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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Jul 192011

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Royallieu ($32 /#58) is a milky pink sheer lipstick.  We first saw this on the runway, when Peter Phillips applied Royallieu to models in the Chanel Spring 2011 Couture show (pictured, below):

Close up:


Although Chanel did not release Royallieu with the original Rouge Coco Shine set this spring in the U.S., it was later added to the line and has been online for purchase since.

Royallieu is a soft, brightening pink with multicolor shimmer.  Like the other Rouge Coco Shine lipsticks, Royallieu is sheer and light.  The formula is moisturizing and balm-like.  The lasting power is not going to rival the other Chanel formulas–it is a short-term, easy glossy look that can be applied without a mirror.

On Liz, plenty of her natural pink lip tone shows through:

Royallieu does not apply quite this pink on me, as my lips have a naturally darker mauve tone.  Instead, Royallieu subtly brightens my natural lip color, giving a softer pink impression.  Any lip color this sheer will look a bit different on everyone.

Here are swatches, next to Chanel Rouge Coco in Boy (reviewed here and here).  Note that Royallieu is similar to Boy, but that Royallieu is slightly lighter and more neutral in tone.  I’ve also added the more opaque, traditional medium pink Chanel Rouge Coco in Magnolia (reviewed here), so that you have a medium pink in the picture for comparison:

You can see that Royallieu is roughly as sheer as Boy.  By comparison, the Rouge Coco formula of Magnolia provides a more opaque and vibrant (although still sophisticated) pink color.

Now that it’s summer and I’m enjoying a lighter makeup look, I’m finding myself reaching for lighter lip colors.  Royallieu is a light, moisturizing, very pleasant color that can be applied with almost anything else one might be wearing.  The color is subtle and the shine factor is high.  It’s perfect to for an easy-to-apply color, to add a bit of light pink polish to the lips.

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Mar 242011

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine lipsticks ($32 each) are due to release in the U.S. soon.  You can see my reviews of some of the colors (Boy is here, and Bel Ami is here).  Along with my wanderings in Paris, I picked up two more shades (Monte Carlo and Bonheur), plus a sample card of the shades that are most heavily promoted here in France– in addition to Monte Carlo and Boy, Liberte and Adventure.


Based on playing with these so far, my favorite picks for my NC15/Chanel Cameo coloring are Adventure and Bonheur.  For my warm coloring with mauve undertones, Bonheur is really quite nice.  I suspect that Liz would strongly prefer Adventure.

Here are more thoughts:

  • Monte Carlo– a sheer, shiny red-coral.  It looks awesome with Chanel Tweed Duo blush in Corail, by the way.
  • Boy- A very sheer, soft blue-pink.
  • Liberte- A soft, orangey-peach
  • Adventure– A medium-toned, crowd-pleasing pink.  You can’t go wrong with this color.
  • Bel Ami- A sheer grape with a touch of brown.
  • Bonheur– A soft red with a touch of mauve.  This one packs a little more color than the others.

All from this formula are sheer and balmy.  Boy is the sheerest.  Of the ones that I’ve played with, Monte Carlo and Bonheur have more pigmentation than some of the others, with Monte Carlo coming in a close third.  This line is not intended to  give the pigmentation or have the lasting power of the other Chanel lipsticks (Rouge Allure or Rouge Coco), rather these are easy, casual colors that can be swept on for a touch of shine and moisture.

Swatches in sunshine (yes, don’t hate me but it’s sunny in Paris today):



In shade:

By the way, check out this sweet gift with purchase at a Parisian department store.  In addition to the swatching card, I got a Chanel No. 5 perfume sample and a good sized Sublimage Creme, the new formula.  Now, that’s a gift with purchase….

By the way, the fabric you see in the background is an enormous scarf I got for around 10 euros.  I swear, you can get such big, gorgeous scarfs so inexpensively here.

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Mar 092011

Barely recovering from a lovely flight and jet lag, I headed out to the stores today in Paris to update you on the latest and greatest from Chanel.  As you know, Chanel releases different products, and sometimes at different times, in different regions.  Sometimes looking at releases in France can give us a picture of what’s ahead.

Along the way, I stopped in a bakery and found a pastry called “Rouge Coco,” which is a very pretty, somewhat heavy, complicated confection.  It’s bigger than a doorknob, tastes like coconut and berry and is going to take two days to get through.

