Chanel Joues Contraste #84 Accent from Nuit Infinie de Chanel Holiday 2013 Collection

So far Chanel's Holiday Collection has been a hit for me. Illusion d'Ombre in Fatal (reviewed here) became my go-to quick make-up eye product and have been used over and over again during the course of last weeks. This is why I even considered a back-up of that once Nuit Infinie de Chanel hit counters in Germany. I am trying to give up on getting back-ups though because experience have shows that they usually are not needed as long as new pretties arrive.

Here is a new love from that collection I would like to present you today, Joues Contraste in Accent...

Chanel Joues Contraste #84 Accent from Nuit Infinie de Chanel Holiday 2013 Collection

I have heard a lot about this blush, so by the time I lifted the cover, I was very excited to meet it in person. My first impression was "oh this is shiny!" then something like "what color is this anyway?" Interesting thing about Accent is that it is a unique blush color and has glitters. So without trying it on, it is hard to tell how it would look like.


Chanel Joues Contraste #84 Accent from Nuit Infinie de Chanel Holiday 2013 Collection

I first rushed upstairs to find a "similar" shade. I was trying almost everything from my stash, swatching them side by side, hopelessly. Nothing turned out to be ever belonging to the same color family. I started with Guerlain's Crazy Terracotta which I am loving at the moment (reviewed here) but it turned out to be very coral/pink once compared. was that supposed to be a blush? Anyway, I was thinking one of the new Chanel blushes, #85 Evocation (reviewed here) might come close, but it is way too warm and brown. I swatched Chanel Notorious because I thought Accent looks very cool so let me see how it looks against Notorious. In fact to be Accent looks like Evocation cooled down with Notorious, if that ever would make sense. Do you see the silver sparkles once swatched on my arm? 

Chanel Joues Contraste #84 Accent vs. other blushes from my stash, swatched

Onto applying on the cheeks, I was like wowed! It really is unique, on swatches and on cheeks I was happy to find out that sparkles didn't make me look like a disco ball. Actually those don't ever show up that much, only give a wonderful sheen. I find most of the bronzers too warm toned, so for me Accent is like a magical complexion enhancer. After using it, my cheeks look slightly sun kissed and highlighted. I love using Accent with Rouge Allure #124 Ambigue as you can see below. Can you guess which product I am wearing on my eyes? (review coming up soon)


FOTD: Chanel Joues Contraste #84 Accent on cheeks

Also check out Jenny's wonderful photos & review and Sabrina's review & comparisons.

Final thoughts: I am loving Accent for a particular Sepia toned look with a little bit of Mauve thrown in. It warms up my skin and highlights but since the shade is not that warm, looks very natural and understated. For me it is one of the must-haves from this holiday season.

Have you checked Accent out? What are your thoughts?

20 comments

  1. I really think you are perhaps the only person I've seen so far that looks incredible in Accent! It is, like you said, a magical complexion enhancer!

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    1. Hi Clare,
      lol, well, were the others looking bad in that one? I can't imagine ;-)
      This is like contouring, highlighting, bronzer at once for me.

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    2. No, not to say that others look bad or anything, but it sort of meh.. on you, thought, it is WOW!

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    3. Lol, thanks so much,
      I think this shade somehow is done for my skin tone... Therefore loving it :-))

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  2. Sara, YIKES! This is so beautiful on you! I am seriously wrestling w myself on this one and you are making it too hard! Charming was easy to pass up... Accent HARD! ACK! *runs runs runs awayyyyy*

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    1. *Tries to catch her* come here! LOL.
      Have you tried this one at the counter? The shade is very interesting so be sure to do so.

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    2. They didn't have testers! I was thinking about ordering on line blind, but I don't want to do that either! ACK!

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    3. Oh too bad but you guys can return! Isn't it such a nice luxury that one should use from time to time? :-))

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  3. Hey Sara, I'm digging this one big time, too! The shimmer scared me big time in the beginning, but after trying it on I completely changed my mind! It looks great on you! I can't get it to show up quite as much ;)

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    1. Hi Sunny,
      Actually it shows a bit too much at times and I have to blend it. Have you used a dense brush, like Tom Ford Cheek brush, that intensifies the color. On this look I used a very soft brush not to overdo.

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  4. Oh gosh Sara!!! I totally got scarred of the shimmer but now... argh I want it!!!

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    1. Lol, I think our skin tones are close, we like the same stuff (like Crazy Terracotta) so maybe you should really get your hands on that one.

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  5. The blush looks nice but your skin is amazing! What kind of foundation do you use?

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    1. Thanks very much :-)
      Here I used Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in B30. My usual shade is B20 but I am still a little tanned after holidays.
      On it I used Guerlain Crazy Meteorites for an overall subtle glow.

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  6. Hi Sara - I just picked this up!- my first Chanel powder blush - a hybrid blush and bronzer colour all rolled in to one sparkly confection! - I love how it brightens up your whole look!

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    1. Hi, I love the way you describe it lol. It is really everything together at once. Welcome to Joues Contraste club! ;-)

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  7. oh gosh, that photo of you makes me gasp! (Zero interest in accent, mucho love for your face)

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    1. Oh Kate, this is so sweet, thanks *big smooch*

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  8. I bought this! It's stunning. I am planning to review it this week-I have a few I suspect similar shades but all different ones to what you have tried to dupe it with so will be interesting to compare notes-I'll try to remember to link your post in



    Stacey Expat Make-Up Addict

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  9. This was my first Chanel blush and I love it (I'm not too keen on the scent, a bit too fragrant for my taste).

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