Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Chanel Accent #84 Powder Blush | Holiday 2013


Chanel Accent #84 Joues Contraste ($43) is new for this holiday. There are two versions, the US version and the baked version released everywhere else. I ordered mine from Nordstrom.com and received the US version 6g/0.21 oz which is made in France. This one is a sparkling mixture of rose mauve and beige. It's beautiful and has both warm and cool tones mixed together. At some angles it's clearly beige, at others it's more of a dusty mauve rose. On my skin it applies like a neutral mauve with a hint of beige. The sparkles and shimmers are more visible in this color than most traditional Chanel blushes and I love that it's different from anything they've released. It's a cross between their regular blushes and highlighters.

More photos below will show the complexity. Note this was difficult to photograph. The blush has more of a beige-colored base, but the shimmers are cool-toned mixed with mauve and silver. It will look different depending on what light and angle you hold this at.



Natural light:

In sunlight:


Swatched heavy and light, two views, it swatches mauve on and pinkish on my arm. On my face it's slightly more warm but still clearly mauvey-brown. This will vary depending on your skintone. (I have a lot of olive/gold).



I pulled some other Chanel blushes I thought might be similar based on what I saw in the pan. I thought it could be a dupe of the discontinued Orchid Rose or Rose Dust. For some reason Chanel discontinued a lot of their classic blush shades. By my comparisons, the new Accent is unique and different. Much to my dismay most of my comparisons are discontinued colors. Here are comparisons to Rose Dust #54, Imprevu 59, Orchid Rose, Rose Temptation, additional swatches include Tempting Beige and Tweed Rose (still on Chanel.com).

Blushes, same set with 2 views:



Swatches, same set with two views:



Chanel Accent proves to be an easy to wear neutral. It's a dusty mauve without being too brown or cool-toned. On my olive skin it adds a nice definition to the cheeks without being too natural or too harsh with the shimmer. I'm wearing it today with the Le Métier de Beauté Saint-Domingue Eye Kit and Chanel Boy Rouge Coco Shine. By Chanel comparisons, Accent is different enough from other Chanel colors to justify purchasing. Update: For reference see Temptalia for the baked version swatches and Best Things in Beauty for the US version on lighter skintone.

Chanel Holiday should start arriving at counters soon. My Nordstrom only had a few pieces so far. You can find Accent at Nordstrom and Nordstrom.com.

29 comments:

  1. its beautiful! i was eyeing it last night at nordstrom & is already sold out!

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  2. Gorgeous! I don't think I actually have anything similar so I'll be looking for this one for sure!

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  3. So pretty!! How does it compare to the Georgio Armani Sheer Blush #10?

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  4. I cant justify another Chanel blush purchase but this one is very different to all my pinks which I think I can definitely wear on a daily basis. :)

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  5. beautiful!
    this reminds me of NARS Oasis a bit. i wonder how they compare. :)

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  6. Hi Sabrina! My SA said that it looks like JC Mocha discontinued recently. Would you kindly (if you have Mocha) compare the two? Great swatches! Thank you so much!

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    1. Lena - I pulled Mocha and Accent is almost identical. Accent is slightly lighter in color but very very close.

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  7. I hope the baked version we get here is just as smooth and pigmented! It's not a shade that I own at all, so it's a nice opportunity to branch out :)

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  8. Ooooooooh I love this color and I always go crazy for the Chanel holiday collections!!! Thanks for posting this :)

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  9. This JC is one that should definitely be tried on the skin before deciding yea or nay. When I saw this pretty rose tinged mocha, I thought it would be too cool and too brown for me (NC15), but when I swatched it on my skin, it blossomed into a gorgeous warm rosewood shade that is perfect as the last remnants of summer fade from my complexion and I move into the deeper burnished shades of autumn. I'm really happy to have Accent now as part of my autumn makeup repertoire as it is so perfectly suited to the season. There is micro-shimmer although the size of the particles is much finer than the ones in last year's Star Dust. When blended out, the glitter seems to disappear; leaving a soft sheen that catches the light. Accent is a very flattering chameleon shade that will softly illuminate and "accent" a variety of skintones.

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    1. Well put as always - I agree it's very chameleon-like!

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  10. I don't really do mauves (I'm more of a peachy person) but this is pretty. Did you get anything else from the collection? The Rouge Allure Velvets?

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    1. I don't always do mauves either because they end up looking muddy on me. This one is lovely though. I picked up Rouge Rubis and the two Illusion D'Ombre shadows. I'm waiting for the quint to arrive in stores too :)

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  11. I'm glad you posted these swatches. I was very curious to know if it compared to Tempting Beige at all since Accent is described as "pink beige" which Tempting Beige translates to on my skin tone.

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  12. These blushes always interest me as people seem to love them and they do come in a lovely range of colors. This is very pretty, I find mauve tones often are the most natural looking on many people

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  13. I wish I could still order Chanel from Neiman Marcus to Canada. I miss my US formulation Chanel. :( This looks amazing!

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  14. I also wonder how similar this is to Chanel's Mocha JC? It looks beautiful regardless!

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    1. Accent is slightly lighter compared to Mocha - but they are very very close.

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  15. Curious of what this would look like on me. Gorgeous though...almost mocha-like.

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  16. Hey Sabrina! Lovely swatches, I would think this is most like Chanel's discontinued Mocha blush.. Your thoughts? :)

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    1. You ladies have great eyes! I didn't think to compare it to Mocha at all. It's very close. I have each color on a different cheek and can't tell the difference. Swatching side by side, Accent is just slightly lighter in color.

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  17. Hi Sabrina, do you think it's going to be sold in all other stores online? I'm not sure if
    Chanel Accent #84 Joues Contraste is already sold out. I checked Nordstrom, Chanel, Saks & NM but don't see it anywhere.

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  18. Hi Sabrina, disregard my last comment and this one...sorry Nordstrom does have it.

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  19. That color looks beautiful!! Mocha is my favorite Chanel blush, and I'm thrilled to see that it might just work as a dupe. Can't wait to pick it up!

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  20. Hi Sabrina, this shade is very unique and I don't think I have any Chanel blushes like this. I wonder if Burberry Cameo looks similar to this.
    I am very curious to swatch this shade on my arm to see if this would suits me :)

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  21. Beautiful! It looks similar to Bobbi Brown Bahama Brown. Too similar to own both?

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  22. I love Chanel, particularly their eyeshadows and moisturizer, but I've never bought a blush. They all look like a light pink to me. However, this blush caught my eye, but it looks similar to Nars Oasis? Any chance you can swatch the two for comparison purposes? :)

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    1. Hello DT - I don't have Oasis anymore, I threw out several NARS items because the packaging became sticky and ruined (not sure why some do this), Oasis being one of them. Per my recollection Oasis is darker and more plum but I can't be 100% sure.

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