Jan 202013

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Chanel Spring 2013 introduces Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense in Envoutante ($34 /#116). This is a deep shimmery mauve which drew me in immediately when I saw it at a counter. For my fair (Chanel Clair/Ivoire, Mac NC15/20) coloring and my taste, it is a must-have.

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Over the past few months, I’ve been obsessed with deep berries and aubergines. My accessories and nail polish has been reflecting that. For me, it’s a sophisticated take on the “pop of color” idea that happens to work very well with my coloring.

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Chanel Envoutante has a similar deep, beautiful shimmery quality as the Louis Vuitton monogram vernis. You can see the depth in the bullet.

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Here is Chanel Envoutante on Megan, who came by to help out Cafe Makeup the other day. Because my lips are deeper in tone (similar to Megan’s), this is how the color looks on me. You can see that although it gives a very rich color, the formula does not cake up:

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Chanel Envoutante (which roughly translates to “spellbinding”) is not as deep as Chanel Rouge Noir, but deeper than Chanel Rivoli (which I still love). Here are swatches next to some other deep colors that I have in my collection–Chanel Rouge Coco Rivoli, Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Rouge Noir, Chanel La Provocante (Fashion’s Night Out 2012, limited edition), MAC Hot Chocolate (Apres Chic colleciton, limited edition, and the very sheer Givenchy Liv’s Lips (available exclusively at Sephora):

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As you can see, Chanel Envoutante is more mauve that the comparatively redder, deep Chanel Rivoli. Chanel Envoutante is lighter than either Rouge Noir or Chanel La Provocante (both of which approach black when worn on the lips). Mac Hot Chocolate is a friendly mauve-nude-brown by comparison. Givenchy’s Liv’s Lips looks deep in the tube, but applies quite sheerly compared to the other lipsticks.

Overall, I love Chanel Envoutante as a statement color. It has the same gorgeous formula as the other Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense shades (all former shades are swatched here). It adds a rich, beautiful touch of color to your look.

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Jan 172013

By popular request, here are a few comparisons of Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in L’Eclatante (originally reviewed here) for Spring 2013 with some other vibrant pinks. These are Chanel Rouge Allure Insolente (reviewed here), Chanel Rouge Allure Exaltee (reviewed here) and Chanel Rouge Allure Extatique (reviewed here).

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One more:

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I hope you find these helpful! Cheers, gorgeous!

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Dec 132012

Chanel Pirate 2

Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense in Pirate ($34) is a cool deep jewel red in a luxurious formula. The entire line has been swatched here and several shades have been reviewed on Cafe Makeup. Unlike some of the warmer reds, such as Chanel Rouge Allure in Incandescente, Pirate has a slight blue undertone.

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Chanel Rouge Allure in Pirate has a slight shimmer in the tube that does not seem to become visible on the lips. As with the other Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense shades, Pirate is intensely pigmented. You do not need more than one (or at most two) swipes to get full coverage. If you’d like less coverage, I suggest lightly dabbing it over a lip that is already prepped with a balm, and then spread the formula to even out the color.

On Liz, who is warm toned:

Chanel Pirate 3As you can see, those with warmer tones can wear cool toned shades. However, such colors tend to be more dramatic on those with a touch of warmth. Cooler tones also tend to have a subtle teeth-whitening illusion.

Swatches of Chanel Pirate, together with Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Palpitante and Extatique.

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I’m so pleased that this gorgeous line has such a dramatic, amazing red with a blue base. Love it.

Other reviews:

  • Beauty Swatch is here.
  • Caroline de Maigret is here.
  • Hudabeauty is here.


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Dec 122012

Chanel Extatique1

Chanel Rouge Allure Luminious Intense Extatique ($34) is an incredible fuchsia pink shade in a highly pigmented formula. Chanel Extatique is a confidence-boosting, feminine shade with a beautiful formula.

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In the traditional Chanel Rouge Allure packaging, Extatique exemplifies the Luminous Intense formula by delivering intense pigmentation without requiring layering or build-up. This allows your lips to avoid the “overly creamy” look, and allows a lightweight, slightly moisturizing feel.

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Here are swatches next to two reds, Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Palpitante and Pirate (review of Pirate to follow).

Here is Chanel Extatique on Liz:

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Overall, this one’s a best in class deep, luxurious pink. Get it.

Other reviews:  Temptalia’s is here.

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