Blushed: Chanel Joues Contraste in Accent

Autumn 2013 at the House Of Chanel means the new Nuit Infinie collection. It’s all light and sparkle… and a little sculpt. That sculpt comes courtesy of a strange new blush, called Accent.

The cool mauve shimmer blush photographs warm, swatches cool, and sculpts the face in a way I’ve never seen a blush do before.

See how warm that shade looks? This is natural sunlight, with no filters and no flash. It looks almost pink. But it’s not. The color is definitely more of a mauve, warmed by neutral golden shimmer.

Here, you can see the neutrality of the shimmer. It looks amazing on my warm skintone. I wore it recently in an FOTD, and you can see what I mean by ‘sculpting’ blush…

That’s just using Accent as the blush. No other colors or contours were used in this look.

I find this blush pretty amazing. It’ll work on a wide range of skin tones… which is always a plus in my book.

Joues Contraste in Accent has yet to hit the Chanel website. However, it is currently available for purchase at Nordstrom.

Blushed: Kat Von D Blush in Por Vida

I have to admit, when I first saw this blush I did not think it would work for warm skin tones. Por Vida is a shimmery Coral Pink, and the tester was so pale (Sephora), that I didn’t see much potential in the swatch. But then I opened the box (I know… bad. But I had to know for sure) and saw that the actual product was MUCH darker and much more universally flattering.

Kudos to Kat Von D for the packaging. The etched compact is a lovely touch, and gives the product more dimension, before you ever open it to use it. Sometimes it’s the little things…

The color payoff is incredible, even on my warm skin. This swatch is normal… not heavy. I strongly recommend a light hand when applying this blush, then build to the intensity you want.

On me the color definitely pulls pink, but the overall effect is a brightening glow. I thought this blush would be a lot more like the Sunday Riley Rush version, but I have to say that I like this one a lot better. It’s easier to use, and the overall effect is definitely more about glow and less about actual color.

You can find out more about Kat Von D Blush in Por Vida HERE.

Blushed: Armani Fluid Sheers (5, 8, 9, 12)

Spring/Summer Makeup Season saw the release of 6 new Fluid Sheers from Giorgio Armani Beauty. I reviewed two of them (4 – Golden Yellow and 6 – Coral) in a previous post:

Here are the other four.

#5 is a sheer golden peach. I’ve been using it as a ‘base’ to tint my skin before putting on foundation. It warms up my overall color and gives me a peachy ‘glow’ without looking too obvious. This color, and #4 are the only one of the new fluid sheers that I recommend using that way. The rest are better suited to adding as highlight, cheek, or eye color.

#8 is an icy lavender pink. It’s very cool, and looks amazing on fair skinned beauties. But warmer tones can sheer it out for a bit of highlight. I found that it also mixes very well with liquid/cream blush formulations, to cool down colors or give a flat color a shimmery boost.

#9 is a stunning warm strawberry pink color, that creates the most gorgeous flush on a wide range of skin tones. It is absolutely beautiful. I’m experimenting with wearing it on my lips as well. This color just screams summertime. I love it.

#12 is a warm bronze-plum color that works extremely well on warmer skin tones. It’s highly pigmented like #9 and can be used on eyes, cheeks and maybe even lips. This is the most pigmented fluid sheer of the bunch, and likely the most versatile on the widest range of skin tones.

All of the fluid sheers are on the thin side, and I find that they work best when used with fingers. If you use a brush… quick strokes are key before the formula sets. I found they were beautifully on bare skin, or over thin layers of foundation.

You can find out more about Armani Fluid Sheers HERE.

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Blushed: MAC Ripe For Love

I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this blush at first. MAC’s Ripe For Love photographs a peach color in the pot, but definitely pulls pink on my warm skin tone. I was surprised (and annoyed) at the color change at first… but then I thought: When was the last time I had a pinky-peach blush? Most of my ‘peach’ blushes tend to lean orange (which looks great on me). So this was a refreshing change.

With Flash
Without Flash

See? Pink. But still… it’s gorgeous. Now, it’s a satin finish, so it gives off that sheen that can be good or bad, depending on your desired finish. Because of the ‘pink’ nature of this peach blush, it’ll suit a wide range of skin tones.

Ripe For Love is part of the MAC Temperature Rising Collection. You can find out more about about it HERE.

Blushed: Becca Mineral Blush in Wild Honey

This is the most ‘natural-looking’ blush I’ve come across in a while. It’s nearly a bronzer on me, but not quite. It adds an overall ‘glow’ to my skin. The first time I wore it, I got so many compliments… people kept saying that I was glowing! 🙂 I’ll take it!

See? Really natural. It does wonders for my warm skin tone… although it’ll suit a wide range of skin tones as well. I highly recommend it for anyone who’s about my color and looking to glow without being obvious, or any fairer skinned  beauties looking for a lovely ‘natural’ flush.

You can find out more about Becca Blush in Wild Honey HERE.

Blushed: Sunday Riley Blush in Rush

I’ve expanded my curiosity about Sunday Riley Makeup in the direction of blush. First impressions: They are VERY pigmented. A little goes a very long way. There are shades for just about every skin tone. I finally settled on the coral shade called ‘Rush.’

The pigment level on this blush is insane. It’s totally possible to overdo it. I recommend a very light hand.

You can find out more about Sunday Riley Blushes HERE.

Blushed: MAC Tres Chic (Lovecloud)

I  never intended to fall in love with ANY of these blushes. The new Tres Chic collection from MAC features a soft palette of pinks, corals, and an unforgettable orange. Since I was too lazy to get up and head to the MAC store to look at them, I ordered what I thought I’d like online (I figure, if they suck, I can just take them back). I ordered every blush but Lovecloud and Pink Tea. I thought they looked like something I had before. I was only partially right.

Lovecloud is bright and intense… not quite pink and not quite coral. I was in Naimies yesterday and swatched it, and decided that it MUST come home with me…

The color is so much more intense than I thought it would be. It swatched beautifully on my warm skin tone…

Definite keeper. The other blushes are still en route; they’re supposed to get to me by the weekend. In the meantime, I’m going to have lots of fun playing with this one.