I kinda stopped buying Chanel Joues Contraste for a while because I have all the shades I need at the moment. However the moment I saw Accent, I knew I had to have it. It is a shade I don't usually wear (I'm more a coral/peach blush wearer). I was contemplating whether to get it from the counters here in Singapore or to order it from Sak's Fifth. Ruby from Miaka Life and Loves and Meryl from memoiselle.com were very convincing in their argument that the US version would be better. So all three of us order one for ourselves.
You can read Miaka Life and Loves review here and Memoiselle's version here. I am like the slowest to review.
I looked at the back of the box, it still says Made in France which is exactly the same as all my other JCs which I bought in Singapore. Would the ones which come from the US say Made in US? Anyway I did a check, apparently the US versions also say Made in France. What I found out was that the US version are 6g in weight whereas the non-US versions say 4g. I did a check and yup there is a weight difference. So know you know how to tell the difference between both versions through the packaging.
Check out Cafe Makeup's take on the US and non-US version here and Sweet MakeupTemptation over here.
I profess, I definitely prefer the pressed powder version as compared to the baked version we find in Singapore. I find it easier to pick up pigment. I find my old JCs hard now and it takes many swipes to get the pigment I want.
This Accent kicks up a fair bit of powder. The first time I used Accent, I used my Koyudo brush to swipe the pan. I was a bit heavy handed because I normally would use the same amount of effort to pick up my JC blush. I was very surprised to see the large amount of pigment I picked up.
That being said, there is always have a special place in my makeup heart for Chanel JC blushes. I remember my first one, Tea Rose. Chanel makes beautiful wearable colours. Their formula is refined and I love how it blends into my skin. It always gives me a natural blush by melding with my skin instead of sitting on top of it.
Accent is a muted brown rose shade. I love pairing this with my red lips for a more contoured and defined cheek look. It is shimmery but in a subtle way.
I'll be buying my Chanel blushes online from now on. This retails for USD $43.
Ratings: 5 lipsticks