Sep 062012

Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lipstick in Incandescente ($34 /#97) is a very warm red. The color is extremely striking. I must emphasize that this is a gorgeous striking color.


Those with warm skin tones may find that this leans too warm–I’ve heard some online refer to this as “going orange” elsewhere.  It isn’t orange, but Incandescente isn’t a true neutral red either. Adding some silvers or grays to the eye area will relieve some of the warmth if you love the shade but think you are too warm to pull it off. Another option is to touch-blot it on for a warm red stained look.

This is going to be truly incredible and dramatic on those with cool skin tones, or if you have with cool tones in your hair.    This shade is so strong, I highly recommend that you try it before you commit unless you are comfortable wearing similar shades.

As with the other colors, Chanel Incandescente has a gorgeous, moisturizing texture. Whether this one is for you depends on whether this color fits within your lipstick wardrobe.

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Sep 062012

Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lipstick in Exaltée ($34/ #93) is an intense fuchsia. This is a high-fashion, glamorous, and gorgeous burst of color.

On Liz:

Bottom line-if you love a highly feminine and polished color, Chanel Exaltée is an amazing choice. It is dramatic, lovely, and (as with so many other high-impact colors) confident. Again, the comparisons:

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Sep 062012

Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense lipstick in Palpitante ($34 /#102) is a raspberry red, an intensely pigmented red with strong fuchsia tones.


 As you can see, Palpitante has a strong blue-pink medium tone. The color is very pigmented–one gets a very strong color with a very thin layer. As with the others in the line, the formula is luxurious and moisturizing. On Liz:

Chanel Rouge Allure Palpatine creates glamour. The color, and overall texture, is rich. It’s a strong, modern color that can add a feminine touch to any outfit–whether a formal look or jeans.

As with the other Rouge Allure Intense colors, this color is not true to the tube, and may vary based on your coloring and skin. Liz and I found it to be a strong, pink-based raspberry. The formula is glowing and rich. Very Chanel.

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Sep 052012

Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lipstick in Séduisante ($34 /#91) is a medium pink lipstick with a slight pearl. This new formula is highly moisturizing, and it seems to have a softening effect that makes one’s lips look fabulous.

When I ordered this, the color was described as similar to “a Rouge Allure version of Chanel Rouge Coco in Magnolia,” a color that I really love. I concur in this description. Chanel Rouge Allure in Séduisante is a pretty, glowing medium, slightly warm, pink that one can wear almost anywhere.

Below, Sèduisante is on the far left. As usual with the Chanel Rouge Allure line, arm swatches do not tell the whole story. Séduisante looks quite light here. This is due to to at least two factors. First,  the other colors swatched here are quite intense.  Second, the color does shift as you apply it. I’m used to that occurring, the former Rouge Allure line did so as well. Although Liz has relatively light lip color without wearing anything, Séduisante applied on her with a medium pink tone. As with a fine perfume, trying before you buy on your individual skin will give you the most accurate view of the color for you.

Close up on Liz:

Chanel Sediusciente 12b

I loved the slight moisturizing glow of this formula. You should know that Liz and I had just spent the weekend in very dry air, boating, and sun, and our lips were not in the best condition before application. The Rouge Allure formula seemed to soften and plump, giving a very lovely effect. When she applied it, Liz started laughing and said, “this is ridiculously moisturizing–wow, look at my lips!” There is some sort of magic in there.

Chanel Sedusciente 1

Bottom line- we both loved Séduisante. Almost anyone can pull off this flattering color, which seems suited for all skin tones. Liz had to have it (model’s choice!), so I’ll be re-ordering my own replacement soon.

Edit: Some have asked about Liz’s eye makeup, above. She’s wearing Nars Warhol Flowers 3 palette, together with Nars Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Heat. Both of those products were sent to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration for review. You’ll be seeing full reviews of the products soon. Suffice it to say that Liz insisted on keeping Nars Soft Touch in Heat, but I’ll be using Flowers 3 for now. I suspect Liz will have it eventually, she’s very persistent (I wonder where she gets that from). She’s also lined her inner rims with an Armani black eyeliner pencil.

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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 262011

Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick in Famous ($32/ #207) is a dramatic, stand-out red in Chanel’s most luxurious, richest formula.  The color is a rich red that takes on a cool appearance based on the multidimensional formula that is embedded with fuchsia sparkle. Befitting the name “Famous,” you will get noticed in this very dramatic gorgeous shade.

When I opened Famous,  I was immediately reminded of Chanel Rouge Allure Rouge Byzantin (reviewed here).  Both are a very dramatic red with a touch of fuchsia. The colors are not quite duplicates, as Famous’ fuschia sparkle is distinct from Chanel Rouge Byzantin’s fuschia undertone that is more within the formula. Having said that, I’m going out on a limb with Chanel fans here, but I would say that if you have one, you probably do not need the other. Between the two, I slightly prefer Famous because it is applies more consistently.  Rouge Byzantin seemed to pull more red (or more fuschia), depending on the level of application.  Famous is more decidedly red.

Here is a comparison with Chanel Rouge Allure Famous, with Chanel Rouge Allure in Byzantin.  To show of their fuchsia undertones, I’ve also swatched some additional true to warm reds–here, Chanel Rouge Coco in Gabrielle and Dior’s classic Ara Red.

Above is Liz wearing Chanel Rouge Allure Famous.  As you can see, the color is quite opaque, gorgeous and striking.  As many Chanel Rouge Allure shades, it’s complex and has the famous Rouge Allure “glow.”  If you have plenty of reds in your lipstick arsenal, you still might wish to give Famous a second look–it’s rather unique.  Of course,  I adore the Rouge Allure formula and luxurious packaging.  Chanel’s certainly delivered more of its legendary expertise with this one–it’s unusual, yet classic and beautifully made.

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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 142011

Liz and I played with several items from the recent Chanel releases. Above, you see Liz wearing:

  • Chanel Vitalumiere foundation #20 Clair
  • Caron Powder (translucent)
  • Chanel Joues Contaste Rose Tourbillon blush from Le Blanc de Chanel (reviewed here)
  • Chanel Topkapi Quadra Eyeshadow Palette (reviewed here)
  • Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick in Rouge Byzantin (reviewed here)
  • Prestige Total Intensity Eyeliner on lower lashline
  • Cover Girl Lash Blast Length mascara

Here is a closer look at the Chanel Topkapi eyeshadow palette.  Although the Topkapi palette went out of stock on, it is back up for sale today.  You didn’t miss out!


Here, Liz wore a wash of the taupe shade, then place a touch of the darkest shade on the outer corners.  She washed the inside corner with the gold shade.  I typically use the deepest shade as a liner, and wash with the taupe shade.  I use less of the gold shade in my inner corner.

Here is a close-up of Chanel Rouge Allure Rouge Byzantin lipstick:

Below, we used the identical products except we substituted Chanel Rouge Allure Joyeuse (reviewed here) for the lipstick:

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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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