My three new Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blushes ($43, Joues Contraste Fards à Joues Poudre in French) arrived today - finally - and I had time to grab swatch photos of one this afternoon. I selected Malice (#71), the shade that had given me pause before I ordered it, sight unseeen. On Chanel's Web site, Malice looks orange in the teeny tiny color representation. Malice isn't even close to orange! I can see its coral hues in the compact indoors in dim light. Outside? It a vibrant warm pink with just a touch of peach.
Malice carries just enough micro-sparkle to give it a gleam without making it appear artificial or unnatural. There's a reason you wont see fine glitter in my swatch photos. The ultra-fine powder in the blush blends color and soft sparkles with a result that gleams without glitter.
Malice is a new shade, and the timing of its introduction could not be more perfect. It's a great shade to wear now, as the weather warms, and throughout the summer.
I think the color of this blush is lust-worthy. I could called it scrumptious, luscious, stunningly beautiful, or any number of superlatives. I'm so glad I took a chance, ordering it on faith. I had seen blog photos of it, but they were all different, leading me to wonder what Malice would look like on my own skin.
I swatched Malice heavily with a sponge-tipped applicator at the top of my arm, and I applied it moderately heavily with a dense blush brush below. My swatch photos were taken in full, afternoon sun.
Malice gleams. I'm reminded of a watermelon, a luscious fruit with an inviting, juicy rose-pink color. Even though I have a lot of makeup, it's conceivable that I could run out of Malice. I wonder if my hoarding instincts will kick in this week.
I suspect that your skin tone may affect the way Malice appears on your own skin. On mine, it's pink. Those with darker or olive-toned skin may bring out its peach tones. If you purchase it, please let us know how the color translates on your skin.
I purchased all of my new Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blushes at Chanel's Web site. I'll show you the others as soon as I can get photos.
Photos by Best Things in Beauty