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Lipstick Week, Day 1: Chanel Lipsticks!

Let me tell you about Chanel.

For the first day of Lipstick Week (and my 200th post!), I thought I’d tackle one of the brands with my most favoritest lipstick formula, Chanel. When I posted about my Chanel Spring 2013 acquisitions, I got a lot of questions on the lipsticks, and after posting quite a lengthy response to one of the queries, Johna suggested I post it as an actual blog entry. So here it is!

The video is about 7 and a half minutes long, and in a nutshell, I talk about 4 of the 5 Chanel lipstick formulas, namely:

  • Rouge Coco — Hydrating Creme Lip Colour
  • Rouge Coco Shine — Hydrating Sheer Lipshine
  • Rouge Allure Velvet — Luminous Matte Lip Colour
  • Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Colour (self-explanatory)

I didn’t talk about the last, Rouge Allure Luminous Satin Colour, because I don’t own any shades from that range. 🙂 You can read all about each the formulas here, although I find their copy so flowery, it’s kind of funny.

I have the Rouge Coco in Perlé, the Rouge Coco Shine in Antigone and Boy, the Rouge Allure Velvet in La Distinguée and La Favorite, and the Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour in Captivante and Envoutante. Here are some quick swatches:

Lipstick Week - Chanel 1

Lipstick Week - Chanel 2

If you don’t want to watch the video, my favorite formulas are the Rouge Allure Velvet and the Rouge Coco. I tell you why in the video, though, and you can kind of see them in action!

Each Chanel lipstick is upwards of $30, although they do feel very luxe, with sturdy packaging and silky-smooth application. They also have one of my favorite lipstick smells! (I hate vanilla. MAC and Tom Ford, I’m looking atchu.) I collected these lipsticks in a span of 2.5 years. 🙂

I hope this helped you out, if you were thinking of diving into the world of Chanel! It’s quite intimidating, as the lipsticks are quite expensive, but they’re seriously awesome. The Rouge Allure Velvet, in particular, is A+++. Plus, their colors are most excellent.

Stay tuned tomorrow for the next edition of Lipstick Week! I’m attempting to actually do one everyday, but we’ll see. 🙂

Chanel does not test its products on animals, but their policy is vague in that it doesn’t specify whether or not they test ingredients on animals, or whether or not they hire third-parties to conduct the tests on their behalf. In terms of fashion, they are obviously not cruelty-free.


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  2. This couldn’t have come at a better time! I’ve been wanting to get one high end lipstick, just for the fun of it. I’ve decided to go with the Chanel, just because I like their “clicky” lipstick tubes. I’m glad to hear that the velvet formula is so good!
    It saddens me that I would have to make an exception to my personal “cruelty free” policy, if I wanted to have a fancy lipstick though. The only high end brand I know is absolutely safe is Illamasqua, but they don’t sell here and I wanted to buy something this expensive in store (after swatching the heck out of everything :D).

    Oh yeah, also not a big fan of the vanilla overkill scent in MAC ones 😉 What would you say Chanel ones smell like? I was sniffing Coco Shine ones in store yesterday for like 5 minutes and the best description I was able to come up with was “some kind of cake??”.

    Looking forward to the rest of the lipstick week!

    • Yay, I’m glad this was helpful! That’s so sad about Chanel, though. 😦 Typically, high-end brands like Chanel, Guerlain, YSL, etc. have sketchy animal testing policies. Again, I can’t be too sure if they have completely phased out animal testing, because their policy is so vague, but I think it’s safe to assume that they, at some point during production, test or hire other companies to test for them, especially since they aren’t very transparent about it.

      If you have a Le Métier de Beauté counter near you, I highly suggest them, though I understand the thrill of swatching everything before making a purchase 😀 Hourglass, Rouge Bunny Rouge and NARS are good options, too. My only Illamasqua lipstick broke at the base after using it once. HAHA. I have yet to “re-pot” it.

      Chanel’s beauty products’ fragrance is usually roses, though the scent of the lipsticks are very subtle. Their blushes smell so strong!

  3. Yay!

    Thanks for sharing this. I think, for my first Chanel lippie, I’ll get a…Rouge Coco and Rouge Allure Velvet. Two lipsticks both work under ‘first,’ right? Right.

    Also: you have such nice skin Carina! /envious

    • No worries, I think it’s a great post, so thanks for suggesting it! Hahaha and yeah, I’m not one to deter anyone from buying two first lipsticks from a brand. 😀 Let me know which ones you got!

      Aww, thank you. I’ve been breaking out recently, but the spots have started to leave my face and I hope it’s my skin just getting used to makeup!

  4. We’re the exact opposite! I hate the way Chanel products smell, but I absolutely adore Tom Ford’s! Boy looks nice – no wonder it’s a beauty bloggers favorite!

    • EEP! Haha I think I haven’t worn out my TF lipstick because of the smeeeell. You should definitely try it! It’s a very easy lipstick to throw on.

      • I had Chanel Mademoiselle before but had to give it up after a couple of weeks because I couldn’t stand the smell! BOO 😦 Buuuuut I think I’ll make an exception for Boy (and Exaltee!) Eek. Your blog is a verrrry dangerous place.

      • That’s so weird! But also a great deterrent if you want to stop purchasing. Haha. The reason why I haven’t gotten more TF colors is because the vanilla is too strong. Same with YSL’s mango scent.

  5. I feel very didn’t about Chanel lipsticks, I’m not a huge fan of the floral scent.. But don’t mind vanilla. I really like the Rouge Allure Formula but I am not a big fan of the Rouge Coco, I find it intensely drying and they have a very short life span. I adore La Fvorite.. It’s such a beauty!

    • We seem to have very different noses, Taylor. 🙂 I remember you loved YSL’s mango scent, too, and I couldn’t stand it!

      That’s so weird, I found it to be super creamy and it was what made me think “hey, maybe I can wear lipsticks,” because I really didn’t like lipstick prior to my Rouge Coco tube. 🙂

  6. YAY LIPSTICK WEEK!!! Love Chanel’s formula, but I’m not a fan of sheerness and the color range. My only Chanel lipstick (Rouge Coco in Vendome) turned out to be an orangey-red; in pictures it looked more neutral, so that turned me off the line. This made me want to check out the Allure Velvet formula though!

    • YAY! Hahaha I’m not adventurous~ so I hope it’s still going to be a decent feature. 🙂 But yikes re: your purchase. That’s funny too, because I generally like their color range and the only sheerness I experienced is from the Rouge Coco Shine range!

      I really like RAV. ;_; I sorta wish I stocked up before I decided on going on the CF route, as messed up as that sounds.

  7. Jin says

    Have to agree with you that Chanel makes some of the best lipsticks out there! 🙂 I can’t stop thinking about my Rouge Coco Mademoiselle (which my mom got from me, haha) so I’m deliberating on whether to order a couple from the US.

    • Chanel makes some of my favorite lipsticks so yay. Have you tried the Rouge Allure Velvet range?

      • Jin says

        Not yet, but I’m quite interested. 🙂 I’m on the hunt for a MLBB shade and hope there’s something that matches my skintone! Will check out Rustan’s this weekend.

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  9. I find Chanel’s Velvet finishes to be the best . I’ll go on and say it, I’m like the geeky kid feeling all cool, going “I told you guys!” when you listed Rouge Allure Velvet as one of your faves.

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