Chanel Joues Contraste #88 Vivacite, #89 Canaille, Review, Swatch & Comparisons

Together with their new foundation Perfection Lumiere Velvet, Chanel released two new blushes from their powder blush, Joues Contraste line. #88 Vivacite is a bright pink and #89 Canaille is a burnt orange. 


Chanel Joues Contraste #88 Vivacite and #89 Canaille

These are both very pigmented with satin to matte finish so while applying one should be light handed. I can see that on deeper tones they will show nicely without even having to build them up by applying over and over again.



Chanel Joues Contraste #88 Vivacite and #89 Canaille


#88 Vivacite is home run for me since it is a cool plummy pink, which I like wearing a lot as blush. It is also very pigmented but not insanely pigmented, so using a soft brush, like Suqqu Cheek, I can get a natural look. I took out some similar blushes from my stash for comparison.




Chanel Joues Contraste #88 Vivacite vs. Chanel #74 Ultra Rose, #87 Emotion, Armani #509 Eccentrico and Tom Ford Narcissist


The most pigmented blushes in my stash must be Armani #509 Eccentrico, which is lately released (review coming up soon). Eccentrico is even more pigmented than Tom Ford Narcissist (discontinued). These are both deeper and more bright shades once compared to Vivacite. I thought Vivacite would be close to #74 Ultra Rose but it is very different. Ultra Rose is cooler and lighter. The closest match I had is again a recently released Joues Contraste shade, #87 Emotion (reviewed here). Emotion looks very different in the pan but once swatched/applied it is just a tad warmer but very close to Vivacite. Emotion was not released in Europe so some of you might like to get Vivacite instead. 


Chanel Joues Contraste #88 Vivacite vs. Chanel #74 Ultra Rose, #87 Emotion, Armani #509 Eccentrico and Tom Ford Narcissist

The first time I tried Canaille, I thought I should have a bronzer close to this shade but I was mistaken. Below I swatched it side by side with Givenchy Terra Exotique (reviewed here) and as you see Canaille has more orange and red inside. I also would like to compare it to Chanel's discontinued bronzer Sable Rose, which has both some pink as well as bronzing powder. Although these tones are close, Sable Rose is much lighter. A recently released Chanel Joues Contraste, #85 Evocation (reviewed here)  is the closest match I have and it is very different. Evocation has a shimmery finish and it leans more brown.


Chanel Joues Contraste #89 Canaille vs. Givenchy Terra Exotique, Chanel Soleil Tan Sable Rose and Chanel Joues Contraste #85 Evocation

I am having trouble using Canaille since it is a little too warm on my skin and it is very pigmented. I am trying to find the optimal combination of lip and eye shades with that one and post about it. It is a very unique shade but I found it hard to use for natural to cool complexions. Vivacite on the other hand could be more versatile.

Final thoughts: Great pigmentation, wonderful matte effect. If you think the shades can flatter you, don't miss. Since these (especially Canaille) are rather unusual, I recommend you to test them out on a counter before investing. 

Vivacite and Canaille are listed as limited edition. They are already released at most of the countries. I got mine at Douglas.

What about you, do you think you can pull off a burnt orange cheek?

20 comments

  1. I need to look at that burnt orange one! It's very unique for sure! I'm lucky as I lean more neutral, so I think I can wear it but I guess I'll have to see!

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    1. Hi Tracy,
      I can't wait for your thoughts on these as you are the blush queen!
      I am also neutral, but on me it looked a little unnatural. I think I have to combine it with a matching lipstick and eye shadow. It is definitely a challenge for me ;-)

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  2. Omg, yes! I know I can pull off a burnt orange but I think and call shades like that warm terracotta! I do love a peachy toned brown! They look so natural and they sculpt the cheeks without a contour!

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    1. LOL, yes you are so right! Terracotta is a better name than burnt orange. It might contour some cheeks but on mine it looks a little off. Any ideas are welcome :-)

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  3. Both look great, but the orange one has my attention since it's more unique and versatile.

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  4. Hey Sara, I say YES to burned orange cheeks! I've been told that only Vivacite is LE, but take it with a pinch of salt because the info isn't 100% accurate all the time!

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    1. Thanks for the information Sunny! I have heard the same at my local counter but then read that they are both LE. Can it be maybe LE for US but perm for Europe?

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  5. Canaille looks very unique so I am tempted but not sure my pale skin can pull it off. The swatches are really useful - I have TF Narcissist but find it too pigmented to use very often (it needs very careful application) so vivacite looks like a more wearable option. Susan, London

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    1. Hi Susan,
      yes have exactly the same problem with Narcissist. I find Vivacite more wearable. I also love Emotion, which was not released in Europe.

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  6. The TF narcissist soooo beautiful !!!
    I have difficulties with cold pinks on me in general.
    Xoxo

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    1. This must be similar to the problem I have with that burnt orange, lol.

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  7. I'll pass on Canaille since I wore too much of these colors in the past but Vivacité I will have a closer look at! :)

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    1. Vivacité is also my favorite. It is so nice that you have that accents on your keyboard, wish I had them too, they are so handy while writing beauty blog, lol.

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  8. Love it! Love the shade for it seems to match my skin tone. I will def gonna check on this.

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    1. You like Canaille or Vivacité? I am guessing Canaille?

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  9. I do not think I could wear canaille, though it looks awesom in the pan. Vivacité is right up my alley though and I do not think I own any similar shade already, double yay!

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    1. Yay! Can't wait to see your FOTD with that one! :-)

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  10. I've been reading your blog for a while and I think that you do an amazing job with your post and pictures that are so helpful.
    I picked up Canaille two weeks ago and can't put it aside. It is so gorgeous! Even with my dark skin tone, I still have to be light handed with it.
    Vivacité was too close to Mac Rhubarb which I already have, so I did not pick it.

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  11. First, your blog is amazing. Your posts and pictures are always helpful.
    I've picked up canaille two weeks ago and can't put it aside. It's the blush I wanted Chanel brume d'or to be.
    I didn't pick Vivacité as it is too similar to Mac Rhubarb which I already have.

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