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