Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Blushes You Can't Have #11 - Chanel Joues Contraste in Caprice

It's the end of the month.  You know what that means.  It means your mortgage is due and it's time for another installment of Blushes You Can't Have!  Last year you were tortured by Taupe Eyeshadows you couldn't have, this year it's Blushes you can't have. I wonder what next year holds.  Any suggestions?  

As I am want to do, I would like to explain that this series is about blushes that are discontinued or hard to find.  That means that every once in a while you might luck out and find a hearty supply of a blush that was featured in this series.  In fact, last year many people wrote to tell me that they found Cargo Yukon, a taupe featured in the Taupes You Can't Have series, for sale on the interwebz!  To that I say Huzzah!  Congratulations! and Buy IT!!

Moving on. Let us look back at all the blushes featured so far this year.  In January we told you about Chanel Joues Contraste in Poesie; February was MAC powder blush in Afterdusk; March was Shu Uemura Sakura Glow-On; April was Joeybunny's sentimental favorite, Inoui ID blush in PK-1,; May was my hot pink  Chanel Joues Contraste in Turbulent; June was Wet ‘n Wild blush in Naive; July was VOV Color Song Volume Blusher #03 Pink Red Mixing; August was a review and a giveaway of Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Pink Raspberry; September was another treat from Korea, Laneige Snow Bloom Blusher; and October was the very popular and much beloved MAC Blooming Powder Blush.  

This month's blush, the 11th in the series, is a blush that was released waaaaay back in the summer of 2002. 

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Caprice.

Caprice, translated from the French means WHIM.  Huh. Funny thing about that. In English it means the same thing...only we usually use it in the form of CAPRICIOUSNESS, although CAPRICE is still an acceptable word..."With the CAPRICE of a despotic magazine beauty  editor, she alternated between kindness and cruelty."  Caprice also a model name of a car.  

1991 Chevy Caprice
 The Chevrolet CAPRICE is a full-sized automobile produced by the Chevrolet Division of General Motors in North America for the 1965 through 1996. 

The Chanel Joues Contraste in Caprice is yet another stunning blush from Chanel.  As you know I am quite biased toward Chanel JC Blushes. I own many of them and many of them are discontinued.  In fact I have so many DC'd Chanel Blushes that I didn't even feature them all in this series.  Another excellent resource for looking up discontinued and current Chanel Blushes...or any blushes for that matter is a blog called "Blushes On Display" from my friend Cheri.  She has such an extensive collection of blushes that she can afford to have an entire blog dedicated to them.  I have another friend that has an equally extensive of Lipsticks...but she won't blog about them no matter how much I beg.  If you all could leave a comment here saying that you would love to see an entire blog about lipstick & gloss...even if they are discontinued I sure would appreciate it! 

Sorry. Got off track.  OK.  Cheri described Caprice as an almost "...warm peachy-rose with some brown."  And she's right.  On her it looks like a warm peachy rose.  On me it looks like a warm pure rose. On others it is described as a cool pink, cool rose, mauve rose and shimmery pink.  This only means that this Chanel blush in Caprice looks different on different people.  This is quite the chameleon of blushes.

In the pan Caprice looks like a light cool pink blush.  But as far as upon application this blush transforms to a warm rose, almost red on me.  Now I have a lot of red in my skin, naturally, so a pink blush will only intensify it. Caprice makes me look like I just ran up a few flights of stairs, or just came in from a slightly cool but windy day.  Caprice brings the most natural of flushes to my face, and depending on what lipstick shade I wear with it, it can look warmer or cooler.  It's really a hard color to pin down.  

The unique color is not the only thing that makes Caprice so wonderful, it's also the formula.  The smooth as silk formula floats across your skin and brings an empyrean radiance to the face.  The color is sheer and buildable and lasts forever on even my oily skin.  There is a slight shimmer to the blush in the pan, but none of it seems to show up on my skin. This makes it ideal for those with larger pores that try to avoid shimmery blushes.   

I purchased this blush 4 years ago from an online retailer but I have not seen it in at least 2 years. As I mentioned above, while I might feature blushes that have been discontinued, you still may happen upon them on e-bay or some remote shopping website.  Keep in mind that there are fakes of cosmetics all over the place...if you think you found an item featured in this series, consider my blog a tool to make sure you are not about to purchase a fake.  I just did a web search for the blush featured this month and found a terrible fake featured on a website full of fake Chanel products.  Caveat emptor!


  1. URGH this blush is so up my alley it's ridiculous. Time to vainly look into the vast sea of nothingness on the web and curse you for an eternity of longing.

    (but you know I still love you)

  2. That blush looks absolutely gorgeous in the swatch, I was honestly surprised.

    Also YES YES YES to a blog about lipstick and gloss. I've recently become a lipstick/gloss mainiac so it would be wonderful to see a blog dedicated to those :).


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