“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!
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.
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.
What do I love about Innocence?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,