Jan 082014
 

Chanel L'Adoree2

When Chanel’s Spring 2014 Collection released last month, I went to several different counters to test the products. I was unable to find products that captured my imagination, although I’m still looking at the lip pencils as potential items. I found that this collection’s items–as much as I tried to love them–were just a bit off for my coloring, or didn’t really seem to have the uniqueness that I’ve come to expect from the line.

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Although I’m very excited about several upcoming items from Chanel this year, for now I chose a single lipstick as the one “must have” item for me this season. I know that some of my readers will be surprised. Indeed, although I have not always had time to cover them on Cafe Makeup, I’ve continued to buy extensively from Chanel collections for the past several years. Spring 2014 is the least that I’ve purchased from a Chanel release in a very, very long time.  Hopefully, the rest of the year will look much better.

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 At any rate, I chose Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in L’Adorée ($34). This matte-satin deep mauve is an unusual shade, yet still has enough sophistication to look fabulous.

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I love the Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet formula, and I would have purchased the other velvet in this collection (Diva, a neon pink), except it seemed a bit too bright. Chanel L’Adorée is a near-opaque, but has enough transparency to be modified slightly depending on the color of your natural lips.

Chanel L'Adoree7Alternatively, you could tweak it toward the red side by using Chanel’s Vamp/Rouge Noir lipliner, or more purple with Amarante. Here are swatches to show Chanel L’Adorée against the more red Chanel Rivoli, and the comparatively darker Chanel Rouge Coco Rouge Noir and the Chanel Rouge Allure Rouge Noir.

Chanel L'Adoree lipstick

Here is Chanel L’Adorée on Liz, looking gorgeous (no base, no lipliner, and no gloss):

Chanel L'Adoree lipstick swatch 2

Although I love Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in L’Adorée, I wish that I could have fallen more in love with Chanel Spring 2014. Based on their recent runway looks, I’m sure that there will be many more items to love this year. For now, I’m enjoying this Rouge Allure quite a bit.

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Apr 302012
 

Chanel Summer 2012 brings two new Chanel Rouge Coco Shine lipsticks, the sheer coral En Vogue and the beige balmy Empreinte ($32.50) It has been a while since I’ve purchased any lipsticks from the Rouge Coco Shine line, and I purchased these both without taking a look at them in person. I wear Bonheur quite frequently (lately, almost daily), so my current impression of the line has been good. It may be a while until I buy another.

 So pretty in their tubes, aren’t they? You can see why I was tempted. En Vogue seems to be the perfect coral red, precisely on trend for this summer and coordinating perfectly with the rest of this sandy beige and gold collection.

And the soft sandy gold Empreinte seems like the perfect neutral for summer. Pair this with coral nails and you’re good to go, right?

What you get in the tube is sheer, sheer, sheer. Really, there should be a new word for sheer to describe these. As Messy Wands post confirms, the Chanel Calypso Glossimer in the Summer 2012 has a healthy dollop of pigment compared to En Vogue. And Empreinte is little more than a sheer balm on my pigmented lips.

Another, but don’t get your hopes up:

Yes, these are moisturizing balms that you can toss into your summer bag and apply without a care in the world. But so there’s no confusion:

  • These are sheer. I mean, there’s sheer and then there’s these. Sheeeeeeeer.
  • These do not last very long
  • If your lips are pigmented, and you’d like a pretty coral, look at the Chanel Calypso Glossimer or elsewhere
Bottom line:  Disappointing.

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