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Chanel: Dragon Rouge Allure Laque for the Perfect Red Lip Review, Swatches, Photos

Chanel Dragon Rouge Allure Laque

Chanel:  Dragon Rouge Allure Laque for the Perfect Red Lip

Chanel Dragon Rouge Allure Laque ($32.00) is one of the most stunning shades of red I’ve ever had the pleasure to wear. I’m absolutely in love with the vibrancy, subtle shimmer, and opacity.  There are eight lovely shades available — you can see a full list here.

The Rouge Allure Laque formula is satiny, smooth, and very pigmented. (Lighter shades seem to go on more semi-opaque, though.) Dragon is inspiring. It’s just that kind of color to me! It wears well, and it leaves behind a very nice stain even as it fades after eating (I managed five hours of amazing wear before eating).

It’s also very easy to apply straight from the tube, despite being such an intense shade. The applicator is doe-footed, but it’s modified – it’s grooved and fits against the lips really well.  The finish is high shine, slightly glossy, and such rich, vibrant color.  Even though $32 is pricey (at least, for most) for a lip product, the fact that this is basically a lipstick and gloss in one, has intense color that requires no work to achieve… I think it’s well worth it.

Love, love, LOVE. I’m definitely going to check out the other shades and see which other ones I have to get!

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

Recommendation: If you’re looking for a way to indulge, Rouge Allure Laques may be a way to go. Chanel lip products rarely disappoint me, but this one not only met my expectations but INSPIRED me!

Availability: Nordstrom

See product photo and swatch

Dragon (left), Ming (right)


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Hinahon Avatar

Oh my… ! Indeed stunning !
Too bad it’s too pricy for me πŸ™
I couldn’t tell you why but I think it’s one of the lipsticks that shows off the best your lips !

Christine Avatar

I think I may have swatched a creme de gloss once, but I don’t think I own any. I’ll have to re-check them out!

It didn’t bleed on me, but I’m (so far) blessed with very little aging on my lips and don’t usually have too much trouble with bleeding. I would still recommend a lip liner, though, clear or red.

Leven Avatar

WOW! The line is so crisp and precise, and all you used was the doe foot applicator? That nuts! And that IS the most perfect red ive ever seen, not overly pink or blue. You should totally do a full face look around this color soon.

Kristina Avatar

I am ordering this today, Canadian exchange is not an issue for something this beautiful. How would you wear the rest of your make up? I am not accustomed to wearing red.

Christine Avatar

Hey Kristina!

For this lip and color, my style is to opt for champagnes and golds on the eyes, black mascara, and little liner. Or go for even simpler eyes (maybe something mostly nude, just a touch of shimmer) and do more prominent eyeliner (maybe a cat-eye).

jellynat Avatar

I think that’s so far the most beautiful picture you’ve ever made of your lips. Very stunning. You should print this picture in large size, frame it and hang it over your bed! That wouldn’t be narcissism. If my lips were not those ugly little things, I would definitely buy this lip product. Really Chanel know how to rule the world of beauty, sometimes.

Jennifer Avatar

How does this Chanel Lip product stack up to their other lipstick products?
I have tried Chanel Luminous finish in Frivole, and while I think it is a quality product, and it doesn’t feel bad on the lips, it does nothing for me. Am I perhaps trying the wrong finish? I love love Dior’s Rouge lipstick. I think the pigmentation, the hydrating rich feel on the lips is divine.

I do like Chanel’s Glossimers, but haven’t bought those in awhile.


Christine Avatar

Hey Jennifer,

I think these are excellent, and I’d compare them to the Rouge Allure lipsticks in terms of how smooth and color-packed they are. I’d say this is probably one of my favorite Chanel lip products I’ve tried. Have you seen Guerlain’s Cashmere gloss? These are a bit like those.

Jennifer Avatar

No i haven’t tried Guerlain’s. That sounds good.

I’ve been looking up swatches for this product online today. Still undecided . Either have to wait for better swatches, get my bum to nordstroms, or wait till my wallet isn’t wimpering from pain of my charging for all these Mac products lately. hehe. I was going to buy this in Phoenix at Nordstroms online, but with shipping and tax it would come to 44 dollars. No way I’d spend that much lol. 32 is steep, but I’d go for it. Maybe in no time I can trick myself into spending money on it in the store.

