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Chanel Controversy (72) Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss

Chanel Controversy (72) Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss
Chanel Controversy (72) Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss

Chanel Controversy (72) Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss ($34.00 for 0.28 fl. oz.) is described as a lightly warm-toned, dark reddish plum with hints of brown and burgundy along with fine plum shimmer. NARS Rouge Tribal (P, $26.00) is very similar–a touch darker. MAC Lasting Achievement is cooler-toned, less red. (P, $19.50) MAC Feelin’ So Good (LE, $15.00) is browner. MAC Richly Revered (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, much sheerer. Bobbi Brown Midnight Violet (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches.

I noticed immediately how evenly the color applied; a lot of these deeper colors look splotchy on the lips, and this one looked fairly even. Unsurprisingly, the color did settle into lip lines, though it was not too noticeable from a normal viewing distance–this has been my experience with similar shades like NARS Rouge Tribal and MAC Lasting Achievement, where up-close, it is visible but in “real life,” it’s not as noticeable. This gloss is supposed to be long-wearing with bold color, a gel texture, and a hydrating formula. Controversy wore well for five hours, but I did notice some feathering occur after three hours of wear. It was nicely hydrating while worn with a smooth, gel-like consistency that wasn’t tacky. It had semi-opaque color payoff but was obviously not fully opaque.

Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss Controversy (72)
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
80%
Total

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Guerlain Provocative (863) Rouge G de Guerlain Lip Color

Guerlain Provocative (863) Rouge G de Guerlain Lip Color
Guerlain Provocative (863) Rouge G de Guerlain Lip Color

Guerlain Provocative (863) Rouge G de Guerlain Lip Color ($49.50 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “deep and vibrant pink.” It’s a rich, brightened, medium-dark pink-red with cool, blue undertones and a soft, satiny finish. There wasn’t really any shimmer or pearl, but it wasn’t completely matte. MAC All Fired Up is matte. Urban Decay Catfight is very similar. Chanel Suspense is more muted. Revlon Sorbet is pinker, sheerer. Guerlain Girly is slightly pinker. NARS Jardin des Plantes is shimmery. MAC Impassioned is pinker. Guerlain Gigi is a touch pinker/brighter. Guerlain Gourmandise is a touch lighter and less fuchsia. See comparison swatches.

The color payoff was rich and fully opaque in nearly a single stroke. It has a soft, lightly creamy consistency that allows the color to glide on evenly and smoothly. It wore well for six and a half hours, and it was nicely hydrating the entire time I wore it. Everything about the formula and color is gorgeous–there’s no flaw to be found–but it is a dupable color, and not just dupable in general, but two past Rouge Gs (Gigi and Girly) are very, very similar. Both of those were limited edition, so if you’ve been looking for either of those, then you’re in luck.

Guerlain Rouge G de Guerlain Lip Color Provocative (863)
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

Guerlain Illusion (660) Rouge Automatique

Guerlain Illusion (660) Rouge Automatique
Guerlain Illusion (660) Rouge Automatique

Guerlain Illusion (660) Rouge Automatique ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “subtle sparkling plum.” It’s a fuchsia-plum with violet sparkle. When swatched on the skin, it had more of a fuchsia coloring, but when applied to the lips, it looked more reddish-fuchsia–a bright plum–with violet sparkles and shimmer. It had a softly luminous sheen. Revlon Sorbet is a bit lighter, sheerer. Guerlain Girly is brighter, darker. Milani Raspberry Rush is more fuchsia, frosted. MAC Lickable is more fuchsia. Guerlain Gigi is similar but redder. Guerlain Shalimar is pinker. See comparison swatches.

It is one of two new and limited edition shades for the holidays (I don’t have the other, which is Reflex, yet, but hopefully will buy it when it becomes available online). I haven’t spied the entire collection online for purchase yet, though Sephora had a few pieces up (so maybe the rest will follow shortly!). I imagine one of the first things readers noticed was the packaging, which is glossy black with tangerine accents. It doesn’t work as well on the Rouge Automatique, because it is already such a lightweight feel, so the orange does look quite plastic. I’m reminded of Halloween, which for me, is kind of fun, but I can understand why some readers feel like it doesn’t work with Guerlain’s image.

