Chanel Jardin de Chanel Blush Camelia Rose & Joues Contraste #190 Angelique for Rêverie Parisienne Spring 2015 Collection, Review, Swatch & Comparison

Hi after a small break *waves exhaustedly*.

I was counting on posting this a few days ago together with a "Happy Christmas" post that I planned before I left home for Christmas visits. Unfortunately right on time on the 23rd of December I caught a nasty cold and spent most of the time in bed during our stay. I had fever and sore throat to start with. We had to drive back a little earlier than planned as I managed to preserve the sore throat and added an evil cough on top of that!

Needless to say I am hoping that all of you had a better Christmas than I did, especially health wise.

A little delayed but today I would like to share two of the blushes from Chanel Spring Collection with you. Chanel Joues Contraste has been one of my favorite blush formula ever since I started loving makeup. I am always excited to try newly released Joues Contraste. This time around Chanel also released a second blush with a gorgeous flower pattern. It must have quickly became one the the most attention taking products in the last months right after the sneak peak photos became available.

Chanel Jardin de Chanel Blush Camelia Rose & Joues Contraste #190 Angelique

Jardin de Chanel Blush Camelia Rose is the cooler option between the two blushes. It has mauve pink tones as Joues Contraste  #190 Angelique is a neutral coral for those who prefer their blush shades warmer or to combine with your neutral to warm lipsticks. Angelique is going to join the permanent line. As I purchsed the items in the states, my Joues Contraste  #190 Angelique is a powder/non-baked formula. I believe Europe will be getting the baked formula as usual.

Chanel Jardin de Chanel Blush Camelia Rose & Joues Contraste #190 Angelique

Chanel Joues Contraste #190 Angelique is a very pretty easy to wear coral with decent pigmentation. If you like your blush pigmented or if you have deeper complexions, you have to check out Angelique. The finish is almost matte with a tiny bit of satin feel to it, so it is also great for mature skins as no shimmer would accentuate the fine lines. I personally like matte blushes but sometimes I find myself preferring something with a tiny bit of lit within glow. 

Chanel Joues Contraste #190 Angelique

Angelique is a neutral coral blush, which doesn't pull too orange nor too pink. I like it especially if I am wearing a cool eye with a warm lip as a transition between the two, to complete the look. I personally prefer the baked formula of Joues Constraste which are less powdery and they have longer shelf lives. This particular one was not too powdery though and it was generously pigmented. If you are light to medium, you need a light hand with Angelique.

Close-up: Chanel Joues Contraste #190 Angelique

I pulled out the closest Chanel Joues Contraste to compare with Angelique. Chanel JC #71 Malice is warmer, a little redder as Angelique pulls pinker. Chanel JC #76 Frivole is more orange and warmer. Both of those blushes have more sheen than Angelique. The closest shade I have in my stash is my beloved go-to blush for warmer lip colors, Tom Ford Flush. Flush is a tad more pink than Angelique but the difference is very subtle. Tom Ford Flush has tiny bit of a sheen which looks natural on the cheeks. Comparing these two, I have to admit, I like Flush more. It may be because Tom Ford Blush Formula is right now my all time favorite, it is very pigmented and the sheen is just right. I find Flush does apply and blend a bit better than Angelique does.

Comparison with similar shades: Chanel Joues Contraste #190 Angelique

Now coming to THAT blush. Oh Jardin de Chanel Blush Camelia Rose, how pretty thy flowers!

Chanel managed to find a way to work with powder like as if it is a piece of paper. The design is suggestive of a pressed powder which is then glued on a surface before the next layer is pressed. Or it might be my wild imagination? No matter how it is done, it must be an expensive process since the blush contains only 3 g of products, half of usual powder Joues Contrastes (6 g) and it costs around 25% more. 

Chanel Jardin de Chanel Blush Camelia Rose

The first reaction when I opened the compact, which is exactly the same as their regular blushes was "Oh this is so tiny!". I was expecting to get the same amount, especially since the price is higher than Joues Contraste. After I came over the fact that I had purchased a mini-blush, I started to enjoy the pattern, which is really to die for. First few days I couldn't touch it. This type of layered patterns are more robust to swatching so I could gather some courage by the day three.

Close-up: Chanel Jardin de Chanel Blush Camelia Rose

Upon swatching I noticed that Camelia Rose was not as pigmented, soft nor buttery as I expected it to be. It is a rather muted and less pigmented shade, which would only shop up on light to medium or lighter skin tones. If you are deeper or if you like pigmented blushes, remember this fact before you can't resist the pattern.

As I compared Camelia Rose to other shades, I have seen that Rose Initiale is cooler, Rose Glacier has more sheen and is brighter. The closest shade to Camelia Rose in my stash is Innocence, one of my favorite Joues Contrastes. Innocence is more pigmented and also a tad brighter. 

You can see my wearing Camelia Rose in this post.

Upon wearing Camelia Rose once, I though why ruin the unique design, which is apparently what I paid for, by using it although I have a similar shade in my stash anyway. Since then, I put it on my make-up museum corner and went on using JC #160 Innocence instead.

Comparison with similar shades: Chanel Jardin de Chanel Blush Camelia Rose

You can find other reviews on The Beauty Look Book, Belletristic Beauty and Wondegondigo.

