Unsung Makeup Heroes: Chanel Joss Contrast Blush in the Malice

Cheeks, Courtesy of Chanel Malice Blush

Throwing it back today with an oldie but goodie, Chanel Malice Blush, I wrote about it for the first time in 2014! This peachy pink blush is still a classic, and I wear it all the time. Oh and Good great news? Chanel still keeps it in its permanent collection. Surprisingly, unlike other brands that have steadily raised their prices over the years, Malice’s $45 price tag is still the same as it was in 2014. If there were a handful of makeup products from Chanel that I’d recommend as must-have products, Malice would definitely be on that list.

For the life of me, I can’t figure out why this blush is called Malice because its sweet, red body doesn’t contain malicious bone. There’s nothing malicious, cagey or wicked about it…unless you count how wickedly cute you look with your new cheekbones when you wear it.

Chanel Joss Contrast Powder Blush in Malice
Chanel Joss Contrast Powder Blush in Malice, $45

peach pink Chanel Joss Contrast Blush in Malice ($45) has been sweetening my makeup bag for almost two weeks now—not so maliciously, and in that time I literally didn’t want to wear anything else. I think this might be the most flattering blush in Chanel’s entire permanent line, and it’s all about versatility.

strongly versatile

Hate is like NARS gratification… not only. As such, if the sparkling golden NARS Orgasm was a wild child sent off to finish school for a year, she would return wearing pearls instead of a leather jacket and call herself Malice.

Malice and Orgasm have a similar peachy pink vibe, but Malice’s shimmer, which, like a barely-there, soft-focus sheen, is far less outrageous and flamboyant.

And that finish is what makes Malis one of the greats for me.

I thought it was a matte when I first saw it, but then I reflected the light onto my skin, almost like a dreamy haze of candlelight, and I realized its greatness.

Effortless and flattering, it always looks natural and nice—never like clown cheeks—whether I wear it sheer, or layered to amp up its intensity.

Chanel Barley Contrast Powder Blush in Malice

It really should sing on a wide range skin tones, and because its glow is so forgiving (unlike many glitter and/or glitter blushes), that covers the skin of more mature makeup lovers.

On top of everything, dressing up is as easy as getting dressed. I wore this yesterday to drive some errands with the Lorac Pro Palette 2…

OK, I went to Anthropologie to look around, lol! (Not my fault. There was a sale!)

So anyway, I wore it to run “errands”, also known as “going to the mall.”

Anthropologie white and yellow striped top
Um… does this top make me go crazy?

I wore it not because, well, I think it’s cute to have a natural-looking, dressed-up makeup look and make me look vibrant, but also because it has dramatic eye looks. It doesn’t compete with what you might have on your eyelashes and eyelashes.

The long-running Unsung Heroes series features some of my favorite permanent collection products from a variety of beauty brands.

Last week I wore it with a thick black liner and a bright coral lipstick, and I feel it balanced perfectly on my eyes and lips.

Chanel Malice Swatch

Whether as an everyday blush, an all-out blush – what have you – this is truly one of those blushes that goes with everything.

And because it strikes such a great balance between peach and pink, it pairs well with peach lips, pink, coral and even orange lips, which are super trendy right now.

But, Coco, it’s crazy expensive!

Yes it is. crazy Expensive, as are all the rest of the Chanel Joss Contrast Blushes at $45 each, but there’s quality, and these are some of the smoothest blushes I’ve ever used.

Chanel Malice Blush
Here I’m also wearing Lorac Pro Palette 2, MAC Technakohl Liner in Uniform and Clinique Lash Power Feathering Mascara on my eyes, and a long-discontinued Chanel Aqualumiere Gloss called Candy Glow (MAC Nymphet kinda similar) on my lips.

There are definitely less expensive blushes out there, but if you’re definitely going the high-end blush route, La Dior, Givenchy, Guerlain or YSL, I suggest gravitating towards one of the Malice or other Joss Contrast blushes. Take a spin

They are just so smooth! I hardly have to do any mixing to get the edges nice and spreadable. Plus, it’s so easy to build them up in layers and last all day long without touchups.

They really are some of the best performing products in the Chanel line, and I think Malice is the best.

If a friend asked me to recommend just one of the Juice Contrast blushes, I’d say Malice without a second thought.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

karni