September 17th, 2015

Chanel Joues Contraste Golden Sun Blush

Chanel is absolutely killin’ it this year!  There is something amazing that appeals to this jaded collector each season, and every month there is a new capsule collection that is cool and fresh.  And even as we are winding down before Holiday collections start hitting stores, Chanel has slipped us the gorgeous Infiniment Illuminating Powder [reviewed here], and 2 brand new Joues Contraste blushes.  I went out and tried both of them on, and ended up picking up 1.  Let me show you, Chanel Golden Sun Joues Contraste Blush.

Chanel Joues Contraste Golden Sun blush

Chanel Golden Sun is a warm-toned bronzed-peach shade with a strong sheen.  It is very pigmented, equal if not more so than Alezane from the Les Automnales Collection [reviewed here].  Many people, myself included, thought the 2 looked very similar, and being released back to back, caused a great deal of interest.  I already owned Alezane of course, and thought I would skip Golden Sun since the 2 seemed so similar.  But once I swatched them side-by-side, it was clear that Golden Sun was more brown-tinged, whereas Alezane had strong red tones.  Also, Alezane had a more satin finish with golden shimmers, whilst Golden Sun had a stronger sheen finish and no noticeable shimmers.

Chanel Joues Contraste Golden Sun swatch comparison with Accent and Alezane

I also compared Golden Sun with Accent in the swatch comparison above, and you can see how Golden Sun is the most pigmented of the 3.  I found it easiest to work with a loose grey squirrel cheek brush.  It is also distinctly more brown, hence giving that tanned bronzer effect.  For those with cooler skin tones like myself, I really loved the effect when Golden Sun is lightly swept on the high point of my cheek bones, going from the sides of my face and stopping just short of the apples of my cheeks.  It gives my face a slimming and tanned look.  However, for those with a warmer skin tone, Golden Sun will look even lovelier if you add just a pop of a pink like Vibration on the apples.

And here is Golden Sun in action on my cheeks:

Chanel Golden Sun Joues Contraste blush makeup look

I also managed a counter swatch of the other Vibration, which is the other new Joues Contraste blush that was released alongside Golden Sun.  Admittedly store lighting is not the best, but make of it what you will.

Chanel Joues Contraste Golden Sun Vibration swatches

I’m really loving these unique and unexpectedly beautiful blushes that Chanel has been releasing lately!  Have you tried Golden Sun yet?

P.S. I’ve read online that Golden Sun is permanent in the US, but I’ve been repeatedly told by the BAs in Singapore that it is limited edition.  You may want to check with your local BA before passing on this one!

xo Linda

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  • Sil G

    This sure is an unique color! Even though I’m not a fan at all of bronzers, I’ll be sure to check this blush here, if I’m lucky enough to find it

    • Hi Sil, Golden Sun is not a bronzer at all… I think it has too much sheen to be a bronzer. But I really love it as a sculpting blush (?? – it’s a thing now, I swear!!).

  • Yes definitely doesn’t hurt! 😉

  • Golden Sun is so beautiful! I don’t know if I can resist not getting it!

    • It’s supposed to be limited edition, although I’ve seen some reports stating it is permanent in the US. You may want to check with your local counter just in case. 😉

  • I picked up Alezane a little while back and holy moly pigment! And you are saying this is more so? I must check it out at the counter, it looks beautiful on you and the swatch xx
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    • I know right!! That was exactly what I thought too… how much more pigmented can these blushes get!!

  • Anne Sanderson

    Thank you for your review and swatches. It looks beautiful on you. Can I ask how it compares to Jersey? Thank you.

    • Thank you Anne! Unfortunately I don’t have Jersey and can’t compare the 2…. but from some of the swatches I’ve seen online, Jersey is much lighter in tone and less warm.

      • Anne Sanderson

        Thank you, that’s very helpful.

  • I wish we are getting the powder and these blushes but it seems we are not. When I asked my counter they were so clueless. But maybe… who knows… I need Golden Sun, it is so pretty!

    • Let me know if you need any help procuring these!! 😉

  • Lily

    That’s a very pretty shade, that’s for sure! I don’t know if I’ll be reaching for it often though. I think I tend to reach for peachy nude shades more 🙂

    • I tend to be rather singular when it comes to blushes.. that is, whatever is newest I will just keep on using until something else comes along 😉 And with shades like Golden Sun and even Alezane, I find they pretty much go with anything because they’re just a tanned, healthier me.

  • Oh, that’s lovely! I’m with Sunny here, we miss ou on a lot. That said, now I don’t have to feel bad about picking up half the holiday collection when it arrives in November. Going to try skipping the palettes for the fall one, but I really like the design, and love brown eyeshadows.

    • Half the holiday collection only? I’ve got to have them all!!! golem golem…. ROFL!!

  • OOO interesting! I really should ask if this collection will be available here, but I am guessing no. We miss out on a lot of very limited collections! I am will waiting to see the AUTUMN collection here if you can believe it!

    • Awww…. how can they skip any markets with pretties like these?!?!? But I see the Fall collection finally landed over there, and I hope you’re liking them!


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