Chanel has released another “in-between collections” collection, but I won’t complain because it’s all about one of my favorite products: their Rouge Allure. This collection features 8 Rouge Allure lipsticks (highlighting 4 previously released shades and 4 new shades), 8 shades of their new Rouge Allure Laque liquid lipsticks (finally! Europe and Canada got these way before we did), and 4 repromoted Le Crayon Levres lipliners.
I mentioned yesterday that everyone is focused on liquid lipstick right now. Chanel’s Laques feel very lightweight to the arm, but a little more substantial on the lips. I managed to get a sample of Dragon, and applying it is like painting really pigmented whipped cream onto your lips with a doe’s foot wand. The color is too bold and blue-red for me, so I’ve only worn it around the house — but it feels great. The formula isn’t drying and seems to stay on well. It wouldn’t last through a meal, but I think it would last through a press conference, and it does have some light staining ability.
Dragon is definitely full coverage, though I wonder whether the lighter shades might be slightly more sheer.
Rouge Allure Laques are $32 each (ow! ow!).
I’ve mentioned before that Rouge Allure is one of my absolute favorite lip formulas ever. They are delightfully comfortable to wear, subtle and complex in their color offerings, never drying… a really classy lipstick at the unfortunate price of $30. You’ll also enjoy the ninja-approved “click click” case (you squeeze the lipstick along its longitudinal axis to pop out the base, then pull to open as normal).
The four new shades are Mythic, Adorable, Fatale, and Orientale. Everybody loves Naive (except me, somehow. I didn’t think it looked like much on my lips. Maybe I need to try it again… everyone can’t be wrong). And oh Ardent, I remember why I loved you last Christmas.
There are also four new nail polishes (in shades more or less corresponding to their Rouge Allure Laque counterparts). Ming is almost a dead-on match. Dragon and Coromandel exaggerate the cool-red/warm-red differences between the shades; Coromandel-the-polish seems a little more orange than the Laque. And Imperial is more warm cocoa than its lip shade. The polishes are $23 each.
All four of the lipliners are repromoted colors; these are $28 each.
Chanel Rouge Allure Collection: Rouge Allure Laque, 72 Coromandel, 73 Imperial, 74 Dynastie, 75 Dragon, 76 Ming, 77 Santal, 78 Phoenix, 79 Mandarin, Rouge Allure lipstick, 69 Mythic, 70 Adorable, 71 Fatale, 72 Orientale, 25 Naive, 62 Ardent, 58 Audace, 09 Lover, nail polish, 471 Ming, 475 Dragon, 469 Imperial, 473 Coromandel, Le Crayon Levres, lipliner, 34 Natural, 31 Tulip, 14 Carmin, 05 Nude, Mordore-Nude