On the Chanel front, here’s what I found so far:

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine lipsticks First up, you will remember that Chanel pre-released one shade (Boy) of the Rouge Coco Shine lipsticks in the U.S. (reviewed here and here).  In France, all of the colors are released.   They all appear to have that marvelous, balm-like moisturizing texture.  Second, these colors are sheer. Although a few have a bit more color than Boy, none reach the full pigmentation of the Rouge Coco lipsticks.  Many are sheerer than some of the Chanel Glossimer line. If you are interested in a full-color lipstick with a balmy, moisturizing feel, go for the re-released Dior Addict line (reviewed here and here).  Third (and most importantly), I find myself absolutely loving the Chanel Rouge Coco Shines.

Here’s my prediction–most of you will gravitate toward 2-3 colors in the line, and use them up.  For myself, my first round is going to be Bel Ami (reviewed here), Chance (a clear, slightly cool pink) and Monte Carlo (a soft red-coral).  Then I’ll re-buy a few more.  The combination of the irresistibly luxurious balm-feel, the soft well-chosen colors and the compact size will always keep me coming back for more.  Plus, the formula does not last for hours, and my sense is that each tube will go quickly.  Most importantly, they look really, really good on the lips. I just love the look of freshly-moisturized lips with a wash of color, and this formula delivers exactly that.

So, today I stopped by one of the many Parisian Sephora locations for Chanel (cause that’s how Sephora rolls over here).  From the display, I picked up Bel Ami, which looks very dark and mauve in the tube.

This looks quite dark, yes?  In fact, this is a very sheer, shiny color that looks like I’ve been drinking red wine when applied.  It virtually erases all of my lip lines and adds a soft glow.  Here is Chanel Bel Ami swatched next to another dark berry, Nars Velvet Gloss Pencil in Club Mix.  As you can see, Nars Club Mix is far darker and more pigmented than Chanel Bel Ami.

By the way, my Sephora bag included this little white Euro Beauty Insider card–how cute is this?

Second, there is a small release here that I haven’t seen in the U.S., which I didn’t purchase (at least, yet).  This one is focused on eyes, built around a new mascara called Sublime de Chanel, designed for lengthening and curling.  The wand of Sublime de Chanel has several combs:

The collection has a new mascara base (Beaute des  Cils), two liners (Marine and Expresso) and four new shades of a brow pencil (Crayon Sourcils).

There are a few additional color products for eyes.  First, two new Ombres Essential single eyeshadows:  Fauve and Twilight.  Although Fauve looks taupe in the pan, it swatches very deep purple with a touch of grey.  The pan has visible sparkles, but these seem to minimize when applied.  Twilight swatches as a cool pink with silver sparkles.  (The other colors you see in this picture, Magic Night and Ivory, are available in Chanel’s permanent line.

Finally, there is an eyeshadow quad called Lagons that features a series of blues.  One of the colors is a very unique periwinkle, and the others are quite pretty.  This is only in the European baked formula, which seems rather hard-textured compared to the U.S. line.  Lagons seemed typical of this line, although I only finger-swatched it, the pigment did not give up easily.

Third, I made a quick stop into the Collette-Chanel pop-up boutique (photos here at Stylebubble).  The shop was accessible and fun, with cupcakes and a DJ.  It’s set like a stage for anyone looking for that once-in-a-lifetime unique purchase.   Visiting artists customize your Chanel handbag purchase, Mademoiselle dolls wearing pearls are for sale (1200 euros each), and the fashion is very unique and fun.

I looked around for a unique beauty or nail polish item, but found nothing specially released for this pop-up event.

Because I’m traveling, I can’t promise reviews or swatches of everything I mention, or traditional everyday posting.  I’ve brought some photo’s that I took before I left, so you’ll see traditional reviews pop up in the meantime.

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Feb 232011

Dior’s re-launch of the Addict lipstick line includes Backstage ($28 #583), another sheer, moisturizing lipstick with plenty of shine.  Like It Pink, Backstage looks intense in the tube but applies with a very sheer wash of cool rose color.

I was anticipating that Backstage would go on as an intense mauve with blue undertones.  In fact, the result is far more subtle.

Here is Backstage on Liz’s lips, which tend to run pink.  Because of the sheerness, Backstage will likely pick up a different look depending on your coloring.  Like It Pink, Backstage feels very moisturizing and balm-like.  I would not expect to get lipstick-weartime from this formula, however, as it is more fragile than a fully pigmented color.

Here is a comparison between Dior Addict Backstage, Chanel Rouge Coco Rivoli, Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy and Chanel Rouge Coco Camelia.  As you can see, Dior Addict Backstage is more sheer and has has more shine/glow than the Chanel Rouge Coco formula, and more pigment than Chanel’s Rouge Coco Shine Boy:

My experiment with Dior Addict led me two choices at Sephora, It Pink and Backstage–two very different colors.  They were both very moisturizing and had a lovely luxury feel.  The scent is extremely slight and subtle.  Overall, It Pink is more pigmented than Backstage, so I expect that once all of the colors are released we’ll see a wide range of textures.  I’m crossing my fingers that they all have this lovely balmy formula.  Readers should be warned that these may not give a very long wear time, however, with that very soft formula.

