CHANEL | Joues Contraste 260 Alezane Powder Blush, Fall 2015

CHANEL Alezane blush opener

 

Cheek colour can make or break a look, but Joues Contraste 260 Alezane Powder Blush from the CHANEL Les Automnales Collection for Fall 2015, is one of those supremely well-balanced shades, turning it into one of those oh-so-totally wearable hues you’ll be reaching for again and again. And again….

INSPIRATION: willow catkin, eucalyptus leaf

Previously reviewed from this collection:

 

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CHANEL Collection Les Automnales Fall 2015 (credit)

CHANEL Alezane blush

CHANEL | Joues Contraste Alezane Powder Blush

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Joues Contraste Alezane Powder Blush (CAN $51.00)| Described as “brownish pink with golden shimmer”, Alezane is definitely all that, but I also detect peach, tan & rose tints as well. Fragranced with CHANEL’s signature rose scent, the shimmer is clearly visible in the pan but the powder is so ultra-finely milled that it melds seamlessly upon the skin with application. Warm leaning in tone, this blush is actually quite pigmented, so I suggest beginning with a light hand and building from there. A light sweep using a fan-shaped brush, provides a gentle hint of colour to help balance out a stronger eye (as seen in the photo above), but that excellent mix of dusky rose & neutral hues also means you can easily intensify the colour — without the fear of looking overdone. Initial appearances might lead you to think that this is a soft shade, but there are hidden depths here as well, with an impressive staying power to sweeten the deal (especially when worn over foundation).

 

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CHANEL | Joues Contraste Alezane Powder Blush

 

CHANEL Alezane blush 3

 

CHANEL | Joues Contraste Alezane Powder Blush

 

CHANEL Alezane blush swatches

CHANEL | Joues Contraste Alezane Powder Blush swatches

CHANEL Alezane vs Jersey & Accent blushes

Looking through my collection of CHANEL blushes, I pulled out the two I thought would be quite close to 260 Alezane, but as the photos and swatches below show, they are nothing alike. How they compared:

  • 80 Jersey – similar colour family but a few degrees lighter, powdery yet silky application, no visible shimmer but does bear a gorgeous satiny sheen
  • 84 Accent – cooler leaning, harder surface making it paler on application, same finely ground shimmer
  • 260 Alezane – the powder is a cross between the textures of the other two, but significantly more saturated in colour

 

CHANEL Alezane, Jersey & Accent blush swatches

CHANEL | Joues Contraste 80 Jersey, 260 Alezane, 84 Accent swatches (heavy swatches)

CHANEL Alezane, Jersey & Accent blush swatches 2

CHANEL | Joues Contraste 80 Jersey, 260 Alezane, 84 Accent swatches (blended out)

 

Other than mascara, blush is my kryptonite – in particular neutral toned blushes such as 260 Alezane, a colour that can be worn by a broad range of skin tones and will look amazing on every single person. There’s almost an impartiality to this shade, and while it looks deceptively soft (and even a little bland) in the pan, the resulting application is nothing short of amazing. Filled with that inner magic that CHANEL does so well, this is a colour that is off the charts in versatility and one I intend to never be without in my collection. Thank you, CHANEL, for making 260 Alezane a permanent shade.

The CHANEL Collection Les Automnales is available now at The Bay & thebay.com, as well as other fine retailers across Canada. Find more information via chanel.com

CHANEL Alezane blush closer

Press sample kindly provided for my unbiased consideration

 

6 Responses to CHANEL | Joues Contraste 260 Alezane Powder Blush, Fall 2015

  1. anastasiias says:

    Very beautiful shade! This one remind me a lot fo Bourjois blush I used to have:)

  2. I am loving Alezane. I am on the fairer side of skintones so a light hand is deeeeeffffffinitely needed when I apply this, then I build up if I feel I need a little more colour. I agree the colour is perfection and the staying power amazing. I have no issue with the scent, I really love the traditional Chanel scent x

    • Eugenia says:

      I have a feeling a lot of people are going to be surprised — and fall hard — for this shade! With regards to the scent, even though it doesn’t bother me, I totally get how it might not agree with those with sensitivities!

  3. Chrystin says:

    I just got this blush as a birthday present! It is just so pretty! When I wear it, it seems to give me a sunkissed glow. My only complaint is the scent…while I do love rose scented things, I’m not sure I’m a fan of scented blush or makeup products; I feel like it clashes with the other scents that I wear.

    • Eugenia says:

      I’m usually not a fan of scented makeup either, but find that the fragrance here is subtle enough and that it dissipates fairly quickly (unless I just get used to it and don’t smell it any more!), but that’s a good point for those with sensitivities.

What are your thoughts, beautiful?