Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in 74 Ultra Rose Review and Swatches

November 9, 2012

Whilst everyone’s attention is on the drool-worthy Eclats du Soir de Chanel Collection (reviewed here), Chanel has quietly released two new Joues Contraste Blushes in #74 Ultra Rose and Rouge as part of their permanent collection. I picked up #74 Ultra Rose recently, and the Rouge is a re-promotion from the Byzance de Chanel collection which has been reviewed here.


I first heard about the release on Jen’s blog here, and I literally stomped out to the shop straight away. In my opinion, Ultra Rose should be renamed to Ultra Neon Bubble Gum Pink. I have a fair share of cool pink blushes in my makeup stash but this one completely outshines the others in terms of color and opacity. It’s the brightest, most pigmented bubble gum pink blush I have ever owned!


As far as I know, Ultra Rose only comes in the euro baked version. In general JC in baked version can be slightly less pigmented than the US version, but rest assured the pigmentation of this one is insanely pigmented (on par with Rouge if you know I mean…). There is no visible shimmer in this blush, but it gives a beautiful glow to the skin and that’s exactly what I love about the baked version. The formulation somewhat manages to add a touch of translucent lit-within glow to the finish. As you can see from the comparison swatch below, the JC Ultra Rose has the most beautiful sheen compared to blushes of other formulations.

Some comparison swatches:

clockwise: Chanel Tweed Fuchsia, Chanel JC Ultra Rose, Dior Rosy Glow, Nars Desire

chanel-joues-contraste-blush-ultra-rose-nars-desire-tweed-fuchsia-dior-rosy-glow-comparison-1chanel-joues-contraste-blush-ultra-rose-nars-desire-tweed-fuchsia-dior-rosy-glow-comparison-2Compared to Chanel JC Pink Explosion and Malice


I have been wearing this blush a lot lately and I will show you a FOTD with it shortly. When it is applied sparingly, Ultra rose gives a beautiful cool pink flush that really brightens the complexion and yet is still very wearable on fair skin.

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush retails for $73 in Australia.

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Xen* November 9, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Hi Reika! I was reading this in bed and I nearly jumped out when I read that Rouge was being made part of the permanent line. I was out of the country when it came out and when I got back they were already sold out!! I was so upset and have been on eBay many times searching for it to no avail! Thanks so much for sharing!!! It’s a permanent in Australia but not in Asia (I checked on the website :c) so I will be asking a friend to get it for me in Australia! Wheeeee best start to the weekend!

P/s: pardon my excessive use of exclamation marks I’m just really excited I can finally get my hands on one 😀


Reika November 10, 2012 at 11:06 am

Lol…I’m glad to hear you can finally get your hands on Rouge! I know how it feels when you miss out on a limited edition makeup!


Vicki November 9, 2012 at 6:20 pm

I am such a pink blush fan. It can make you look so fresh & healthy. You have lots of pretty options. The Dior rosy glow is really lovely


Reika November 10, 2012 at 11:08 am

Dior rosy glow is a subdued version of ultra rose – I love them both 🙂


Dovey November 9, 2012 at 10:38 pm

Hi Reika, what a beautiful and powerful pink! I can’t wait to see your FOTD 🙂


Reika November 10, 2012 at 11:09 am

Thank you Dovey 🙂 I sure will post a FOTD soon.


Claire November 10, 2012 at 1:03 am

I have this blush and find the colour so vibrant but still wearable. Normally I go for more berry or red cheeks in fall winter time but I can see me wearing ultra rose in winter as well. So glad I got it, otherwise I would be very tempted now.


Reika November 10, 2012 at 11:11 am

Totally agree with you Claire! That’s what I love about Chanel makeup – their choice of color palette is always so on-trend yet great for everyday use 🙂


faye lu November 10, 2012 at 8:05 am

a bombshell neon pink explosion! would create the perfect ‘doll-like’ cheeks.
always love your pictures and swatches x


Reika November 10, 2012 at 11:12 am

Yep it’s a very barbie doll pink 🙂 I’m sure you will like it too faye!


Memoiselle November 14, 2012 at 1:14 am

Such a bright pink blush. I am a fan of bright pink blushes so I think I need to check this out especially the pigmentation of this one is comparable to Rouge.


Lakshmi November 14, 2012 at 11:56 pm

Lovely!!! I really, really hope this blush makes to the US.. I don’t have the old Turbulent blush but I remember Lisa Eldridge saying that it is one of her favorites and that Chanel might be bringing something similar back as a permanent item! Yay!! Btw your other bright pinks are super pretty too, I have one recommendation: D&G Provocative.. one of my all time favorite blushes, you must check it out. Actually D&G makeup has some truly stand-out products, have you tried any? And I wanted to ask you, if you’re on Instagram, what’s your username? Would love to follow you! 🙂


Reika November 15, 2012 at 12:45 am

I saw that video too!! and I was quite surprised to hear that Turbluent is her all time fav blush as it’s quite a vibrant and strong pink. Anyhow, I love my ultra rose and been wearing it non stop lately 🙂
No, I dont have any D&G makeup…yet. They all look gorgeous online so I don’t know where to start lol..
I am not on instagram I am using a different app atm. But I am planning to open an instagram acct soon and will keep you updated! Do you use instagram or twitter more?


Helena January 3, 2014 at 11:39 pm

Hi, I just found this blush on sale somewhere and I’m thinking about getting it, but Chanel JC baked blushes are notorious for getting rock solid and barely usable over time. Did this happen to you with Ultra Rose, or is it easy to pick up with a brush even after months of use? Thanks.


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