Chanel Joues Contraste in Rouge and OR Swatches

June 26, 2011

After lying on the bed and surviving on  instant korean ramen for the past 2 days,  I am finally feeling better today and have the energy to do a blog post for the Chanel Joues Contraste Blushes in ROUGE and OR from their Byzance Collection. I had to admit..I initially only wanted to buy the gold blush (OR), as the red blush just looks too shockingly red for my fair skin which I would never wear. Obviously I had a change of mind after the SA told me if I layer the red with the gold, it gives a beautiful rose gold effect. Yes..the word Rose Gold totally sold me..


Everything from the Byzance Collection is much more pigmented than the regular Chanel’s.

Heavy Swatches (by fingers):


Swatched by brush:


Chanel Joues Contraste in OR is a true gold blush (although from some certain angles I can see a little bit of bronze sheen) with tons of gold flecks. The texture feels quite grainy and powdery hence there are a lot of fallout in the pan once you start using it.


It is definitely more of a highlighter rather than a blush to me. When I use it as a highlighter on my skin it transforms into a very subtle golden sheen.  The gold surprisingly blends into my naturally yellow skintone really well – it brightens as well as warms up my complexion without looking too yellow.

Applied OR on the top of my cheekbone.


Chanel Joues Contraste in Rouge appears as a true bright red with pink shimmers in the pan, but on the skin the shimmer is less noticeable. Unlike OR, the texture of Rouge feels smooth and soft. It is also insanely pigmented – a tiny amount of it is enough to do the whole cheek.


I had a really hard time applying just a sheer wash of color with Rouge. It was my 6th attempt to get a sheer finish shown in the picture below. It is so pigmented,  applying with the softest and fluffiest blush brush with the lightest hand doesn’t help much.. I still ended up look like a clown.  To get the result I had to dip the brush into the pan at the sofest pressure I could, then swipe the brush on my hands to remove most of the product first before applying it on my cheeks. Once I got it right, it gives a natural flush of color – reminiscent of  a “just went for a jog” look.

Applied Rouge on the apple of my cheek


Layer OR on top of Rouge:

I am glad I got both blushes in the end. They look the best when they are layered on top of each other. They red balances out the warmth of the gold, and the gold sheen softens the brightness of the red, making it more glowy and dewy.


Stay tuned, I might update this post or do a new post showing you some possible dupes of these blushes.

BTW Chanel Joues Contraste retails for $74 in Australia.

{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

flyavsted June 26, 2011 at 5:44 pm

Love the two blushes when they are layered on you! I hope you get well soon! 🙂


Reika June 27, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Thanks flyavsted 🙂


Eileen June 27, 2011 at 1:29 am

Hi Reika,

First of all, I hope you are feeling better soon. You blogging ladies certainly are a devoted bunch! This week I’ve read several posts by beauty bloggers who were under the weather, but wanted to get those reviews of Chanel out there for their readers. So, thank you for the great pictures and reviews. I’m new to your blog and find it delightful.

Apropos the heavily pigmented Rouge, have you tried using a fan brush? Laura Mercier and Smahsbox make nice affordable ones that usually work well with intense blushers. Just a thought.


Reika June 27, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Hi Eileen, thanks for dropping by. Yeh how weird is seems all the beauty bloggers fell sick at the same all around the world 😛
Thanks for the rec..I can’t believe I didn’t think about using a fan brush! I tend to forget about Fan brush because it doesn’t pick up any color..seems to be perfect for applying Rouge. Will give it a try next time 🙂


Jennise June 27, 2011 at 2:36 am

I love the effect of Or on the skin, I wonder what it would look like layered on other blushes. Can’t wait for my order to arrive.


Reika June 27, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Hi Jennise, good idea! I will feature layering them with other blushes in my future FOTDs 🙂
Look forward to seeing your pics!