Illusion had mostly opaque color coverage; there was a definite tint and coloring, but you could see an outline of my lip freckle slightly. The color looked lightweight (and felt that way, too) because of that subtle translucency. Sometimes really opaque colors are also thicker or creamier, so they can look a bit heavier. Though, if you have more pigmented lips, your natural lip color will impact the way this looks on you more as a result. It wore well for five and a half hours and left behind a soft stain. It was lightly hydrating while worn, and it applied evenly and easily, though I did feel some of the sparkle when I was applying it from the tube–not gritty or scratchy, just could feel the texture. I didn’t notice this when applied, though, or as the color wore away. It is violet-scented.

Guerlain Rouge Automatique Lip Color Illusion (660)
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Givenchy Rose Precieux (311) Le Rouge Intense Color Sensuously Matte Lipstick

Givenchy Rose Precieux (311) Le Rouge Intense Color Sensuously Matte Lipstick
Givenchy Rose Precieux (311) Le Rouge Intense Color Sensuously Matte Lipstick

Givenchy Rose Precieux (311) Le Rouge Intense Color Sensuously Matte Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “rosy red.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned, rosy red with a satin finish. MAC Candy Apple is lighter. Urban Decay Manic is richer, redder. Revlon Wild Watermelon is lighter, redder. Chanel Fiction is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Long-time readers will know that I have been recently seduced by Givenchy’s Le Rouge range, so when the brand released two additional, limited edition shades as part of their holiday collection–there was no way I was resisting. The formula is really a treat to apply, because it feels silky, smooth, and almost buttery–but not too emollient; there really isn’t a lot of slip, just a creaminess, to the consistency. The color glides on with nearly full opacity in a single stroke, so it is quite pigmented. Rose Precieux wore well for six hours, and it left a moderate stain behind. It was lightly hydrating (but not as hydrating as the original Le Rouge formula) while worn. The formula has a light floral scent as well.

Givenchy Le Rouge Intense Color Sensuously Matte Lipstick Rose Precieux (311)
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

Dior Trafalgar (844) Rouge Dior Lipstick

Dior Trafalgar (844) Rouge Dior Lipstick
Dior Trafalgar (844) Rouge Dior Lipstick

Dior Trafalgar (844) Rouge Dior Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a vibrant, red-orange with a shiny, luminous finish. There’s really no shortage in high-voltage oranges on the market, so you can really pick the formula and price point that best suits you. Givenchy Rouge d’Exception is browner. MAC Dangerous is matte. Urban Decay Bang is less red. Maybelline Orange Edge is similar. MAC Scarlet Ibis is more matte. MAC Sail La Vie is similar. MAC Lady Danger is matte. Buxom Rogue is similar. See comparison swatches.

Dior recently released the latest Rouge Dior Lipstick range, which is supposed to have “luxurious, full-coverage lip color” with a “satiny finish.” It’s a lightweight, lightly creamy, moderately hydrating, and easy to apply formula. Trafalgar was richly pigmented and almost had full coverage in a single stroke. It applied smoothly, evenly, and didn’t bleed or feather outside my natural lip lines. It lasted well for six hours, and it left behind a warm, reddish stain that lingered for another hour or so.

Dior Rouge Dior Couture Colour Voluptuous Care Lipstick Trafalgar (844)

Buxom Menace & Two-Timer Full-Bodied Lipsticks

Buxom Menace Full Bodied Lipstick
Buxom Menace Full Bodied Lipstick

Buxom Menace Full Bodied Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “rich wine.” It’s a rich, brightened berry-red with cool undertones and very fine ruby red shimmer. It had mostly opaque color with a barely-there translucency that kept it looking more lightweight in comparison to other shades in this formula. The finish was still glossy and luminous, though. It wore well for six hours, and it left behind a berry-ish stain. When I wore it, the formula of Menace was somewhat hydrating. Guerlain Gigolo is a bit darker. Guerlain Orgueil is similar. Giorgio Armani #408 is more muted. Burberry Bright Plum is similar. See comparison swatches.

Two-Timer Full Bodied Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as an “earthy rose.” It’s a medium, rosy brown with some peach with a creamy, shiny finish. It full, opaque color coverage, and it glided on easily as the formula was very creamy and a cinch to apply. It wore well for five hours, and it was nicely hydrating the entire time. Givenchy Croisiere Coral is more orange, less glossy. Urban Decay Liar is rosier. Urban Decay Protest is a touch brighter. MAC Style Surge is less rosy. See comparison swatches.

Buxom Full-Bodied Lipstick Menace
Menace
Menace
A

Permanent

9.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total
Buxom Full-Bodied Lipstick Two-Timer
Two-Timer
Two-Timer
A

Permanent

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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