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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.

Formula Overview

$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.

Browse all of our Chanel Joues Contraste Blush swatches.

Ingredients

Chanel So Close (380) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel So Close (380) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel So Close (380) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel So Close (380) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel So Close (380) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel So Close (380) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel So Close (380) Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel So Close (380) Joues Contraste Blush

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Guerlain Parure Gold Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Loose Translucent Powder
On eyes:
  • Tarte Toasted Eyeshadow Palette
  • Urban Decay Twice Baked 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil
On lips:
  • NARS Barbara Audacious Lipstick

Product Availability

Chanel So Close (380) $45.00/0.17 OZ.
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About the Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). (For more information, please check the FAQ.)

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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. 🙂

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.

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