Chanel Joues Contraste Vivacité #88 and Canaille #89

April 8, 2014

Chanel’s Perfection Lumière Velvet collection features two new Joues Contraste Powder Blushes ($45 each for 4g/0.14 oz, European/Asia baked version) in Vivacité #88 and Canaille #89. Both are in the baked formula and are more dramatic color than the usual traditional Chanel blush. They look quite intense in the compact but don’t go on as dark on the face. Vivacité #88 is a dark pink rose that has a matte finish. Canaille #89 is a warm shimmery orangey tan color. I think these are a nice addition for spring-to-summer. Although the colors are quite rich, the texture is easy to layer and apply without looking clown-like.

The Perfection Lumière Velvet Collection:

Vivacité #88 and Canaille #89

Vivacité #88 is a darker pink with a hint of fuchsia. The tetxure on this one a bit harder than the US versions. It applies sheer but is layerable for more color. I recommend applying with a light hand though – this is one of those colors that you can easily overdo with one swipe too many.

Canaille #89 is a stunning shimmery coppery brown peach. It’s shimmery but not frosty. It has a softer texture than the Vivacite. This one is also easy to layer for color but the pigment is on the richer side.

Here they are swatched with a heavy hand:

Swatch comparisons (all swatched with a heavy hand): Burberry Hydrangea Pink, Tom Ford Narcissist, Hourglass Radiant Magenta, Chanel Emotion, Tom Ford Savage, NARS Taj Mahal, NARS Lovejoy and MAC Sunbasque:

I wanted to hate these since they are not the US formula (which I prefer). I tested both at the counter and the artist applied them on my face when I tested the new foundation. I could not resist. Both are so different from any other blushes I own. I’ve been playing around with these for a week and the texture seems to be ok in terms of application and wear. I still prefer the soft finely milled texture of the US version blushes but these are winners for color and wear. At first glance, both Vivacité #88 and Canaille #89 look intimidating in the pans, especially to those who prefer natural colors or have fairer skin. I found them to still wear quite naturally with easy to control pigment.

Both blushes should be available at all counters by now. Also available currently online at Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Saks and Chanel.com.

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  • Great that you like them! I got Canaille and it terrified me when I received it. But I think I can make it work. I thought it would be too brown but luckily there is some orange and peach hidden in there, lol! ^^

  • HinSabrina,

    Both shades are so incredibly vibrant! They do seem to be a bit trickier to wear , but I suppose its a fun challenge to take on!

  • I can't wait to try these, they look so vibrant!

  • Oh, Sabrina….you should do photography for magazines. I ordered Dior captain last week and Canaille tonight thanks to your photos. I'm Creole and Canaille is term of endearment (little rascal) my grandmother used to use. I can't wait to get it! I'm loving captain and I have Aventure also , but haven't used it yet. I noticed it on your Instagram. Canaille seems perfect for my NC42 skin tone.

    • Couldn't agree with you more. Sabrina's photos are gorgeous.

  • I fell in love with Vivacite the minute I saw it at the counter, but I don't find the tone to be a great spring blush. It reminded me more of fall on my skintone.

  • What beautiful colors! Vivacité looks perfect for Spring! xo Kelly http://msdioraddict.blogspot.com/

  • Hey Sabrina, I have Canaille and I wore it yesterday: it is actually a lot more wearable than I thought it'd be! I own several Chanel blushes, and they're all "rest of the world" formula. I haven't had any problems with them though. I'd still like to try a US one at some point, just so that I can see the difference.

  • Vivacite looks very much the same as Rose tourbillon, no?

  • These colors are gorgeous!


  • Vivacite is so beautiful! x

  • Beautiful, especially Vivacite! xo

  • Today I discovered that Vivacité is available here too so went to check it out after work and decided it would be a perfect shade for me! <3 Love how it looks" Can't wait to use it! <3

  • Ohhh, I rally like "Vivacite." It reminds me of a macaron.

  • I was underwhelmed. Yet again, I think me and Chanel are just not going to happen. I've accepted other than the creme de blush which I opted to buy, I've just not liked anything. Everything I've swatched has been severely underwhelming. Their eyeshadows are terrible and chalky. I swatched these blushes in store and I know shimmer, the orange/browney shade was just glitters galore, actual specks and fall out… Furthermore, it was not pigmented at all. The texture is hard, a touch powdery but not terrible but still not creamy or pigmented. I'm glad I cancelled my neiman marcus order because nearly ordered these based on this review but I happened to go to a mall and just passed by the counter and did a double take. I to this day wonder why folks rave about chanel… I'd rather even pay for TF.