Saturday, February 27, 2010

Chanel Gardenia Rouge Coco & Rose Paradise Nail Polish (Neiman Marcus Exclusives)

My friend and I just checked out the new Chanel Rouge Coco Lipsticks and we hit up all four major department stores near me to investigate on any store exclusives (yes, we went to all four). We found that only Saks and Neimans had exclusives and we both were delighted with the ones at Neiman Marcus: Rose Paradise Nail Polish and Gardenia Rouge Coco.


In addition to their full Rouge Coco display, Neimans also has a mini unit featuring:


* Rose Paradise #185 Nail Polish (Retails for $23) - a warmer pink rose frost

* Gardenia #13 Rouge Coco Lipstick (Retails for $30) - a soft warm pink base with & cool pink shimmer

* Bel Air #147 Glossimer (Retails for $27) - this is the second repromote for this shade, it's a classic creamy pink-rose (pinker than giggle)

We both had to get the newer shades and I already had Bel Air from the Les Naturels Collection from last April/May 2009. All the Chanel reps were either wearing the exclusive Gardenia #13 or Mademoiselle #05 (featured on Vanessa Paradis in the Rouge Coco ad). Both colors were stunning on all the artists regardless of skin-tone and coloring.

To clarify - the lipstick is not an exact match for the gloss. It appears they simply decided to repromote the Bel Air to compliment the new lipstick. The artists told me they were also combining Pagoda Glossimer (another favorite of mine) with Gardenia Lipstick for their makeovers.



No flash, natural light:


It looks like Rose Paradise Nail Polish is available on Chanel.com, but it's currently Out Of Stock which makes me think they might not have got it in quite yet. So perhaps these aren't really "exclusive" as the little display showed. I'll do a manicure post on this later in the next week or so, but here it is compared to a few other shades, Ming, Rose Blossom, Paparazzi. The Rose Paradise is a warm shimmery rose, similar to Tarte Love Child Cheek Stain in a nail polish form.


I am sad to see the Hydrabase go away, but the new colors and formula is amazing. I swatched as many as I could fit on my hand and ended up coming home with way too much. If you had or tried any Hydrabase colors you know that there was a strong floral scent and that some of the shades felt a bit dry to apply. Once on the lip they were perfectly fine, but the texture tugged the lips a bit upon application.

The new Rouge Coco Lipsticks have a creamy moisturizing formula that just glides on the lips without feeling too shiny or glossy. I find that it really is the best of all Chanel lipsticks - like if you mixed all three formulas from Aqualumiere, Hydrabase and Rouge Allure together. There is a slight scent, but I could barely notice it. I am thrilled with the new colors and formula. You really can just apply and be done in one swipe. No liner or gloss needed in my opinion.

One last view:

You can see a swatch of Bel Air here.

11 comments:

  1. That's a beautiful color!!! I think I'll wait for Bergdorf's gift card event in April to get one of these... :)

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  2. omg that's gorgeous! I want the lipstick and all of the nail polishes!

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  3. Gardenia looks great on you! I keep hearing about these Rouge Coco lipsticks, maybe I need to go check them out for myself, there are so many pretty colours it seems.

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  4. Wow, your selections are beautiful! The Gardenia looks so pretty. Is it very similar to Ruban Rose? I purchased three of these from Nordstrom today: Muse, Ruban Rose, and Organdi Rose (09). Love them all!

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  5. Ooooh, pretty!

    Can you compare the Rouge Coco and the Laura Mercier stickglosses? I've heard so many good things about the Rouge Coco so far...

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  6. Ooh I am drooling over those nail polish colours!!

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  7. Ladies, thanks for giving me your feedback! I love Gardenia :)

    Makeup Magpie - I'm uploading my crappy swatches of these. Ruban Rose is warmer and more peachy. Gardenia is more pink.

    Catherine - I have a few LM Stickglosses but never use them. I'm not exactly sure how they compare. I can try and test them out in the next few days to see. I'm just not the biggest fan of LM lipsticks. From my experience, LM lip colors need a liner or some kind of gloss to make them work for me. These Chanel lippies are easier to use and less high maintenance.

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  8. Ooh ok. It's funny you should say that because in my experience the LM stickglosses are the only lipsticks I have that don't need a liner hahaha. I don't have any other LM lipsticks though, so I don't know about them. Thanks for your input! I will have to go swatch these in-store even though the Chanel counter scares me a little.

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  9. Thanks so much for the helpful swatches. This gives me a good excuse to visit my local Neiman Marcus soon!

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  10. Wow,Karla!
    Once when i left a comment asking to show products on you,you said that it was not the time yet,and maybe in future...
    Don't know about the timing,photos are stunning and you have a wonderful sense of taste!
    Way to go! Great job!

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