Jun 022012
 

Chanel has recently released two new Rouge Coco formula lipsticks in Avant Garde and Culte ($32) each, together with a re-release of Chanel Rouge Coco in Magnolia (previously reviewed here). Both are pretty neutrals with a very vague touch of coolness that gives them a pretty edge. This formula combines opacity with a moisturizing quality.

Chanel Rouge Coco in Avant Garde is a soft shimmery nude.

Close up:

Here is the soft Avant Garde shade on Megan:

Chanel Rouge Coco Culte is a medium to deep rose neutral with a touch of cool lavender:

Close up:

On Megan:

Here are some swatches and comparisons:

  • Chanel Rogue Coco Avant Garde
  • Chanel Rouge Coco Cult
  • Chanel Rouge Coco Plumentis
  • Chanel Rouge Coco Etole
  • Chanel Rouge Coco Baroque
  • Burberry Lip Mist in Nude Peach

Overall, I find that slight touch of coolness makes these new Rouge Coco’s a little more modern and unique. I love this formula. Overall, another successful release in this line.

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Jun 292011
 

Chanel Rouge Coco Étole ($32 #80) is a medium warm red with a strong hint of copper and a touch of plum. This shade fits well thematically with the other items in Chanel’s Illusion D’Ombre collection and very vaguely reminded me of the soft red used on the runway (in the soon-to-be released Rouge Allure Velvet collection later this year) (yes, I know the colors aren’t the same, but there’s a plum-red tone that I think is consistent).

You can see the deep tones evoked by Rouge Coco Étole will coordinate nicely with the Chanel Glossimer in Braise (reviewed here) and the lip pencil in Rose Cuivre (reviewed with Etole here at The Beauty Look Book, soon to be reviewed here).

In the deep toned Rouge Coco family, I present comparisons with Chanel Rouge Coco in Vendome, Rouge Coco in Rivoli (reviewed here) and Rouge Coco in Baroque (reviewed here).

Here is a lip swatch on Liz (no liner, applied directly on lips):

This is a pretty, medium toned color that is going to look lovely when the fall weather arrives. Do we love, or do we love it not?   I love the little glow that this formula gives.  I think that the light, reflective texture of this lipstick pushes this somewhat safe and classic color into a youthful interpretation.  Medium rose tones can work on lips of all ages.

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Jun 292011
 

Chanel Rouge Coco Plumentis ($32 #79) is a soft nude with tones of pink, peach and a hint of mauve that reminds me of the U.S. version of Joues Contraste Orchid Rose blush (reviewed here).   It’s a soft, neutral color that will work with a wide variety of skin tones in a beautiful, moisturizing formula.

Don’t let its quiet neutral color fool you.  Plumentis is one of those lovely colors that you can keep in your purse and wear almost any time.  Although not dramatic, this type of color is invaluable for adding just a touch of natural polish to your look.

Here are some comparisons with some other neutrals in my collection.  First, Chanel Rouge Allure in Mythic, the timeless nude.  Next is Chanel Plumentis.  On the right are Chanel Rouge Coco in the more brown Patchouli (reviewed here) and the deeper toned Stunning (reviewed here).

On lips (no liner):

One more that shows how easily this fits into almost any makeup wardrobe:

Bottom line:  Yes, yes, a thousand times yes.

 

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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 112011
 

Dior’s recent Spring/Summer 2011 Couture show in Paris (video here) featured an incredible fantasy by John Galliano, an almost unbelievable artistic vision made real.

The models featured a strong red lip, in Rouge Dior Ara Red ($30/ #999), a color created by Galliano, a rich true red that looked incredible on the runway.

I wondered if non-models could pull over a gorgeous red lip with Ara Red, I was happy to find that it’s a current color up for sale on Dior.com.  If you’d like a treat, this page of Dior’s website details the entire line of Rouge Dior colors, and their heritage.  Each shade of the line is based on a Dior Haute Couture dress — when you select the shade name, the dress and it’s collection name and year appears on the right:

I was delighted to find free downloadable Dior wallpapers for your computer, iPhone and iPad–so beautiful! I’m adding this one to iPad immediately…

When Liz was home the other evening, we played.  We’ve both concluded that if you want to buy one unbelievable item to change your look, Rouge Dior in Ara Red is a wonderful choice.  We honestly thought that it actually makes sense to spend $30 on one legendary lipstick, but then again if you’re reading Cafe Makeup you probably already know that’s how we think.

In the tube, Rouge Dior Ara red comes in the luxurious tube with the gorgeous Cannage texture:

Close up:

Applied, close up:

We found Ara Red is a full commitment color.  There are some lipsticks that you can wear sheerly on the lips if you are wearing less than a full face of makeup.  That didn’t really seem to be the case with Rouge Dior Ara Red.  Rather,the color calls for flawless skin and careful application.  There is no need to wear a gloss with Ara Red, the color stands perfectly clear on its own with a gorgeous glow.

Here’s Liz in makeup posted here, full face:

I loved that this strong color still looks wearable, and compliments Liz’s other features without overwhelming them.

Like every strong red, Liz applied Ara Red very carefully.  First, she exfoliated her lips with Lush’s Bubblegum.  Then, she applied Ara Red with a lip brush all over.  Finally, she ran Ara Red directly from the tube over the lips.  No base or gloss was used.

Here are some comparisons with other reds in my stash  First, Rouge Dior Ara Red, Chanel Rouge Coco Gabrielle and then MAC Red No. 5 (from a limited edition Couture line some years back).

These swatches really don’t tell the whole story–when applying them, I found that Rouge Coco Gabrielle can be worn dabbed on the lips sheerly, and then “dressed up” to full formality with a gloss (Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Emoi works well, as does Exces).  In other words, Gabrielle can be worn more casually, and doesn’t have the impact of Dior Ara Red.  Rouge Dior Ara Red stands on its own, but really needed full application to look right– a few sheer dabs just didn’t seem wearable.  Obviously, MAC’s Red No. 5 is a different color all together–it’s a much pinker red than the others.

I got an email yesterday asking an interesting question–why do women wear bold colors?  Why do some women not wear them?  What do these colors say when they are worn?  Are there occasions when you won’t wear them?  When you will?  What do you think?

Liz and I would love to know your thoughts?

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