The Sample: NEW Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in 76 Frivole (Review, Swatches & Photos)

5 Feb

Anyone else feeling like there could finally be the beginnings of just a hint of spring in the air? I certainly am! The weather here has been strange–it warmed up quite nicely last week, even reaching the mid-70′s during the day. Okay so admittedly it’s a bit chilly today but still, I feel much more okay with posting my review for Chanel’s new for spring 2013 blush in Frivole. It just seemed too peppy and bright for the weather before but now that it has warmed up a bit overall, I’m ready to play with this beautiful gem.

Frivole is a stunning warm, slightly-pinky orange–Chanel calls it a “luminous apricot”. It tends to photograph much more orange than it truly is but I promise you, the pink is there.

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The packaging is the same as all the other Chanel Joues Contraste blushes–simple black plastic compact with Chanel logo embossed on the front, black velveteen pouch to house the compact in, and mini blush applicator included. The blush is also gorgeously rose-scented, as per usual. It’s light and unoffending, in my opinion, and dissipates within a minute of application.

With flash…

The texture of Frivole is on par with the only other pressed version of the Joues Contrastes that I’ve tried–that being Rose Initiale. It’s insanely fine-milled and silky but admittedly just a touch powdery. As a result, it does kick up a bit of dust in the pan, but the results are worth it. Despite this, it doesn’t apply to the skin powdery–instead, it blends into the skin beautifully and creates a very soft, thin veil of color on the cheeks. It feels light and comfortable and looks incredibly natural. If you enlarge the images below, you’ll see a hint of Chanel’s usual, tastefully done shimmer. This shimmer is not at all visible on the skin but does emit a luminous glow.

The color payoff for this blush is excellent. It does apply a bit soft-looking (which I think makes it much more wearable) but it’s also very easy to build up the color, if that’s what you prefer. In this way, Frivole caters to both the lover of a soft, understated cheek and those who like a bold “statement-cheek”, if you will.

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The photo above was taken without flash while the one directly below was taken with. The one taken with flash shows the slightly pinky tones a bit more

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Frivole lasted a little over 4 1/2 hours on my oily skin. In the swatch photos below, you’ll see it swatched heavily on the left and blended out on the right. Hopefully, you will be able to detect the luminous sheen in the blended swatch–I struggled a bit with swatches as it’s completely clouded over today and I had to use flash (I usually prefer sunlight for swatches).

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I know Frivole won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but I urge you to swatch it at a counter before making a final decision. Frivole might look a bit scary in the pan but it’s absolutely gorgeous on the cheeks and really does lend itself to a soft springtime flush, but one with a kick! It’s cheery and vivacious yet still surprisingly wearable. Don’t pass this one up til you try it–it is, in my opinion, a must-have for spring and summer!!

»»Pricing: $43/0.21 oz. (6 g.)

»»Availability: Nordstrom, Bloomingdales,, and all Chanel counters

»»Recommended for: I think Frivole will ultimately be most flattering on warmer skin tones but there’s just enough pink in it that it won’t look clownish on very pale, cool tones either

»»Overall Rating: A-

44 Responses to “The Sample: NEW Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in 76 Frivole (Review, Swatches & Photos)”

  1. Larie February 5, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

    I actually wish it were more orange! Haha, but I can’t wear them anyway, so it doesn’t matter. I do love that it’s such a punchy coral, though! Really cheerful.

    • becca February 5, 2013 at 6:04 pm #

      Haha really? Well I guess this is my first foray into the world of orange blush so I feel like it is SO orange :P And why can’t you wear them? Oh…is it because of the parabens? :/ Sorry Larie!

  2. Chris February 5, 2013 at 6:31 pm #

    Your pictures look amazing! I’m really enjoying Frivole.

