Saturday, 25 April 2015

Makeup of the Month: April | Chanel Rouge Coco Lip Colours

Hi, everyone! Holy crap, it's the weekend! If there was ever a weekend I needed, it's this one. It's been a super stressful kind of week, but luckily with a couple extra exciting tidbits thrown in. First, my little niece just celebrated her 1-month birthday. I'm totally smitten with this baby! Second, I have booked a trip to NYC with my parents for June! They have never been to the Big Apple, so I decided that I could not imagine a better graduation present than getting to be their tour guide for a few days. New York is my absolute favourite place to visit, so I couldn't be more thrilled!

|So before I slip into a stress and excitement-based coma, I have some fabulous goodies to share with you. Yes, I did make a pretty sizeable Sephora Haul in April, but one of the stipulations in my Makeup Resolution was that Sephora sales are independent entities, separate from my goal of one beauty purchase per month. Acceptable exception? Pitiful excuse? You can decide, but either way, let's revel in some Chanel today! 


When Chanel released their re-formulated Rouge Coco Ultra Hydrating Lip Colours, this lipstick fiend was obviously curious. Chanel has never steered me wrong in terms of lip colour. Even more, this new range not only offers an impressive selection of shades, but also roots each lipstick in a personal inspiration of Ms. Coco Chanel herself. If there's anything I like more than an interesting back-story, it's a lipstick with an interesting back-story!

The new Rouge Coco Lip Colours promise vibrant, luminous colour with jojoba oil and plant butters for deep hydration. 


They come in sleek black boxes with gold accents with classic black and gold squared-off tubes to match. Simple and chic- everything you would expect from Chanel!


Narrowing down my picks was a tough one, but I aimed to snag shades that are generally lacking in my collection (i.e., no more hot pinks!). After trying on several colours, I brought home Catherine and Emilienne. Along with my purchase, the sales associate at The Bay was generous enough to give me a deluxe sample-size tube of Arthur as well. They make for quite the pretty trio! 


Chanel Rouge Coco Lip Colours in (L) Catherine and (R) Emilienne

Chanel Rouge Coco Lip Colour Mini in Arthur

Here are swatches of all three shades on my inner arm (MAC NC15 skin tone). As you can see, that have a softly luminous finish (not too matte, not too glossy) and a medium level of intensity (not ultra sheer, but not completely opaque either). 

Chanel Rouge Coco Lip Colours in (L-R) Catherine, Emilienne, and Arthur

First off, I selected Catherine because the peachy section of my lip stash was quite small and I had been looking for a '60s-inspired lip colour that was also entirely wearable. In my opinion, Catherine is a perfect pink-tinged peach that channels a retro vibe without looking too outdated or chalky. The luminous finish makes it quite flattering! I love to pair it with blacked winged liner to channel my inner mod vixen. While I initially guessed that this shade was inspired by '60s icon Catherine Deneuve, it turns out it was actually created to honour Catherine de Medicis, Queen of France, who was a fierce patron of the arts and also a women who donned the interlocking double Cs. How interesting! 

Chanel Rouge Coco Lip Colour in Catherine

Next up, I selected Emilienne partially because it was my result from this quiz (gotta love letting your life decisions be guided by an online personality quiz) and partly because I fell instantly smitten at first swipe. Emilienne is a cool-toned ruby-tinged raspberry that straddles the lines between my-lips-but better, vibrant, and vampy. It's unique, yet wearable, vivid, yet sophisticated. It's also inspired by French courtesan and dancer Emlienne d'Alencon who was a free spirit and one of the first women to wear Coco's designs. So happy that my delving into this range also led me to learn about some of these fabulous women! 

Chanel Rouge Coco Lip Colour in Emilienne

Finally, we have Arthur. This was the shade from the range that actually tempted me the most, but I had resisted because we all know I have one too many reds in my stash. But when I was given a mini tube of it, I couldn't have been more excited! Arthur is truly my kind of red. Cheery, gently orange-toned, and slightly retro. I absolutely love it! To further deepen my fascination, this shade was inspired by Coco Chanel's first love and eventual fashion muse Arthur "Boy" Capel. I feel like I'm swiping on a bit of history everytime I wear it! 


Overall, I am truly captivated by these lipsticks. The formula is a pleasure to wear- the texture is comfortable, quite long-wearing for a hydrating formula, and the luminous finish is ultra flattering. Plus, the shades are totally spot-on! Yes, these are pricey at $42 CAD, but perhaps a small price to pay for a piece of Ms. Chanel's personal loves and inspirations? ;) And clever marketing aside, these really are top-notch lipsticks!


Which of these shades is your favourite? Have you tried the new Rouge Coco Lip Colours? Are you also a sucker for shades named after real people?

