Chanel Fandango Joues Contraste Powder Blush: A Pink Brown Flush for Spring

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Chanel Fandago blush ($42) temporarily helped me forget that it’s cold enough outside to freeze my butt bones.


After two layers I felt like winter had ended. There was a flush to my cheeks that I hadn’t seen in months, and I felt like I’d spent the afternoon twirling through sun dappled fields o’ flowers.

As the only blush released with Chanel’s Spring 2009 Bohemian Fantasy Collection, Fandango, a shimmery pink and brown, applies with intense color that really brings out the brown in my skin. To avoid dark, muddy cheeks, I layered it slowly with a MAC 187 skunk brush, trying to use a light touch.

With my skin tone, I settled on two layers, but lighter skinned beauties may want to try just a single layer applied lightly with a fan brush.


Chanel Fandango Joues Contraste Powder

Price: $42
Use: A rich pink and brown powder blush
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A

Unfortunately, like nearly all Chanel products, Fandango costs an arm and a leg, but anything that helps me see past the gloomy winter weather gets a YEE-HAW from me.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. ParisB says:

    Hmm…it looks potentially too muddy for me but it looks lovely on you! Happy New Year Karen!

  2. Vanessa H says:

    Ohh that looks so pretty on you! I’m super fair, I wouldn’t be able to pull this color off, but I’m on the hunt for a good peachy/pink blush. I’m a C3 from MAC and i have very dark hair..

    Let me know, thanks Karen!

  3. jojoba says:

    have you tried mocha or Euro Brume D’or? Can you compare them with this? all of the 3 seem to be similar in the pictures.

    and you look very nice with this on!

    jojoba´s last blog post..Review: Pupa Professionals Triple Action Powder Foundation SPF 20 Colour 02 & FOTD: Make Up For Ever Star Powder 960

  4. Arianne says:

    Gosh this looks soo gorge on you! Goes really well with the rest of your look.

  5. Lilan says:

    Happy New Year, Karen!

    In the pan and swatched, the blush looked potentially too dark, but alas it looks great on you (as usual)! Kudos CHANEL for irresistible products!

  6. Miss QQ says:

    Hi Karen. It is beautiful on you. On me, it is just brown, but lovely if I dust it lightly over another pink blush. I tried the nail polishes again and I don’t know why I can’t get the micro-glitters to show from Vendetta.

  7. Faye says:

    It’s funny because when I saw this, I thought, this would look great on Karen from the makeupandbeautyblog :). I think I might even have posted that here earlier. But it would look horrid on me, unfortunately :(. Oh well, at least I got Mystic Eyes quad and Wild Rose glossimer!

  8. Evie says:

    Fandango is soooo pretty 🙂 Fair-skinned ladies: you really must try this one on, even though it looks like it wouldn’t work for you. I’m pale with neutral undertones, and it’s the perfect peachy bronze flush on me.

  9. Tiffany says:

    So pretty! Great FOTD, Karen!

  10. Karen says:

    Hi Paris B.,

    Happy New Year to you, too! 🙂

  11. Karen says:

    Hi *Jen*,

    Thanks! 🙂

  12. Karen says:

    Hi Vanessa H.,

    Heya! Hmm, you might like from MAC: Peaches, Pinch O’ Peach and Springsheen. 🙂 Do you have a fan brush? It really helps to control the color. Shu Uemura makes a great one called the 7.5EX (weird name, I know!).

    Here’s a link to a review I did last year if you’d like to check it out:

    Shu Uemura 7.5EX Brush

    Hope this helps!

  13. Karen says:

    Hi Jojoba,

    Thanks, m’dear!

    I haven’t tried those other colors. I’ll write them down in my notebook and check them out when I head to the counter again.

    Happy New Year!

  14. Karen says:

    Hi Arianne,

    Thank you! Do you think you might try it?

  15. Karen says:

    Hi Lilan,

    Happy New Year, girl! You could totally wear this if you worked slowly and used a fan brush…

  16. Karen says:

    Hi Miss QQ,

    Oh, that sounds like a really pretty combo. I will try the same thing when I wear this next.

    I see what you mean regarding Vendetta. A lot of it is the lighting… when I’m in a place with tons of light I can really see it, but if I’m in my bedroom (which has limited light) then it doesn’t really show.

    I hope you try it again, even if it’s just for fun. It’s a lovely color!

  17. Karen says:

    Hi Faye,

    🙂 Yah, I remember you writing about that!

    I am going to play with the Mystic Eyes quad today. 🙂 So excited! What looks have you done with it so far?

  18. Karen says:

    Hi Evie,

    Yay, it’s good to know that so many other gals can wear this one, too! What brush did you use with it?

  19. Karen says:

    Hi Tiffany,

    Thanks, hon! Happy New Year!

  20. Evie says:

    Hi Karen,

    Surprisingly, it worked just fine with my normal fluffy blush brush! But I apply my loose powder after blush, so that tones it down a bit.


  21. Lilan says:

    Hi Karen,

    I don’t own a fan brush but after reading your post yesterday I was thinking about it. We’ll see though, I’m pretty in love with my skunk brush 🙂

    Lilan´s last blog post..Prescriptives Spring Collection is ‘In Bloom’

  22. Tavia says:

    All I can say is that looks great on your,like you’ve come directly from summer vacation with great tan. Usually i have to apply something on my neck also, cause otherwise the difference will show.

    Tavia´s last blog post..Smoky eyes in seconds

  23. Tiera says:

    Ooohh! You look amazing in Fandango! I wasn’t sold on it at first (especially for $42, hello!) but I think I might have to “spring” for it now!

    Tiera´s last blog post..2009 New Year “Challenges”

  24. Karen B says:

    Don’t know if I could pull it off. Maybe when I have a tan.

  25. Vanessa H says:

    Hi Karen!
    Thanks so much for replying :-). I don’t own a fan brush…I have been eyeing them recently though. Going to the MAC counter tomorrow and will have them test the colors you suggested.
    Happy Weekend!

  26. Glosslizard says:

    Hi Karen!

    OMG, Fandango is so gorgeous on you! How does it compare to Enchanteresse?

    Hi Vanessa H!

    As a fellow pale-skinned, dark-haired lass, I highly recommend a fan brush! Seriously, having one opened up a whole new world of blush possibilities and they hug the cheekbone like nobody’s business! 🙂 Also, check out Benefit’s Coralista, their powder formulas tend to be really easy to apply lightly!

  27. Vanessa H says:

    Thank you Glosslizard :-). I’ll be at all the make up counters today!

  28. katee says:

    I totally agree w/Evie!! I am super fair skinned and I find this to be very flattering on me. I resisted but the SA at saks insisted I try it. Glad I did!!

    katee´s last blog post..NOTD: Mood by SpaRitual

  29. jojoba says:

    girl, i had to link your review to mine as you have the perfect skin tone for this blush. i wish it worked for me.

    jojoba´s last blog post..Review/Swatch: Chanel Spring Collection 2009

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