Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in 87 Sakura had been released as part of the Chanel Jardin de Camélias collection – an Asian exclusive release. I noticed that it has the same number as Chanel JC 87 Emotion, but their colors are very different from each other.
At first glance, Chanel Sakura looks really light in the pan, especially with the strong lighting in the Chanel counter. But when I swatched it, I was relieved that it was not too light after all, and that it could work on my light, but not really pale, skin.
What Chanel says about Joues Contraste:
The touch of colour and radiance.
Offers effects from very natural to very sophisticated. Used as a simple touch of colour, it gives your complexion a healthy glow. As a professional tool, it shapes and models your face (cheekbones, browbones, forehead, chin, along the nose).
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 Sakura is a cool-toned, light pink with silver shimmers. On the pan, there’s quite a bit of silver shimmers, but they are small enough that they don’t really translate into shimmers on the cheeks. Rather, they add a beautiful, healthy glow that doesn’t accentuate my pores.
Chanel JC Sakura is less pigmented than most of my blushes, so it’s very easy to apply without the need for a light hand, and I can just build it up as desired. Sakura lasts for about 7 to 8 hours on me and fades into a beautiful baby pink glow.
Above pictures show how pretty Sakura is on the cheeks. I applied just a single layer because I was just going out on errands, but it can be built up if you want it brighter and more evident on the cheeks. It brightens up my face, and the silver shimmers do not show up but rather translates into a healthy pink glow. Screams Holy Grail! 🙂
Color comparison swatches from L-R: Chanel JC in 170 Rose Glacier (reviewed here), Chanel JC in 87 Sakura and Burberry Light Glow in 04 Peony. (Photo above)
Sakura 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 still cute to look at. 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.
I bought Sakura for Php2,350 from Rustans in Makati. As of this posting, Sakura, being a Limited Edition, is not available at Chanel.com and Nordstrom where Chanel JC blushes normally sell for $45.
I really hate it when some makeup items are made exclusive to some regions only, and more so if gorgeous items like Chanel Sakura are released as Limited Edition. I do hope that it will be repromoted soon, and added to the Permanent collection, as I really love Sakura blush. This is one of my go-to, no-brainer blushes that I reach for very often.
Have you been able to grab this blush? Did you like it too?
Stay fab and savvy! ✌
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.“