Have a fantastic weekend! xo

43 comments:

  1. Catherine is so pretty! I've been looking for a peachy lip color as well to round out my collection. Chanel is probably outside my budget though haha

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    1. Yeah, definitely on the pricey side, but the formula is really nice! Catherine is such a wearable peachy pink :)

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  2. Wow, all three are really nice but my favorite must be Catherine. It looks so peachy in the swatch and cooler on the lips. My holy grail peach is Tom Ford Sweet Spot. Always wanted something closer. I wonder if we have Catherine in Germany. I will check that out.

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    1. You should definitely keep an eye open for Catherine! It has a great mod feel while still being quite wearable :)

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  3. Love all of your choices!! I haven't bought anything from Chanel before but I have swatched a lot of their lipsticks!!
    xox Kat @ Katness

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    1. I think their lipsticks are a great place to start if you're new to the brand :)

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  4. Totally acceptable, not pitiful excuse at all! Love Catherine on you!

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    1. Haha, thanks, Leah! Glad my logic made sense to someone ;)

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  5. OMG I WANT THE ARTHUR MINI lol thats the only shade i was interested in from the one and i would only want a small one...

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    1. I was so, so happy when she found the mini! One of those magical moments when a sales associate went out of her way to get me something extra special. It was at the Bay on Queen St.- maybe they still have some?

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  6. I managed to get a couple with gift cards/rewards and bought another and I really like them :) I love Arthur, so much orange-y red goodness! I also have Coco (which I managed to squash the end of and I'm so sad :( ) and I also got Adrienne which is a lovely peachy nude. I really like Catherine, definitely adding that to my list! xx

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    1. Glad to have inspired you with Catherine! I'm so tempted by Adrienne and I can see why you're loving Arthur- it's perfect :)

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  7. I confess I can't live without a good lipstick! These have amazing tones and certainly look good on you!

    Kisses,
    Em**

    Simplicity is Chic

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  8. Beautiful colors

    Kiss kiss.*Jo
    http://joandcompanystyle.blogspot.com/

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  9. Amazing! The packaging is really cool for their lipsticks-- best then again can really expect anything less from Channel?!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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    1. Yes, true- Chanel is always extra chic :)

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  10. I've heard amazing things about these! All of the shades look gorgeous on you!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

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    1. Thanks so much, Tasha! They're definitely worth trying out :)

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  11. Pretty very nice colours they all look great on you!

    Kayla
    Sheer Beauty Blog

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  12. Lovely post! Thank you so much for commenting on my last post and have a grat day. :D

    xoxo;
    STYLEFORMANKIND.COM
    Facebook / Bloglovin

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    1. My pleasure! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  13. Ahhhhhhhhhhh, i want them all ahahahha, I shouldn't read this and keep tempting myself. Loved this post!xx
    thatsashajay.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Haha, sorry (happy?) to enable you :)

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  14. OOO New York! I was there a few years ago and I loved it! I hope your parents will love it, too!

    Absolutely adore all three shades on you! That MINI IS SO CUTE! Wonder what I have to do to get myself one. I don't even care I own Arthur full-size. It's a mini and I WANT IT.

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    1. I know they'll love it :) The mini really is the cutest thing ever! xo

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  15. These are beautiful, right down to the packaging! I think Catherine is my fave of the 3!

    She Likes to Shop

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    1. I've been wearing Catherine quite a bit the past month- so perfect for Spring! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  16. Good luck on your trip to NYC! Definitely one of my favorite cities! Also, Catherine looks great on you! Great swatches too.

    MidwestGlam.com

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  17. Wow, this colors are so pretty. *__*
    Have a nice week, dear...

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    1. Thanks, Vanessa- same to you! xo

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  18. I love that there's a backstory to these lipsticks! That makes reading about them all the more interesting really. Interesting picks too - I wasn't sure how that peach shade would turn out, but I quite like how it suits you really. (Although really, I think there isn't a shade of lipstick out there that wouldn't suit you... you seem to pull everything off!)

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    1. Yes, I'm a total sucker for the history behind the inspiration! I was so pleasantly surprised at how flattering Catherine is- I don't have a ton of peaches in my stash, so it filled the void nicely! Thanks, Chelle :)

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  19. Rouge Coco is definitely one of my favorites. Gorgeous shades!

    - Deniz
    www.dressedupdeniz.com

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    1. Agreed! Thanks for stopping by, Deniz! xo

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  20. That pink is freakin gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks, Jasmine- I'm loving it! xo

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  21. Lovely colors and adorable little sample!
    I have always loved Chanel's Coco Lipstick in Gabrielle, although I do at time find it drying. Basically what I'm getting to is I can't wait to try the upgraded formula!
    TarteTanya

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    1. I only had one of the originals, but I can definitely say this new range is quite hydrating! :)

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  22. I'm so jealous they all look wonderful!

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    1. Aww, thanks- I'm really loving them! xo

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