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Feb 102011



NARS has just released six beautiful shades of Velvet Gloss Lip Pencils ($24 each), including one in New Lover. This shade is a deep rose with a touch of coral and gold shimmer, and it is absolutely beautiful when applied.  When this arrived, I was intrigued to find that this beautiful deep color was highly wearable, unique and flattering.  I did not suspect that I would own it for so short a time…

These chubby pencils come with a glossy center product that seems to take on a life of its own when applied to the lips. We don’t use a pencil, direct is best.

Nars New Lover and Boy 3

Most stores that carry NARS will sell this dual sharpener ($6), shown here closed (left) and open (on the right).   Sephora’s version ($3) works too:

When Liz and I started playing with New Lover, we both fell in love with it.  It gives very flattering color to the lips, in a word it looks expensive.  Gorgeous.  Of course, Liz persuaded me that New Lover really needed to go back to college with her when she leaves again.  And that is how I lost my NARS New Lover pencil.

Below, Liz is wearing New Lover with no lipliner, base or topcoat.  All you see on the lips is the New Lover pencil.

NARS New Lover alone

I found that New Lover is very soft and glossy for a pencil.  It doesn’t have the creaminess of a lipstick, and so those with liplines or roughness may wish to exfoliate before application.  The texture of the product seems to cling a little closer to the skin than a typical gloss or lipstick, so every imperfection can show.  Close up of NARS New Lover (again, no lipliner, base or gloss).  It’s remarkably glossy, and you can see the gold shimmer throughout:

We decided to see how NARS New Lover would look topped with Chanel’s Rouge Coco Shine in Boy, just to play at little bit.  Liz dabbed some on, without bothering to use a mirror.

As I said in my earlier review, Boy is a very easy-t0-use lipstick.

Here is the final effect, with NARS New Lover topped with Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy.  The rest of Liz’s makeup breakdown is here.  Adding the Rouge Coco Shine seemed to smooth out the appearance, and make any small liplines melt a bit and pulled the color pink.

By the way, Liz’s tshirt is Alexander Wang and the necklace is from J. Crew.

I think I need to order a few more of the NARS pencils– maybe in duplicate.

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Feb 092011

Chanel Rouge Coco in Taffetas Rose ($32/ #16) is a deep blue rose with a gorgeous glow.  Liz and I wondered what the color would look like topped with Chanel’s new Rouge Coco Shine in Boy.

In the picture above, Liz is wearing Taffetas Rose on her lips alone (no base, lipliner or gloss), together with the other makeup described in this post.  We thought it would be fun to do a “remix” of a traditional Rouge Coco color with the new Rouge Coco Shine.  Another picture of Liz wearing Taffetas Rose alone:

Here’s the same makeup, adding Rouge Coco Shine in Boy over Taffetas Rose:

Rouge Coco Shine in Boy gives just a slight glossy pink edge, that is more subtle than a high-shine lipgloss, but more than the typical glow that Taffetas Rose has alone.

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Feb 092011

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy ($32/#54) is the first in a new series of Chanel lipsticks (reviewed here).  Very hydrating and high shine, these are extremely comfortable and easy to wear.  You can literally apply them without a mirror.

Here, Liz is wearing:

In the picture above, Liz is wearing Boy on her lips alone (no base, lipliner or gloss), together with:

  • Chanel Lift Lumiere foundation (Intensity 1.0/Ivoire)
  • Caron Translucent Powder (reviewed here)
  • Chanel Ombre Perlees de Chanel (reviewed here)
  • Guerlain Le 2 Volume Mascara
  • Guerlain Series Noir Blush G (reviewed here)
  • Edward Bess bronzer (reviewed here)(under the blush)
  • Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer (see here)
  • Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector on the browbone

Liz’s take on Boy is that she loves it (I’m trying to find another for her) and it’s going to be an easy everyday color to wear.  She’s looking forward to seeing more of the line, especially those with more vibrant color as a nice variation.  She likes the feel, according to her, they feel like “an elegant Chapstick.”

On Liz’s nails, OPI Teenage Dream (Katy Perry collection/ Spring 2011).

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Feb 082011

Chanel is set to do a pre-release of a new lipstick range– Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy ($32/.01 oz /#54.).  The shade will be sold from February 10-14th only for Valentine’s Day at 22 select Nordstrom (listed here), and other department stores, as well as online at Chanel.com.  The color will return for sale when the entire 17-lipstick line is released during late March/early April.  Named after Coco Chanel’s first loves, Edward “Boy” Capel, with whom she traveled throughout France and who helped start her shop that led her to become the designer that she was meant to be.

