Chanel Darling Rouge Allure Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

Chanel Darling Rouge Allure Lipstick
Chanel Darling Rouge Allure Lipstick

Not Quite Summer:  Chanel Darling Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Darling (#30) Rouge Allure Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a soft, squishy, kind-of-jelly-ish pink.  It adds some color, but it’s still on the sheerer side (particularly for a Rouge Allure).  It has a very glossy finish and feel–almost like a Hydrabase lipstick, actually–so it feels moisturizing and has more of a lip balm feel, though it does give my lips noticeable pinkness.  It’s a very muted, toned down pink that’s easily wearable by both cool and warmer skin tones, because it will take on many of the characteristics of your natural lip color.  When my Chanel artist showed me the sheet of products for Summer, I saw Darling on the list so I asked her to set it aside (along with Genial) for me, but it just doesn’t seem to fit with the launch.  It fits even less so when set against the brightness and vibrancy of Genial and Super.

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  • Product: 26/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation:  If you’re in the market for a sheer tinge of pink in the simplicity of a lipstick but with the feel of a lightweight balm, you might like Darling.

Availability:   Nordstrom (By the by, Nordstrom still has Genial!)

Chanel Darling Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Darling Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Darling 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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Darling is a re-promote; I’ve had it for about a year and a half at least. If you have color similar to mine (super-pale, lips that are barely pigmented), Darling is the perfect neutral pink and actually provides pretty good pigmentation (at least for the version I have). But if you’re even slightly darker or have pigmented lips, it will probably not be a favorite.

And yes, I did think it was an odd inclusion for this current collection. I bought Super and Genial, but they will be for very different kinds of looks than Darling :).

Darling looks very work appropriate.. I’ve been looking for something to add some colour to my lips but not be too noticeable since I work in a conservative office. I find it so hard to strike a balance between looking young & fresh and looking professional and serious…

I think this is stunning on you but as my lips are ridiculously pigmented (it looks like I have benetint on all the time) it’s no good for me. Well, that and the price of course!

Darling is one of those colors that can be tossed in a purse and reapplied without the aide of a mirror. I love it for its low keyed, laid back look. I have medium pink pigmented lips so on me Darling doesn’t give color so much as a smooth satin polish.

It’s definitely that kind of a shade! For $30 AND from Rouge Allure, though, I kind of expect a bit more pigmentation, though!

I don’t know if I’ve ever seen an *ugly* shade by Chanel, LOL.

This is so lovely. I am going to swatch it in person. Christine: what blush are you wearing here? I need a new neutral blush for every day thats not pink or peach thanks 🙂

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