Jan 082014

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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.

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

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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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Oct 152013

Chanel La Desiree1

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet La Désirée ($34), newly released for within the new holiday collection, looks dark and vampy in the tube. Before playing with the shade, I had the impression that this was a velvet cousin of Chanel’s famous Rouge Noir lipsticks. Although we found that Chanel La Désirée applies on the deeper, saturated end of the color scale, it does not apply with any similar near-black darkness of some of Chanel’s past vampy shades.

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Instead, Chanel La Désirée is a warm dark velvet red that is more intense than Chanel Rouge Coco Rivoli (see below for comparisons). On Liz:

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Here are comparisons of Chanel La Desirée with Chanel Rouge Coco Vendome, the very intense Chanel Rouge Allure Rouge Noir (#109), Chanel Rouge Coco Rivoli, and Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet La Provocante.

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As with other Chanel Velvet formulas, the color applies with a moisturizing feel and a satin-matte texture. Chanel La Désirépulls a bit warm on me. It’s a striking, beautiful color that looks lovely for Fall and the holiday season.

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Oct 152013

Chanel La Precieuse1

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet La Précieuse ($34) is a new Chanel velvet formula lipstick that applies as a rich strawberry red. A beautiful color to wear with grays and other rich fall colors, this is a pretty color that doesn’t seem to have a twin in my current collection.

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As the name implies, Chanel’s Velvet formula is not a true matte, but still preserves some luster when applied. The formula feels like the typical Chanel Rouge Allure formulation–on Liz and I, it feels very moisturizing.

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Here are some comparison swatches with Chanel La Précieuse compared with Chanel Rouge Coco Gabrielle, Chanel Rouge Allure Palpitante (reviewed here), Chanel Rouge Allure Flamboyante (reviewed here), and Chanel Rouge Allure Incandescente (reviewed here).

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Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet La Précieuse is a beautiful, rich color in a lovely satin-velvet formula.  It’s newly released as part of Chanel’s Holiday Collection, and is definitely appropriate for either day wear or for evening. Lovely.

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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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Jan 152013

Chanel L'eclatante

The minute that I saw the promotional image for Chanel Spring 2013, I wanted to investigate the strong pink lip color. I emailed Chanel, who responded that the following makeup was used:


– Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating Powder (reviewed here)
– Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Frivole (reviewed here)


– Chanel Raffinement Eyeshadow Quad (reviewed here)
– Chanel Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Santal (reviewed here)
– Chanel Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Béryl (reviewed here)


– Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lip Colour in L’Éclatante
– Chanel Precision Lip Definer in Rubellite


– Le Vernis Nail Colour in Emprise

I found the lipstick in the promotional image–Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet L’Eclatante ($34), a striking deep pink.

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I was concerned that I would not be able to carry off a color this bright and saturated. My fears were unfounded. Chanel understands. This is a believable, deeply gorgeous and luxurious pink.Chanel L'Eclatante1

The formula is genius–it applies as a soft near-matter but there is a very slight sheen. There is no sparkle. It feels rich and moisturizing when I apply. Although nothing lasts on me, this formula gives me up to two hours (that’s unusual for me, because I sip water frequently) with some eventual fading.

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The color is saturating and brightening. Here is Chanel L’Eclatante on Liz (no lipliner or base):

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Here is Liz wearing Chanel L’Eclatante. She’s wearing Chanel Vitalumiere foundation (Claire 20). She’s also wearing Tom Ford Bronzer in Gold Dust (discussed here).

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Here are some comparison swatches of Chanel L’Eclatante with some other pinks:  Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense in Secrete and Seduisante (reviews coming soon), and Chanel Rouge Allure Imagination. I’ve also swatched Chanel Rouge Coco in Chanel Magnolia. As you can see, she kept the rest of the makeup very simple, refraining from adding strong color elsewhere and keeping the rest of her face as a neutral, glowing canvas (Liz is wearing Chanel Hydra Beauty Gel Creme moisturizer under her foundation).

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For more comparisons with other vibrant Chanel pinks, see this comparison post here on Cafe Makeup. As you can see, Chanel L’Eclante is an amazing color for Spring 2013. It’s a high end, sophisticated take on the “color is back” trend. I’ve worn it out for day and for dinner, and absolutely love it.

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Jun 042012

Late last year Chanel released the Rouge Allure Velvet line of lipsticks just as I was leaving the country for a long project. Somehow, I missed getting deeply into these but now must confess that my inattention was a mistake. Recently, I ordered Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in La Distinguee ($32.50/ # 33) (currently, an online exclusive at Chanel.com).  Like the other Rouge Allure lipsticks in the line, the Rouge Allure Velvets are packaged in the monolithic black tubes that use an elegant “push-click” to open.

As the name implies, the Rouge Allure Velvets have a “velvet” texture. Do not mistake this for matte, as I did. Rather, these are soft, glowy, and feel extremely moisturizing. Chanel La Distinguee is a soft peach-pink neutral that is comparatively opaque. The effect is very elegant and polished.

In terms of the color, La Distinguee is lighter and peachier than Chanel Rouge Coco in Mademoiselle, but not as peachy as Chanel Rouge Coco in Peregrina.  Although Chanel La Distinguee is a natural color, it is not a brown as Bobbi Brown Soft Nude. Swatches:

You can see Sabrina’s review of Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet La Distinguee here. My verdict: Perfect.

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