Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Rouge is one of the two blushers from pre-fall Chanel Byzance Makeup Collection which was launched in Singapore beginning of the month. It contains 4g of product, like rest of the Joues Contraste Powder Blushes and it retails at S$65.
I would describe Rouge as a deep carmine with golden sparkles which reflects light beautifully. It also bares the unique scent found in most Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blushes.
Swatches above taken indoor without flash and below taken indoor with flash.
This is one of the most pigmented blushers I have from Chanel. The colour payoff is superb – almost identical to what you see in the pan. Texture seems to be similar with rest of the range – soft and powdery. Easy to blend and blends out evenly.
I went through my collection trying to find similar shades to compare but not much luck.
However, I have picked a few out of the bunch and swatched them side-by-side so you get the idea of Rouge’s colour payoff against the rest. NARS Powder Blush in Taos actually came quite close in terms of colour payoff but Taos’ golden sparkles are more intense and concentrated. I find Chanel Powder Blush in In Love has a similar undertone but Rouge is darker, deeper and more pigmented. When I got Chanel Powder Blush in Reflex, I thought it’s quite pigmented but it’s really not when compared to Rouge. Rouge has less of a golden sheen found in Reflex although both contain some kind of golden sparkles.
Personally, I think the Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Rouge is worth looking at because of how pigmented it is. I believe it will look stunning on most skin tones but if you are fair, remember to be really light handed – a little goes a long way. Like most blushers with sparkles, it’s good to gently pat on the colour instead of brushing on – the sparkles will get everywhere.
This shade can be worn lightly across the cheeks or a tad heavier under the cheek bones. It’s subtle in a way that’s not.