Saturday, June 26th, 2010

Chanel Pink Explosion Blush
Chanel Pink Explosion Joues Contraste

Blush for Hire: Will Work for Smoky Eye

Chanel Pink Explosion Joues Contraste ($42.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a beautiful, decadent luxury of a blush in a brightened pink with just a hint of blue undertones. Chanel blushes have a cult following, with fans coveting each new shade the brand releases. I don’t think Pink Explosion disappoints–it is the most wearable of three new and limited edition shades releasing with the fall collection.

For those who don’t follow Chanel or rarely stop by the counter, let me tell you a little about what makes these blushes so loved. They are finely-milled, silky smooth powders that apply beautifully on skin. This is not a blush that will look chalky or powdery–it lays down on skin like it belongs there; the shades, no matter their hue, always look natural on cheeks.

Like any range, not all shades may work for all skin tones–some are on the lighter side–but Pink Explosion packs enough pigment to go bubblegum pink. It’s just as easy to create a soft, petal pink flush with just a tap of the brush. Pink Explosion has a soft white shimmer that is nearly undetectable once it’s applied. Instead, it gives off a lowkey, luminous glow. I’m hesitant to even call it a sheen, because it’s so subtle.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: I really love it for neutral and cooler skin tones–it’s such a pretty pink. It will work on warmer skin tones, but I think it’s perfect cooler skin tones. For those with warmer skin tones, it pairs well with smokier, cooler-toned eyes.


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Chanel Pink Explosion Blush
Chanel Pink Explosion Joues Contraste

Chanel Pink Explosion Blush
Chanel Pink Explosion Joues Contraste

Chanel Pink Explosion Blush
Chanel Pink Explosion Joues Contraste

Chanel Pink Explosion Blush
Chanel Pink Explosion Joues Contraste

Chanel Pink Explosion Blush
Chanel Pink Explosion Joues Contraste

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67 thoughts on “Chanel Pink Explosion Joues Contraste Blush Review, Photos, Swatches (Fall 2010)

  1. Sandy

    Beautiful. I need another blush like I need a hole in my head, but I may have to get this one.

  2. Hend

    what a lovely colour .. I will be saving up for it πŸ˜›

  3. Stacey

    Looks great! Very pretty soft pink. I have to ask what lipgloss you are you wearing in this pic? loving it. Thanks <3 your page

  4. Looks like a must have.

  5. Natalie

    Is it similar to Pink Swoon? :)

  6. Diane

    Love this color, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! I think you could find a similar color in a cheaper brand though.

  7. Mariska

    It looks a bit like MAC Dainty, or doesn’t it?

  8. Kristina

    Oh no, that blush is just too gorgeous! Christine I think you are going to be the one that finally push me to enter world of high end makeup! Chanel, Guerlain, YSL here I come.

  9. maya

    It looks beautiful on you, very fresh!

  10. Oh good grief… I think I have to get this now.

  11. shontay

    I am warm toned, but I don’t even care. This blush will be mine!

  12. Nicole

    Looks like I will be buying my first Chanel blush soon! It’s too pretty! LOL.

  13. tania

    hey gurl :)
    how would u say this compares to nars angelika?

  14. Wendy M.

    It looks so lovely!

  15. Sara

    ooo Pretty!!!

  16. pquanda

    Hey Christine! Thank you for your hard work! I was just wondering if you received/will be doing swatches for the new Chanel glossimers. I was just wondering because I was going to order online and would like some swatches on a warm-toned gal before I order. It’s totally fine if you’re not, and I know you’re busy, I just wanted to know if I should hold out a little bit. :)

  17. gorgeous color! really lightens up the face!

  18. Mandy

    Christine, this is such a healthy looking pop of color on you. I love it!

  19. Very beautiful, a perfect pink !

  20. Jan

    Love it. And this shade looks absolutely fantastic on you!

  21. inaya

    i love it when you include face shots. really helps get the point across

  22. Jennifer

    Very pretty pink, but I’m too broke for it.
    I do own Chanel’s Joues Contraste blush in Rose Petale.

  23. Shelley

    Looks nice on you!

  24. konconsc

    Christine, you mind telling what lip color you wear in the picture? so nice and goes so well with the blush!

  25. That looks GORGEOUS on! I don’t think I have anywhere locally to buy chanel or I’d be there swatching it in a heartbeat. THis sounds like something I’d LOVE in practice.

  26. tania

    how would this compare to nars angelika?

  27. This is BEAUTIFUL! Would you say MAC’s Dame is most similar to this? I can’t bear to hand over $42 for a blush, no matter what the quality or brand.

  28. Kourtni

    Is is similar to Pink Swoon?

  29. catie

    Thanks for your review. Looks like a must have. Is it made in the usa or in france? Thanks.

  30. Hi Christine!

    Can you tell me how this compares to NARS Angelika? Your review says the sparkles are not noticeable once applied. I’m hoping this is the case as I def noticed glitter chunks when I swatched it yesterday.


  31. Christina

    Do you think this would suit an NC37 tan skintone? x

  32. Tiso

    Thank you sooooo much Christine for your Chanel 2010 posts/swatches. My Macy’s counter got the collection in yesterday and according to my SA Pink Explosion is selling out fast. One has my name on it :)

  33. Cat

    Did you get the one Made in USA or Made in France?

  34. Lisa

    WOW! This color is absolutely PERFECT on your skintone!! πŸ˜€

  35. Liz

    To cheer myself up on a sad day today I may need pink explosion, pink dentelle & chintz…a major Chanel haul!

  36. erin

    it looks exact the same as mac dollymix, i have dollymix on my left cheek and chanel pink explosion on the other cheek xD maybe its the lightening and I can’t see difference .. but yah ..

  37. Are you able to tell me the name of the scent used in this blusher and if it is a Chanel product?
    Cheers Lorna

  38. Olga

    Which one do you think will work better for a really pale skin – this one or Chanel Tweed Fuchsia Tissages de Chanel? I myself just can’t figure out the difference between these two.
    Thank you!