My BFF Cindy likes to tell the story of the time she caught her grandma watching music videos on BET. Grandma, an older Chinese woman, doesn’t speak a lick of English and looked a little confused by 112′s Peaches and Cream.
Whether it was the gyrating women in booty shorts or the slow-mo scenes of milk pouring over ripe peaches, we’ll never know, but we think she may have thought she was watching a commercial for fruit.
To this day, whenever I hear the song or see peachy makeup like Chanel’s Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Fresque, I think of grandma…
This morning I spent some time with the blush ($42), released with Chanel’s Venice fall 2009 collection, while bumping some Peaches and Cream.
Is that a duochrome?
At first I thought Fresque looked like a pretty standard peachy blush, but something unusual happened once I got her on my skin.
Fresque on NC35 skin
The color kept changing, flashing through peach, coral and purple in the light.
The effect kinda reminds me of a subtler version of MAC’s Duochrome Eyeshadows…
In terms of finish, Fresque is like the hybrid love child of a shimmery highlighter and a sheer, matte blush. It applies as a delicate sheen with an understated glow, a lot like MAC’s Beauty Powders.
Layer like cra-zaaay!
If you prefer vibrantly pigmented blushes, then Fresque might not be your cup of tea; it applies *very* sheer. I find I need to use at least four layers to get the color to show on my cheeks, and it even applies sheer on lighter NW20 skin, too.
Fresque on NW20 skin
When it works with your skin tone, sheer Fresque produces a lovely, natural cheek look that’s hard to forget.
Chanel’s Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Fresque
Use: A sheer, glowy blush that seems to change from peach to pink and purple
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B
You might like Chanel’s Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Fresque if…
- you’re a die-hard Chanel fan,
- you have very pale skin, and/or
- you like sheer blushes in unusual colors.
I like Fresque’s duochrome color and subtle glowy finish, but $42 isn’t cheap, especially when a MAC Beauty Powder costs about half the price.
Still, it’s Chanel. If you don’t mind the price, it might be worth checking out.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,