Feb 262010
 

Chanel Rouge Coco lipstick in Mademoiselle #5 ($30) is a medium, gently shimmery pink that is going to work for almost any occasion.   Coco Chanel was frequently called “Mademoiselle.”  The word, which in French denotes “Miss” (an unmarried woman), was appropriate for Coco who remained single throughout her life.  According to her, “I never wanted to weigh more heavily on a man than a bird.”  Mademoiselle is appropriately numbered “Number Five”— linking Coco Chanel’s name with the number of her iconic perfume.

Mademoiselle’s pleasant pink tone has enough opacity and life to provide an appropriate emphasis on the lips without overwhelming.  It’s for those quieter times when one wants to look polished, but perhaps not want to make an overwhelming lip statement.  Like many of the Rouge Coco shades, it has the very easy, lightweight and moisturizing formula.

This shade is so universal, I’m sure that it’s going to wear easily with almost everything.

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Feb 262010
 

Chanel Rouge Coco lipstick in Vendome #25 ($30) is a pink-red with a very light touch of brown.  It has high pigmentation and very nice kick because of the red tones.

There are colors within the Rouge Coco line that are more brown, and another that is brick.  Vendome is strong enough to give me a good flattering color for my skin tone.  By the way, I wear the shade intensity 1.0 in Chanel foundations, and am slightly warm-toned.

Vendome is named after the historic Place Vendome in Paris.  As you can see, it’s roughly a rectangle with cut corners that give it a hexagonal shape:

The Ritz Paris hotel borders the Place Vendome on one side, and during World War II, Coco Chanel lived in an apartment at that hotel.  This gave her a beautiful view of the Place Vendome.  A back door of the Ritz opens onto the Rue Cambon, where Chanel’s clothing boutique is (and was then) located.  The hexagon shape of the Place Vendome has been echoed on the top stopper of Chanel No. 5 perfume bottle, various Chanel watches and other pieces of jewelry.


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Feb 262010
 

Chanel Rouge Coco in Camelia #10 ($30) is a light, carefree pink.  This is the color that I can keep in my everyday bag so that I can re-apply it without thinking about what I might be wearing on any particular day.  In other words, it’s an easy color that goes with almost anything.  It is lightly pigmented– it takes more coats to get an opaque color compared to others in the line.  There is a very pleasant shimmer, not quite as much as a gloss, but more than most lipsticks.  If find this shimmer much less obvious–and more pleasant–than many in the Aqualumiere line.

The camellia was Coco Chanel’s favorite flower.  It shows up in a number of her designs–in the soft pattern in the lining of some of her jackets, on jewelry, scarves and almost anywhere else imaginable.


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Feb 262010
 

Chanel Rouge Coco in Gabrielle #19 ($30) is a tribute to the name of Coco Chanel before she adopted the name that became so famous.

Gabrielle is only one of a few highly-pigmented reds in the Rouge Coco line, I found that this one flattered my skin tone the most.  It is bright, bold red that seems to run the tiniest  bit deeper and cooler than the rest.  Because my skin tone runs warm, the cooler-toned reds seem to work best for my coloring.  To choose your red, I highly recommend that you try them on at a counter, some of the lipsticks in this line can run a bit toward orange.

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Feb 262010
 

Chanel Rouge Coco in Rouge Noir # 18 ($30) evokes the iconic blackened burgundy made famous by the original Vamp in the early 1990’s.  I still remember the write-up in Vogue, that described this as the new “it” color that would become a classic.

The Rouge Coco version of Rouge Noir has the ability to be sheered out, which gives a deep, dark red-black tone that can be rather dramatic.  I must admit that I have always loved this color–I would die if an eyeshadow or eyeliner were released with this same tone.  As a lipstick, I save this for either formal occasions, although not necessarily evening.  To me, the Hydrabase Rouge Noir has always delivered a “wear me with all-black and watch the fabulousness happen” message.  Although I haven’t owned this long, I’m hopeful that this will work with less formal occasions.

As an aside, am I the only one who noticed that the number for this lipstick– #18 — is the same as the older Rouge Noir nail polish and Vamp?


How similar is this Rouge Noir to the former Hydrabase version?  I found the former one too pigmented and strong for my coloring, nonetheless I’ve ordered one that should be on its way soon so we can do a side-by-side comparison.  At present, I believe that many will find that the Rouge Coco version is less intimidating and far more wearable.  Here’s a quick swatch on my lips:


(Go easy on me! I haven’t learned how to take good lip swatches but I’m trying.)  If you’d like to see a comparison between the Rouge Hydrabase and this Rouge Noir, look here.

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