Final thoughts: I was very excited about the blushes in this collection but none of them turned to be loves for me. I would prefer Tom Ford Flush to Angelique and if you own Chanel Joues Contraste #160 in Innocence, you may not like to invest 25% more money in half the product Joues Contraste offers. The flower pattern is still very pretty though, you may want to have it, just to watch it. Camelia Rose is also not very pigmented so if you are deeper than medium, it may not show up all that well on you. 

Would you buy a product just for the design? Are you eyeing any of these blushes?



  1. Hey Sara, so sorry to hear you were sick! I hope you're feeling much better by now!

    I was really looking forward to both blushes because they seem very promising. After reading some reviews, I'm just not so sure anymore. Or maybe the baked version will magically turn out to be better? We will see!

    1. Hi Sunny,
      I think you will love Angelique. It is coral first of all and I can see it working very nicely on your complexion. I was just a little let down because Tom Ford Flush is so close. The flower one is pretty to look at too, just not that pigmented and a little tiny.

  2. Hi Sara, sorry to hear you've had cold. Hopefully you're better now.

    I know they are different formulas but how does the shade of the cream blush in Presage compare to Angelique? Thanks. Anne

    1. Hi Anne,
      Presage is definitely warmer, pulls more orange than Angelique. It is closer to Frivole if you look at the comparison post above.

    2. Thank you for replying so promptly. Anne

  3. hi sara!! i hope you feel much better!! imagine when i got a surprise email that you had a new that's a great gift to me! this collection...sigh....double sigh.....i was looking forward to this collection with so much anticipation, i haven't liked any of their offerings since last summer. i have several friends you are "chanelphiles". one has built a whole room around the makeup. they even have a counter "like when you go th the store" complete with the chanel chairs you sit in for a makeover, etc. many of them bought back-ups of the blush plus more just to look at it. but, i'm like a "workhorse" with makeup. i never waste, using it right down to the silver and, i use it everyday. i expect my makeup to have beautiful pigmentation and last at least 9 hours. i've used chanel for as long as i remember and never had problems with their blush, eyeshadow, or lipsticks. it was a little misleading when i purchased the blush because at least at my counter, the camelia blush was the same size as angelique on the tester unit, just like caresse, this blush did not show up on me! neither did the eyeshadow that well. only 1 lip color was nice everthing else a big disappointment for me. many people are telling me it's the brushes i'm using. i'm a bit skeptical with that....i was watching several videos showing all the famous models having their makeup applied before the shows....they used that little brush that comes in the compact on many of the girls. anyway, i recently bought backups of glossimers bliss and envolee because i just love the colors and they are being discontinued. i also noticed that alot of things are listed as limited edition. the selection of blushes are dismal at my local counter. as my makeup stash is running low, i'm looking at other brands with hesitation. i had no breakouts or bad reactions with chanel. tom ford will even be a greater investment for me but, quality and the amount of product will be well worth it! and, that's what i should always expect from chanel....sigh. xoxo,

    1. Hi Wendy,
      I read about your friends in awe. There are people who are loyal to brands, like doesn't matter how it performs, they would buy everything. I know many people who choose to stay loyal to a brand because they don't have time to check out everything and stay on top of things. But your friends sound like they would vote for the same party doesn't matter how bad they worked the last term? LOL, I was just thinking about this analogy, I don't know why.
      That said, Angelique does perform very good. I just like Tom Ford Flush more than this one and they are really close, so if I was not a beauty blogger, probably I would get rid of Angelique and keep Flush. I really appreciate that you use up the products, this is something I would like to do as well but it seems to be impossible from that point on. If I were you I would get a few Tom Ford items, they appear to be more expensive but they have more products in them, so per gram they are in fact cheaper. Since you use things up, this might even be an advantage for you!

  4. Hi Sara! I hope you are feeling much better by now!!! Drink lots of water, stay in bed and rest!!! :) I purchased the Camelia Rose based purely on the design and I am testing it right now. It totally breaks my heart to use it, though! I just want to keep it looking pristine like that forever. LOL.

    1. Hi Jaa,
      Aw, thanks so much for your tips. I am drinking tea 24/7 at the moment, even at nights since I can't sleep because of the cough :-(
      I can't wait for your Camelia Rose post because the design is so pretty and I am sure your photos will make it even prettier!

  5. I hope you are feeling much better soon! Both of these blushes are totally stunners. While I love the design of Camellia, I think that Angelique is totally up my alley :)


  6. Hi Sara, yes i'm afraid this Blush Camelia Rose is a museum piece more so than for using. I swatched it, and found it dry and powdery, not well pigmented. The color is unexceptional either, but I still needed to collect it! ;P

  7. Hope you're feeling better! I always forget even the JCs come in the baked/pressed versions, still dont understand why Chanel does this. May pass on both of these I think. I'm forbidding myself "museum" items until I clear out some of my stash ;)

  8. Sara, hope you are well on your way to feeling better! <3 Thank you so much for the link love, too! You are too sweet.

    Since becoming even more pale this winter, the Camelia Rose seems to show up very well on my skin, but I think you are absolutely right. Darker toned skinned folks may not have the color show up very well. I dunno, something about the whole embossing, the scent was really too pretty for me to pass up. And I don't mind sullying it up with some emphatic brushing either. :D

  9. I hope you're feeling a lot better Sara! I have bought both from Nordstrom so they're on their way to me!

    Fabulous review as always

    Stacey | Expat Make-Up Addict xx

  10. Alleine die Prägung ist wunderschön :)


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