Chanel’s Rouge Coco line includes a Neiman Marcus exclusive called Gardenia ($30), which I discovered from reading The Beauty Look Book . Because it looked like a refreshing pink, I called one of the Neiman Marcus stores to order one. At the same time, I added a nail polish from the same collection, Rose Paradise ($23) as a coordinating nail shade. They arrived very quickly with some generous samples.
Gardenia is a beautiful shimmering pink, with the same moisturizing formulas as the others in the Rouge Coco line. Unlike some, Gardenia has a beautiful shimmering quality, which I far prefer to the older Aqualumiere formula. Gardenia’s shimmer is much more refined, giving just a glow to the lips. In some colors, the Aqualumiere shimmers seemed larger and the formula more dry.
As you can see in the swatch, Chanel Rouge Coco Gardenia is a pretty neutral shimmering pink. Here, I compare it to Rouge Coco Mademoiselle, and a few of my favorite neutral Rouge Allures. Troublant was originally released in an Asian-only collection, and Naive is one of my standbys that seems to look good when I can’t decide what else to wear. Naive and Gardenia have a similar pleasant pink tone, although Gardenia’s pink is stronger and the formula is more shimmery. Click to enlarge:
Here is a quick swatch of Rose Paradise nail polish. I have a very difficult time describing this color –it’s a pink that seems to have some peach or gold undertones. Really, it’s a complicated color for a pink-neutral. It’s a very conservative color, I’m sure it would look appropriate for the most formal daytime occasions. The formula applies very easily–this is two coats over CND Sticky basecoat and under a Poshe topcoat.