Chanel Innocence Joues Contraste Blush Review, Swatches, Comparisons: A Gorgeous Soft Pink Flush!

I initially didn’t give Chanel Innocence Joues Contraste Blush a second thought. In fact, the first time I went to see the Chanel Fall collection, I dismissed the blush immediately and didn’t even swatch it at the counter! I have a sizable blush collection and wasn’t looking to add another blush. However, after seeing Innocence blush on Karen, I was immediately hooked and knew I had to try this for myself.

Chanel Innocence Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Innocence Joues Contraste Blush

Innocence is a natural, soft dusty pink with a hint of mauve that flatters my skintone surprisingly well. I say surprisingly as I wasn’t sure how the subtle mauve tone would work on my warm, yellow-toned skin (currently between MAC NC30-35 and a little darker than NARS Punjab). However, after wearing Innocence every day for the last number of days, I can see this working well on both cooler and warmer skintones.

This blush is less pigmented on first swipe than some of the other Chanel blushes, so it works well for those who can get heavy-handed with blush (that would be me!). However, what I like about Innocence is that it’s very easy to build up in several layers, so the pigmentation is something one can control. The staying power of Innocence, like most Chanel blushes I’ve found, is great for my oily skin. It lasts through a long work day, and it doesn’t get patchy on me either. Innocence blush even lasted through an intense, sweaty workout tonight — I was running late to the workout class and didn’t have time to take off my makeup prior to class! (I know, not the best for the skin.)

Chanel Innocence Blush (close up)

Chanel Innocence Blush (close up)

Although I have quite a few blushes, previously I hadn’t found a soft pink that was a “go-to” blush, which would work for any occasion or any mood (like a bad skin day for example). However, I’ve been really loving Innocence ever since I purchased it about a week ago. It’s very flattering on the skin and I can see it working with all seasons (not just fall!). I was a little wary when I saw that some were comparing it to Chanel Rose Initiale — simply because I own Rose Initiale and don’t really like it on me (even though I know most people love it). Fortunately, there is a noticeable difference between Innocence and Rose Initiale — both swatched and on the face — where I find Innocence much more flattering on my complexion.

Chanel Innocence Blush Swatch

Chanel Innocence Blush Swatch

Here are the blushes that I compared Innocence to. By looking at just the colors of the pans, I thought NARS Love would be the closest to Innocence, but you’ll see that they’re very different when swatched!

Chanel Innocence Blush Compared to Other Blushes

With the swatches, you’ll see that Rose Initiale is a brighter rose compared to Innocence’s soft, dusty pink.

Chanel Joues Contraste in Innocence Comparisons

I am very happy with this soft pink and highly recommend Chanel Innocence blush for a beautiful, natural soft pink flush that stays put all day. Chanel blushes are expensive but I’ve found them worth it for their quality, staying power, blendability, and gorgeous colors! What are your favorite soft pink blushes?

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  • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

    Hey Carolyn, I wasn’t interested in this at all till I saw it on some bloggers! I have Rose Initiale, and in the beginning I wasn’t convinced, either. That was until when I figured out it goes with just about everything! I’ve got to check Innocence out, too!

    • http://www.themakeupwriteup.com/ Carolyn @ The Makeup Writeup

      Hi Sunny! I’m glad that Karen posted about this, otherwise this would have been a complete skip for me! I’m looking forward to hearing what your thoughts are of Innocence once you get to check it out :).

  • http://www.hellojaa.com/ Jaa

    Ahh you got the Innocence! I’ve been telling myself no no no (because seriously I do not need another blush in my life!). LOL. I like how it has a hint of mauve in it. It’s actually what drew me to this blush in the first place! My willpower is getting weaker and weaker by minutes!

    • http://www.themakeupwriteup.com/ Carolyn @ The Makeup Writeup

      Hi Jaa! I know, I felt kind of bad as I have more than enough blushes (I’ve completely neglected my Hourglass blushes lately) — but I’m really loving Innocence and think it’s very flattering on our NC30-ish skintone! If you do check it out, let me know what you think :)!!

