Chanel Fall 2016 Rouge Allure Velvet Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, Swatches

Chanel Rouge Charnel (56) Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick
Chanel Rouge Charnel (56) Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick

Chanel Rouge Charnel (56) Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick ($37.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark pink-tinted red with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. There was very subtle pearl that gave it a light shine. The texture was very smooth, velvety, and thin without being clingy. The lipstick sat well on the lips without emphasizing imperfections, and it lasted for over six hours. It started to feel drying after six hours of wear on me. Colour Pop Hi Striker (P, $7.00) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel La Desiree (327) (LE, $37.00) is darker (95% similar). Estee Lauder Decisive Poppy (P, $30.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Fenty Beauty Ma'damn (P, $18.00) is less glossy (95% similar). MAC PhillipeBlond (LE, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Como La Flor (LE, $18.50) is glossier (95% similar). Stellar Beauty Super Sonic 04 (P, $22.00) is lighter, glossier (95% similar). Tarte Firework (P, $22.00) is darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty LA Woman (P, $55.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Betty Boop Red (LE, $18.50) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Nyma Tang (LE, $18.50) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Pat McGrath Forbidden Love (P, $38.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Charmed, I'm Sure (LE, $18.50) is darker (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Red Carpet Red (P, $34.00) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel No. 5 (LE, $37.00) is lighter (95% similar). Smashbox Unzipped (P, $21.00) is cooler (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Carina's Love (P, $34.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever C405 (P, $22.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Russian Red (P, $18.50) is darker (95% similar). Bite Beauty Gemini (Right) (LE, $26.00) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Rouge Feu (57) Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick ($37.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark orange with warm, red undertones and a satin finish. It had very near-to opaque color coverage that went on fairly smoothly. This shade had a velvety consistency that was thin without being clingy, but it seemed to have more slip to it than other shades as the color separated a bit along my upper lip and had some color settle into lip lines on my lower lip. It was comfortable wear and lasted for five and a half hours, and it was neither drying nor hydrating (the formula is supposed to be “non-drying,” so that’s actually as promised!). Guerlain #44 (P, $33.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M300 (P, $22.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Lady Danger (P, $18.50) is brighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Temper (P, $18.00) is more muted, glossier (90% similar). Chanel Vibrante (182) (P, $38.00) is cooler (90% similar). Chanel Ardente (175) (LE, $38.00) is cooler (90% similar). Maybelline Orange Danger (DC, $7.49) is cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Gala (LE, $36.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Hourglass Loves All of You (LE, $34.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Bite Beauty Cayenne (P, $26.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS Marlene (P, $34.00) is darker, glossier (90% similar). Bite Beauty Hot Harissa (LE, $26.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Tell Laura (P, $34.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty #076 (P, $18.00) is darker, less glossy (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Jagger (LE, $36.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever C403 (P, $22.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Estee Lauder Chilean Sunset (LE, $45.00) is lighter (85% similar). Bite Beauty Aries (LE, $26.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). NYX Pure Red (P, $6.00) is cooler (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Flame (P, $37.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Rouge Vie (58) Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick ($37.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark reddened plum with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had great pigmentation that applied with smooth, even coverage. The texture was lightly creamy, velvety, and comfortable to wear. I happened to wear this one when I was out all day, and it was still noticeably on even after ten hours (though I’d say solid wear came in at six to seven hours). It was mostly non-drying until the eighth hour of wear for me. Bite Beauty #084 (P, $18.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Spicy (LE, $20.00) is lighter (95% similar). Hourglass I Can't Live Without (P, $34.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Angel City (LE, $7.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Plain Jane (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar). Dior Ultra Crave (843) (P, $37.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Boss Lady (P, $12.00) is cooler (95% similar). NARS 413 BLKR (LE, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Amsterdam (P, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Tarte Vacay (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Fig (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Ultraberry (247) (P, $38.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Tarte Jetset (LE, $21.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Dangerous Liaison (P, $34.00) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Audrey (P, $34.00) is lighter, glossier (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Chadwick (LE, $36.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Bite Beauty Cerise (P, $24.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Milani Flirt (LE, $8.99) is darker, less glossy (85% similar). Chanel Nightfall (LE, $37.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Too Faced Gingerbread Girl (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, more muted (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Rouge Audace (59) Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick ($37.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a dark burgundy with neutral-to-warm undertones and a natural sheen. The pigmentation was mostly opaque, though there was just a tiny hint of the natural lip peeking through, mostly around the center of the mouth. The consistency was more emollient than the other three shades, but it didn’t slide around or feather on me either. On me, the lipstick lasted for over six hours, left behind a reddish stain, and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Media (P, $18.50) is cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Tiana (LE, $7.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (95% similar). MAC Runner (LE, $18.50) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Sin (P, $18.50) is cooler, less glossy (95% similar). Maybelline Smoking Red (DC, $7.49) is warmer (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M500 (P, $22.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Maybelline Raging Raisin (DC, $7.49) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Makeup Geek Risque (P, $15.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Illamasqua Growl (P, $24.00) is warmer (90% similar). Anastasia Brandy (P, $18.00) is darker, warmer, less glossy (90% similar). Colour Pop Thousand Percent (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Motorhead (DC, $21.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). Urban Decay Hex (P, $18.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Pat McGrath 35MM (P, $38.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Black Dahlia (10) (LE, $54.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Disturbed (P, $18.00) is more muted, less glossy (90% similar). Givenchy Pourpre Defile (P, $37.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Fetishist (P, $54.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Power Driven (LE, $18.50) is darker (90% similar). Milani I Am Strong (P, $6.99) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Chanel Rouge Charnel (56) Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick
Chanel Rouge Charnel (56) Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick

Chanel Rouge Charnel (56) Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick
Chanel Rouge Charnel (56) Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick

Chanel Rouge Charnel (56) Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick
Chanel Rouge Charnel (56) Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick

Chanel Rouge Charnel (56) Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick
Chanel Rouge Charnel (56) Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick

Chanel Rouge Charnel (56) Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick
Chanel Rouge Charnel (56) Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick

Chanel Rouge Charnel (56) Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick
Chanel Rouge Charnel (56) Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick

Chanel Rouge Feu (57) Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick
Chanel Rouge Feu (57) Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick

Chanel Rouge Feu (57) Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick
Chanel Rouge Feu (57) Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick

Chanel Rouge Feu (57) Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick
Chanel Rouge Feu (57) Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick

Chanel Rouge Feu (57) Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick
Chanel Rouge Feu (57) Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick

Chanel Rouge Feu (57) Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick
Chanel Rouge Feu (57) Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick

Chanel Rouge Feu (57) Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick
Chanel Rouge Feu (57) Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick

Chanel Rouge Vie (58) Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick
Chanel Rouge Vie (58) Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick

Chanel Rouge Vie (58) Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick
Chanel Rouge Vie (58) Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick

Chanel Rouge Vie (58) Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick
Chanel Rouge Vie (58) Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick

Chanel Rouge Vie (58) Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick
Chanel Rouge Vie (58) Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick

Chanel Rouge Vie (58) Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick
Chanel Rouge Vie (58) Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick

Chanel Rouge Vie (58) Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick
Chanel Rouge Vie (58) Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick

Chanel Rouge Audace (59) Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick
Chanel Rouge Audace (59) Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick

Chanel Rouge Audace (59) Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick
Chanel Rouge Audace (59) Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick

Chanel Rouge Audace (59) Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick
Chanel Rouge Audace (59) Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick

Chanel Rouge Audace (59) Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick
Chanel Rouge Audace (59) Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick

Chanel Rouge Audace (59) Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick
Chanel Rouge Audace (59) Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick

Chanel Rouge Audace (59) Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick
Chanel Rouge Audace (59) Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation
  • Chanel Rouge Profond Joues Contraste Blush
On eyes:
  • Chanel Candeur et Experience Eyeshadow Quad
  • Chanel Rouge Contraste Illusion d'Ombre Eyeshadow
  • Chanel Rouge Brulee Illusion d'Ombre Eyeshadow

About the Reviewer

Reviewer

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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Hahaha! Yes I was eyeing Raging Raisin too but talked myself out of it, but there’s always another one coming around the corner ……

WHAT THE WHAT!?!?!?!? I tried Rouge Audace like, a million different ways and every time it wound up as a patchy, weird uneven mess on my lips. It was so bad, I had to return it. I was so ready to see you give it like, a C+ or something! However, when I opened the package, the lipstick was unclicked and open outside of the lipstick box, so poor packaging may have played a part in its performance. I wish I could have gotten this shade to look as BEAUTIFUL on me as it certainly does on you!

