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 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.
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:
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.
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!