    • becca February 5, 2013 at 6:39 pm #

      Me too! Isn’t it so much easier to wear than you first thought? i think so at least. It’s so delicate and pretty on the cheeks!! :D

  3. Emi at Project Swatch February 5, 2013 at 6:48 pm #

    It’s so pretty! I love this type of shade, but I don’t think I have anything quite this color. And I don’t have any JC blushes at all – someday, I will :)

    • becca February 5, 2013 at 7:26 pm #

      I know I didn’t have anything like this in my collection either til I got Frivole. I surprisingly love it a lot–it’s so easy to wear and it’s so, so pretty! Totally worth the money!! You need to get your hands on this one, Emi!! :D

  4. Taylor February 5, 2013 at 8:08 pm #

    I love it! I can see this in summer along with a tan! Perfection.. I can certainly see the sheen to is as well. Please send some spring weather my way, we got snow today in NY <3

    • becca February 5, 2013 at 8:34 pm #

      LOL I will try my best to send you good weather vibes!! :P But if it doesn’t work, the next best thing I can recommend is getting this blush–it will makes you feel all bright and happy even if it’s miserably gloomy and cold out :P haha

  5. Teri February 5, 2013 at 8:11 pm #

    Why did I read this!? I already loved it but seeing this on your skintone makes me want to buy it right now! I don’t think I have a shade like this, but wow, it’s amazing on you!

    • becca February 5, 2013 at 8:35 pm #

      lol thanks Teri! It really is gorgeous and I bet it would look absolutely amazing on you too! Definitely check this one out, Teri!! :D

  6. Sunny February 6, 2013 at 12:14 am #

    Oh wow, this looks really different on you! On me it’s a much lighter apricot. I’ve never tried it on my cheeks so I don’t know if it’ll look bolder there!

    • becca February 6, 2013 at 12:20 am #

      I actually did apply even the blended swatch much heavier than I normally would so I could actually get it to photograph (it was SO cloudy today! :/). It’s a really pretty orangey-apricot on my cheeks though–very gorgeous and soft but bright and perky! :D

  7. Gummy February 6, 2013 at 12:26 am #

    Ok I was slightly skeptical about the pink being in there until I saw the flash pic and your swatches. But this blush is so darn pretty!!! I only have one other JC blush…Fleur de Lotus and I love it. This one would be a nice contrast to add another to the collection…swatch city here I come :-)

    • becca February 6, 2013 at 12:28 am #

      Hahaha yes–definitely swatch it! I swear, the pink tones are even more apparent in real life. This blush is surprisingly hard to photograph but I did my best :P I have Fleur de Lotus too and it’s definitely one of my absolute favorites! I never really got into Chanel’s blushes until last year. It started with Rose Initiale and I have been lemming almost every single new release since then :P

  8. Beauty Box February 6, 2013 at 1:32 am #

    What a gorgeous shade…I have to admit I’ve not seen this before so I shall keep my eyes peeled when I go to a Chanel counter next time. It reminds me of extremely orangey blushes like MAC’s Gingerly and NARS Taj Mahal.

    • becca February 6, 2013 at 1:48 am #

      It’s very pretty! I hope you can find it to swatch sometime–it’s worth it! And while it is a bit orangey, it’s actually a very soft pinky-orange. I swear the pink tones are more obvious in real life! That touch of pink makes it infinitely more wearable and flattering to a variety of skin tones than a straight orange like Taj Mahal, in my opinion :)

  9. Catherine (@bcrueltyfree) February 6, 2013 at 8:22 am #

    Oh my gosh. I’m dying, this is one of the most gorgeous blushes I have ever seen! It reminds me of watching a Tuscan sunset, drinking a blood orange cocktail. When I saw collection promo images, this is what stood out to me. But it’s even prettier in real photos!

