|Rimmel Lipstick in One of a Kind, Chanel Rouge Allure|
Laque in Stunt (Soho Collection)
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As my nails are currently bare I'm doing the penultimate Dark Side post, as the rate I'm going it will be Spring/Summer before I finish! Today's features two brands at opposite ends of the scale, Rimmel and Chanel. The Rimmel lipstick is a lasting finish in 'One of a Kind', No.80 and the Chanel is Rouge Allure Laque in Stunt, from the Soho Collection that was released in the US.
I'll start with the Chanel and admit that I was disappointed with it. The product I adore, but the shade was not quite what I expected. This was my first try of the Rouge Allure Laque formula and I'm impressed. I don't like gloss because it doesn't give the depth of colour that I like so this was ideal for me and I can't believe I didn't discover it sooner. The problem is that I expected the shade to be a mauve/pink, like Nars Sex Machine and in reality, it has a lot more brown in it. I really dislike brown on my lips, reminds me of the first lipstick I ever wore, a hideous, drying brown that I got free with a magazine in the 1990s. I never want to revisit that look!
The other thing that has rather clouded my view of this product is the cost. It was only available in America so I ended up having to purchase it on eBay as in the UK we can't order online from Chanel. I had to pay more than the usual cost price but accepted that as I really wanted this particular shade and it was limited edition. However, what I didn't expect was to get stung by customs. The actual customs charge was not that much, probably about £1.50, but what adds up is the handling fee they charge, around £10. All in all this lipstick is now the most expensive I own and I don't really like the colour. A bad experience all round but hopefully it will teach me never to be so stupid again.
|Swatches left to right: Rimmel One of a Kind, Chanel Rouge Allure laque in Stunt|
Given it's low price, the texture is surprisingly good. Even though it is long lasting, it isn't drying. When compared to the likes of Dior, Chanel and Tom Ford, it is obvious by the feel on the lips which are the more expensive, but the Rimmel is by no means uncomfortable. If you weren't directly comparing I think most people would be more than satisfied with One of a Kind and if I tried it blind, I would put it more around the MAC/Nars price point. If you aren't too sure about a darker lip, this might be the ideal lipstick to test the water. I don't usually buy cheaper makeup brands because I prefer to have less items of higher quality that I really like, but this lipstick has really made me re-evaluate this strategy.
Does anyone have any favourite shades in the Chanel Rouge Allure laque (I'm thinking of trying another one that is not remotely brown) they would recommend or any other cheaper beauty buys that perform just as well as their more expensive counterparts?