Jan 182013

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Spring 2013 includes Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Attirance ($32/ # 70), a warm peach gold with subtle sparkle. Attirance is an elegant neutral. As with many Chanel colors, it can be worn with a formal suit or jeans. Although it looks a bit orange in the tube, it applies with a light tone and slight sheerness that allows one’s natural pink, red or mauve tones to show through. This has the effect of enhancing, rather than coloring, one’s natural lip color.

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On the left, a swatch of Attirance. On the right is the shimmery mauve Chanel Spring 2013 in Merveille (reviewed here).

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As you can see, Attirance applies as a peach gold wash:

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Here is a look on Liz, who is wearing the blue color from Nars Mad Mad World (new for Spring 2013, review forthcoming) on her lower lashline for a bit of cool contrasting color. She’s also wearing Tom Ford bronzer in Gold  Dust and Guerlain Les Fauves eyeshadow quad.

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Of Chanel’s Spring 2013, Chanel Attriance is a good, safe and pretty neutral that coordinates well with other warm-toned makeup. It’s one of those colors that can be applied throughout the day, to add polish without thinking very hard about whether the color coordinates with the rest of one’s face. Of the two Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss, Merveille is more difficult to duplicate. Nonetheless, no one does sophisticated neutral soft shimmer like Chanel. Overall, I know that I’ll end up using Chanel Attriance to the last drop (just as I used up several Chanel Twinkle Glossimers years ago), because it’s a great shimmery neutral.

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Jan 162013

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Chanel Spring 2013 introduces the Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Merveille ($32 / #69). We’re huge fans of this formula, and Merveille delivered more of the qualities that we adore from this line.

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Chanel Merveille is a complex mauve shimmer formula that seems to glide over lips and leave a smooth, glossy finish. Here is a swatch next to Chanel’s other Extrait de Gloss released with this collection (Attirance/ review to come soon).

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Here is Chanel Merveille on Liz:

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Here is a look on Liz using Chanel Merveille, together with Tom Ford Gold Dust Bronzer.

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I like the way that this blue liner works with the cool tones in Chanel Merveille. Bottom line: We love Chanel Merveille. Merveille certainly plays well with my mauve undertones, and coordinates well with Liz’s lighter warm skin. I believe Chanel Merveille will coordinate beautifully on those with neutral to cool skin tones. Love.

Chanel Merveille is now available at Nordstrom.com.

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Oct 272011

Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Triomphal ($32/ #517) is one of the most dramatic products.  As with the others in the line, Triomphal comes in the elegant, heavy tube.  I have to say, I love this design.

The consistency is a rich glossy lipstick–the product is opaque in one swipe.  Unlike a lipstick, there is a rich glossy finish. Triomphal is a rich red with very tiny fuchsia microsparkles.  It’s the liquid lipstick version of Chanel Rouge Allure Famous (reviewed here).

Here is the rich red Triophal next to the other reds in the Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss line–the deep red Fatale, the softer strawberry Emoi and the rich fire-engine red Exces.

 Triomphal is absolutely gorgeous.  Here is one coat on Liz (no liner or base):

You’ll also see the nude toned Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Insouciance re-repromoted with Holiday 2011 (reviewed here).

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Sep 152010

Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss features Emoi (#58) ($32), a deep cool raspberry red. Like the others in the Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss line, the gloss is packaged in a long tube with a modified doe-foot handle that has a shape intended to fit against the lip.

The gloss applies as a deep cool red, although not as deep as the Extrait de Gloss in Fatale.  Emoi leans more to a cool deep pink, compared to the deep vamp blue-red of Fatale:

Here is the full effect on Liz:

For those who are interested, here are comparison swatches of the three red shades in Chanel’s Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss line:

As an aside, Liz and I get into endless discussions about which pictures and lighting show the colors most accurately–what you see on the site are the ones that we’ve both agreed upon.

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Aug 132010

Chanel’s Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss is a new line of high-shine glosses in nine shades.  An overview of the entire line can be found at this link.

This post was edited on 9/15/10 to add Emoi (#58).

Insouciance (#51):

– Soft beige-nude

-Reviewed at this link

Confidence (#55):

-Soft, natural pink that borders on nude

-Reviewed at this link

Imaginaire (#56):

– A sheer pink with a touch of peach

-Reviewed at this link

Insolence (#57):

– A cool candy-pink

– Reviewed at this link

Emoi (#58)

– A cool raspberry red

Reviewed at this link

Excès (#60):

– A medium, glossy red

– Reviewed at this link

Fatale (#61):

– A very deep red

– Reviewed at this link.

– There are three glosses that I decided against purchasing:  Genie (#52) which is a medium peach shade;  Emoi (#58) which is a raspberry red;  and Impertinence (#59), a deep brown.  These are shades that I don’t feel will work well with my coloring although you may find that they are ideal for yours.

Together with three new nail polish colors, the line will release with a series of new Rouge Allure lipstick shades, some of which mirror the names of the new Extrait de Gloss:

  • Confidentielle
  • Insolente
  • Fatale
  • Excessive
  • Emotive

I suspect that the promotional image that we’ve seen is using a combination of the lipstick and gloss–it’s quite opaque here:

These glosses look really wonderful layered with a lipstick–for example, I layered Fatale with a MAC cool red lipstick in my stash and the effect was really stunning.  Even if you do not get the Rouge Allure lipsticks, I encourage you to try the Extrait de Glosses with the lipsticks that you already own.  The shine and slight sheerness adds a really beautiful depth.

Doesn’t this sound like a lovely time for a poll? How do you feel? Vote for as many choices as you wish (up to 9):

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I’m so excited to see which colors you prefer!

Chanel has a website dedicated to the line at this link, together with some look sheets that can be created using Chanel makeup.

