All Photos Courtesy of Me.
Oh, how I love my Chanel lip products! I fell in love with Glossimers last Spring, I can't live without Rouge Coco lipsticks, and the Rouge Allure Laque Luminous Satin Lip Lacquers are no exception to the rule. Sit me at the Chanel counter and start swatching lip products on me, and you basically have a slave at your disposal. My Chanel SA's have figured this out, and they exploit it relentlessly, by the way. They're merciless. I have to skirt around the far side of the cosmetics department at Macy's now purely in self-defense.
So anyway, the Rouge Allure Laques were not exactly a tough sell. They are unlike any other lip product I've tried. Not a lipstick, yet definitely not merely a gloss, Lacques combine the best of both worlds. Described as a liquid lip lacquer, Rouge Allure Laque lipsticks are just that: a beautiful, liquid lipstick that literally applies like a lacquer to your lips, staying glossy for hours. Highly pigmented for brilliant color payoff, these lipsticks stay on for hours and moisturize continuously. Applied with a doe foot applicator, they are remarkably easy to wear and come in a range of 8 shades, from the most subtle neutral to the daringly famous Dragon Red.
When I was choosing my Rouge Allure Laques, I was terribly tempted to buy the Dragon. Anyone who reads beauty blogs with any regularity has heard of this acclaimed color. Plus, who doesn't want to literally be the Dragon Lady? Seriously? However, since I already have a dozen red lipsticks, I decided to go a bit more low-key (for me) and opt for more the more neutral but still beautiful #78 Phoenix and #79 Mandarin.
Phoenix is a raspberry pink with extremely subtle shimmer; the shimmer is not enough to show on the lips, but is enough to add some depth to the color and to keep it from being a straight creme formula. On me, it brightens up considerably from the color in the tube, probably due to my extremely pale lips. On my friends with darker lips, it becomes a deep raspberry. The pigmentation is excellent, and the color is strong without being overwhelming. It's a beautiful color, capable of brightening up my face without calling undue attention to itself.
Mandarin is a deep coral with a hint of brown. It's a very neutral coral, if there is such a thing. It has a hint of shimmer to it, but not enough to be overtly noticeable. Again, the shimmer is there to add depth to the color.
I love both of these colors and use them on a near-daily basis, especially during Spring and Summer. The formula is so outstanding and does such a great job of keeping my lips hydrated, yet it's so light I forget I even have it on. The finish is amazing...the gloss lasts for hours, and only towards the very end of the Laque's wear time does it finally dry down to a more matte appearance. Even when it becomes more matte in appearance, the hydrating properties remain.
As Fall approaches, I plan to purchase more shades of this outstanding lipstick. I only hope they come out with some more shades. However, in the meantime, I see a Dragon in my future...