  • http://theconsciencefund.com/ Divya

    Hey Carolyn! Innocense looks pretty here! buy I don’t myself more attracted to the the brighter Initiale! :-)

    • http://www.themakeupwriteup.com/ Carolyn @ The Makeup Writeup

      Hi Divya! I hope you are loving Spain :). Hehe, both are pretty colors indeed — I just find Innocence more flattering on my skintone, but you might like Rose Initiale more!

  • http://www.glambunctious.com/ Kristen / Glambunctious

    This one is so gorgeous! I think the purple (mauve) in the shade works so well on you because you have yellow undertones, and yellow and purple are complimentary colors! This is a beaut, for sure!

    • http://www.themakeupwriteup.com/ Carolyn @ The Makeup Writeup

      Hi Kristen! Thanks so much for stopping by :). You make such a good point about yellow and purple being complimentary colors — I didn’t even think about that! Have you ever tried a mauve blush? How did you like it on your skin tone?

      • http://www.glambunctious.com/ Kristen / Glambunctious

        It looks decent with a light application but starts looking almost bruised if you get too heavy handed! Pink and “neutral” (almost brown/taupe) blush are my blush BFF’s. I’ve also started loving orange-toned blushes, too!

        • http://www.themakeupwriteup.com/ Carolyn @ The Makeup Writeup

          I hear you on the orange-toned blushes! I have the YSL Kiss and Blush in Orange Fougueux and was pleasantly surprised to see that it’s quite flattering on the cheeks!!

  • http://www.izzique.com/ Izzie

    I’ve been up in arms over whether or not I should pull the trigger on Innocence, but I think I might have to finally stop by the Chanel counter this weekend. It’s absolute a gorgeous flush of color. Great to know it compliments so many skin tones.

    Izzique | For beauty, DIY, and lifestyle

    • http://www.themakeupwriteup.com/ Carolyn @ The Makeup Writeup

      Hi Izzie, thanks so much for dropping by! :) I think Innocence is definitely worth a look in person. I hope you end up liking it as well!

  • Krithi Marla

    this looks so pretty
    the kind of color I would enjoy wearing
    http://itskrisworld.blogspot.in/

    • http://www.themakeupwriteup.com/ Carolyn @ The Makeup Writeup

      Hi Krithi! Yes, this is such a great everyday color. It’s become a “go-to” blush for me!

  • http://makeuptricksandtips.blogspot.com/ fiona furtado

    Hey Carolyn, the blush looks love good everyday blush. I really love chanel blushes because they stay all day on my oily cheek.

    • http://www.themakeupwriteup.com/ Carolyn @ The Makeup Writeup

      Hi Fiona! I know, they have such great staying power! It’s always nice when us oilier-skinned gals find products that really last on us :).

  • http://www.howdoesdeedoit.com howdoesdeedoit

    So many choices so little time huh Caroyln?:) I swatched every shade of blush they had in Tarte, MakeupForever,Clinque and Laura Mercier today but decided I have enough blushes and managed to buy none lol. All of those swatches on your arm are gorgeous tho *sigh*

    • http://www.themakeupwriteup.com/ Carolyn @ The Makeup Writeup

      That’s so awesome that you were able to hold your ground today, Dee! Good for you :D. Now that I have Innocence blush, I think I can stop buying blushes for quite awhile now :). Are you planning to buy any makeup goodies while you’re on vacation?!

      • http://www.howdoesdeedoit.com howdoesdeedoit

        Well I had go to exchange my YSL K&B shade #12 for something else so I wasnt that good heh. Hmm I’m going to be on the move a LOT on vacation ( and half the time on water ) so not sure:( I dont even have a layover anywhere to shop duty free lol so not sure.We’ll see ;)

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