Oct 152013
 

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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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Feb 262010
 

Chanel Rouge Coco lipstick in Vendome #25 ($30) is a pink-red with a very light touch of brown.  It has high pigmentation and very nice kick because of the red tones.

There are colors within the Rouge Coco line that are more brown, and another that is brick.  Vendome is strong enough to give me a good flattering color for my skin tone.  By the way, I wear the shade intensity 1.0 in Chanel foundations, and am slightly warm-toned.

Vendome is named after the historic Place Vendome in Paris.  As you can see, it’s roughly a rectangle with cut corners that give it a hexagonal shape:

The Ritz Paris hotel borders the Place Vendome on one side, and during World War II, Coco Chanel lived in an apartment at that hotel.  This gave her a beautiful view of the Place Vendome.  A back door of the Ritz opens onto the Rue Cambon, where Chanel’s clothing boutique is (and was then) located.  The hexagon shape of the Place Vendome has been echoed on the top stopper of Chanel No. 5 perfume bottle, various Chanel watches and other pieces of jewelry.


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