Oct 262011
 

Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick in Enivree ($32/ #197) roughly translates to “intoxicated.”  I suppose the name is meant to evoke the headiness of the holiday season, the mystery and emotion and a little bit of recklessness.  By comparison to its more dramatic twin Famous also released with this collection, Enivree is a crowd-pleaser–suitable for day and evening wear.

The color is a pink with a slight touch peach that evokes a touch of salmon that’s very flattering with fall and winter clothing that is based on forest greens, blues, bronzes, creams and golds.

Enivree reminded me of Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy, although certainly the Rouge Allure Enivree is far more opaque and long-lasting.   I also swatched this next to some other quiet colors–Chanel Rouge Coco in Patchouli (which is far more mauve/brown) and Chanel Rouge Coco in Plumentis (which is more beige).

Here is Chanel Rouge Allure Enivree on Liz:

Bottom line: If you liked the idea of Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy but didn’t like the formula, Chanel Rouge Allure Enivree is worth a look.  It’s a nice everyday pink.

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Oct 192011
 

 

As part of Chanel exposition at Harrods/London, Chanel released three new Rouge Allure lipsticks in Hyde Park, Belgravia, and Kensington, each named for notable Harrods locations.  Each of these colors is very fresh and bright.

First, Chanel Rouge Allure Hyde Park lipstick is a pink-coral cream.

Another:

On lips, Hyde Park appears very pink with only a hint of the coral infusing the shade:

Chanel Rouge Allure Belgravia was our favorite.  It is a deeper, complex pink with very subtle shimmer:

 Another:

On lips:

Chanel Rouge Allure Kensington is a gorgeous, saturated pink:

On lips, it’s a very rich pink cream:

Kensington bears a close resemblance to Chanel Rouge Allure in Super, which was released for a limited time last year. Here are some swatches comparing Chanel Rouge Allure lipsticks in Kensington, Super, Insolente, Hyde Park and Belgravia.

I’m reviewing these with some trepidation, because I suspect that I will receive numerous comments as to where these can be purchased. As far as I know, they are available at Harrod’s main store in London (Knightsbridge).  I obtained these through a friend who went to the store to purchase them.  If you are not in the UK, and do not know anyone who can get to a store, you may wish to call the store directly to see if they will ship them to you.  Otherwise, please enjoy the pictures and thank you for reading.

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Jul 192011
 

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Royallieu ($32 /#58) is a milky pink sheer lipstick.  We first saw this on the runway, when Peter Phillips applied Royallieu to models in the Chanel Spring 2011 Couture show (pictured, below):

Close up:

 

Although Chanel did not release Royallieu with the original Rouge Coco Shine set this spring in the U.S., it was later added to the line and has been online for purchase since.

Royallieu is a soft, brightening pink with multicolor shimmer.  Like the other Rouge Coco Shine lipsticks, Royallieu is sheer and light.  The formula is moisturizing and balm-like.  The lasting power is not going to rival the other Chanel formulas–it is a short-term, easy glossy look that can be applied without a mirror.

On Liz, plenty of her natural pink lip tone shows through:

Royallieu does not apply quite this pink on me, as my lips have a naturally darker mauve tone.  Instead, Royallieu subtly brightens my natural lip color, giving a softer pink impression.  Any lip color this sheer will look a bit different on everyone.

Here are swatches, next to Chanel Rouge Coco in Boy (reviewed here and here).  Note that Royallieu is similar to Boy, but that Royallieu is slightly lighter and more neutral in tone.  I’ve also added the more opaque, traditional medium pink Chanel Rouge Coco in Magnolia (reviewed here), so that you have a medium pink in the picture for comparison:

You can see that Royallieu is roughly as sheer as Boy.  By comparison, the Rouge Coco formula of Magnolia provides a more opaque and vibrant (although still sophisticated) pink color.

Now that it’s summer and I’m enjoying a lighter makeup look, I’m finding myself reaching for lighter lip colors.  Royallieu is a light, moisturizing, very pleasant color that can be applied with almost anything else one might be wearing.  The color is subtle and the shine factor is high.  It’s perfect to for an easy-to-apply color, to add a bit of light pink polish to the lips.

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Jul 122011
 

Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick in Désinvolte  ($32 / #86) is a sophisticated soft peach infused with nude tone.  This combination keeps the color closer to the neutral family, unlike many peaches and corals that can pull very warm.

I love Désinvolte (which translates to “casual” in French).  It would not attract attention at a counter.  However, it gives that famous soft, moisturizing glow that is typical of the Rouge Allure line. I swear, you would think that there are a 1,000 colors just like it.  Until you wear it, or see it on a celebrity, and realize that there are not many lipsticks that quietly enhance a woman’s coloring without out-shouting her.  I can see this being worn from anything from jeans to a beautiful dress.

I found Désinvolte slightly more beige than the peachier Chanel Rouge Coco Peregrina (reviewed here).  The color of the two are close, but the feel of Désinvolte is sophisticated nude.  Peregrina is more peach.  If these lipsticks were people, Désinvolte would be Catherine Deneuve.  Peregrina would be Kate Middleton.  Both lovely, just a different experience.  To orient you, I’ve included a bright peach-coral (Lancome Chris and Tell) so you can see how soft Désinvolte is by comparison.

On Liz, who has a natural pink tone in her lips:

 

Between Joyeuse and Désinvolte, I prefer Désinvolte.  Liz prefers Joyeuse, she loves pinks and the color goes better with her blonde hair.

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