Chanel Pink Explosion 64 Joues Contraste

June 28, 2010
Another one of my picks from Chanel Fall 2010, Pink Explosion Powder Blush, a dusty cool pink with tiny bits of silver sparkle. It’s a lovely shade of pink, but I bring my first less-than-satisfactory review for Chanel. I normally love the color products Chanel makes – the formula, texture, finish are all divine and I feel the higher price tag justifies the purchase because of the higher quality. The items I don’t like are typically just because the color isn’t me, but I am usually able to find at least one thing that I like with each collection. This fall, Chanel has released the blushes in the Asia/Euro baked version and I am slightly disappointed.

Chanel has two types of product batches they produce (as far as I know): U.S. versions and Euro/Asia/Canada versions. The difference is in the product names and finish (why many like the number reference so they know which overseas products to compare). Euro/Asia eyeshadows and blushes come in a baked formula with round pans and have a more powdery-like finish. I will say up front, I am not a fan of the Euro/Asia formulas at all. I have a couple Euro blushes from custom purchases (Candy and Tea Rose) and I only purchased them because I was interested in the color. The formula has left me wanting for more. Both definitely show up, but the finish is not the same as the U.S. – they are sheerer, more powdery, and just sit on the skin rather than blending into the skin like a natural blush does.

The labeling shows Made In U.S.A. versus Made in France:

That being said, I decided to give Pink Explosion a try. The verdict is still out. The color is pretty, but I’m less than thrilled with the finish – one swipe and you get a powdery mess. I find the formula too soft. Also there’s the glitter. Granted, it’s extremely fine and tiny. But still, I love Chanel for their finely milled shimmers, not glitter. Hence the less-than-satisfactory review. I know I would have loved this one had it been in the US formula.

Here you can see the powdery crumbly debris,
(natural light, no flash but cloudy weather):

If you own other Chanel blushes, you may be wondering how it compares to other pinks. Here it is compared to Narcisse and Turbulent (both discontinued):

No flash, in natural light (cloudy weather light though):

Swatch comparisons to other Chanel Pinks:
Narcisse, Pink Explosion, Turbulent,
Rose Petale, Tweed Pink

So all in all, I think it’s a nice blush. Just not the usual quality I find for Chanel. The clouds have me slightly off my game – photography wise. I’d suggest checking out other blogs to see how Pink Explosion looks photographed in different lighting. It will give you a better idea of how it looks. I’m in between a MAC NC30-35.

  • Check it out on darker skintone on Karen at Makeup and Beauty Blog here.
  • Also check it out on lighter skintone like Christine’s from Temptalia here.

I’d say my skintone is probably somewhere in between those two πŸ™‚ If you have this photographed or swatched, please feel free to link to your blog in the comments.

US girls who have purchased Chanel blushes in the past – what are your thoughts about the Asia/Euro formula for blushes?

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  • Eileen

    I was so disappointed to learn that the new JCs were in the baked formula. I have dry skin and usually wear either a cream blush or a JC. I tried the baked version when I was in Europe and wasn't impressed with it. In comparison to the US formula, the baked version just sits there. I much prefer the soft glow of our version and the way it blends. Now I'm having second thoughts about getting one of the new JC. I guess I'll just have to give it a try and see if the baked formula has improved in the past couple of years.

  • i got rid of turlulent as it was way too cool and bright for me. and this new explision looks really close to the old Calvin Klien blush flush with Desire 102 Spare.


    I miss all my Chanel blushes as I didn't bring any here! Can you believe that???!!!

  • hmm, I had this on my list of must haves since it seemed to be the most wearable out of Chanel's Fall 2010 collection but now I'm having second thoughts… I will have to wait and see…


  • I love all of them, so pretty!
    I wish I can have one blush from Chanel soon…^_^

  • Hi, I just went to check out the collection yesterday and am on the fence about pink explosion. To me the color and sparkles are very similar to NARS Angelika, what do you think?


  • Eileen – Glad to know I'm not the only US girl who doesn't like the baked version. Yes, I am rather disappointed with these. One swipe and you're left with a lot of powder crumbles. IMHO, the new ones are still the same as previous Euro blushes.

    Jojoba – You didn't bring any Chanel JCs with you?! Hmm, it's hard to compare the blushes from different photos. Perhaps you're right. It appears the CK is brighter and more vibrant, but it's hard to tell.

    Shimmering2Light – I think NARS Angelika has more visible sparkles (as in bigger). Also, I think the Chanel is a more natural pink, where NARS has cooler tones and is more of a candy pink. The Chanel is definitely more wearable.

  • I've never tried Chanel blushes before, but I LOVE the shade Narcisse! I wonder if you know of any blushers that can be a dupe for the color, either in cream or powder form?

  • I have one Chanel Blush and I would love to have other ones 2 and I think this shade is just perfect!

    Too bad the formula is a bit too soft, it shows good on your pictures :/

  • i think from the pc, the JC is warmer. but CK is slightly cooler. hard to compare without a real thing. i'd go to the counter if it's released. just to be sure.

    love your pix!