Friday, November 13, 2015

NEW IN: Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick (La Fascinante)

Back to back posts to make up for the lack of activity in this blog! ;A;

This isn't as 'new' as you think, since I got it around 2-3 months ago. Yes, this is some serious backlog, but I did want to form a bit of an opinion on it in case you guys are interested in the Rouge Allure Velvet line. After all, Chanel lipsticks are expensive. (_ _)

I got this from one of my great aunts when she visited a few months ago. She literally pulled it out from her bag and handed it to my mother, saying she could keep it. My mom isn't a fan of red lips (much less matte lipstick) which meant that it was mine for the taking!

The Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet line is, from what I understand, their matte lipstick range. It's definitely not the overly drying kind of matte akin to MAC's Ruby Woo. Instead, it drags less and feels a bit less moisture-draining, which I am a fan of! I can't stand getting dry, chapped lips because of lipstick formulations, so this lipstick is more than welcome.

I will say though, it is not a powder matte in terms of finish. There is a hint of shine visible, which makes you question if this is a matte at all. It's closer to a satin finish, which would be further amplified if you wore lip balm underneath the lipstick. I just wanted to give this disclaimer in case you were looking for a true matte lipstick in terms of finish.

The colour itself, La Fascinante, is a red with pinkish undertones, though this undertone would only be seen if the lipstick is applied sheerly or swatched beside other lipsticks. Its very, very pretty and I'm happy to own a red like this, as I've wanted a vintage red for a while!

Swatched with other reds for comparison
L-R: Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet (La Fascinante), Etude House Minnie Kissing Lips (1 Minnie Red) (LE), NARS Audacious Lipstick (Audrey), NARS Satin Lip Pencil (Mandore), Etude House Play 101 Pencil (21)
As for lasting power, I will say that this is one of the weaknesses of this particular lipstick formulation. If applied without blotting or powdering it down to make it last, it will easily adhere to cups or mugs when drinking, and will fade when eating. It is kind of disappointing considering that this lipstick is quite expensive. I wonder if Chanel will be reformulating this line soon like they did with the Rouge Coco's.

In the end, I would say that there are better vintage reds in better formulations out there! If I was not given this, I probably wouldn't have purchased it for myself, mainly because of the mediocre staying power. If you are a fan of Chanel lipsticks though and not fussy about lasting power, this would still be worth a swatch because of the pretty colour!

What about you guys - have you tried Chanel lipsticks before? Which ones are your favourites? Feel free to let me know below!

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