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
- 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:
- Rouge Coco Shines in Secret and Instinct at Nordstrom.com
- Rouge Coco Hydrating Crème Lip Colors in Icône and Mystique at Nordstrom.com and Neimanmarcus.com