Chanel La Bouleversante & Pensive Rouge Allures Reviews, Photos, Swatches

Chanel La Bouleversante (51) Rouge Allure Velvet
Chanel La Bouleversante (51) Rouge Allure Velvet

Chanel La Bouleversante (51) Rouge Allure Velvet ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium red with neutral-to-warm undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a very smooth, thin consistency. The finish had a fair amount of shine–more than “velvet matte” would have as defined by most would be my guess! Though it’s not touted as hydrating, it is supposed to be “non-drying” and long-wearing, but my experience with it was that it was somewhat drying over the five hours it lasted. Something about the consistency made it seem like it didn’t really adhere to my lips that well. MAC Brave Red (LE, $30.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Steam Heat (LE, $19.50) is more pigmented, better quality (95% similar). Dior Diva (LE, $38.00) is darker (95% similar). NARS Jungle Red (DC, $28.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Nutcracker Rouge (LE, $19.50) is cooler, less glossy (90% similar). Chanel Ultrarose (257) (LE, $38.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Carmine Rouge (LE, $30.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Reddy to Go (P, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Mysterious Red (P, $27.00) is more pigmented, less glossy (90% similar). NARS Flamenco (DC, $28.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Bite Beauty Candied Maple (LE, $24.00) is brighter (90% similar). Illamasqua Maneater (P, $24.00) is brighter, more pigmented, less glossy (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chanel Pensive (162) Rouge Allure ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a light-medium, peachy brown with warm undertones and fine peach pearl. It had sheer coverage that applies unevenly and settles into lip lines right away. It lasted for two hours and was slightly drying. Tom Ford Beauty Bradley (P, $36.00) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Ex-Girlfriend (P, $18.00) is brighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty In the Buff (01) (LE, $55.00) is lighter, more pigmented, better quality (90% similar). NARS Redemption (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Maybelline Truffle Tease (930) (P, $7.49) is less shimmery, lighter, better quality (85% similar). Guerlain Gracieuse (DC, $58.00) is darker, more pigmented, warmer (85% similar). MAC In Lust (LE, $19.50) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Chanel Julia (404) (P, $37.00) is more shimmery, lighter, more pigmented (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

See more photos & swatches!

Chanel La Bouleversante (51) Rouge Allure Velvet
Chanel La Bouleversante (51) Rouge Allure Velvet

Chanel La Bouleversante (51) Rouge Allure Velvet
Chanel La Bouleversante (51) Rouge Allure Velvet

Chanel La Bouleversante (51) Rouge Allure Velvet
Chanel La Bouleversante (51) Rouge Allure Velvet

Chanel La Bouleversante (51) Rouge Allure Velvet
Chanel La Bouleversante (51) Rouge Allure Velvet

Chanel La Bouleversante (51) Rouge Allure Velvet
Chanel La Bouleversante (51) Rouge Allure Velvet

Chanel La Bouleversante (51) Rouge Allure Velvet
Chanel La Bouleversante (51) Rouge Allure Velvet

Chanel Pensive (162) Rouge Allure
Chanel Pensive (162) Rouge Allure

Chanel Pensive (162) Rouge Allure
Chanel Pensive (162) Rouge Allure

Chanel Pensive (162) Rouge Allure
Chanel Pensive (162) Rouge Allure

Chanel Pensive (162) Rouge Allure
Chanel Pensive (162) Rouge Allure

Chanel Pensive (162) Rouge Allure
Chanel Pensive (162) Rouge Allure

Chanel Pensive (162) Rouge Allure
Chanel Pensive (162) Rouge Allure

Where to Buy

Current Sales & Deals

  • Neiman Marcus
    • Free shipping + free returns every day, ends 12/31.
    • 15% off your first order when you sign up to receive Neiman Marcus emails, exclusions apply, ends 8/30.
    • Get 15% off your first order when you sign up for emails, ends 8/30.
  • NordstromCurrent gifts with purchases viewable here, ends 12/31.
  • SaksSign up (here) for Saks emails and get 10% off your first order, ends 12/31.
When you purchase through our links above, you help support Temptalia. Thank You!
We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

Makeup Look

On face:
  • Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able
  • Urban Decay Naked Loose Setting Powder
  • Chanel Alezane Blush

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.

Compare Any Two Swatches

Curious how two shades compare to each other? Type in the shades below to get instant side-by-side swatches!

We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

31 Comments

Comments that do not adhere to our comment policy may be removed. Discussion and debate are highly encouraged but we expect community members to participate respectfully. Please keep discussion on-topic, and if you have general feedback, a product review request, an off-topic question, or need technical support, please contact us!

Please help us streamline the comments' section and be more efficient: double-check the post above for more basic information like pricing, availability, and so on to make sure your question wasn't answered already. Comments alerting us to typos or small errors in the post are appreciated (!) but will typically be removed after errors are fixed (unless a response is needed).

We appreciate enthusiasm for new releases but ask readers to please hold questions regarding if/when a review will be posted as we can't commit to or guarantee product reviews. We don't want to set expectations and then disappoint readers as even products that are swatched don't always end up being reviewed due to time constraints and changes in priorities! Thank you for understanding!

Comments on this post are closed.
We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

It is a shame these lipsticks do not perform well. (At least it saves money!) By the way Christine, just to let you know, brands’ names did not show up next to colours of dupes for the past few posts.

Hi Yen.Lin!

This is a known error (noted in the original post) – we are working on it, but it won’t be fixed until Monday!

Bummer! I ordered La Bouleversante yesterday. Good thing I am like 5 min from Nordstrom because it looks like it will be going in for a return. Such a shame because it is a gorgeous color! 🙁

Do you normally like the Rouge Allure Velvet formula, Nicole? It’s very hit or miss for me! The original shades were bad, but the newer ones have been better in comparison. This was somewhere in-between, lol!

I only have 2 others-La Petillante and La Romanesque. ( I think that is the names or something like that, lol). I like those two. So, I don’t have a lot to compare to. I think you marked those pretty high though. I probably will try it before I return it. But, if you say it’s dry, I probably won’t like it. Dry-I don’t do well.

What a sad shame for La Bouleversante! That is really a beautiful shade of red…, I remember when Channel consistently had excellent, or at minimum, very good lipsticks.

One has to wonder what on Earth is going on with almost all the HE & even midrange brands lately….they all need to get it together!

I love Pensive in the bullet. To bad it translates to a sheer nothing. So glad I saw your review before purchasing. At $36- I expect much more.

The Rouge Allure Velvet is a lovely colour and really suits you Christine. But for the price and the rating it is not a winner.
The second colour is very bland – poorly pigmented. A shame.

Shame about Pensive, it looks really pretty. But I know from experience, a lot of pearly lipsticks can be a pain in the rear to work with.

I don’t have any lipsticks from Chanel other than Rouge Coco which I like and at first I want to purchase Pensive because it look so pretty in the tube but they’re too sheer (more like translucent ) a bit disappointed.Do you have any recommend lipsticks from Chanel?

La Bouleversante is such a pretty color. My lips are pigmented so it won’t look as bright on me. I can wear this color everyday because it would probably be warmer on my skin. Thanks Christine!

We try to approve comments within 24 hours (and reply to them within 72 hours) but can sometimes get behind and appreciate your patience! 🙂 If you have general feedback, product review requests, off-topic questions, or need technical support, please contact us directly. Thank you for your patience!