Jennifer Avatar

I will. I think I might be able to Friday.

I am excited, but not too excited on splurging hehe … If the other ones provide such a nice finish like this color it will be worth it.

Oh, I just got Red Full Stop by Mac in the mail. I can definitely see that it has a subtle red in it. I love it though.

Sheila Avatar

Wow, when you say it’s satiny, smooth, and very pigmented, you are correcto! that is the sexiest shade of red i have ever seen too! I have GOT to get that for my B-day this year…and Christmas too! Golly Gee…thanks for showing me. I LOVE LOVE RED lipstick!! But this one is gorgeous!

insa Avatar

Having loaded the site I was like “POW IN YA FACE!”. Stunning. This is definitely a perfect red lip.

Does it feel more like a liquid lipstick or like a gloss?

Christina L. Avatar

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more beautiful pout in my life. I don’t wear red lipstick but this might be one of those items I buy just to hold when I sleep at night. LMAO!!! gorgeous christine!

Alexis Avatar

Lipstick and Gloss rolled into once chic little double C package? you sold me once again Christine – I’ll have to try one on. Don’t know if I have the courage to do red but I’ll definitely try it on!

Dancerwendy Avatar

This is simply STUNNING! Christine: I always loved your swatches, but I’ve never seen your lips look as amazing as with this color, it’s a winner!!! I’m a couple of shades darker than you, do you think this color can still work? (nc42-44)

Tee Avatar

That is beautiful, Christine!! I have very full lips so I’ve always sort of avoided reds – or rather, have never found one that really prevents me from looking like Ronald McDonald, lol. I’m going to have to try this one. Thanks for the great image!

Nicci Avatar

don’t you love these?? πŸ™‚ I want to pick up another color. I bought my first one in Santal. That red looks goregeous, although it would be out of my comfort zone…I should get it and force myself to step out, esp. w/that color!

Bridgette Avatar

My god is this the most beautiful red that i have ever seen! I don’t wear reds but i bet this will look great with my NC40-42 skintone. I have to give this a shot.

Jennifer Avatar

Rose Mcgowan said Chanel makes a good red lipstick. I know she didn’t mean this one, but they most certainly do.

Oh last month I was looking at some fashion mag and liked the red lip on the actress on the cover and guess what red it was…This one πŸ™‚

inuchan Avatar


this shade will make me fall in love with Red Lip, honest! even if i cannot pull one for the life of me!!!! My, I’d give it an 11/10 haha

Thanks for sharing, Christine!

Ribbons Avatar

This is definately a ‘I neeeed itttt sob sob sob’ kind of product!!
I love seeing red lips on other people but I’m too scared to do them on myself cause I always think I’ll look a bit silly, but I don’t think I’ll be able to stop myself from trying this one!

Michelle Avatar

I just purchased Dragon this past Saturday at Nordstrom’s Trend Show in San Jose, California. It is a beautiful shade. I also have three more of the Laquer’s, which I was lucky enough to find in Spain BEFORE they were released in the U.S. #’s 73, 79 and 74, and they are all beautiful. Ming, however, is really beige pink and I didn’t like it, so I passed on it. You’re right about its’ longevitity on the lips, they last a long time. They’re worth the splurge ladies!!!

Michelle Avatar

I really enjoyed the show, but I thought some of the cosmetics lines didnt get the same amount of air time so to speak as others did. I also felt that they should have given a little more information on some of the newer products that Chanel and Dior had. Since I switch between those two lines and Armani, it would have been nice if they had focused on them a little more. Also, I was really bummed when they did their drawings, because NOT ONCE did they shake up the giant glass jar/bowl that all the tickets were in, and it wasnt fair to those of us who handed in our cards earlier. It was as if they late folks had a better chance than those of us who were timlier (is that spelled right?). I love the shades I have! I also bought the Murano Eye Shadow Quad, Dragon Nail Lacquer, and some Dior things as well. speaking of Dior, have you tried their new Brow Pencil? Its really great. The tip is soooo small you can really focus on those sparse areas and make great brows!! Which area Nordstrom did you attend the Trade Show at?

Andrea Avatar

I have Coromandel after the MA recommended that to me. After seeing this swatch, I preferred it to Dragon because it complimented my yellow skin tone better. Dragon looks a bit cool to me.

inuchan Avatar

This is THE shade that makes me want to wear red lipstick (even I am too chicken to try lol). Absolutely. Gorgeous.


