Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in 70 Tumulte, 64 Pink Explosion, and 71 Malice – Swatches, Pics, Review

It figures that almost immediately after finally completing my post about my entire Chanel blush collection I found myself ordering three more Joues Contraste blushes! I guess I will have to revisit that post. πŸ˜‰ When I heard that they were re-releasing Pink Explosion and Plum Attraction in the US formula along with two new shades I was beside myself with excitement. I love the blush shades from the Fall 2010 collection but was disappointed with the fact they were released in the baked formula. I knew that I needed to have the US version of Pink Explosion and managed to talk myself out of purchasing the re-release of Plum Attraction. I thought maybe the harder texture of the baked version of Plum Attraction made it a little easier to not overdue it on my fair skin. Of course now I am starting to yearn for the US version as well. I also picked up Tumulte and Malice because owning every beautiful shade of Chanel Joues Contraste is simply a necessity for me.Β 

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in 70 Tumulte, 64 Pink Explosion, and 71 Malice
Let’s start with Tumulte. It is a gorgeous cool pink. It is almost matte but has a very subtle, refined, toned down version of the usual Joues Contraste glow. I find the shade to be quite bright and deeper than a baby pink. The texture is heavenly and I know this blush will be seeing regular use in my collection.
Chanel Joues Contraste 70 Tumulte
The new Pink Explosion is a little warmer and deeper than the original. It has the same silver shimmer but it’s a slightly more refined version than the original baked version. It is a little bit sheerer than Tumulte and Malice. I was a little disappointed that the formula of the Pink Explosion wasn’t quite as exceptional as most Chanel Joues Contaste blushes. Don’t get me wrong, it is still a fabulous formula and shade, but for me I found it a slight bit lacking in comparison. I was also hoping maybe the silver shimmer would be a little more toned down in the new US version. I think given the similarity in shade and my preference for the texture and finish of Tumulte I probably could have passed on this new version of Pink Explosion. It is still a big step up formula wise compared to the baked version so I am fairly pleased. I just wish it wasn’t so close to Tumulte.Β 
Chanel Joues Contraste 64 Pink Explosion (new)
Malice is my favourite from this release. It has the incredibly Joues Constraste glow and the formula is incredibly smooth and creamy. The pigmentation is also outstanding. It is a positively delicious looking coral. I think you can even appreciate in my swatch photos how its formula is just a little bit above and beyond the other two shades. I think shade wise it is probably not the best shade for my skin tone out of the bunch but hopefully it will look as good my cheeks as it does on my arm!

Chanel Joues Contraste 71 Malice

With flash to show differences in finish:

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in 70 Tumulte, 64 Pink Explosion, and 71 Malice

Indirect natural light:

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in 70 Tumulte, 64 Pink Explosion, and 71 Malice

Β Direct sun:

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in 70 Tumulte, 64 Pink Explosion, and 71 Malice
Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in 70 Tumulte, 64 Pink Explosion, and 71 Malice
Stay tuned for a comparison post to other Chanel Joues Contraste shades.

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  • Elvira PinkSith
    April 3, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    I NEED 70 Tumulte, and 71 Malice. I have Pink Explosion already. I don’t see the difference between the old and new. But I NEEEEEED 70 & 71!!!

    • PerilouslyPale
      April 3, 2012 at 2:57 PM

      I won’t lie. You do indeed NEED them. No way around it. πŸ˜‰

  • Rebecca
    April 3, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    Gorgeous blushes. Such pretty colors.

  • lola seicento
    April 3, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    These are GORGEOUS! Excellent review and pictures!! I have a nearly irrational obsession with JC blushes! I thought that I could pass because I have the “old” Pink Explosion (plus a back-up) and the US and Euro versions of Narcisse. However, I think that I I need Tumulte in my life. I may pass on Pink Explosion since your description makes me think that my old one will suffice. Oh, how I wish that Malice would look good on my cool-toned skin! I’m also not sure that I could pull off Plum Attraction- though the Non-Blonde’s review has me wondering if maybe I should. Thanks for enabling me πŸ˜€

  • Kate MacDonald
    April 3, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    These look so beautiful! I feel like I absolutely need Malice and Tumulte in my life. I can’t believe I’ve yet to pick up a JC blush, mostly because I always seem to be thinking about what shade to get and I never make a decision.

  • Shahada Karim
    April 3, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    Whoo Hoo! Congrats on your new blushes! Malice is BEYOND… it’s easily my favorite of the new releases. It’s so flattering on such a wide range of skin tones! Definitely my ‘go to’ blush for the Summer.

  • Dovey
    April 3, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    I was wondering if you’d pick these up after your collection post too! I can see why Malice is a favorite— what a cool color (and wicked name πŸ™‚

  • Tracy@Beauty Reflections
    April 3, 2012 at 11:05 PM

    These are making me want to break my blush ban!!

  • Zuzu*s Petals
    April 4, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    Great review, peeps. Those are beautiful. Look at all that pigment, too!

  • Cecilia
    April 4, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    Absolutely stunning, no-one can blame you for wanting every single one πŸ˜› I wish the US formula would be available everywhere. I’m not a huge fan of Chanel JC and I think the inferior EU formula is probably the reason for that.

  • BooBooNinja
    April 4, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    oooh. Malice looks like NARS Gilda. Does anyone know how similar they are?

  • Beauty Box
    April 10, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    Love Chanel blushes… Am a blush fiend myself. Thanks for the swatches!

  • Marisa Anderson
    February 28, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Such beautiful blushes! Really liked the color of the Tumulte blush. Pink Explosion is a really nice blush color also.
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