Saturday, February 27, 2010

Chanel Rouge Coco = Pure Luxury for Lips

Yes - I am a die-hard Chanel fan and went nuts over the new Rouge Coco Lipsticks. Even though I love the unique smaller independent brands, if I were pressed to pick only one brand to use, it would hands-down be Chanel for the color selection and quality.

When I heard the news of the upcoming lipstick launch, I initially thought, oh great, another brand revamping something just so they can charge $30 for a lipstick. But when my friend and I checked out the new lippies, we couldn't contain ourselves. We were like kids in a candy store and bought way too many lipsticks - but at least we can feel like we look good.

Most of the shades are available at all Chanel retailers. The U.S. Exclusives I know of include:

  • Chanel.com - Teheran #56
  • Saks Fifth Avenue - Byzantine #28 (vibrant berry wine/almost fuschia color with slight shimmer)
  • Neiman Marcus - Gardenia #13 (featured one post below)

While swatching the colors at Saks and Bloomies, I started at #01 and swatched consecutively so I wouldn't miss any colors. However I lost track after I ran out of space on my hand and I didn't see 07, 12, 30 or 35 in the line up at any of the counters. So the investigator in me wonders if they simply skipped those shades or if those are exclusives elsewhere.

So far, to our knowledge, Nordstrom and Bloomies do not have exclusive shades. We didn't even think to go check out Macys. In 2 hours we had literally shopped until we were ready to drop.

If anyone has details about the other major department stores exclusives, please let me know!!

Some of the colors I bought: Mademoiselle, Ruban Rose, Gardenia, Muse & Rose Comete. I swatched these today but failed miserably. It's cloudy and rainy and the swatches were just very blah. The remaining shades I purchased will be featured at a later date.


Swatch fail, please don't let these crummy swatches deter you - this is for the commenter who wanted to see how Gardenia compared to Ruban Rose.


Pigment: The pigment is excellent. Some of the colors are a bit sheerer than others - but they those are the ones like Perle, Ruban Rose and Rose Comete. They aren't super sheer like Aqualumieres - it's just some of the lighter colors have a more transparent finish.

Texture/Finish: I'll reiterate that I think these are a great swipe-and-go lipstick. I loved the Peter Phillips videos featuring his discussion of these colors. La Chanel Phile is great for info and news (thanks to Leslieal for pointing this out to me). The formula is moist and creamy and easy to apply, yet lightweight. My SA said it's like they took the Rouge Allure + Aqualumiere and mixed them together for a rich creamy moisturizing lipstick.

Scent: No overpowering scent. There is a subtle hint of a lipstick smell, but it's nice and soothing. I can't put my finger on exactly what that scent is though. I have one of the pickiest noses and only tolerated the Hydrabase Lipstick Scent simply because it was Chanel.

Packaging: These come in a new metal tube rather than the plastic. It definitely has a more luxurious feel. The Chanel design team did a great job giving this lipstick a higher-end feel in the material without changing the classic packaging - one among the many thing I really appreciate with Chanel. I really like the fact that they have kept the same classic packaging over all these years keeping the product true to their brand image and feel. I love that they are classic and trend-setters both at the same time.

The lipstick caps have a more snug fit to the lipstick itself. There's no loose feeling when you push the lid down. The tube is metal like the Rouge Allures.

One more thing I am happy to report is that they have maintained the same product weight for the Rouge Coco as with their other lipsticks. They are still 3.5 g/.12 oz. Big YAY from me - especially when it's a trend with other lines to revamp packaging and give us consumers less product.

Here are a couple of the Hydrabase tubes compared to the Rouge Coco Tubes, left to right: Lilac Sky Hydrabase, Rose Comete Rouge Coco, Rose Baby Hydrabase (Euro)


More color features to come soon!

11 comments:

  1. beautiful! I've been eyeing these off, I can't decide which shades to get! they all look gorgeous.

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  2. Oooo Sabrina!! Gorgeous! Oh have you seen the new Chanel eyeshadow duos that are coming out in April??? There's a taupe/brown one I know we'll love!! Hahahah!! Can't wait to see the rest of the lipsticks! :)

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  3. Pretty!!! I just bought one of these--#15, Ruban Rose--but now I can see that I have to check out Mademoiselle and Gardenia.

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  4. Ooh, gorgeous picks! I think I am going to have to pick up at least one of these...

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  5. They all looks gorgeous, particularly Mademoiselle! I have to admit Chanel lipsticks do make my day, I can see why you love them ;)

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  6. Yay - I was waiting for your response to these! I bought Mademoiselle and I can't believe how appealing this shade is to many different skin tones. I will probably wear this tomorrow to work with a smoky eye? I tried it sans lipliner at Nordstrom and I loved it. I'll probably layer it on top of my favorite MAC liner, Whirl. So it'll darkent it up a bit but it'll make it very wearable for me. I'm so glad I scored the very last tube - was meant to be!

    Don't you just love when that happens?

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  7. Neesha, Em, Stefanie - these really are stunning! I think they went a little overboard with the coral-pinks though. I wish they had a better plum selection. The plums I saw were either really dark or really bright.

    Koren - I also got that color, it's so pretty!

    Lexi - I heard from all the SAs that they were all required to wear Mademoiselle since it was featured on Vanessa Paradis. It truly is a chameleon-like color. It looked coraly-orange on one SA and a nude pink on another depending on their skintone.

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  8. Terrific review, Lina. Really thorough, and thanks for the info on the packaging.

    My wallet is trembling, lol!

    Have a great day,
    Leslieal

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  9. Sabrina,
    I have to update...for some reason I loved Mademoiselle on me when trying it on at the counter - maybe it was just pure excitement but when I put it on again at home it was just MEH...so sad to report that. However, I layered it on top of MAC cremeliner, Cream O'Spice and it looked better...just a regular pinkish brown suitable for the office. I'm debating if I want to exchange it for a more impact color. I figure if I'm going to drop $30 for an amazing lipstick shouldn't I buy a WOW color or should I play it safe and stick with Mademoiselle just because it's the most popular?

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  10. I have a super lemming fro Rose Comete. Love your comparison pics! Awesome review!

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