Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush NARCISSE Review and Swatch

March 21, 2012

I took some makeup swatch pictures on a rare sunny day over the weekend. When the lighting was perfect, everything appeared just the way I anticipated. I love the the look of the Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in NARCISSE in some of the pictures, so I thought I will just do a quick review for one of my all time favorite Chanel Blush.


I own quite a lot of Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blushes – all are in the euro baked version and I loved them all. Though many people much prefer the US version, for a blush I really adore the soft and glowy effect of the baked version. The texture of NARCISSE is quite hard and dense, as it doesn’t have a rich pigmentation so I normally apply it with a more coarse brush such as the enclosed brush.

NARCISSE is my favorite pink blush, and it is a soft pale pink blush that leans slightly blue in the pan, but it shows up as a perfect soft neutral pink on me. The finish is very natural and subdued I would say, even though it appears as a relatively matte powder without shimmer in the pan, it creates a natural luminous glow on the skin and this is the beauty of  baked powder texture.

Swatched on the back of my hand


On Me:

Just in case you are curious, I had the Shiseido Maquillage Eye Creator by Alexander Wang on my eyes.


{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Elena GD March 21, 2012 at 10:51 am

Gorgeous! It looks great on you!


Claire March 21, 2012 at 11:01 am

Narcisse is one of the best blushers, that looks really good on pale skin. I regret, that I gave mine away *sigh* I love the lippie btw, gorge!


Reika March 21, 2012 at 11:22 am

100% agree with you!


chel March 21, 2012 at 11:18 am

my favorite blush too!

they just released jc tumulte – it’s been likened to Narcisse. I’m getting one too, and maybe the new Pink Explosion.

but I don’t think they can top the love I have for Narcisse. 🙂


Reika March 21, 2012 at 11:22 am

Ahha..I can’t wait to get my hands on the new Chanel JCs..I want all the new shades!
Pink Explosion is a little too vibrant for my skintone…


chel March 21, 2012 at 11:27 am

There’s Malice too, which will probably not look good on me because corals/oranges/peaches don’t work for me. 🙁

Pink Explosion is too vibrant for me too, but you know how we JC addicts are! 🙂 I sold my original PE, but am curious about this new Pink Explosion.


Reika March 21, 2012 at 11:32 am

I quite like malice – reminds me of the darker version of rose patale, but yeh you are absolutely right that it has a hint of brown undertone which might not work for some skintone.
haha cool, look forward to hear your thoughts on the reformulated PE 🙂


chel March 21, 2012 at 11:48 am

what’s on your lips?


Reika March 26, 2012 at 9:59 am

Burberry lip cover in devon sunset! Just did a review on it 🙂


Jolene March 21, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Absolutely love this look! your skin looks flawless! what foundation and lipstick are you using? would love to know 🙂


Reika March 26, 2012 at 10:00 am

Hi Jolene, I was wearing the MUFE HD foundation and Burberry Lip cover in devon sunset.


stephanie March 21, 2012 at 11:04 pm

stunning photos as usual!


HP March 22, 2012 at 10:34 am

Reika, you look beautiful! I was curious as to why you prefer the baked version for Chanel JC blush, but the US version for les ombre eyeshadow in Prelude. I have not tried the Chanel eyeshadow before, but after reading your post about Prelude, I am tempted to get it! But I am only able to get the baked version in Melbourne. Is it really hard to pick up the eyeshadow in the baked version? Thanks!


Reika March 26, 2012 at 10:02 am

The baked version of e/s is more powdery and less pigmented than the US version. They are best to be applied underneath an e/s primer, else the color payoff is just not as good. HIH
I highly recommend you to get the US version!


Beauty Box March 23, 2012 at 9:11 am

Very pretty blush…. I’ve recently been getting into Chanel blushes so am keen to know more about their range.


Ruby March 24, 2012 at 7:44 am

This is my favorite blusher too and I love how the subtle colour managed to stand out on you.


Cindy March 24, 2012 at 6:02 pm

I must wholeheartedly agree with your review. Narcisse is one of the best pink blushes out there.


Lakshmi March 24, 2012 at 8:50 pm

Narcisse looks so beautiful on you, I’ve been tempted to get Rose Ecrin in the past few months but now that the new JC’s are being released soon I think I’ll wait for those.. 🙂 Tumulte and Malice are calling my name!


Reika March 26, 2012 at 10:05 am

Glad that you waited Lakshmi, there is always better makeup coming!
Me too, I can’t wait to check out Tumulte and Malice! I am very jealous of you girls who live in the States 😛 You always get the newest makeup before every other country!


Miss Ayo Délé April 8, 2012 at 7:13 pm

It’s lovely.


Cynthia September 6, 2012 at 4:55 am

Can you tell me what color lens you are wearing? It’s so natural~
Very pretty!


Reika September 9, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Hi Cynthia I was wearing the freshkon colored lens in chestnut brown.


Cynthia September 14, 2012 at 5:24 am

Do you have a link to where you got your lenses? I can’t find any Freshkon chestnut brown. Thanks!


Reika September 14, 2012 at 7:12 am

I bought them at my local optometry shop. Freshkon is an international brand and they do all types of lenses (not just circle lens) so it should be avaialble at most op shops.


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