January 31, 2011
One of the products I was really looking forward to get this Spring is the Chanel Joue Contraste blush in Espiègle.
Espiègle is a lovely light peach: no pink, no orange, just peach.
I was afraid it would look too similar to Nars Sex Appeal, which is a very light and subtle color. But Espiègle is actually more pigmented and more peachy.
This, in fact, does show in the pan already, and even more so on swatches: those 2 are quite different. However, I found 2 dupe candidates in my collection (so much for being obsessed by peach blushes): Mac Nuance and Illamasqua Lover.
|Swatches on bare skin, natural light - NC15|
See? Espiègle is definitely more pigmented than Sex Appeal, and definitely more peach too.
Illamasqua Lover does appear more orange in comparison although I've always thought about is as a true peach. It actually looks like Mac Nuance is the closest dupe.
Since my Chanel came from the US, it's not baked like the JC we have in Europe. Mac Nuance, on the other hand, is a mineralize blush which means it is baked. I'm wondering if that makes a difference because the light gold particles in Nuance show up more than the ones in Espiègle.
In conclusion, if you love peach blush, Espiègle is definitely something to look into. However it's an expensive treat at $43 and Mac Nuance can still be found in some Mac stands/stores for half this price, so that might be something to look into.