When I heard that Chanel was coming out with two new Joues Contraste Blushes I was...let's say...ecstatic! Then when I found out that the 2 colors are a peach and a pink, well. I had to be institutionalized because I went insane from glee. Fortunately I was able to calm down enough to get released, because applying blush while wearing a straight jacket is very difficult.
I own many Chanel blushes. The majority of them are Joues Contraste formula, or JC, as I like to refer to them. Say JC to a Chanel counter associate and you might be met with a blank stare. It's best you learn how to say Joues Contraste, after all, you are gonna want to get this blush. Today I am reviewing Chanel JC in Malice (#71, the peach blush. Don't fret pink blush lovers, I'll have a review of #70, Tumulte, next week.) Chanel JC blushes are beautiful rounded domes of pure pretty. Some blushes are baked and others are pressed. It just depends on the release and where it is made. Malice has been pressed. This means the powder is softer than its baked brethren and the pigmentation is stronger.
The application is smooth and never muddy or chalky. It can be layered for a more intense look or applied with a light hand for just a whisper of color. This means that women of many different skin colors can enjoy the same blush color by just the way it is applied. For those with fair to light skin, a light application using a skunk brush or a fluffy blush brush will give a loverly blushy glow. Those with medium to dark skin can still enjoy this color when they apply it with a blush brush that has more compact bristles to hold more of the pigment.
The color of Malice is a peachy, almost salmon, almost coral...you know what? after all these years I still can't tell you the difference between salmon, peach and coral. I suppose that salmon would be the pinkest of the "orange" type blushes. Followed by peach with slightly more orange than pink and then coral with mostly orange with slight pink nuances. OK, so that being said, I would put Malice in the peach category. It's pink enough to be salmon, but it's not orange enough to be coral. Does that make sense? Let's just say that photographing this blush was a PITA (Pain In The Arse). My camera wanted to pull straight on orange in the pictures. However I found the right lighting to make it show its true color. I will say that the "swatch" they show on the Chanel website is VERY orange, dare I say Tangerine. I don't this this is a tangerine blush, but it certainly does fit in with the whole Tangerine Tango craze going on right now....but tangerine it is not.
I believe I have neutral to cool skin tone. Which means some pinks may look orange on me because of the cool undertones of my skin, but some warm reds can look neutral on me too. That being said, I found Malice to look peachy on me, not tangerine. That's why I recommend that you look at swatches on as many different blogs as you can. I think this is the best way to see if the color will work for you, plus you get to see how the blush looks on other skin tones.
Also, another thing to note. Chanel Malice has been compared to NARS Orgasm blush. They are cousins, not sisters. NARS Orgasm is lighter and has a ton more frost and glitter than Chanel Malice. Chanel malice does have fine gold shimmer in the blush, but it does not seem to translate to skin unless one uses a heavy hand. Chanel Malice does not have the overtone of gold that NARS orgasm does. Think of Chanel Malice as being the more worldly cousin from the family that lives in the big city, while NARS Orgasm is the more naive cousin that lives in the suburbs and ventures into the city only on rare occasions. I'm not putting NARS Orgasm down. I'm just saying that if one were to compare the Chanel Malice to NARS Orgasm, Chanel would come off as more refined.
Do you NEED this? Well duh! It's a Chanel JC blush. Of course you need it. The Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Malice #71 retails for $43 and can be purchased at any Chanel counter or on line. I purchased this blush at Neiman Marcus from Sales Associate extraordinaire Kathy Shoreman. You can reach Kathy by calling 571-533-4972. So, will you, or have you, indulged in this blush and is this peach, salmon or coral?
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