    • becca February 6, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

      Oooh those are very good descriptions, Catherine! I wish I had thought of that because it fits so perfectly! :D And if you think it’s prettier in real photos, just WAIT til you see it in real life!! :D

  10. Claire February 6, 2013 at 8:47 am #

    Frivole! the colour is pretty, it looked a bit different on me, similar to my suqqu blush but I am still considering frivole, because it is so pretty! It’s like the perfect summer shade :)

    • becca February 6, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

      It is SO perfect for both spring AND summer, Claire! I love it so much! You have to at least check it out in person :)

  11. Paige February 6, 2013 at 1:41 pm #

    This is on my shopping list! I have (and love) the straight orange Taj Mahal blush, and I have so many pink blushes. However, I don’t have this in-between apricot-pink blush yet. I do love the texture and scent of this Joues Contraste line. In addition, I much prefer a not too pigmented blush because I can be heavy-handed sometimes and it’s much more difficult to correct a heavily applied blush.

    • becca February 6, 2013 at 4:10 pm #

      Oh Paige, I am the EXACT same way–I have SUCH a hard time with super-pigmented blushes because I always seem to overapply cheek color :P That’s part of the reason why I love the Chanel JC blushes so much. They apply very softly but are nicely pigmented and can be built up super easily. Definitely check this shade out–it’s really, really nice! :D

  12. Lily February 6, 2013 at 4:36 pm #

    Frivole is calling my name. Totally my cup of tea. The brighter the better! Ah, I shouldn’t have read this. LOL!

    • becca February 6, 2013 at 8:48 pm #

      Oh I can TOTALLY see this shade on you, Lily! You’re right, this color is most definitely your cup of tea!! :D

  13. Procrastinator February 6, 2013 at 8:06 pm #

    That’s it, I need to try a Chanel blush. I’ve kind of got a one-in-one-out policy going, so I have to decide which one I’m going to give up! I think it’ll be worth it though — which shade is your favourite?

    • becca February 6, 2013 at 8:49 pm #

      I’ve only really tried the 3 I have: Rose Initiale, Fleur de Lotus, and now Frivole. My favorite, shade-wise, has to be Fleur de Lotus but I much prefer the pressed powder formula of the other 2. I highly recommend Frivole though–I think it’s a unique but wearable shade that everyone should have in their collection!! :D

      • Procrastinator February 9, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

        Thanks! I’ve been looking for a replacement for Tarte Cheek Stain in Green Siren (it suddenly started smelling like old lipstick so I’m a little afraid to keep using it…), and Fleur de Lotus looks pretty close. Frivole is also so pretty though…decisions, decisions!

        • becca February 9, 2013 at 11:26 pm #

          Oooh that is a VERY hard decision to make, indeed! I love a nice peach or coraly-pink blush so Fleur de Lotus is a favorite but Frivole is so fresh and unique and exciting–I love them both so much! Maybe you can get both? It’d definitely be worth your while! :P haha

  14. Meryl @ Memoiselle February 7, 2013 at 12:06 am #

    Hey Becca,
    Your pictures are always very good but I must say that the pictures in this post are stunning! :)
    Anyway Frivole is a nice peachy color but I am such a pink blush person, but I guess I need to stop buying pink blush and try more peachy blush hahahah ;)

    • becca February 7, 2013 at 12:11 am #

      Aw thank you so much, Meryl that means a lot–especially because I struggled so badly trying to capture the color perfectly! :P I would call the shade more apricot-orange than peachy but either way, it’s gorgeous. I feel the same way–I started to feel like I was in a blush rut and so I’m so glad I picked up Frivole when I did. It’s SO different from everything else that I own, it’s a welcome addition :) Try it, please!! You won’t regret it! :D

  15. Toya February 7, 2013 at 5:49 am #

    I think the blushes you guys receive in the States must have different ingredients than ours – I remember when you showed stunning photos of Rose Initiale, how sad I was that it contained lanolin. Now, I see this one does too – but I made sure to CHECK the back of the box of Frivole at my local counter, and no lanolin to be found! Weird, eh? Good for me – because YAY I can buy Chanel blush (at least here). However….I found that Frivole lacked enough pigmentation for it to build up AT ALL on my cheeks, I tried and tried in-store the day it landed and no luck. It’s not a total heartbreaker though because I have MUFE HD shade very similar.