Overall, I love the formula and find it a very pleasant direction for Chanel.  The moisturizing sheen is very attractive, and I cannot wait to see all of the colors in the line in April.  Stay tuned– Liz and I are planning to do a full look tomorrow.

This new formula is moisturizing, sheer and very feminine.  Applied, it feels like a very soft balm and there is very definite shine that it gives the lips.  It seems to melt any liplines and soften the texture of the lips.  There is no stickiness, the feeling is pure luxury.

The case looks very much like the Rouge Coco style packaging.  To me, the Rouge Coco Shine packaging is slightly more lightweight, indicative of a more casual, light and easy lipstick.

In contrast, the Rouge Coco has a cool, metallic and slightly heavy sensation that one gets from holding the package.  Rouge Coco Shine feels elegant, yet it is lightweight.  The Rouge Coco Shine is something that you could toss into a pocket or purse to moisturize and beautify very easily.  The Rouge Coco Shine is a lighter, pleasing and very Chanel way to give a very moisturized and elegant sheen to the lips.

You can see the overall slimness of the packaging of the Rouge Coco Shine compared to Chanel Rouge Coco and Rouge Allure:

There is slightly less product in the Rouge Coco shine (.010 oz.), compared to both the Rouge Allure and Rouge Coco lipsticks (.12 oz.).  In my personal opinion, that’s not a great enough difference to concern me.  To me, the importance is the look, feel and moisturizing properties of the product–which one is going to work best for the occasion.

As you can see, this comparatively soft formula is housed in a protective sleeve.  This is a thoughtful touch.  The texture is soft enough that I like knowing that that packaging can protect it if it gets bumped around in my purse:

Here’s the bullet fully extended up.  You can see there is a generous amount of product:

This is how I would typically use this lipstick.  As you can see, this formula has a very light-reflective sheen, the texture is very soft and beautiful:

Here’s a comparison with a few Chanel’s Rouge Coco in Camelia, Gardenia and Mademoiselle.  You can see that Boy is much more glossy and sheer:

On the lips:

Both Liz and I loved it.  It’s very sheer, light and will be very pretty for Spring and Summer, and very moisturizing in Winter.  This release is particularly nice for Valentine’s Day–my husband gave this one five stars for “kissability”-he says that it’s his favorite formula of all of my lipsticks so far.

Beauty lovers should keep in mind that this moisturizing formula will not be as long-lasting as some more robust, deeply pigmented or creamy formulas.  I found that I get more mileage from the Rouge Coco and Rouge Allure lines (both of which are more creamy and pigmented than Rouge Coco Shine).  Also, there is a very slight scent to this Rouge Coco Shine, which became unnoticeable to me a few minutes after application.

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Jan 282011

Chanel is due to launch a new line of 25 new Rouge Coco Shine lipstick shades that are sheer, moisturizing and range in colors from nudes, deep berries, corals, pinks and reds. KarlaSugar has a preview chart at her site here.  I’ve purchased Rouge Coco Shine in Boy and it is reviewed here, here and here.

From February 10 through 14th, a number of stores will be selling just one shade of the Rouge Coco Shine in Boy ($32) as a preview to this line.  KarlaSugar swatched these at her local counter here. After the preview, Boy will be placed off the sales floor, waiting for the formal launch of the entire Rouge Coco Shine line in early April 2011.

The following Nordstrom stores will be holding preview sales for Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy.  If you like the shade and want to try the lipstick, you should call one of their Chanel counters and place a pre-order to ensure that you get yours.

  • San Antonio
  • Coral Gables
  • Northpark
  • Short Pump
  • Nordstrom Barton Creek Mall
  • Westfarms
  • Park Meadows
  • Portland Downtown
  • Michigan Ave
  • NordsScottsdale
  • NordsFashion Valley/Sd
  • Santa Anita
  • Ala Moana
  • Downtown Seattle
  • Mall Of America
  • Valley Fair
  • West County
  • Topanga Plaza
  • Oakbrook Ctr
  • Bellevue
  • Tacoma Mall
  • Corte Madera
As many Chanel aficionados know, Boy was the name of one of the first loves of Coco Chanel’s life, British Captain Arthur Edward “Boy” Capel, who died too young during their early years.  He was a supporter of her fashion design house which started her career.
Chanel.com will be carrying Boy, selling it from February 10th through 14th–you can sign up online for an email reminder to order.
I have heard that Rouge Coco Shine in Boy will be available at some Neiman Marcus stores, but I do not have any details on the release there.
NOTE:  Please read the comments if you are interested in this lipstick–several readers are reporting more information from their local stores.

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