Friday, December 30, 2011

Blushes You Can't Have #12 - Chanel Joues Contraste in Narcisse

It's the end of the month and the end of the YEAR!  That Means that this is THE LAST installment of Blushes You Can't Have on The Pink Sith Blog!.  I know. I'm sad too.  But not as sad as you when I start to recap all of the blushes shown this year...mostly because you don't and/or can't have them. < Insert Maniacal Laugh HERE >

As an explanation, just in case you have not followed this series all year, Blushes You Can't Have is about blushes that are discontinued and/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. To that I say Huzzah!  Congratulations! and Buy IT!!

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. Last Month was a made all the way back in 2002! It was Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Caprice. This month's blush, the 12th and last in the series, is another blush from Chanel. This one was only recently discontinued and I have heard rumors that it might be re-released!  That blush is:....

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Narcisse.

John William Waterhouse Echo et Narcisse 1903
Narcissus in Greek mythology, was a hunter from the territory of Thespiae in Boeotia who was renowned for his beauty. He was exceptionally proud, in that he disdained those who loved him. Nemesis saw this and attracted Narcissus to a pool where he saw his own reflection in the waters and fell in love with it, not realizing it was merely an image. Unable to leave the beauty of his reflection, Narcissus died. Ummm. yeah.  Sad.

But Narcisse Blush from Chanel is exceptionally beautiful. Do I fall into the same trap, gazing at its beauty only to die of starvation because I can't look away?  Nah. I like food too much!

Now you see two blushes here.  One with a scandalous amount of pan showing and another looking pristine.  Yes. This is a backup and my original Narcisse blush purchased when it was released back in 2007.  Part of the Fall 2007 collection (which means it came out some time in July of 2007) this doll pink blush was a favorite of many a fair skinned ladies. 

The Blush I purchased in 2007 has a lot of pan showing. I mean it's almost indecent right?  Well this blush was one of my only Chanel blushes at the time and I wore it almost every day.  It was and still is, the perfect accompaniment to red lips. Providing just a hint of color to what would otherwise be a very pale complexion, Chanel Narcisse is the perfect neutral pastel pink.  In fact Narcisse was my holy grail of blushes (until I got Chanel Rose Petale...which works for almost anyone). So I did what any reasonable makeup addict would do...I procured a Backup.

The Backup to Chanel Narcisse.  However this blush is sliiiightly different than the original Narcisse I purchased in 2007.  First of all I procured this blush in 2010. The size of the blush shrunk over this three year period.  This happens often in the cosmetics world.  The company will take off a 10th of an ounce here and there to meet costs and profits.  Do I agree with this?  No. But I'm a realist. I understand why businesses do it. I just don't agree that they do.  

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ANYWAY...that's not the only difference..I personally think the formula is different.  The Made In France blush seems to have a sheerness to it that the Made In USA blush lacks.  

Do I prefer one over the other?  I'm not sure. I kinda like the USA opaqueness but the France Sheerness seems to not have any effect on the pigmentation or color payoff.  So all in all, I'm a happy little blush addict because I have both.

Last year you were tortured by Taupe Eyeshadows you couldn't have, this year it was Blushes you can't have. Next year I plan to torture you with HIGHLIGHTERS YOU CAN'T HAVE! 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  See you all in 2012.
And THANK YOU SO MUCH for reading this blog!


  1. Phew, next year will be nice...I don't use highlighter!!

  2. I really enjoy this series and can't wait for 2012 :-) Happy New Year!

  3. I have Narcisse! Love it!!! :D

  4. Great review, and good timing! Izzy's Beauty and Perfume Shoppe just got Narcisse in stock, and currently there are several units up on eBay. I have one on the way right now: here's hoping I love it.

  5. Wonderful review and teaser, many thanks:) I am really looking forward to next years series, I have already been wondering what it could be. I am still on the search for some of the wonderful taupe eyeshadows you showed us, by the way...

  6. I have a Narcisse and two backups!

    When I let go of my original Narcisse (because I thought it was too old - bought it 2009), my heart broke.

    I dunno if psychological but my new Narcisse isn't as pretty as my old

  7. There is LESS because the EU version is baked and thats the standard for the EU chanel blushes.


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