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.


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:


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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Jul 102011

Le Blanc de Chanel was released this spring as an exclusive collection available exclusively in Asia.  As originally released, the group included foundations, skincare, and makeup.  Rouge Deluxe has a lovely overview of the entire line as originally released at this link.  This year, the Nordstrom Anniversary sale brings the collection to the U.S.  Nordstrom card holders can buy the collection now, and everyone else will have access on July 15th.

Here is an overview of the items available through the sale:

  • Poudre Lumière Perlée Pearl Glow Powder Highlighting powder $60
  • Rose Envolée Quadra Eye Shadow Palette $57
  • Joues Contraste Blush in Rose Tourbillon Blush $43
  • Rouge Allure Lipstick in Désinvolte and Joyeuse ($32 each)
  • Glossimer Lip Gloss in Blossom and Liason ($28.50 each)

I’ll be posting reviews of the items to help you put your shopping list together.

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Feb 092011

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy ($32/#54) is the first in a new series of Chanel lipsticks (reviewed here).  Very hydrating and high shine, these are extremely comfortable and easy to wear.  You can literally apply them without a mirror.

Here, Liz is wearing:

In the picture above, Liz is wearing Boy on her lips alone (no base, lipliner or gloss), together with:

  • Chanel Lift Lumiere foundation (Intensity 1.0/Ivoire)
  • Caron Translucent Powder (reviewed here)
  • Chanel Ombre Perlees de Chanel (reviewed here)
  • Guerlain Le 2 Volume Mascara
  • Guerlain Series Noir Blush G (reviewed here)
  • Edward Bess bronzer (reviewed here)(under the blush)
  • Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer (see here)
  • Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector on the browbone

Liz’s take on Boy is that she loves it (I’m trying to find another for her) and it’s going to be an easy everyday color to wear.  She’s looking forward to seeing more of the line, especially those with more vibrant color as a nice variation.  She likes the feel, according to her, they feel like “an elegant Chapstick.”

On Liz’s nails, OPI Teenage Dream (Katy Perry collection/ Spring 2011).

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Feb 082011

Chanel is set to do a pre-release of a new lipstick range– Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy ($32/.01 oz /#54.).  The shade will be sold from February 10-14th only for Valentine’s Day at 22 select Nordstrom (listed here), and other department stores, as well as online at Chanel.com.  The color will return for sale when the entire 17-lipstick line is released during late March/early April.  Named after Coco Chanel’s first loves, Edward “Boy” Capel, with whom she traveled throughout France and who helped start her shop that led her to become the designer that she was meant to be.

Overall, I love the formula and find it a very pleasant direction for Chanel.  The moisturizing sheen is very attractive, and I cannot wait to see all of the colors in the line in April.  Stay tuned– Liz and I are planning to do a full look tomorrow.

This new formula is moisturizing, sheer and very feminine.  Applied, it feels like a very soft balm and there is very definite shine that it gives the lips.  It seems to melt any liplines and soften the texture of the lips.  There is no stickiness, the feeling is pure luxury.

The case looks very much like the Rouge Coco style packaging.  To me, the Rouge Coco Shine packaging is slightly more lightweight, indicative of a more casual, light and easy lipstick.

In contrast, the Rouge Coco has a cool, metallic and slightly heavy sensation that one gets from holding the package.  Rouge Coco Shine feels elegant, yet it is lightweight.  The Rouge Coco Shine is something that you could toss into a pocket or purse to moisturize and beautify very easily.  The Rouge Coco Shine is a lighter, pleasing and very Chanel way to give a very moisturized and elegant sheen to the lips.

You can see the overall slimness of the packaging of the Rouge Coco Shine compared to Chanel Rouge Coco and Rouge Allure:

There is slightly less product in the Rouge Coco shine (.010 oz.), compared to both the Rouge Allure and Rouge Coco lipsticks (.12 oz.).  In my personal opinion, that’s not a great enough difference to concern me.  To me, the importance is the look, feel and moisturizing properties of the product–which one is going to work best for the occasion.

As you can see, this comparatively soft formula is housed in a protective sleeve.  This is a thoughtful touch.  The texture is soft enough that I like knowing that that packaging can protect it if it gets bumped around in my purse:

Here’s the bullet fully extended up.  You can see there is a generous amount of product:

This is how I would typically use this lipstick.  As you can see, this formula has a very light-reflective sheen, the texture is very soft and beautiful:

Here’s a comparison with a few Chanel’s Rouge Coco in Camelia, Gardenia and Mademoiselle.  You can see that Boy is much more glossy and sheer:

On the lips:

Both Liz and I loved it.  It’s very sheer, light and will be very pretty for Spring and Summer, and very moisturizing in Winter.  This release is particularly nice for Valentine’s Day–my husband gave this one five stars for “kissability”-he says that it’s his favorite formula of all of my lipsticks so far.

Beauty lovers should keep in mind that this moisturizing formula will not be as long-lasting as some more robust, deeply pigmented or creamy formulas.  I found that I get more mileage from the Rouge Coco and Rouge Allure lines (both of which are more creamy and pigmented than Rouge Coco Shine).  Also, there is a very slight scent to this Rouge Coco Shine, which became unnoticeable to me a few minutes after application.

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