Thanks Christine for the review!

Carrie Avatar

What a gorgeous red! I’m going to pick this up as soon as I get paid. This will cut down the number of Dazzleglass Cremes that I get, but this color is completely worth it

inuchan Avatar

this is absolutely GORGEOUS !!!

Please Christine could you make a Holiday look, featuring this lipstick? Id’ really need some advice about how to best pull a red lip… I must admit I am a real newbie on that field… thank you πŸ™‚

Melissa Avatar

Do you know if Dragon is at all similar to any MAC lipsticks (i.e. MAC Red, Russian Red, etc.) or even Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella? I already have each of these as well MAC Tinted Lip Glass in Russian Red. I have NW20 skin with pink undertones. I just don’t want to duplicate any of these reds with this new (beautiful) Chanel item. I really appreciate your help. Thanks!

Marta Fernandes Avatar

I almost purchased this lipstick today, almost. In the end I just ended up spending my money on something else. I don’t know, it just seemed way too much for me. It looks gorgeous on your lips but I think it would be too overpowering on my smaller lips. I bought my first red lipstick (Lady Bug) a few weeks ago and I’m still getting used to it so this one would probably be too much of a leap, even if it is absolutely gorgeous.

Sairah Avatar

OMG, this is my very first comment!! I never really comment on blogs and such, so I’m excited! LOL…
Christine, I honestly LOVE your site and I’m amazed by all the effort you put into it. I check it out Every Single Day… all the way from The Netherlands! πŸ˜‰
I really loved these swatches and I knew I HAD to check this gloss out. I already own a CrΓ¨me de Gloss by Dior, which is basically a lipstick and lipgloss in one. So the Chanel formula sounded familiar. I really like the Dior gloss, but the color I own shows up fuchsia/red on my lips… and you know, this color in Dragon looked like the perfect red for me.
And guess what!? One of the department stores here was offering 25% off almost all make-up yesterday. Yes, including Chanel.
I went straight to the Chanel counter, I swatched Dragon, I loved Dragon, I bought Dragon.. with 25% off! Lucky me! πŸ˜€
It’s the perfect red for me. It suits my asian/indian skintone really well!

Christine Avatar

Happy first comment, Sairah!! πŸ™‚

Thank you so much! I’m so glad that you LOVE Dragon. Sometimes when I adore something, I get nervous others will hate it, but I get absolutely giddy when they love it too πŸ™‚ And lucky you – getting it at 25% off!



InΓͺs Avatar

After all these months, I’ve bought Dragon today! I’ve been drooling over it ever since I read this review, and I finally did it! Thank you for showing us how beautiful this shade is!

Kim Avatar

I’ve been shopping for the perfect red and I came across this post. It looks absolutely gorgeous on you. I hope it looks the same on me as it did on you. It’s beautiful!

Ashley Avatar

I must say Christine I really have to agree with you on this one !!
I don’t even really gravitate towards reds but this color is probably the most stunning lip shade I have ever seen with an outstanding formula and wear !! Inspiring for sure !!I got a sample of it then ran back to buy it specifically for my Halloween costume
( Burlesque Dancer )..and it looks AWESOME for a Holiday Shade as well …Looks great on you gurl …P.S. Love you site I always know where to come for true product reviews !! πŸ˜‰

Skybluesky Avatar

Christine, you made it look SOOOO good. I bought it recently from Saks! It pulls bluer on me (I’m Chinese, NC 35-40ish) but it still looks great…kind of berryish almost. I also bought a Cle de Peau concealer and Armani Luminous Silk in #8 to blend with my #6.5

Needless to say, no more cosmetics for me! I also need to stop reading your blog because you entice me to get things! Hahaha, I have a problem. Don’t judge!

Skybluesky Avatar

I really didn’t want to like the Cle de Peau concealer…but it really is worth it. I have it in Honey, and it is a corrector AND a concealer for me. It’s a creamy stick, a little drier than usual concealers in my experience…for under eyes I like to mix it with a little lotion for extra moisturization. I also like to use it to cover up my red marks from my cystic acne scars.

Using this concealer along with tinted moisturizer AND LM translucent loose powder (again, got it because of your excellent review) gives me a really polished yet natural look. Thanks again!!