Chanel Ambigue (124) & Equivoque (126) Rouge Allure Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, Swatches

Chanel Ambigue (124) Rouge Allure Lipstick
Chanel Ambigue (124) Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Ambigue (124) Rouge Allure Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a soft, muted plum with subtly warm-toned, brown undertones. It has a soft, frosted finish that is somewhere between satin and frost. The color coverage was mostly opaque, though the color did not entirely cover my lip freckle. Ambigue lasted well for four hours, and it was neither hydrating nor drying on me (though it should have been hydrating). Urban Decay Strip (P, $22.00) is rosier. Revlon Pink Truffle (P, $7.49) is pinker. MAC Viva Glam VI (P, $15.00) is similar–more frosted. MAC One of a Kind (LE, $15.00) is similar. Giorgio Armani #526 (P, $32.00) is darker. Benefit I Think I Love You (P, $18.00) is darker and more frosted. See comparison swatches.

Equivoque (126) Rouge Allure Lipstick ($34.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, medium pink with soft, warm undertones and lightly frosted finish. It had semi-sheer color coverage; for a Rouge Allure, it seemed rather under-pigmented. It wore for three hours, and it was a little drying on me. Givenchy Rose d’Exception (206) (LE, $36.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Fiend (P, $22.00) is pinker. Urban Decay Rush (P, $22.00) is also pinker. Revlon Pink Truffle (P, $7.49) is darker. NARS Tolede (P, $26.00) is warmer. Make Up For Ever #4 (P, $19.00) is also warmer, darker. See comparison swatches.

With the newer shades of Rouge Allures, which are designed to have a more luminous (read: frosted) finish, I noticed they do not look as smooth on the lips as other Rouge Allure shades I’ve worn.  I don’t think the thinner consistency of the Rouge Allure formula works as well with the frost finish, because it doesn’t apply as smoothly.

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Chanel Ambigue (124) Rouge Allure Lipstick
Chanel Ambigue (124) Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Ambigue (124) Rouge Allure Lipstick
Chanel Ambigue (124) Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Ambigue (124) Rouge Allure Lipstick
Chanel Ambigue (124) Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Ambigue (124) Rouge Allure Lipstick
Chanel Ambigue (124) Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Ambigue (124) Rouge Allure Lipstick
Chanel Ambigue (124) Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Ambigue (124) Rouge Allure Lipstick
Chanel Ambigue (124) Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Equivoque (126) Rouge Allure Lipstick
Chanel Equivoque (126) Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Equivoque (126) Rouge Allure Lipstick
Chanel Equivoque (126) Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Equivoque (126) Rouge Allure Lipstick
Chanel Equivoque (126) Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Equivoque (126) Rouge Allure Lipstick
Chanel Equivoque (126) Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Equivoque (126) Rouge Allure Lipstick
Chanel Equivoque (126) Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Equivoque (126) Rouge Allure Lipstick
Chanel Equivoque (126) Rouge Allure Lipstick

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Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Although I don’t buy Chanel, for a variety of reasons, I do like the looks of the finish on these. I actually *like* some shimmer in my lipsticks, though I don’t generally want full-on cheesy ’60s “frost.”
How does everyone else feel about this – do you like a shimmer in your lip color products?

Satins are fine, especially in reds. Usually, though, I prefer a bit of shimmer, and I really like the moisture a good, not-too-oily-or-sticky gloss imparts.
If I knew a way to get that “velvet” look on lips without them feeling dry, I’d be willing to at least try it, but so far, I haven’t found a product, or combination of products, that will do that for me.

I’m with you. I’m liking a bit of frost these days. I would still consider matte my all time favourite, but the frost finishes definitely look more sophisticated then they used to. Know what I mean?

One of a Kind is a much better match for my highly pigmented, purple lips. Thank you for reminding me I have that gorgeous shade. No. 124 would look awful on me. I need a more berry lean to complement my nature lip tone.

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