Sunday, 13 March 2011

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine - Swatches and Review

I was beyond delighted when I stumbled by accident accross these new Chanel delights on Friday as I thought they weren't released until the end of this month. If you've read my previous post, you will know that I thought Chantecaille's Lip Chics were my Holy Grail as far as lip products go, but now I might have to revise that opinion.

I have never been a big fan of the Chanel Coco Rouge Lipsticks, I own a couple and they are nice, but I'm not exactly blown away by them, so I was expecting to be disappointed with the new formula, especially as they are smaller than the original Coco Rouge Lipsticks. In fact, I couldn't have been happier! They apply like a dream to the lips, in almost balm like fashion, are softer than the Chantecaille Lip Chics, and for the first time ever, I look like I have smooth, hydrated lips.

A Chanel Coco Rouge Lipstick next to a Chanel Coco Rouge Shine
The colour selection is impressive and I'll admit I was overwhelmed when it came to choosing a couple to buy as when swatched in store they can look very similar. The difference in shades with the Chantecaille Lip Chics is easier to spot. In the end I went for my usual my lips but better colour, Bonheur, and something outside my comfort zone, a vivid orange called Sari D'eau. In the bullet picture, Bonheur looks scarily dark. It's not, it is just the lighting conditions. I am wearing it now and it is the perfect neutral rose colour. Many brands call something rose when it has a lot of brown in it, to my eye Bonheur has no brown, always a big plus in my book. I completely adore this shade!

Left to right: Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Bonheur, Chanel Coco Rouge Shine in Sari D'eau

Left to right: Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Bonheur, Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Sari D'eau
Chanel are giving away a small sampler of 4 of the Rouge Coco Shine colours and this is a great way to try them out before committing to a full size. I received one with my purchase so here are the colours and swatches:

Swatches left to right: Monte-Carlo, Boy, Liberte, Aventure
The above photos were all taken in artificial light and it has really washed out the colours. Aventure is a rose pink, Liberte is a light orange, Boy is mauve and Monte-Carlo is a cherry red. Tomorrow I will try and retake the photos in daylight but for now, below is a picture of Boy applied in the context of my whole face in daylight. I had spent the afternoon playing around with some Rouge Bunny Rouge and Ellis Faas products so the application is a little haphazard. Hopefully it shows how the colour works on my lips and the smoothness it gives.

The pictures above are not intended to be a face of the day or anything, and I can see my lack of blending, but in case you are itnerested, here are some of the products I used (my memory isn't great!):
  • Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in Beige Pastel
  • By Terry Touche Veloutee Concealer in 1
  • Rouge Bunny Rouge Blush in Delicata
  • Le Metier de Beaute Kaleidscope Eye Kit in Devotion
  • Ellis Faas Eye Lights in 305
  • Le Metier de Beaute Amamorphic Mascara in Aubergine
  • Le Metier de Beaute Dualistic Eye Pencil in Champagne
  • Nars Illuminator in Orgasm
  • Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy
  • Laura Mercier Oil Free Primer
  • Le Metier de Beaute Eyebrow Pencil in Natural Blonde
I would highly recommend the new Rouge Coco Shines to anyone and everyone as for me, they are like wearing a lip balm, but more sophisticated. I also don't get the messiness I get from tinted Lanolips. I cannot wait to pick up some more shades and although expensive at £22, they are cheaper than my previous Chantecaille favourite, so I'm happy!

Has anyone else tried the new Rouge Coco Shines yet?


  1. Oooh these do look lovely. I have a Rouge Coco similar to your Sari Deau except my Coco is called Sari Dore and I love it! Anyway, will have to check these out if you rate them so highly! Boy looks lovely on you. x

  2. I'm interested to have a look at these. I was interested in Boy after Cafe Makeup's posts about it and it looks lovely on you. I really like the makeup you're wearing in the full face pictures pictures and it's enjoyable reading the list of what you were wearing :D

    I'm already plotting a shopping trip to look at these and the YSL Pure Chromatics palettes!
    Jane x

  3. These are not available in the US yet (I missed the mini release over Vday), these pictures make me excited for April! The swatches look great!

  4. These are not available yet in the US (I missed the mini release over Valentine's Day). These swatches make me look forward to April, once they are released! They all look very pretty.

  5. You have the most amazing cheekbones! Will have a look at these when l next pop into HoF xx

  6. Now I'm really tempted to get one of the Rouge Coco Shines, I wonder when we'll get them here. The plummy eye shadows look beautiful on you! Oh, and I've been loving the LMdB mascara lately - which is not really good as I could only order it from the US now. x Klara

  7. Really pretty shades, think I might go for Bonheur and Boy next. I have to say I love your full face look, I was umming and ahhing about the Nars Illuminator in Orgasm but will have to get it after seeing how it looks on you x

  8. Boy looks gorgeous on you. I love the texture of these babies but wish they would last a bit longer.