Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Fresque Reminds Me of Peaches and Cream

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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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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.

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Fresque on NC35 skin

The color kept changing, flashing through peach, coral and purple in the light. ๐Ÿ™‚

The effect kinda reminds me of a subtler version of MAC’s Duochrome Eyeshadows…

Delicate finish

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.

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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

Price: $42
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. ๐Ÿ™‚ If you don’t mind the price, it might be worth checking out.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. emma says:

    GAH i really want this, im vampire-pale, LOVE chanel and LOVE sheer. and the packaging is so pretty!
    : ( *tear* i wish it wasn’t so darned expensive. why am i such a sucker for blushes?
    .-= emma’s last blog post… Earth Girls Are Easy =-.

  2. Lina says:

    Excellent review!!! Your description is dead-on. I’m a die-hard Chanel fan and thought this looked boring in the pan, but had to have it anyways. I was pleasantly suprised when I applied it on my Chanel Shell 1.5 (which equals NC30/35) skin. I also agree it’s on the sheer side – I use stiffer brushes (versus soft ones) for blushes like this one.
    .-= Lina’s last blog post… Day 2 of Beauty Tools & Essentials: Face Brushes =-.

  3. Sarah says:

    That is very pretty. It reminds me of peaches and cream too.

  4. Faye says:

    I tried this on while I was in Hawaii, but sadly, it was just too warm for me. I still have plenty of Chanel blushes, though, so I can’t complain I guess :).

  5. Farah says:

    Thanks for the review I think im too dark to wear this shade.. NC40 ah well MAC it is!
    .-= Farah’s last blog post… Engagement Celebrations and Makeup! =-.

  6. jojoba says:

    wow it looked so dark in pan and you said it needed to be layered like crazy???? maybe it would work for me. i thought it was too muddy for me from the first pic. i need to see if we have this. thanks for another awesome review!
    .-= jojoba’s last blog post… Pigment Application: MAC Pigment Tan =-.

  7. Marisol says:

    What a gorgeous color. Peaches & Cream…hahahaha
    .-= Marisol’s last blog post… Book recommendation: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo =-.

  8. Allilanta says:

    Wow, it looks so pretty! But I would definitely not pay $42 for a blush…no matter how much I’d love to, for Chanel. ๐Ÿ™ I suppose some things weren’t meant to be..oh well! Back to the MAC!

  9. lexi says:

    hahaha – that story just made my day!

    the blush review not so much sadly – I’ll stick to my NARS ‘gilda’ blush!

  10. Catherine says:

    Oh, that’s so pretty! And LOL @ the story. I have to admit, I was really confused by that song too.
    .-= Catherine’s last blog post… Day at Pacific Beach =-.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Catherine,

      LOL! When I was a kid I sang all sorts of sketchy pop songs and NO IDEA what was going on. Once, my friends and I were bored one day and did a song and dance routine to Apollonia’s song, Sex Shooter. We had no clue what the heck she was talking about!

  11. Beth says:

    I actually found that song on nmy mp3 player at the weekend and found myself thinking “god, this is just filthy” lol

    This is a pretty colour, but I don’t think its $42 worth of pretty. Thats almost 3 MAC blushers that’d probably give you better colour payoff!
    .-= Beth’s last blog post… Haul! =-.

  12. Luv J says:

    So glad you reviewed this one.. I almost went out and got it. It may not be pigmented enough ๐Ÿ™

    • Karen says:

      Hi Luv J,

      With enough layers it shows up really well… it is pricey, though, for how sheer it is. Still, the color’s really interesting. It might be worth a look just to check out how it flashes!

  13. Paris B says:

    Hmm you got me curious about how it’d perform on my skin. It looks too warm in pan but I will check it out in person when it gets here ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks Karen.
    .-= Paris B’s last blog post… How to get your lips smooth and kissable! =-.

  14. Lydia says:

    LOL I love that song
    .-= Lydia’s last blog post… Sally… =-.

  15. gio says:

    I have very pale skin and love sheer blushes so I think this would work for me. The color is very pretty too but the price is putting me off a bit.
    .-= gio’s last blog post… How Does Oil Free Moisturizer Works? =-.

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