the eye zone, choose a satiny tone to soften and rejuvenate this area.
Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in 72 Rose Initiale is classified as a peach pink. On the pan, there’s a little bit of gold shimmers. I had thought that the shimmers will make my cheeks appear oilier than it really is and accentuate my pores, but this is not the case with this blush.
As you can see in the arm swatch above, the gold micro shimmers that are evident in the heavy swatch almost disappears once blended. Chanel Rose Initiale blush is a lovely peachy pink that is pigmented but still looks very natural. The blush had been finely-milled, and even though it’s a powder, Rose Initiale is still fairly easy to apply and blend.
Once Rose Initiale blush is blended, the shimmers transform into a very lovely sheen that makes for a healthy, glowy finish and doesn’t accentuate my pores at all. It is a bit pigmented, so I suggest using a light hand in applying it and just build it up as you desire as the color is very buildable. Chanel Rose Initiale blush lasts for about 5-6 hours on my oily (and sometimes combination) skin and fades into a beautiful pink glow.
Above photo shows how pretty Chanel Joues Contraste Rose Initiale is on the cheeks. It’s not too peachy nor too pink. It brightens up my face, and the golden micro shimmers are not really noticeable, but rather translates into a beautiful sheen and healthy glow.
Color and texture comparison swatches from L-R: Chanel Joues Contraste Rose Initiale Blush, Make Up For Ever Blush Shade 10 (reviewed here), Chanel Joues Contraste Sakura Blush (reviewed here) and Chanel Joues Contraste Rose Glacier Blush (reviewed here). (Photo above)
Chanel Rose Initiale is like a combination of Chanel Sakura blush and Make Up For Ever Blush shade 10, with the addition of few shimmers from Rose Glacier. It’s so pretty and versatile, goes with almost every makeup, that’s why it’s what I’ve been reaching for this past week every time I go out. This is now my HG peach blush! 🙂
Chanel Rose Initiale blush is housed in the classic Joues Contraste black compact with mirror, and comes with the small Chanel blush brush that I don’t really use but is probably good for touch-ups. It also comes with the velvet black pouch with Chanel logo that helps protect the case from scratches and dust, especially if you carry it in your bag.
What is your everyday go-to blush? Have you tried Chanel Joues Contraste Rose Initiale blush? Did you like it too?
Alyssa Melanie is a certified MUA – a Makeup Addict. While her favorite high-end brands are Chanel and Dior, she just can’t resist falling in love with a lot of drugstore brands too, like Revlon and NYX. Her motto: “When I feel good about myself, I feel beautiful. Putting on makeup and taking care of my skin, makes me feel oh-so-good.“