Oh, Stop, Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Innocence! You’re Making Me (MAC) Blush, Baby

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Chanel Innocence Joues Contraste Powder Blush

Wearing the new Chanel Innocence Joues Contraste Powder Blush from the Chanel États Poétiques fall 2014 collection

“Oh, what’s this?” said the girl, plucking the blush from atop the makeup counter. From the pretty packaging, she could see it was a Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush. “I don’t think I’ve seen you before.”

“That’s Innocence,” said the smiling sales associate behind the counter. “Go ahead, check it out.”


Innocence ($45),” the girl repeated, feeling the smooth packaging in her hand. “Ooh, I love the Contraste Powder Blushes.”

When she pried open the compact, she couldn’t believe her eyes!

Chanel Innocence Joues Contraste Powder Blush

That’s MAC Blushbaby on the left and Chanel Innocence on the right

The blush staring back at her looked like MAC Blushbaby, one of her favorite MAC blushes of all time.

“What the what!?” 🙂

Chanel Innocence and MAC Blushbaby: Are they exact dupes?

I freakin’ love Chanel Innocence, in part because it looks so much like Blushbaby, but it isn’t an exact dupe, which makes me like it even more. Innocence has just a tad more pink — Blushbaby a tad more beige — but I think both of them are totally worthy of your everyday makeup bag.

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Innocence, $45

Joues Contraste Blush in Innocence, $45

Chic cheeks and sophisticated pink

Just like MAC Blushbaby, Innocence brightens and lifts cheeks in a sophisticated way. It’s pink, but not a Barbie pink, or an overly obvious pink you might see on a doll’s cheeks.

It’s a chic cheek (sorry, lame, but I had to go there!) you could wear all the time, and to almost any occasion — work, book signing, pool party.

Chanel Innocence Joues Contraste Powder Blush (left) and MAC Blushbaby (right)

Chanel Innocence (left) and MAC Blushbaby (right)

What do I love about Innocence?

Everything. 🙂

Well…sort of, except the price, but that’s the way it is with Chanel.

It’s everything I love about Chanel’s Joues Contraste Blushes. It applies smoothly, without any patchiness, and it couldn’t be easier to blend, build up or sheer down.

Chanel Innocence Joues Contraste Powder Blush Swatch


Innocence’s soft, satiny finish looks almost matte to me, and it should work well with warm skin tones, cool skin tones, and ladies (and lords!) of all ages. It’s basically a drama-free, foolproof blush.

The Joues Contraste blushes are some of my favorite things from Chanel

Sadly, it’s also $45 (MAC Blushbaby is $21).

Like the other Contraste Blushes, it’s expensive, but it sure is easy to use. When I apply any of the Joues Contraste Blushes, I know they’ll be with me all day. I think they’re among the best products in Chanel’s entire makeup line.

What to wear with Innocence?

This year there isn’t a quad in the fall collection, but if you’re looking for one, and you’re looking to stay within the Chanel fam, I highly recommend the Mystic Eyes quad from Chanel’s permanent collection.

It’s so pretty! I’ve had it for years, and you know, every time I open it, I re-fall back in love.

Chanel Mystic Eyes

Chanel Mystic Eyes

Mystic Eyes contains two brown shades — a golden brown and a darker bronzy purplish brown — a silvery taupe (which looks amazing with brown eyes) and a soft opalescent pink, which kind of looks like Atmosphere, the pinkish opalescent nail polish from the fall collection.

Chanel Atmosphere Swatch

629 Atmosphere Le Vernis Nail Color from the new Chanel Collection États Poétiques fall 2014 collection, available now online ($27)

For ideas: An easy eye

I’m actually wearing the Mystic Eyes quad in these pics here.


I blended the golden brown on my lids with a MAC 217, patted the pink along my brow bone and in the inner corners with a finger, and then smudged the darker brown on my lash lines, mixed with a bit of MAC Teddy, using an angled brush.

Easy, super chic, and it plays well with the rest of the pinks in the États Poétiques fall 2014 collection.

Chanel Innocence Joues Contraste Powder Blush

Additional makeup worn in this look: Tom Ford Brow Sculptor in Espresso (brows), Chanel Mystic Eyes Quad (eyes), MAC Teddy Eye Kohl (lash lines), Urban Decay Perversion Mascara (lashes) and Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Intime (lips)

Where hath Innocence gone?

If you’d like to meet Innocence, you can find it at Chanel counters and online now at chanel.com.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. ana says:

    you look so young (20s!) and fresh. great bright look. i love it.
    makes me want to buy this blush but $45 is a bit crazy, especially since i have about 50 mac and chanel blushes. mixed in with a few hourglass and nars. i need another blush like i need another hole in my head. have a great week!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ana,

      Thank you! Ooh, tell me about your Chanel blushes. Which ones are your faves?

      • ana says:

        i have the chanel creme blushes. i also bought the recent bronze-y creme color from their newest release. they look beautiful on the skin! especially with a guerlain or hourglass highlighter. but i have to say one of my all time favorite cream blushes is nars pennylane!

        I wonder why the powder blushes cost more than there creme line.

        • Karen says:

          Oh nice. I’ve worn a couple of those and like them a lot. I’ll have to try layering them with an Hourglass Highlighter. Do you have the Ambient Palette? SO GOOD! 🙂

          Not sure why the powder blushes cost more…maybe it’s a production thing? It might cost more to make it.

  2. fancie says:

    I’ve never paid much attention to Blushbaby but it’s really pretty. It’ll make a great everyday blush! The nail polish is beautiful too!
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  3. I had planned to skip this blush, but now I want it — it looks so great on you, Karen! Also, I love how Atmosphere looks on you. I purchased Atmosphere a few days ago but still have another color of nail polish on my fingers so haven’t been able to test Atmosphere out yet!
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  4. Helloooo, Atmosphere! *.*

    I love the way Innocence swatches on you, Karen — it looks like such a great combination of pretty and demure. I think the toned-down hue of Blushbaby is probably more up my alley, though; I’ll have to give it a swatch sometime. Blushes always look crazy different on you and I, but I trust your judgement;)
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  5. Dee says:

    What a gorrgggeeeouuusssss look Karen! I just love it!!Who wouldnt!! Its ah-mazing! Chanel Ombres Contraste Duo in Rose Berry is one of my all time fav duos. Mystic eyes is so purdy too. And I just discovered a new(to me) MAC blush too yaay. That nail colour is beautiful too . Loved this post! Ty 🙂
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  6. Sylirael says:

    The blushes are pretty (and I am a Chanel – cream, anyway – blush fan!), but I keep getting distracted by:
    1. Your gorgeous top!
    2. The Viva lipstick!! 😀
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  7. Stephanie says:

    *le sigh*
    Every time I decide I’m going to ignore any and all luxury seasonal releases, you go and do a gorgeous look. I love Atmosphere, and am totally in to the duochrome eyeshadows this year and when paired with the blush, I don’t know how I’ll be able to refrain!

    As a non-makeup related question: where did you get that top? I’m really enjoying the detail at your shoulders and I’m a sucker for that jewel-toned blue.

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