Tuesday, September 29th, 2009


Chanel Coromandel Rouge Allure Laque

Chanel Coromandel Rouge Allure Laque ($32.00) is the first up in our seven days of Chanel Rouge Allure Laque feature. After last week’s experience with Chanel’s Dragon Rouge Allure Laque, I knew I had to have them all. There are eight shades in total, and I’ll introduce to each shade over the next week.

Coromandel is a fiery orange-based red with just a flicker of orange shimmer that’s very, very subtle. It applies evenly with ease (which is a huge OMG-YES! factor from this product, period), and it feels like a satiny, lightly creamy lip color that hugs lips without drying them out (in fact, hydrating). It has a glossy sheen that lasts for hours, which does fade when you eat/drink through a whole meal, but the color itself hangs on like a trooper–see the evidence here. Coromandel goes on opaque in one layer; there’s no real need to layer here. I usually just slip out the applicator and apply with whatever is on it and I’m good to go.

The only downsides of Rouge Allure Laques are that they’re pricey at $32 a pop. The packaging is solid black with a slight glossy appearance–it’s subtle and sleek. To rationalize the price a bit (at least for myself), I consider this pretty much a wear-and-go lip color–that means it’s a gloss and a lipstick in one. There’s absolutely no need to layer on additional lip products with these, because the color is so intense and pigmented and the product itself has the look of a lipstick with a gloss over it… there’s literally no need. This makes it a two-for kind of deal, but it’s also superb for traveling or touch-ups. Get fancy lip color with no fuss!

I personally do prefer Dragon over Coromandel for a red, but I find myself drawn to more neutral reds–”true reds”–over orange-y reds. They’re both beautiful shades, and I’m sure there are some who prefer Coromandel over Dragon and vice versa!

  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 5/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: If you love orange-based reds with lots of sizzle and pop, check out Coromandel!

Availability: Nordstrom

See photos and swatches


Coromandel (#72), Imperial (#73), Dynastie (#74), Dragon (#75)

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69 thoughts on “Chanel Coromandel Rouge Allure Laque Review, Photos, Swatches, Lip Swatches

  1. Alexis

    I am like Imperiale #73 – have you worn that one yet?

  2. claudia

    Thanks Christine ! After your post about Dragon I tried to find swatches on the web and thought Coromandel was a bit darker than Dragon but it isn’t! I think Dragon is prettier!! Glad you’ll swatch them all for us :)

  3. Avatar of Bobbie Bobbie C.

    I love love love these. What color do you think would work best with darker skintones like a MAC NC45.

    • Out of all the shades? I think pretty much all of them are wearable for any and all skin tones.

      • Alexis

        Good to know – I’m a NC45, myself! And yes, I’m a big fan of the Dragon. I really need to muster the courage to just try that shade on without wincing…

        • TRY ITTTTTTT! Please! I’m not even a fan of reds on me, but it makes me feel sexy, LOL! I’m pursing my lips and checking myself in the mirror when I’m wearing it :P

          • Alexis

            hahhaha – okay you got me! And you did look like the HOTNESS for your pre-birthday dinner look. I love the neutral eye/red lip combo – it’s a very clean and sophisticated look!

            • If you can check them out in person, I definitely urge you to! If not, see how you like the formula when Dragon arrives :) I’ll have all seven swatched soon enough so hopefully those will help!

    • Or did you just mean between Dragon/Coromandel? :)

  4. Carrie

    Gorgeous and easy to apply? I may have to have them all now! Do you think they would all work for an NW15 skintone? I have Dragon on the way to me right now :)

    • They have some bolder shades, but if you’re cool with Dragon, probably ;) It’s really a matter of taste, but I like them all – definitely some shades (like Coromandel) that I won’t wear often, but the formula is amazing that I am eager to wear them all! I need more lips!

      • Carrie

        Okay, thank you :) I love all makeup, but lipsticks and lipglosses are my favourites. And this one combines them!

        • I know! It has this beautiful glossy finish that really makes you go, “Stop. No need to add anything else.” ‘Cause I am a lipstick + lipgloss fiend… I rarely wear either alone, but I don’t find I need to add anything to these!

  5. Nicole

    wow what a pop of color, I’m scared to wear red lips I have fair skin with red under tones, not to sure where to start for a good red lip color please help

  6. liz

    I tried on half of them in store. Fabulous! Number 74 was my favorite but I haven’t seen them all try. Thanks for doing this.

    • No problem, Liz! Dragon is my favorite (it’s just such a show stopper), but I love the other shades, too — definitely going to get a lot of wear out of them.

  7. Avatar of Shelly Shelly

    I’m dyiiing for one of these! Do you have an opinion over whether Coromandel or Dragon would look better on a brown-eyed, black-haired, light-medium yellow-golden Asian skintoned gal? Dragon looks so gorgeous and I always hear differing opinions on whether or not orange-red or blue/berry-red looks better on us. Also, I’m also color shy, but I’m dying to take a stab at these gorgeous colors.

