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Sunday, January 20, 2013

In the Limelight: CHANEL Joues Contraste in Narcisse 44 Product Review

"Narcisse" in French is Narcissus (Greek mythology) - the handsome young man who fell in love with his own reflection and was turned to a flower. 

Well, I don't think I'd turn to a flower for falling in love with this blush the first time I swatched this and applied this on my cheeks. Tonight I will be reviewing one of my favorite blushes at the moment and has been for a few months now which is Chanel Joues Contraste in 44 Narcisse.

What I like:

  • The compact, as usual, is sleek and elegant which has been the trademark of Chanel for decades now. 
  • The shade, Narcisse is a very pretty delicate candy pink shade that gives a nice subtle glow and sheen on the skin. I have read reviews about it not showing up on those with medium-dark skin tones but it is enough to show up on me and I am a MAC NC25. I just need to swirl my brush on the pan twice and it picks up enough color for my cheeks. I used to call JCs "kaskas blushes" because I have to swirl the brush a lot of times with my previous one just to pick up color but this shade proves otherwise.
  • It comes with a nice velvet pouch which keeps the fingerprint-and-dirt-magnet compact from accumulating a lot of dirt. 
  • It has a faint rose scent which, I think, my sense of smell is accustomed to since this isn't my first JC (see Tea Rose review here).
  • It doesn't mimic the natural color my cheeks have when I blush but this one brightens my face and this started my love affair with pink shades.
  • It stays on my skin for at least 4 hours which isn't bad considering the skin type I have.
  • No allergic reactions from it, no break outs either.
  • Has a shelf life of 18 months (which I honestly think is longer than that period).
  • 4g of products lasts a verrrrrry long time and I mean it. You'll barely make a dent even if you've been using it for months, I dare you.
  • Locally available at Chanel Counters and Duty Free (where you can get it cheaper).

What I don't like:
  • The compact, while sleek and classy is such a dirt and fingerprint magnet. I have to wipe it clean every time I use this because a dirty compact isn't a pretty sight.
  • Expensive for Php 2350 at Rustan's but I guess all the things I like about it makes it worth every single cent.

Overall rating: A whopping 5/5! I can forgive the compact being a dirt and fingerprint magnet because of the shade and how it works for me as a blush.

Will I buy again? No doubt about it! :)



Compared with Burberry Light Glow Blush in Peony.
They look a bit similar but Peony is warmer.
Have you tried Chanel blushes? What's your favorite shade?

Have a great week ahead, super awesome peeps! :)



  1. I agree, I also have this blush and I love it too.


  2. My fav is Espiegel from last year's spring collection. Chanel blushes are one of the nicest, you can't go wrong with their shades.

    1. I agree that you can't go wrong with their shades! Espiegel looks really pretty!

  3. I have this blush as well and I love it ^_^ Very pretty! I don't have a fave Chanel blush because they're all formulated so nicely =)

  4. This is my all-time favorite Chanel blush! Too bad it's discontinued in the U.S.

  5. This is my 1st and favourite blush from Chanel :)

  6. Oooh, such a pretty shade! It's discontinued here in the UK too, such a shame. It looks like Peony is quite close colour wise, so might have to look into that one instead.

    1. I wonder why companies have this habit of discontinuing really pretty and nice products. :-\


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