Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

Chanel Frivole Joues Contraste / Blush
Chanel Frivole Joues Contraste / Blush

Chanel Frivole Joues Contraste / Blush ($43.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “luminous apricot.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark orange with just a hint of pink to give it an “apricot” coloring. The finish is mostly matte, but there is a touch of barely-there sheen that translates as “natural” when applied–you can see the tiny golden sheen in the blended out swatch. Buxom Euphoria is lighter and more orange. MAC Modern Mandarin is redder, less orange, more shimmery. NARS Gilda is redder. Guerlain Peach Boy is redder, less orange. MAC Optimistic Orange is a touch more orange (and it is a cream blush). Make Up For Ever is a touch darker and more red-toned.

It is as intense as you’d like it to be; it can be as rich and bright as it looks in the pan, or it can be blended and applied more sheerly for a softer color. Darker complexions should have no trouble getting enough color to show up on them, while paler complexions can rest easy knowing that it has an exquisite, finely-milled texture that makes blending a cinch. The powder is so, so soft but not powdery. It looks luminous and subtly glowy on the skin without emphasizing pores. Frivole wore for seven hours well, and after eight, there was very slight fading along the edges.

The Glossover

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Frivole

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Beautiful, soft texture that looks natural and luminous on the skin, combined with excellent color payoff makes for a blush that will work across skin tones. It is very warm-toned, so those who tend to find orange blush less flattering may want to pass.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Chanel Frivole Joues Contraste / Blush
Chanel Frivole Joues Contraste / Blush

Chanel Frivole Joues Contraste / Blush
Chanel Frivole Joues Contraste / Blush

Chanel Frivole Joues Contraste / Blush
Chanel Frivole Joues Contraste / Blush

Chanel Frivole Joues Contraste / Blush
Chanel Frivole Joues Contraste / Blush

Chanel Frivole Joues Contraste / Blush
Chanel Frivole Joues Contraste / Blush

Chanel Frivole Joues Contraste / Blush
Chanel Frivole Joues Contraste / Blush

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Nordstrom, $43.

Is it limited edition?

No.

Any dupes?

Buxom Euphoria is lighter and more orange. MAC Modern Mandarin is redder, less orange, more shimmery. NARS Gilda is redder. Guerlain Peach Boy is redder, less orange. MAC Optimistic Orange is a touch more orange (and it is a cream blush). Make Up For Ever is a touch darker and more red-toned.

What makeup are you wearing?

On eyes: Chanel Raffinement Eyeshadow Quad, Chanel Or Rose Eyeliner, Lancome Hypnose Star Mascara. On cheeks: (your left) Chanel Frivole, Chanel Poudre Signee de Chanel; (your right) Chanel Poudre Signee de Chanel. On lips: Chanel Merveille Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss.

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47 thoughts on “Chanel Frivole Joues Contraste / Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Ahhh my grabby hands can’t wait for this to hit Chanel counters in Manila!

  2. Nadia

    This looks beautiful on you. Could you please do a review on the Chanel eyeshadow quad you used?

  3. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Ioana Cami

    This is gorgeous! I love that it’s not super shimmery so the color works for the fall and spring/summer.

  4. helen

    It’s a little warm for me but i’m still obsessed with, (and gotta have), the quad and lippie!

  5. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Marian Marian

    ooooo…..that’s gorgeous!

  6. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of rebecca blueraccoon

    thanks for confirming I can skip this one :) Too warm for me; orange and I do not mix at all.

  7. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of tiffanie Tiffanie

    Thanks for the great review, Christine. Do you know how this compares to Chanel’s In Love and Malice?

  8. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Anne Anne

    It looks great on you! And I can totally see myself sporting this in the spring!

  9. Liz

    It is pretty and would probably look nice on me. However, I already have blushes that fill the apricot/peachy void. So, I’m going to have to pass. I see you are wearing colors from the quad from this Chanel line. I hope you review it soon. I’m really excited about it and think it just might be my first purchase from a luxury brand.

