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Chanel Joues Contraste Review: #71, Malice

Ordinarily, I'm not a huge blush fan. I use it because I'm as pale as the dead, but it's always been more of a necessity than a pleasure. The exception to that rule, though, is (wait for it)...Chanel Joues Contrast blush. The colors are gorgeous, the texture is perfection, and the fragrance...ahhh, the fragrance. Fresh roses! What's not to love?!

So each season when Chanel releases new colors, I do stop to take a look at the new JC shades and most times I partake of at least one. Which is why my blush collection is pretty insane given that I'm not even a blush kind of girl. 

My latest indulgence is Joues Contraste #71, Malice. It's a perfect spring color that's a cross between a peach and a pink, with plenty of pigment and some subtle shimmer. 

In bright sunlight, the peachy tones really come forth, showing how warm this shade can be. You can also see the subtle microshimmer that's infused throughout the blush. 

Under cloudy skies with flash, you can see the shade more accurately. It's definitely a beautiful, warm pink.

Under cloudy skies without flash, the cooler pink tones show. 

Malice is really the perfect spring blush for everyone. Since it somehow manages to have both warm and cool, peach and pink, it works for pretty much every skin undertone. There's enough depth of color for it to be suitable for all but the darkest skin tones. I find it works best applied with a very light hand, but my darker girlfriends can wear it applied more heavily. Either way, it gives a warm, rosy glow to the cheeks and really warms up the face. 

Bottom Line: As usual, Chanel has hit a home run with this one. With its warm peach and cool pink undertones, it plays very neutral on the skin and gives just the right amount of color. Depending on how you apply it, Malice will give you the softest blush or a healthy flush. It should work for nearly everyone, color-wise. As is typical with Joues Contraste blush, it applies evenly and wears all day, and though it has some shimmer it doesn't appear at all frosty on the skin...the shimmer just adds some dimension to the color. Highly recommend. 


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