Chanel Nuance (71) Rouge Allure Velvet ($37.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, peachy beige with soft, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. The color payoff was semi-opaque and did not build up much beyond that (definitely not “intensely rich” as described!). The texture felt lightweight, smooth, and velvety–thin but not clingy and never felt “wet” or truly cream-like. The color went on evenly and for the type of hue, it had a fairly flattering application, but it could have smoothed out my lip lines more. It lasted well for four hours and was neither drying nor hydrating over time.
- Hourglass I Lust For (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (95% similar).
- Bite Beauty Gemini (Left) (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter, more pigmented (90% similar).
- Dose of Colors Hey Girl (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar).
- Colour Pop Appy (P, $7.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).
- Colour Pop Carousel (LE, $7.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar).
- Urban Decay Fuel 2.0 (P, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar).
- Colour Pop Echo Park (P, $6.50) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar).
- Colour Pop Mija (LE, $6.50) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar).
- Colour Pop Quickie (LE, $7.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar).
- Hourglass The First Time (P, $34.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar).
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$37.00/0.12 oz. - $308.33 Per Ounce
The Rouge Allure Velvet formula is supposed to be a "non-drying matte lipstick" with "intensely rich, long-wearing colour" and has a "velvet matte finish." Over time, I felt like the formula has improved and is actually non-drying (the original launch did not wear well on me) to lightly drying (seen more in shades that have lasted six to eight hours). The pigmentation varies from shade to shade but is usually semi-opaque to opaque with a semi-matte to satin finish. The texture had a velvety, glide-on feel that doesn't feel particularly creamy or wet, yet the lipstick is comfortable to wear over the four to six hours it typically lasts for. Like most Chanel lip products, they have a rosy scent but no discernible taste.
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Also In This Review
Chanel Quintessence Les 9 Ombres Multi-Effects Eyeshadow Palette ($70.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette featuring a mix of gold, green, neutrals, and blue. It’s a bit of a faded, springtime rainbow of hues. I was impressed by the texture, pigmentation, and wear of the majority of the palette. Deeper shades like #8 (deep blue) and the inky gray (#9) needed more work to blend out along their edges but definitely some of the easiest variations I’ve tried. The shimmery shades in the palette–except #6–were very shiny and easy to work with.
Patine Bronze (840)
Chanel Patine Bronze (840) Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream Eyeshadow ($36.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium golden bronze with warm undertones and a more olive-gold sheen. The texture was lightly creamy, almost a touch tacky, with good slip and excellent hold as the color went on evenly, smoothly, and with full color coverage in a single layer. The eyeshadow was easy to diffuse along the edges without sheering it out too readily (but it could also be worn as more of a bronzy wash–lost some of the greenish cast, though) and didn’t settle into my fine lines/creases as it dried down. Once it set, the eyeshadow stayed on well for 11 hours before creasing very faintly.
- Dior Fire (584) (P, $29.50) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (95% similar).
- Urban Decay Distilled (PiP, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (95% similar).
- Natasha Denona Varis (PiP, $29.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar).
- Giorgio Armani Stardust (04) (P, $36.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar).
- Buxom Style Icon (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).
- Colour Pop Blaze (PiP, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar).
- Make Up For Ever ME644 Iced Brown (DC, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar).
- Colour Pop Eclipse (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar).
- Urban Decay Zap (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar).
- Tarte Happy Place (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar).
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$36.00/0.14 oz. - $257.14 Per Ounce
Chanel describes the formula as a “smooth-textured cream shadow [that] glides on effortlessly” and is “long-wearing.” Overall, the consistency has moderate slip–emollient but not greasy or overly wet in feel–and feels more like a traditional cream eyeshadow than Chanel’s Illusion d’Ombres. They go on as a thin layer but have fairly good pigmentation. The formula dried down quite quickly leaving little time for blending or diffusing edges, even when working one eye at a time, which was where I struggled. I think some of them tended to work better as lid colors and using something else for a more diffused/blended out crease color. They did, however, wear impeccably for as long as fourteen hours on me–no creasing, fading, or flaking.
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Légèreté et Expérience
Chanel Légèreté et Expérience Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow ($61.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a new, limited edition all-matte quad featuring a coral, peach, red, and mid-tone brown. All four shades were fairly pigmented and lasted between seven and eight hours, though I had some trouble diffusing and blending out the red shade. I know readers were concerned about overlap with the Candeur et Experience quad, and I think the red and brown are similar enough, but the top two shades in Candeur et Experience aren’t replicated in this quad.