Oh, wow! That is so weird (in a bad way, of course) 🙁 I’d even go as far as to say that I’m more likely to have a streaky swatch than you given that I’m applying solely for photos and doing them in sequence, so I don’t go in with a lip pencil or brush even on deeper shades, lol, so mine are less likely to be perfect.

It just wasn’t meant to be, I suppose! Maybe I’d have better luck with Kevyn’s Bloodroses — his Matte Lip Color formula is very friendly with my lips.

You just made my heart sing, girl. I was worried that Bloodroses was going to lean more purple, but I am comforted to know there is some (even just a little) brown in the mix. Really helps to round out the whole shade. Rouge Audace was very evenly balanced as well — just wasn’t for me in terms of wear.

Oh my, I’m in LOVE with Rouge Vie! I’m thinking I’ll grab that and the new Eros eyeliner. Do we know if the lipsticks are LE? I was trying to find info on it and it seems that people say they aren’t, but on Chanel’s website it says they are?

Oh gosh I must have been looking somewhere else, woops! Lol thanks for the correction! I don’t feel rushed to grab it, but I should probably hope onto Eros soon.

No problem! I don’t know how accurate Chanel’s site is with respect to that, but since they seem to have some labeled and others not, it stands to reason someone marked them specifically that way at least… (not like none are labeled and so someone forgot).

Everywhere I have looked says LE for Rouge Audace only. I wonder if that lends any explanation as to why this shade seems to be a mixed bag for some!!!

Wow! Chanel’s lipsticks/formulas are usually hit or miss with me (at that price point, they should ALWAYS be hits!) – but omigosh, this collection of reds is drop-dead gorgeous! I love each iteration and how they really show off how diverse red can be (even amongst the 100000000000000x shades of red already in existence).

Rouge Vie looks amazing on you by the way!

Chanel Rouge Vie is really a beautiful color, it’s a bit steep for what I normally spend on lipstick, but may have to make a special allowance in my budget for this one!

Have got to say, Vie and Audace are exactly my type of dark or deep moody, sultry reds! Although I definitely agree that there is something very special about Vie. Much less dupable. I have MAC Retro, similar in tone, but I would say much lighter than Vie, so I wouldn’t feel weird having both. ?

I agree – the tone of it seems a bit different in Rouge Vie – a little muted, but it’s still bright, almost berryish in a way (more like a strawberry, though).

Rouge Vie is by far my favorite of these, though the first two are also lovely. Somehow Rouge Vie is significantly lovelier than its listed dupes, to me.

I’m unsure. I don’t mind shelling out the money for luxury cosmetics I’ll really appreciate (Guerlain lipsticks spring to mind — love them to pieces), but I seem to always talk myself out of Chanel. Don’t know what it is. Branding? Self image? Not wanting, when coworkers ask me what color lipstick I’m wearing today, to answer, Chanel…?*

* Before y’all jump on me for this, a substantial amount of research indicates consumers make choices based on self or group identification, rather than more ostensibly relevant details about the products themselves. It’s just most people either aren’t aware of doing this and it happens subconsciously, or they don’t admit it, or both.

Interesting! Is there a particular reason why you would be more reluctant to say Chanel vs. Guerlain?

The reality is that high-end relies on branding – on selling something more than just pure quality (and we all know that high-end doesn’t always equal high quality!).

I’ve thought about it most of the day now, and here’s a guess, or at least a partial answer:

I’ve worked most of my adult life in the service and hospitality industry. I’ve dealt with all levels of the public, including an unusually high proportion of ultraluxury / VVIP guests — Oscar winners, Grammy winners, CEOs of megabrands, all their agents, assistants, entourages, the whole shebang. I’ve also, of course, dealt with even more people who are wealthy enough, somewhere on the spectrum, to be staying in the same hotels and dining in the same restaurants, but who are not SO high up on the power pyramid and feel the need to make it known to us little worker ants just how rich and powerful they are.

In this vast mix of personalities, behaviors, and styles, I’ve developed an extreme distaste for ostentation (different from luxury!). Some celebrities do it, lots of wannabes do it, but WHOEVER does it (I really don’t care), I’m immediately repelled by somebody who NEEDS to impress others with their status.

So with a brand like Guerlain, specifically for cosmetics or fragrance, if somebody asks me about it, chances are they’ll either not really be familiar with it or they’ll know: that’s pricy, but it’s GOOD.

