Chanel L’Impatiente Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

Chanel L'Impatiente Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick
Chanel L’Impatiente Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick

Chanel L’Impatiente Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “deep red-black.” It’s a darkened berry-red with semi-opaque color coverage. There seemed to be a very faint shimmer in it, too.  It’s definitely a lot lighter than what it looks like in the tube. MAC Approaching Storm is browner, less berry. MAC Hang Up is similar, just glossier. MAC What Joy is redder. MAC Endless Drama is darker. Guerlain Gigolo is redder. MAC Musky Amethyst is more subdued. NYX Violet Ray is redder.

The formula is described as “non-drying” and “matte” with “intensely rich colour.” It’s been awhile since I’ve worn a shade from this range, because after trying a few, these just didn’t work on my lips, as they were incredibly drying and caused my lips to bleed after continuous usage. I wore L’Impatiente last week, and it wore well for about five and a half hours, and then tolerably for another three hours. After eight hours, a lot of the color had flaked away and it was a bit uneven looking overall. I still found this rather drying, though it did not seem quite as drying as some of the original shades I have tried in the past.

I know some readers really love this formula, so it may still be worth trying for yourself to see how your lips react. This shade isn’t as pigmented as the other shades in the range. It wears for several hours, and it glided on without pulling or tugging before it settles into a semi-matte finish.

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Chanel L'Impatiente Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick
Chanel L’Impatiente Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick

Chanel L'Impatiente Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick
Chanel L’Impatiente Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick

Chanel L'Impatiente Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick
Chanel L’Impatiente Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick

Chanel L'Impatiente Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick
Chanel L’Impatiente Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick

Chanel L'Impatiente Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick
Chanel L’Impatiente Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick

Chanel L'Impatiente Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick
Chanel L’Impatiente Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick

Chanel L'Impatiente Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick
Chanel L’Impatiente Rouge Allure Velvet 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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I hoped it would be closer to Black Orcind by Tom Ford – desperately in need for a dupe of that shade as they don’t sell Tom Ford here!

Try Dior’s hypnotic red! It’s really similar to black orchid! I’ve got both of them and when I swatch them I can’t even differenciate them ^^’ … (But I still prefer black orchid because it’s more comfortable to wear, at least for me. But sure it’s hard to find it… Where I live you can’t find Tom Ford products either :(…)

I might be alone in this, but I was actually hoping that this would be the super-dark, near-matte shade that it looked like in the tube. I’m less enthused for it now, which is perhaps good, since your review made me want the shadow quad.

You are definitely not alone! When I saw the product photo, I got really excited, but alas, the swatches told a different story. I find so many shades like this look amazing in the tube, but they end up applying so differently. I’m desperately hoping NARS would re-release Times Square…

This reminds me of Revlon’s Red Velvet lip butter. I love dark berry-reds as it’s my version of vampy (can’t pull off near-black colors).

Christine you are lovely for swatching a product that actually dries out and injures your lips. Strangely, this formula doesn´t hurt my lips at all, it´s actually even a little moisturizing, and on my pale lips everything pretty much looks the same as in the tube lol, be it from Mac, Dior, Guerlain or Chanel :p

I tried my first Rouge Allure Velvet with La Provocante (The dark plum vampy color) .

When I first put it on, it feels light and nice. Although I have to exfoliate or hydrate my lips with a lip balm for a bit , wipe that off and then apply the lipstick… So I don’t get a lot of the color deposited into the dry skin or cracks of my lips.

It still does not apply evenly.

I am disappointed to see this color as well having the same problems. I was kinda interested in it.

Not anymore.

As far as dark colors (because I haven’t tried the lighter ones in this formula) is concerned this lipstick is a terrible matte lipstick. It highlights all your lips imperfections and does not apply evenly at all.

I will stick with Rouge Allure’s and Rouge Coco .

If you want a more “Matte” Chanel lipstick I recommend Rouge Coco’s over Rouge Allure Velvet lipsticks.

I own two of these and I don’t use them very much–they were both special edition colors and I’m not sure I like the colors very much, to be honest. But I love, love, love the packaging. I’m more tempted now than I was before I saw the swatches, but I still think it’s too vampy for me to pull off with confidence. (For reference, I own La Distinguee, the online exclusive – it’s pretty much my actual lip color – and L’Infidele, from FNO.)

How would you say this compares to black orchid by Tom ford, as already have it(mega spluge) and unsure weather I need two pricey lipsticks if one does the job of both. By the way thanks for all you do, it’s a pleasure reading your blog and keep up the wonderful work. 🙂

Avon has launched in Brazil a line of matte lipsticks, matte wine, is very similar to that of the same Chanel! Is an awesome replacement! Lipstick that will take a long time to get here, meanwhile, will using the same Avon!

I am in total agreement with you, Christine, about this formula being very drying on your lips. I can’t wear it for that reason. Although I love the colors I’ll skip this product. Thanks for the honest review!

You are right, this lipstick is very dry, I have tried other rouge allure velvet and had been just great.

About the colour not been dark enough, you need to keep in mind not just the tube and description when buying something, but also the type of target the brand goes for. 
Chanel has always been for classy middle age ladies who were a little conservative, they have tried to get younger costumers not too long ago but still, if you want a super vampy dark lipstick Chanel is not the brand to find it, not because it’s bad, because that is not the brand’s target and that applies to all brands.

I just ordered this from Chanel.com — have never tried this formula, so am going to give it a chance, since I am IN LOVE with this color. Will follow up with what I think after I receive and try.

I picked it up and I have to say I it’s not as drying on me as it seems to be for you. It’s a beautiful color and I’m so glad I got it!

I just got this one as well. I personally LOVE it. I use a dark chanel lip liner underneath and it’s much, much darker on me than it is on you (like the color of it in the tube).

I just bought this over the weekend, and on me it appears a lot darker, like it does in the tube. However, I like this shade – it’s not too draining or ‘vampy’ and it makes a change from all the usual autumnal colours out there. One Word Of Caution: Make sure your lips are smooth and exfoliated before applying, as it does show up any dry bits BIG TIME, making them look darker and streakier.

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