Tiffany June 27, 2011 at 4:13 am

At first I was like, huh? A bright red and a yellow blush?! But oh my goodness, they look AMAZING on you! I want them both now…not good for my wallet :-/


Reika June 27, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Thanks Tiffany 🙂 yes Chanel always manages to burn holes in my pocket…


onlyfr33b33 June 27, 2011 at 4:57 am

Oh! I love the one in OR! It will probably look great with a tan.


Reika June 27, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Agree the gold blush would look stunning with a tan..*mental note* I have to get under the sun more..


Tasha June 27, 2011 at 4:18 pm

You are adorable and I love the blushes on you 🙂 Your blog is quite nice & I am glad to have found it.


Reika June 28, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Thanks Tasha 🙂


Jen June 27, 2011 at 10:12 pm

I can’t wait for this to debut in the States. Thank you for such lovely pictures! OR looks amazing….


Reika June 28, 2011 at 1:50 pm

I prefer OR as well, really like the dewy glow effect it gives! I heard the collection is available in the states now!


Annie July 6, 2011 at 4:40 am

Love it! and you got a flawless skin 🙂 I love your blog!
Thank you for the great reviews 🙂


Reika July 6, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Thanks Annie 🙂 I need to clarify..I don’t have flawless skin..:-P


Lori Jenkins July 6, 2011 at 11:29 pm

Amazing! I would never have considered these blushes, but that last picture has me wanting to try them out. I’m so glad I came across your blog. Your Chanel pictures are lovely as are you!


Reika July 7, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Thanks for the kind comments Lori!


Jaann July 7, 2011 at 6:42 pm

I shouldn’t have read this blog post. D-:

I initially only wanted the Rouge one, but now… I see that the Or looks so good too. Wallet-busting or not, thanks for the beautiful swatches. 🙂


Reika July 11, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Hi Jaann, thanks for dropping by 🙂 Rouge and Or are gorgeous, but I don’t find them to be that user friendly. Takes a lot of time to get the desired finish for my complexion. It is lovely to collect LE items from Chanel..but I’m pretty sure there will be dupes from cheaper brands available soon.


Petrina July 15, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Rouge looks fab on you! I love the flush – so pretty!


Reika July 17, 2011 at 7:12 am

Thanks Petrina! Red blush is the best for creating a natural flush look isn’t it?!


Krystal July 29, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Hello! First of all I love your blog! Your reviews, swatches and photos are gorgeous! After seeing this post on Rouge and Or I’m on a man hunt for them! I just picked up Or but I can’t get my hands on Rouge >.< Do you know of any good dupes of the shade? I'll try my luck online.

Wonderful blog and you're beautiful!


Reika July 30, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Hi Krystal thank you so much for your lovely comments.
As for the dupe, I have just recently reviewed the Giorgio Armani Jacquard Face Palette, I think the red shade is a very close dupe of chanel rouge.

Cafemakeup also posted a comparison picture between Chanel Rouge and Shu blush in red 19D, do check it out!


Krystal August 2, 2011 at 11:52 pm

Thanks so much for the recommendation! The GA blush is very pretty but also a bit pricey for me ^^, And the Shu blush looks nice too but I don’t think I can get them here in Texas T . T But not to worry I checked Chanel’s website and they still had Rouge available! So I ordered it and got it today!! So excited! I’ve been layering Or with my other blushes but I can’t wait to try them together, your review made me fall in love! Thanks again and keep up the wonderful work! ^.^


Reika August 3, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Hi Krystal thanks for letting know that you got it in the end! I am really happy to hear that 🙂 Enjoy.


Montse July 29, 2011 at 11:59 pm

Today I got my blushes, because today the collection was released in Mexico, i had been waiting for it since u posted it! they r so beautiful i can’t even use them!!!


Reika July 30, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Congrats Montse! They are absolutely a joy to have 🙂 It can be a bit tricky to use though..I highly recommend you to check out Cafemakeup’s post on its application tips.


Annie September 3, 2011 at 10:14 pm

I have been experimenting of how best to apply this strong colour ROGUE. You should try the stipping brush from MAC. It works BRILLIANTLY! 🙂 You will love using it with almost any strong intensed colour blush (n__n)


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