Chanel So Close (380) Joues Contraste Blush Review, Photos, Swatches
So Close (380)
Chanel So Close (380) Joues Contraste Blush ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a bright (nearly neon!) orange with warm, reddish undertones and a natural finish. It seemed more matte in the pan, but the more I diffused and blended out the powder on the skin, the more natural the finish seemed to appear–not quite matte, not quite satin. The consistency was soft, lightly dusty in the pan but did not look dry or powdery on the skin.
I actually found that it looked less orange and more pink-coral when worn at semi-sheer to medium coverage, so keep that in mind if you’re really on the hunt for something more orange applied. I had no trouble blending out the powder, and I felt like it wasn’t too difficult to use a lighter hand or less-dense brush to get more buildable application but would not describe it as buildable to begin with (which is how Chanel’s blushes are marketed). This shade wore well for eight and a half hours on me before fading.
FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).
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$45.00/0.17 oz. - $264.71 Per Ounce
The Joues Contraste formula is supposed to have “buildable coverage, from natural to dramatic” with a “flattering radiance” and “silky texture.” The pigmentation ranges from semi-sheer to fully opaque, depending on technique and skin tone, but it seemed exactly as described–buildable–without having to pile it on or spend too long sheering it out. The formula has an extremely smooth, silky consistency that blends out beautifully on the skin. Most shades wear around eight hours on me.
The formula is rose-scented but the scent was largely undetectable applied (but noticeable in the compact).
Browse all of our Chanel Joues Contraste Blush swatches.
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I love love the tone and colour of this!! It’s so brightening and happy on you!!
A very bright orangey tone, that looks far more muted on your cheeks than in the pan.
I’m in deep, deep trouble here. Because I’ve fallen in love with this magnificent looking blush! There is just something so cheery and lively about it. Also, so transformative as it blends out!
Pretty color but that price tag is a lot
Thanks for reviewing this blush, Christine. I’m even more interested in it given the pink-coral result, which was apparent against your eye makeup. Am whispering it to Santa. 🙂
I thought it would be too bright or orange, but you make it look tempting, it looks so good on you.
When I received this Thursday in the mail, I almost sent it back. Your right, it’s a very bright orange. I called the Neiman Marcus store in Beverly Hills and spoke to the makeup artist for Chanel, her recommendation, using the tip of a blush brush and a very light touch pick, up the color and buff on to the cheeks. And your right Christine, it buffs out to a pinky peach. Beautiful results. I wore the new Chanel lipstick #4, orange based red, and the results were a very flattering combination.
The color! OMG. I don’t know if I could wear it but holy hell it’s amazing on the cheek.
Wow! This is so bright and pretty!