  8. rowan

    this one is amazing too! gah, i am so looking at these next time i’m in a city! & the price…you get way you pay for i guess…;)

  9. Melissa

    Do you know which one would look the best out of the new ones for a NW20 blue eyed dark brown hair girl? :-) Would be awesome to have one that’s work friendly too!! For a department store ;-)

  10. amanda h.

    I bought the coromandel over the dragon because I felt the dragon was pretty similar to ysl rouge volupte in red taboo… however the texture is sooo different im contemplating picking up dragon anyway! I still love coromandel for its sex appeal… makes me feel empowered when I wear it ;-)

  11. Aeman

    Christine please please swatch Ming as well.

  12. Avatar of Bobbie Bobbie C.

    I really want one but 32 bucks! I just can’t bring myself to do that…

  13. yajaira

    Thanks…..can you do a lip swatch with ming….thank you!!!

  14. Andrea

    I’m glad you’ve finally swatched the lip laques! There aren’t much around on the internet. I have coromandel and I love it. I was planning to get more for ages but I always shied away from Dragon, fearing that it’d look too cool on my Asian skin. Is that a valid concern though?

    • Sorry it took me so long! I’m very, very happy with them though :) I don’t think it would look too cool on you. I’m warm-toned, and I’m half Asian (if that means anything, lol), and I prefer Dragon over Coromandel!

  15. Kim

    Hmm I think Dragon is prettier than this one. I swatched all of them today and i really like it and the peach/pink one as well. But I forgot the name LOL.

    This saturday I get 25% off (AND my 15% staff discount) on all cosmetics in the department store where I work, a good reason to pick up Dragon.

  16. tatiana

    OMG I am so sold! I think the Alexis commenting above was my sister…ha!

  17. Oh, how you’re making me want them all! LOL They’re just so stunning!

  18. amy

    My favourite is Dragon but I am really liking the Dynastie shade. The muted red is lovely. All of these shades look so wearable and sexy.

  19. Avatar of Rashmi rashmi

    hey christine
    this is just to tell u how much i loveeeeeeeeeeee watching ur videos
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    • Hey Rashmi!

      Aww, thank you so much! You’re too sweet, and I can’t tell you how much your support means to me :) I hope you’re having a great week!

  20. Avatar of Alexis Alexis

    They’re both beautiful, but I do prefer Dragon as well.

  21. Avatar of KY nkauj

    Aw man, I totally want this lipgloss/lipstick/whatever it is. LOL I can’t wait to see the other swatches. Coromandel is too orange for me. Dragon would probably be the perfect red for me! But I’m really looking forward to seeing the other colors before I fork over $$$ for one. :D Thanks for all your swatches and reviews!

  22. Jeye

    I am going to be all over dragon and imperial! Thanks for the swatches Christine

  23. tofupoo

    those colors look so pretty :) you really wanna make me go and get some chanel lippies! ive never tried them. i love dragon!

  24. Kristen

    What do you use for lipcare? Your lips always look soooo healthy!

    • Ashley

      I second that!
      Any good (and cheap of course) balms or exfoliating methods to keep lips fresh and hydrated? Most balms lately have been breaking me out around the lip line when used too often :(

      This is such a lovely lip colour. Probably not for my skin tone though. Seems pricey. How many ounces/grams/mL are in this? If there is a good amount, I’d possibly consider putting one of these on my Christmas list haha.

      Oh and, have you used any similar products that are cheaper but give similar results?

      • I actually have been loving Philosophy’s Kiss Me Tonight balm. It’s lasted me about 2 months now, I’d say, and I use it 2-3 times a day… easily.

        From Googling, it looks like they’re 6ml. I threw out my boxes, and the labels on the actual product don’t say!

    • I just put on Vaseline at night! I do exfoliate 2-3x per week. I usually exfoliate shortly before doing lip swatches, actually. I’ll either use my Peter Thomas Roth lip kit, Sara Happ’s Lip Scrub, or recently, Korres’ Lip Scrub. You can always just use a warm wash cloth or sugar and oil.

  25. amani

    wow chistine this lipstick looks amazing on your lips !!!!!! i counld never pull tht off even though i want it

  26. Imelda

    Hi Christine!
    Can you think of any dupes for Coromandel in another brand? I love the color but I’m not sure I will use it enough to validate spending that kind of cash on it. Any suggestions? Thanks!

    • I was thinking Giorgio Armani’s #401, but you also want cheaper, so that doesn’t work. Lady Danger by MAC is kind of in the same family, though it *may* be a little more orange. Urban Decay’s Revolution is also a bit similar but not as orange as Coromandel!

  27. Imelda

    Thanks for the recommendation! I went to check it out today and couldn’t help myself: I ended up buying cormandel and dragon!