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