    ANYWAY…it’s super-pretty Becca, enjoy! :)

    • becca February 7, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

      You are in Canada, right Toya? Yeah, unfortunately, the US gets a pressed version of Chanel’s blushes and eyeshadow quads while everywhere else gets a baked formula :/ I’m still not sure why they do that because I’ve heard a lot of people complain about it. Doesn’t make any sense to me at all! I only own one of Chanel’s baked blushes and while I think it’s pigmented, it’s definitely not as pigmented as my pressed powder ones. It’s a shame you don’t have this version because I swear, Frivole is very nicely pigmented!

      If you need help getting the U.S version, let me know! :)

  16. Joyce (bronzerbunny) February 7, 2013 at 7:24 pm #

    PRETTY! YAY. i’m glad you got this :)

    • becca February 8, 2013 at 1:06 am #

      Me too–it’s awesome!

  17. Liz February 8, 2013 at 6:29 pm #

    I’M WITH YOU, WIFEY! This blush is GORGEOUS!! I was so pleased that Chanel came out with a juicier shade than their usual line up of blushes. I’m starting to develop an attachment to Joues Contrastes which is horrible for the budget but so happifying in other ways. Since I missed out on Fleur de Lotus (which never made it to Canada), I think Frivole fills the gap nicely. :)

    • becca February 9, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

      ME TOO, WIFEY!! :P It’s so weird because I never really was all that interested in the JC blushes. There were 1 or 2 that caught my eye but I never really felt I HAD to have them until just last year. Every single new blush they’ve released since has stopped me in my tracks–I can’t wait to see what they put out next time! And I agree with you about Frivole–I like that they really went with something different this time around. I can see see this one in your collection, especially with your recent fondness for orange blush! :D

  18. Makeup Morsels February 9, 2013 at 7:15 pm #

    Can definitely see those pink tones in your swatch. Not that my opinion on blush means much LOL but I love this shade on you. It just screams spring while still being all elegant and Chanel-esque. Enjoy it :D

    • becca February 9, 2013 at 11:28 pm #

      Thanks, MM! I agree–it’s very Chanel-esque indeed but is so fresh and fun. I love it! Ahh…you break me heart every time I do a blush review and I realize that you don’t wear them!! :P

  19. Jennifer February 11, 2013 at 12:06 am #

    This is a rather unique shade coming from Chanel! I actually like it when they release more stunning (read: bold) shades! They had released Ultra Pink last year and I still lemming that!

    but its too bad i can’t wear too orange-toned blushes these days :( in the past I wore them and they made me look healthy and energetic, now they made my skin look dull and yellow! not sure why the change though!

    • becca February 11, 2013 at 12:20 am #

      I never did check out Ultra Pink–now I’m curious. Off to Google swatches! :P

      I really like that Chanel did something different, too. It’s so vibrant and happy! That’s too bad you feel like you can’t wear orange anymore, though. I wonder why? Do you feel like your skin tone has gotten a lot paler recently?

  20. Penelope February 12, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

    This looks like the perfect shade for sunny, i-just-came-back-from-vacation, glow!

    • becca February 12, 2013 at 6:10 pm #

      Agreed!! I cannot WAIT to see how it looks on my skin after I’ve gotten a little tan going! :P

  21. lola February 12, 2013 at 9:09 pm #

    OMG, this is so gorgeous!!! I wish that I could wear such a warm color on my cheeks!!!!!!!!!! <3

    • becca February 12, 2013 at 9:22 pm #

      Aw, orange doesn’t do it for you? :/ To be fair, I feel like it really does photograph a lot more orange than it really is. The pink tones, I think, make it wearable for even cooler, paler skin tones. It might just still work for you! :)

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