  10. Love love love this colour, I think it would look awesome on any skin tones. especially on a NC45 no? :D

  11. Lovely colour, but I fear it’s a little too warm for my skin. Looks terrific on you, though!

  12. That works really well with that gloss.

  13. Jessie

    That color doesn’t really say Spring to me. I have NARS Gilda and I don’t give it enough love as is. This is like fluorescent orange, not my thing, so I can pass easily.

  14. wendala

    hi!! i’m pale and i loved chanel’s fandago blush. everyone and i mean everyone said no about wearing it. always try before you buy and go out in different lighting to check wearability. why do i have a feeling that the sales associate is going to push their $65 brush to use with this blush? thankyou for the wonderful reviews and happy holidays to you!! xo. p.s.

    • You can definitely rock this blush even if you’re pale! Some find that orange blush + pink undertones = red, ruddy cheeks, so that is the potential concern with this, since it is orange and has a slightly reddish base!

      Happy holidays, Wendala!

  15. Paige

    This blush looks beautiful on you :) I don’t have any apricot-shade blush yet and I should definitely get one. I read another reviewer stated that this blush is similar to NARS Gina. What do you think? Your old swatches of NARS Gina look similar to Chanel’s. Which of them pull less red on the cheeks? I’m very torn in making my decision on which of the two I should get.

  16. Lulee

    this or a burberry blush? which is better worth the $? please advise.

  17. Heather

    I just bought this two days ago; it shows up more as a light salmon on my NC40 skin. The texture is heavenly, though, and matte, which is a huge plus when it comes to these types of colors. If you’re around the same skin tone, try it out at the counter. You could be pleasantly surprised. Now to get the highlighter…

  18. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Rachel Rachel

    Oh wow! That color is amazing! I don’t love that price, but I might have to splurge on this…

  19. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Mindy Smith AZSunshine

    I owe you a HUGE thank you Christine! I wanted this even though I have Tarte’s Tipsy in the blush and cheek stain. However, when you mentioned MAC Optimistic Orange in your review, I remembered that I have that too! Now I can skip this and not look back. Now I can set my pennies aside for something else. :)

  20. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Lauren Lauren

    Hows the brush for this one?

  21. Soly

    Aside from the subtle gold shimmer in it, how does this compare to Chanel’s In Love blush?

  22. HANNHUNG

    How does it compare to MAC’s Modern Mandarian? Thanks Christine!

  23. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Amy xamyx

    I’m very neutral, but I prefer to stay in the mauve/dusty pink range. However, I can see this being gorgeous on olive/deeper skintones.

  24. I’ve just noticed your skin depth appears to have changed, Christine, I’m guessing because it’s winter? Do you notice some shades suit you better in summer or winter, ie when you’re darker or paler?

  25. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Veronica Veronica

    *raises eyebrow* That is not quite the color that comes to mind when I think “apricot,” but we’ll let it slide, Chanel.

    This is way, way too warm for me, but it really is a gorgeous orange. Not too neon, not too red, just perfect for warmer skin tones. I think people with medium to medium-dark skin tones in particular would look amazing in this. :D

  26. Love this color. I do love oranges in general, blushes included. I have La Femme orange and it’s great, though the tone of this I prefer slightly (hard to imagine any product beating La Femme’s formula though!)

  27. Lena

    Christine, your skin looks flawless! What do you use?!

  28. VickyM

    Looks nice, and happy to see that it delivers in quality, but very orange, not for me.

  29. Oooh, want….so pretty!

  30. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Sheri Jinete

    I’m curious to know how this blush compares with Tarte’s Tipsy.

  31. Stunning. The absolute perfect color for summer. I have rarely spent half that much on a blush, but I may have to splurge here.

  32. lydia

    How do you think this compares to MAC’s Peaches?

  33. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Katalin kate

    I bought it, love the color, its pretty, sexy on brunettes. But fades quick.

  34. Amy

    I have MAC ‘Melba’, which I really like, but I still wanna get another favorite blush, do you think Chanel Frivole is very similar to MAC Melba? If not, then how different they are? Thanks, love xx

  35. Hi! How do you compare this to Tarte’s Blissful? Thank you!