Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in 86 Discretion Review and Swatch

October 9, 2013

I popped into the Chanel Makeup studio to check out the new Vitalumiere Compact Douceur. To my surprise I also spotted two new Joues Contraste Blushes 85 Evocation and 86 Discretion just being released. In the end I decided to pass on the powder foundation as it just feels too dry for my desert-dry skin at the moment, but I couldn’t resist the beautiful Joues Contraste Powder Blush in 86 Discretion.


The texture of Discretion reminds me of Fleur De Lotus that was released as part of the Le Blanc Collection last year (reviewed here) – it feels noticeably more buttery softer than the other JC of baked version in the permanent line. Even though the color is very light, the color payoff is greater than I expected.  I only needed 1 to 2 swipes for the color to show on my face, as opposed to multiple swipes needed with other JC blushes that have a harder texture.

The color is also quite interesting. It looks like a pale baby pink with iridescent micro shimmer in the pan. When it is applied it shows up as a pale pink with a hint of coral undertone. As you can see in my comparison swatches below, going by that Narcisse is a true baby pink, Discretion is more warm and brighter. As with most Chanel JC, the finish of Discretion is natural and soft with a lit within glow, and you will never go overboard with this blush.


Bottom Line: A must have pretty and soft pink blush from Chanel in my opinion.




{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Dovey October 9, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Hi Reika,

Chanel Discretion looks so soft and pretty! I also love the look of Narcisse from your swatches 🙂


Reika October 11, 2013 at 11:29 am

Narcisse is one of my fav blushes from Chanel 🙂


Cindy October 9, 2013 at 3:02 pm

Beautiful! I must pick this up when I see this at the counter 🙂


Reika October 11, 2013 at 11:28 am

You should Cindy! I remember you love pale pink blush just as much as I do 🙂


Lena L October 9, 2013 at 4:22 pm

so pretty I am tempted!
Narcisse would fit better for me to use everyday, but this new color looks softer with depths which makes it perfect for the season.
speaking of the compact makeup, do you find it even drier than the double perfection lumiere? 🙂


Reika October 11, 2013 at 11:25 am

Hi Lena, the new vitalumiere compact foundation definitely feels more lightweight and less matte than double perfection lumiere. If your skin ifsnormal to combo I think you would love this. As for me my ultra dry skin just can’t take any powder foundation at the moment.


lulu October 13, 2013 at 4:08 pm


what collection is this from? is it limitededition or permanent?

Thank you!


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