Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

Chanel Sakura (87) Joues Contraste Blush
Chanel Sakura (87) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Sakura (87) Joues Contraste Blush ($43.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and gold sparkle strewn over a satin finish. Giorgio Armani Eccentrico (LE, $88.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Overexposed (LE) is darker. Edward Bess Filled with Desire (P, $43.00) is lighter. MAC Royal Sunset (LE, $21.00) is warmer. MAC Launch Away (LE, $21.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Sakura is a new and limited edition shade that’s exclusive to (it may also be in Chanel boutiques, but the information I have says online only, so you might call to see if a physical location is near to you). It had more buildable color payoff, and it seemed to build up to semi-opaque color coverage at most, which is in line with how it’s described (“buildable coverage”). The texture was soft, finely-milled, and a smidgen powdery when applying, but on the skin, it seems to melt and smooth out so it doesn’t look powdery or dry on the cheeks. It was very easy to blend and soften the edges as I applied it as a blush. The color wore well for almost eight hours before it began to fade around the edges.

The Glossover


Sakura (87)












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Chanel Sakura (87) Joues Contraste Blush
Chanel Sakura (87) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Sakura (87) Joues Contraste Blush
Chanel Sakura (87) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Sakura (87) Joues Contraste Blush
Chanel Sakura (87) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Sakura (87) Joues Contraste Blush
Chanel Sakura (87) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Sakura (87) Joues Contraste Blush
Chanel Sakura (87) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Sakura (87) Joues Contraste Blush
Chanel Sakura (87) Joues Contraste Blush

The Makeup Look

On face: Guerlain Parure de Lumiere Foundation, Guerlain Les Voilettes Pressed Powder. On lips: Chanel Rosace Aqualumiere. On eyes: Chanel Jardin Zen Eyeshadow Quad.

The Dupe List: Sakura (87)

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53 thoughts on “Chanel Sakura (87) Joues Contraste Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Cyndi c

    I read that this was super glittery with little color payoff, but seems buildable on you?

    • Yes, it was buildable. It is sparkly, though it didn’t seem super glittery to me? I didn’t really see any sparkles on the cheeks! I’m medium skin tone, and you can definitely see it on my cheeks! If it wasn’t buildable, there would be no hope for this on my skin tone.

  2. I love this pink! Even though it’s yellow, it helps counter the redness on my rosacea’d cheeks.
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  3. Thats a pretty everyday kinda shade! :-)
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  4. I got this earlier, and your review made me more excited to use it. :)

  5. Hmmm, it looks pretty but maybe just a little to sheer. I hate the idea of having to build my blush when there are so any formulas that as super pigmented and only need the slightest touch of a brush. Either way, I find it hard to resist Chanel, especially when you give it such a good rating. I just wish I could see it in person. Hmmmm there is a 80% chance ill be ordering it…lol

    • Yeah, Chanel blushes tend to be more buildable, so if you want like WHAM! pigment, it’s probably not the right formula in general!

      • I actually have five Chanel blushes and I really love them. I have Frivole, Fleur de Lotus, Horizon, Mocha and Rose Bronze. Of those four, Rose Bronze is the only one I would consider sheer, maybe Mocha too, but the colors are so beautiful. Their cream blushes are anything but sheer, and I can’t wait for the summer one I’ve seen sneak peeks off.

  6. Monica

    I just ordered this blush yesterday without seeing your review and I am glad I did and excited to receive it. Stunning color. Thanks for the review, no buyers remorse for me.

  7. Mirelas

    Is Dainty dupe for this ?

  8. That’s a pretty blush, it looks great on you!

  9. So pretty! I don’t know if I could ever justify the price though.
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  10. Oh this looks so so lovely on you, Christine!

  11. LU

    This reminds me of MAC Dainty blush.

  12. Jo

    I sort of want this because Sakura/cherry blossom are my favourite flowers. And it’s a pretty colour too!

  13. I love how soft and fresh this looks :-) Chanel has spoiled me a bit for its Joues Contraste blushes because of how awesome their cream blushes are!

    Still, if this is an online exclusive, there’s no way for me to get my hands on it anyway, so I’m probably safe 😛
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  14. Supeer gorgeous *.* on you!!!!

  15. PJ

    I purchased my first Chanel Joues Contrast in Accent many months ago and love the subtlety of it. The only problem I have is with the scent. It smells faintly of roses at first, and as months pass, becomes almost musty smelling.

  16. grlnxdor

    It looks like a lighter version of Rose Initiale, but with gold sparkle.

  17. Denise S.

    Pretty but too light for me.

  18. lulu

    Hi! Is this a dupe for rose initial by Chanel?

  19. Sabrina

    This looks like a very good, everyday go-to blush, and i’m glad it is for the price consumers will pay for it- but for me its a bit too…generic for the price range, and i’m trying to be good with my money this year! Does MAC’s well dressed blush look anything like this, Christine?

    • Well Dressed is cool-toned and lighter! I would think something along the lines of Fleur Power might be closer (not necessarily a dupe but closer at least!).

  20. Tabitha S

    That is so beautiful! I can normally put myself off a more extravagant purchase by looking at the dupes and comparison swatches but nothing seems to compare. Absolutely beautiful colour, and it suits you so well! Going to HAVE to get my hands on this!!!

  21. Cute shade, but it’s not super unique either.

  22. I have this and I think it’s gorgeous! I thought it seem to have be on the cooler side when I swatched it, but now that I look at yours, it does seem to have a warm yellow undertone. So weird!

  23. The name got me. It reminded me of the bath bomb by lush haha! And i do desperately need blushes, but i think ill have to skip on this one

  24. Cristina

    Are there any chanel blushes that is similar to this Christine?:) this is sold out everywhere here in the philippines:'( and seeing how good this looks on you, i’m super tooooorn!