Chanel Lipstick

Chanel Rouge Coco Review and Swatches – Vendome

February 26, 2010

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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  • ganda February 27, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    Hello, Amy. Your swatches are beautiful. I’m torn between Vendome, Rivoli and Tafettas Rose thanks to your lovely reiews. 🙂 Are they sufficiently different from each other that I could splurge and get all three? I am NC44 in MAC.

    Thanks for your advice, I live 2.5 hours from the closest Chanel counter and will have to order online.

    • Amy February 27, 2010 at 8:11 pm

      Dear Ganda,

      Thank you for visiting and I’m glad that you are enjoying the pictures! Yes, the three are quite different from each other. Vendome is a browned red, Rivoli is a burgundy-red and Tafettas Rose is a beautiful pink with a touch of violet. I’m so grateful that these are permanent, so there is no hurry to get all three at once. Of these three, I love Rivoli and Tafettas Rose the most. I do think that all three would work with your skin tone. ISaks has a beauty event right now, that may be your best option for picking up some free goodies with your order. I hope that you enjoy these– I think this is a winning line! 🙂 Best, Amy

  • ganda February 27, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Lovely. Thank you so much for the info. I truly can’t wait to try these! 🙂

  • lexi920 February 28, 2010 at 11:29 am

    i miss Paris and would love to visit again and this time I’m dragging my husband!!

    • Amy February 28, 2010 at 11:47 am

      I miss it too, Lexi– more than I can say! I’ll go with or without my SO–if you have any tips for getting your husband to go, kindly pass them along! 🙂