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Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Insouciance

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Aug 132010

“Insouciance” in French refers to the quality of recklessness, although Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Insouciance (#51) is a rather quiet nude tone with very subtle shimmer.

This is a lovely light color that will blank out most color on pigmented lips, leaving a sheen and a touch of natural color showing through.  If you are looking something that is even more toned down than the pink-nude Confidence, then Insouciance is a good choice.  Keep in mind that this collection also has a brown shade–Impertinence–if you are looking for a darker shade in the nude/brown category.

Looking at the other Chanel glosses that I happened to have in my collection, I found that Insoulance bore the closest resemblances to the more shimmery and more Chanel Aqualumiere Gloss in Freeze /Cafe Glace (#66) and Chanel’s Creme Gloss Lumiere in Creme Caramel (#76), which comes in the tube with the brush tip.  I suspect that the Creme Gloss Lumiere’s have been phased out now that the Extrait de Glosses are introduced, as the supply of the former has dwindled nearly out of existence on Chanel.com’s website.  Note that the Extrait de Gloss gives longer wear and a higher gloss than the Aqualumeire gloss, for those trying to decide between Freeze/Cafe Glaze and Insouciance.

One quick picture of Insouciance on bare lips:

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Aug 122010

Chanel’s Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Confidence (#55) is a nice, everyday neutral that one can carry in their bag with the assurance that the color is going to work with almost everything else you might wear.

A very work-friendly color, this is a shade that one can reapply before going out to a lunch or into a meeting, without concern that the color will come across as over-the-top.  Like Chanel’s Rose Petale blush, this color will never look out of place.  Truly, you can be confident in Confidence.

You can see the applicator again in the above picture.  Although I initially reacted quite strongly against it, it is growing on me.  Using it flat-side against the lip, the application is quite easy.  Still, I wish it felt a bit sturdier.  I like the overall dimension of the tube.  There is something elegant about pulling out this rather large gloss in public.  It’s so distinctively… Chanel.

Confidence seems to me to be a lighter, slightly sheerer and glossier version of Chanel’s Rouge Allure Laque in Ming–both are beautiful, medium pink neutrals:

Here is the swatch on bare lips without any base, lipstick or liner:

Are you still undecided about this line?  If you don’t already own Ming, and are looking for a good, glossy shade, I recommend Confidence.   Although it is not one of the more dramatic or exciting colors (I do love Fatale!), it’s quite versatile and likely a color that I’ll use up completely:

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Aug 122010

Chanel’s Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss has several pinks, and includes Imaginaire (#56).  Imaginaire is a medium pink with a touch of peach.  The peach in this color is not strong enough to be coral, but is just strong enough from making Imaginaire a single-note pink.  Incidentally, the line includes #52 Genie if you are in the market for a true peach in the Extrait de Gloss line (I did not pick up Genie during my recent travels, but did swatch the shade at the store).

Here, you can see that this has a more gold/peach touch, particularly when compared with the cool pink Insolence.  Those who love Chanel’s Rouge Allure lipstick named Imagination will want to note that the color of these two Chanel lip products is decidely different:

Like the other Extrait de Glosses, Imaginaire delivers a semi-opaque color with a high-gloss shine.  I found Imaginaire to a bit sheerer than the other Extrait de Gloss shades.  You can see that the gloss showed quite a bit of Liz’s natural pink lip color.  Compare this color on Liz’s lips with the arm swatch, above, to see how the color changed when sheered out on application:

All of this series is taken without adding any primer, color or lipstick.  You should note that Chanel is releasing several new Rouge Allure lipstick shades with this collection, including a pink-peach one called Confidentielle.  It’s beautiful–I actually had it in my hand to purchase, but had to run to try to wrestle three boarding passes out of an airline that had cancelled one of our flights. I suspect that the combination of Confidentielle (as the base) and Imaginaire would give you a color of Imaginaire out of the tube on those with pigmented lips.

Although Imaginaire is one of the sheerer from this line, it still delivers more color than several of the Chanel Glossimers:

The Extrait de Gloss Imaginaire delivers on the shine and looks medium pink directly on the lips:

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Aug 112010

The French word “insolence” translates roughly to cheeky, sassy or impertinent in the English language, and Chanel’s Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Insolence #57 is fittingly a bold, cool standout pink.  Both Liz and I instantly feel in love with Insolence as a great everyday color.  Although we are both warm-toned and fair, we both love a good candy pink.  In case you are wondering, she’s now Insolence’s proud owner of the gloss–but I’ll be buying my own Insolence as soon as Chanel releases the Extrait de Gloss in the U.S.

Insolence bears a passing resemblance to Chanel’s Rouge Allure lipstick in Imaginaire–ironically, more so than Chanel’s Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Imaginaire (see the swatches, below).

Insolence is beautifully pigmented–it gives a rich color without going opaque, and has a high-gloss finish.

Here is the final look:

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Aug 102010

Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Excès (#60) is an iconic red shade.  This gloss has a brightness, clarity and warmth, particularly when compared to the deeper cooler tones of Fatale.  Excès is a true, bright red that delivers pure color without shimmer.

Excès bears a closer resemblance to Chanel’s Rouge Coco Gabrielle, although Excès is more sheer and certainly far glossier.  By comparison, Rouge Coco in Vendome is more brown.  Fatale is deeper and bluer than Excès, and Dragon is deeper and much more richly pigmented:

If you already have Chanel Spark Glossimer, you will immediately notice there is a distinct difference between the shades.  Excès is more true red than Spark, lacks the Spark’s shimmer;  also, Excès is more pigmented than Spark.

Here is Excès on Liz, on bare lips (no base, no liner and no lipstick beneath):

Here is the full effect:

An overview of the Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss line is found here.

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