Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Chanel Gardenia Rouge Coco Lipstick
Chanel Gardenia Rouge Coco Lipstick

Chanel Summer 2011: Gardenia

Chanel Gardenia Rouge Coco Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark rose pink with subtle golden micro-shimmer and shine. The color applies semi-opaque–almost covering my lip freckle but not entirely–and deposits color evenly. Like many other Rouge Cocos, the finish is shimmery and borders on frosty.

It looks like it is slightly less pink than Camelia (part of the permanent range of Rouge Cocos), but I don’t own it, so I couldn’t compare.  For a more affordable comparison, you might try MAC Ramblin’ Rose, which may be noticeably rosier, though.

my thoughts on the formula: Rouge Coco is a slightly drier formula, because most of the shades are frost finishes, but I don’t find it drying–it’s just not moisturizing. It has a light vanilla-rose scent that’s rather faint but still detectable. It doesn’t seem to linger, though. On average, Rouge Cocos last four hours on me. I like the formula overall, and the shade range tends to be very wearable with a wide variety of colors from pinks to browns to reds.

P.S. – I already reviewed Sari Dore previously.

The Glossover

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Gardenia

B+
There is enough warmth from the golden micro-shimmer to make it wearable on warmer skin tones but not so much gold that those with cooler skin tones won't find it equally flattering. This is the kind of pink that looks good across skin tones, because it's not too pale or deep.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Chanel Gardenia Rouge Coco Lipstick
Chanel Gardenia Rouge Coco Lipstick

Chanel Gardenia Rouge Coco Lipstick
Chanel Gardenia Rouge Coco Lipstick

Chanel Gardenia Rouge Coco Lipstick
Chanel Gardenia Rouge Coco Lipstick

Chanel Gardenia Rouge Coco Lipstick
Chanel Sari Dore (Left) / Gardenia (Right) Rouge Coco Lipstick

Chanel Gardenia Rouge Coco Lipstick
Chanel Gardenia Rouge Coco Lipstick

Product & Review FAQ

What makeup are you wearing?

You can find the breakdown here.

Where can I purchase a Gardenia? How much is it?

Nordstrom, $32.00.

Is it limited edition?

No.

Any dupes?

It looks like it is slightly less pink than Camelia (part of the permanent range of Rouge Cocos), but I don't own it, so I couldn't compare. MAC Ramblin' Rose might come close.

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13 thoughts on “Chanel Gardenia Rouge Coco Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Hmm, this one is okay, but just that- okay. It looks like a good everyday color, but if I’m going to spend $32 on a lipstick I want it to be spectacular!

  2. I have Camelia, and it looks a lot like it :) Somehow prettier, though!

  3. jen

    Gardenia looks like a really soft and pretty pink on you but when i wore it (pigmented lips) i looked like a clown.

    • virginiaisforluvrs

      LOL! That’s what I was afraid of! Well, maybe not the clown part but it not looking good.

  4. LM

    I got all excited by the description but it was very warm/orangy and kinda blah. Bummer. But at least I know not to buy it.

  5. I have this and it’s lovely! This was my first Rouge Coco actually. :)

  6. AnGeLwInGz

    Looks like a color I’ve seen many times before.

  7. diana

    looks like something i could get from revlon for $7

  8. vikaki

    THIS SUCKSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!doesn’t look AT ALL to the colour of the promo photo…pff…why chanel did that???it’s sooo misleading…:(( i want the lip colour of the promo poster!

  9. vikaki

    christineeeeee….this is the lipstick of the promo pic????????but in the photo it looks wayyyyyyyy pinker!!!!!!!!!:D