Sunday, June 30, 2013

Chanel Fall 2013 Rouge Coco Shine and Rouge Coco: Instinct, Secret, Icône and Mystique

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This fall Chanel has released four new Rouge Coco Shines ($34 each) and two new Rouge Coco Hydrating Crème Lip Colors (also $34 each).

There are two pale neutral colors and two bright cool-toned pinks for the Rouge Coco Shines:
  • Instinct is a pale cool-pink with subtle shimmer
  • Secret is a a pale peachy-pink
  • Rendezvous is a bright pink
  • Espirit is a fuschia berry
The two new Rouge Coco Hydrating Crème Lip Colors are on the warmer/neutral side:
  • Icône is a shimmery golden nude
  • Mystique is a semi-bright apricot peach
I was drawn to the brighter pinks for this collection but they turned out to be a bit too cool-toned for my complexion. I decided to stick with the four neutral colors. The Rouge Coco Shines are both gorgeous in the tubes, however they end up looking fairly similar on my lips. They do show up on me even though they are very sheer. I prefer the warmer one Secret because it's not quite as pale as Instinct is on me (which I think makes me look slightly washed out). The Rouge Cocos are the highlights in my mind for any neutral lip lover. Icône is the perfect golden nude on me. The pigment is amazing on this one and I love that it doesn't wash out my complexion like some pale golden nudes can. Mystique is a lovely bright apricot. You do need to have smooth lips for this one, if you have any dry patches or flakes this color will emphasize any flaws (prep your lips before-hand, I recommend Jo Malone's Vitamin E Lip Balm or Hourglass Lip Oil).

Close ups of the each of the shades plus lip swatches. For skin-tone reference, I'm wearing NARS Light Optimizing Primer, Edward Bess Black Sea Mousse Foundation in Light (reviewed here) and NARS Light Reflecting Loose Powder. I think this is one of the first times I've photographed myself wearing the reflecting powder, I'm surprised how it makes the skin glow in pictures. It seems to give a photo-shopped look and hides imperfections.

For comparisons, similarities to other shades will depend on your natural lip color and skintone. For the Rouge Coco Shines, I found Evasion to be very similar to Secret. I couldn't find another Chanel Lip Color similar to Instinct, but I know I have some sheer MAC and Armani lipsticks that give the same effect.

Rouge Coco Shine comparisons to Boy, Effrontee, Evasion and Interlude:

I couldn't find a dupe for the Rouge Cocos, perhaps you will be able to find color similar in your stash. Most of my Chanel nudes proved to be more pink or mauve than Icône. I couldn't find anything quite as bright as Mystique, although I've historically avoided brighter corals.

Rouge Coco comparisons to Jersey Rose, Peregrina, Stunning and Avante Garde:

Overall, I could have passed on both the Rouge Coco Shines. I keep forgetting they cost the same as other Chanel lipsticks even though they are smaller in size. Both shades look very similar on me and seem to be very slight variations of past colors. Still, I like Rouge Coco Shines for their easy goof-proof swipe-and-go application. The shades fade nicely so you don't have obvious lipstick lines around the edges of your lips. The Rouge Cocos are both loves for me.

By now the fall collection should have arrived at your local counters and boutiques. It's still trickling in online, I haven't been able to find the entire collection at any one place online, but I suspect everything will be stocked very soon. For now you can find the lip products here:

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  1. Secret is really nice! A bit out of my price range though.

  2. Icone and Mystique look fabulous on you! Even though I am darker than you, I can't wait to try them out, I think they look neutral enough. Instinct does look a little pale on you, but nothing a good lipliner couldn't fix. Thanks for the fabulous swatches.

  3. Both the Rouge Cocos look stunning - and esp on your lips!!
    God your blog has def done some damage on my bank account! Always great swatches with lip swatches included!!
    And yes, I agree with you on the Coco Shines - smaller in size and all seem to somehow look the same on my lips with just varying degrees in opacity. The rouge cocos though are loooove - theyre the most forgiving on my dry parched lips!

  4. I skipped Secret, but I might have to go back for it. Great comparison swatches!

  5. Mystique is really speaking to me. The new rouge cocos look so pretty as well! It has been a while since I got one ^^.

  6. Oh Icône & Mystique are beautiful and I do believe they are calling my name!

  7. I don't find these colours to be very pigmented, and the Rouge Coco Shines remind me of shades I have already. The Chanel fall 13 eye collection was all-must-have, so I'm relieved that this is all-pass.

  8. What gorgeous shades! I love Mystique. You give the best swatches.


  9. Mystique and Secret are really gorgeous!!

  10. I don't want to pay so much on sheer lippies and now all brands do it. Mystique is an interesting colour for Fall.

  11. Just wanted to say thank you very much for the swatches and excellent photos comparing boy to the new colors! Cathy :)

  12. This is what I love about your blog. Thanks for the comparisons. I was thinking of getting Mystique (because it goes with Presage blush which I got) but I wasn't sure: seeing it compared to Peregrina (which I also have) has convinced me to get it. Love anything apricot.

  13. I love the colour of the Mystique! Will definitely keep an eye out for that one next time I'm out shopping!

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  16. Mystique looks lovely on you.


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