Mar 012010

Overall, Chanel’s Rouge Coco ($30) is successful from this makeup-lover’s perspective.  Although I own many of the Rouge Allure line, I find that Rouge Coco offers something different that will keep me going back for more.  To me, they are beautiful but easy to apply and wear.  Most days, I prefer something that I can select and re-apply casually that looks beautiful.  I love the moisturizing formula, and the color choice is beyond wonderful.

In making my shopping choices, I decided to get one from each color family (well, except for peach because I’d just purchased Lancome’s Chris & Tell).  Fortunately, the line is permanent and so there is plenty of time to get to know them before you choose.  If you must order online, try to choose a source that has a good return policy in case the lipstick doesn’t work with your coloring.

Because my reviews and swatches are in separate posts, I thought it  helpful to summarize all of the ones reviewed on this blog here:


– Reviewed here.

– A deep burgundy with the faintest hint of a cool blue-brown..

– Medium pigmentation, but can be layered to full opacity

– Pleasant, lightweight and moisturizing.

– One of my top favorites from the line.

Taffetas Rose

– Reviewed here.

– A standout pink-rose with a hint of violet.

– Good pigmentation, manageable shimmer

– This color will get noticed!

– It’s beautiful, appropriate but not for the extremely color-shy.

Rouge Noir

– Reviewed here.

– A variation on the classic Chanel Vamp

– A black-red that is a bit sheerer–although to me more wearable– version of the original.

– Looks amazing when wearing blacks and darker colored clothing.


– Reviewed here.

– A strong red with a hint of cooler tones.

– Highly pigmented.

– As with all strong reds, trying this one at a counter is highly recommended before purchasing.


– Reviewed here.

– A lightly pigmented, pearly pink.

– Higher on shimmer than any other in this post.

– To me, this is one of the easiest shades to wear-it adds a gentle pink sheen and can be worn with almost any other colors.


– Reviewed here.

– A sophisticated red with a touch of brown.

– Highly pigmented.

– Creamy with just a touch of shimmer.


– Reviewed here.

– An instant classic;  seems to work with a variety of skin tones.

–  A medium pink with a light, wearable shimmer.

– Unless you have a medium pink you already love, a great first choice to try out the Rouge Coco line.

EDIT:  A review of Chanel Rouge Coco Gardenia has been posted –> here.

I’ve been wearing various of these over the past several days, and my experience only confirms that I am going to continue to get a great deal of use out of them.  As I gradually add more of the line, I’ll be sure to update you with more pictures and reviews.  I also love reading your comments, and so invite you to let me know what you think of the line!

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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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Chanel Rouge Coco Review and Swatches – Camelia

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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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Chanel Rouge Coco Review and Swatches – Gabrielle

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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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Chanel Rouge Coco- Taffetas Rose

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Feb 262010

Chanel Rouge Coco in Taffetas Rose #16 ($30) is absolutely beautiful standout pink.  Although I don’t often go for pinks, this one had a depth and resonance that drew me to it immediately.  It has tones of rose, pink and a the faintest touch of violet.  It has a beautiful shimmer that brings light to the face.

This is the type of color that I can wear with anything–to work, to dress up a pair of jeans or a dress.  This color adds a little bit of sophistication that I truly love.  Like the others in the line, Taffetas Rose has the smooth, lightweight, easy-to-wear formula.

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Feb 262010

On February 25, 2010, Chanel released 30 new lipstick shades in the Rouge Coco line.  According to the reports that I’ve seen from Chanel, this line is intended to be an easy-to-wear lipstick that feels light and moisturizing.  The Rouge Hyrdabase and Aqualumiere plastic cases have been re-worked for the Rouge Coco line.  The new lipsticks use a cool metal, which does feel cool to the touch in a purse.  I can certainly tell the difference between a Hydrabase lipstick case and a Rouge Coco lipstick case by the cooler feel of the latter in my bag without looking.

The posts that follow are a review of six colors that I purchased on the release date.  I’ve previously reviewed and swatched Rouge Coco Rivoli here.  When I was shopping, I swatched and examined all thirty of them at least twice, and found that these worked best for me.  Hopefully, these will give you a preview of some of the ones that I found were standouts for me.

The names are wonderful, each one reflecting another aspect to Coco Chanel’s life.  It is a wonderful tribute to her legacy, in a more modern formula made for quick, easy and beautiful application.

Are you ready?  Here we go!

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Feb 192010

Chanel’s new Rouge Coco lipstick line includes Rivoli ($30), which I ordered sight unseen from Bergdorf’s.  I have a special affinity for the Rue de Rivoli in Paris, and so I knew I had to have it based on the name alone.

The color is a deep burgundy with the faintest hint of a cool blue-brown.  Honestly, I could not have asked for a more suitable color for my skintone.  I’m completely in love with berry tones.

This review must be short, because Rivoli arrived less than an hour ago.  I did the best I could with the lighting that I have (it’s getting dark here). So far, the lipstick is very lightweight and moisturizing.  It is a little more sheer than some, as easy to apply as a gloss or balm.  I’m very pleased, and I cannot wait to see more colors in the Rouge Coco line.

P.S.:  I had read that Chanel spent particular attention to the “click” that is made when the lipstick cap is closed.  I can report that the click is, indeed, really nice.  There’s a sort of slow-down as the cap gets to closure, then a medium-loud, deep toned and crisp “click” as it closes.  As someone concerned about loose caps that lead to damage to expensive purses, I really appreciate this feature.

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