Hello ladies. I just got back from an exciting Beauty Event at Barneys NYC as they unveiled their new “foundation level” beauty floor along with exciting new product launches and services. More on that later this week (check out my instagram for sneak peaks) but for now let me focus on my new obsession, Chanels new Joues Contraste powder blush in Accent ($43 for 0.14oz) from their Holiday 2013 Collection. It was”love at first sight” with Accent and I didn’t have to even try it on to know I needed to own it ASAP. Bergdorf had just got it in few hours before I got there and I quickly said “I will take it” before swatching it on my hand. Was I disappointed when I got home and tried it on? Absolutely not, in fact, I haven’t stopped using it since purchasing it last week and feel many women will appreciate the color and its versatility.
At first glance, I was channeling Chanel Jouer Contraste in Mocha and Nars Madly but after swapping it on my hand I saw both similarities and differences. Accent blush is described as a “luminous pink beige” which is true but once applied I saw more rose/mauve tones and pigment then I expected.
Mocha blush has more of a neutral beige/brown that I found works better on fair skin versus medium/dark skin tones and did not do a great job in neutralizing my sallow/yellow undertones and Accent blush did. Accent has some shimmer which translates into a sheen on the skin and prevents the color from looking dull or easily duplicated. On my olive skin, its a beautiful neutral beige with rose tones tastefully surfacing but play a stronger role then you would expect. The result is a very wearable and universally flattering shade that is user friendly and works perfectly for the Fall/Winter. I have worn anyting from a neutral beige to a coral colored lip tones and Accent blush was neutral enough to not compete or clash with whatever color I had on my lips!
My arm swatches are not as accurate as I was hoping but I can tell you that Nars Madly was another blush that was a close runner up in color but with less mauve. I used the rest of the Chanel Joues Contraste blushes strictly for color reference in shade and tone.
Verdict? Absolutely worth looking into and adding to your blush collection. Blushes in general are very challenging for me to find so when I do find a color that works well against my olive skin and looks promising to be a universally flattering color, I say this is a no brainer. I know that not all Chanel counters have the Holiday 2013 collection but Nordstrom.com does have it in stock and ready to ship it out. Accent blush is a color I hope will be part of the permanent collection because if not I need to have a few backups:)
Chanel Jouer Contraste Powder Blush in Accent can be purchased at Nordstrom.Com