With a brand like Chanel, I feel more people are likely to buy it specifically because of a desire to at least appear upper class… and I just can’t hitch my wagon to that horse. Which, ironically is still letting what others think of me dictate my choices, of course…

I’ve got everything from Dior to Maybelline and ColourPop, and one of these days I’m sure I’ll give in to Chanel. Just not yet. 🙂

I actually know exactly what you mean 🙂 I tend to appreciate designer bags, for instance, that are less logo print and more craftsmanship. For instance, while I love Burberry’s signature check, I’d rather have a more interesting, unique bag that has subtle markers it is Burberry but not something you’d see replicated. If I buy something high-end or luxury, it’s for my pleasure and less about “look what I have that you don’t have.”

Got all these niches filled, but these are so fine, that it makes me want to mislay the dupes, so I can ‘need’ them. Folly. Not really sure mascate looks like a dupe for charnel on me. Going to look at these a lot, longingly. Maybe charnel. But maybe save dough and go with the Besame. Sephora has a larger range of Besame, now. I knew these would be killer.

Just got Rouge Vie in the mail a few minutes ago. Madly in love. I have trouble with a lot of reds due to my strange skin tone (fair, coolish yet slightly olive, which makes no sense) but the berry tones make it just right. So excited to see it also performs. Thanks for the review!

chanel does such amazing reds, IMO. the shades and formula are amazing–pirate is my favorite of all time, but these are all so gorgeous! can’t even choose.

These reds are great! Vie looks like it was made for you. I’m still in wow mode with the Chanel look you’re rocking. The whole enchilada — gorgeous! (Hope your hubby loves it!)

Hey Christine: Both applied super smoothly albeit heavily. Even the two stylos I purchased applied perfectly, evenly, and typically that formula usually leans on the hard side. I had to have the stylos. Both colours were calling to me and perfect to pop hazel eyes.

Caveat on the performance: It is hot here but not enough for me to have air con on yesterday so all products were probably running softer than normal.. None of the products were melting though or had those telltale oil droplets on their bullet to indicate heat issues or separation.

Audace is a great find. This one not too brown so it does not sallow my skin. Eureka! I’ve been looking for something in this dark earthier red range that doesn’t run too warm for quite some time. Looks a little more dramatic on me than you because of my olive skin and I think this would represent the max level of darkness I would comfortably go on a lipstick for my tastes. It has a lovely finish. I’m super happy with my choices from this collection… the quad I can dupe.

Channel and Vie are my favorites but all three look greet on you. Every time I see the shadows, my craving goes through the roof. For the lippies, I may try for dupes.

These lippies are all lovely on you, Christine, but that combination of Audace and the red smoky eye is making my heart race a bit! I’ve enjoyed the KStew campaign promotion, so it’s nice to see all of the red translate well in real-life.

I picked up Rouge Vie #58. Of all the new Rouge Allure lipsticks in this collection, Rouge Vie was perfect for me; a blue based raspberry/red bold lip. I love it, and will stash it until my summer nudes transition into Fall. I have another similar Chanel lipstick that is dark berry in color from 2-3 years back thus I will hold off on Audace.. I plan to pick up the other new red but that one is permanent and can wait.
I love the Rouge Allure Velvet formula! It’s my favorite go to everyday lipstick that just makes me feel good & well presented.

Rouge Vie and Audace are love, though I wonder if the latter is to choose to Kevyn Aucoin’s Blood Roses to justify it. (If you ever decide to review his lip range, that’s the star of the line.)

I don’t have dupes for Vie and Audace. I have one for Charnel. These are all just lovely. I will have to look at the dupes closer but Vie and Audace are had to pass up. They are the warmer tones that Chanel puts out that somehow manage not to look out of place on my skin. I don’t know what wizardry they employ with their warmer shades (of everything) but nothing of theirs has ever looked truly terrible on me.

I went into store too see the collection and planned on purchasing Rouge Vie because it appealed most to me, but after trying them, I went home with the Rouge Charnel. It surprised me how pretty this is on and the Vie color looked kind of lifeless in comparison. Guessing it’s the color used on Stewart but not sure. Just my experience.

Girls could you please help me, I’m thinking to get Vie 58, but before that wanted to ask does Kristen wears it? is there any picture with her, just wanted to see what it looks like on her.

Thanks!

Wow! All of these colors look gorgeous on you! I would buy everyone if I could…. Do you know how 56 charnel compares to Tom Fords Ruby Rush and 58 vie to Tom Fords Velvey Cherry? It would help me decide which lipsticks to splurge on <3

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