Chanel just introduced a (highly anticipated) new lipstick formula: Rouge Allure Velvet, a creamy-matte in the click-click case. Available in eight shades, Rouge Allure Velvets are $32 each.
La Ravissante (the beautiful) is a coral pink — my favorite, of course. La Câline (the cuddler) is a muted, mauvey blue-rose pink. La Raffinée (the sophisticated) is a brighter blue-rose pink. L’Exubérante (the exuberant/bubbly) is a bright, saturated, cool blue-pink. La Fascinante (the fascinating) is a bright, very cool red. La Somptueuse (the glamorous) is a deeper, more subdued, warmer red. La Sensuelle (the sensual) is a deep cool (violet) rose. L’Exquise (the exquisite) is rose-brown.
Translations provided by my favorite French-speaking sales associate.
Chanel also included three nail polishes in this launch — plus a limited edition “velvet matte” topcoat. I swatched each color twice, first in its “natural” state, then with the matte topcoat.
Rose Cache is a grey-pink with very tiny, subtle pink shimmers (these are totally lost under the mattifying topcoat). Rose Exuberant is a bright, electric-watermelon, hibiscus pink. Pirate is bright cherry red.
The mattifying topcoat is interesting. It has an easy-to-apply gel texture, and dries to an almost rubberized finish. Each of the polishes (including the topcoat) is $25.
I am absolutely convinced that trends and technologies in nail polish and car paint are linked — and apparently matte finishes for cars are also enjoying something of a Renaissance (at least in the European luxury market). Check out this article from the Wall Street Journal, and see if that photo doesn’t make you want to take Chanel’s topcoat out for a spin.