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The Chanel Rouge Allure lipstick range has recently been reformulated and I just wanted to update everyone with a quick post of swatches, since they are apparently scarce at the moment! You can purchase them through Nordstrom HERE. And no, that is not an affiliate link. Swatches after the jump :)
The new Luminous Intense formula did not stray too far from the original Luminous formula. My Chanel Sales Associate informed me the new formula was infused with a couple more oils, but I do not find the new Intense formula particularly more hydrating. In fact, I would have appreciated a touch more moisture at first swipe. The lipstick is, nonetheless, still long lasting and very comfortable to wear, no excess peeling after the color dries down. I recommend you exfoliate your lips before wearing this formula, as the smooth canvas will help the color adhere better and possibly deliver some more of that advertised hydration. When my lips are in primed condition, I find that the color lasts on average of 5 to 6 hours on my lips. And that is with drinking throughout the day!
Pimpante featured with Volupte Glossimer on my Instagram.. my new favorite peach lip combo!
At the moment, I am having a love affair with one of the three that I purchased, 90 Pimpante. It is a soft peach, not too pale and not too orange. I had been looking for a more affordable alternative to my favorite peach Cle de Peau lipstick and Pimpante is very similar! Not that $34 is considered affordable, but it is indeed cheaper than CdP. But going back to the new Luminous Intense lipstick, my SA commented that Chanel engineers had redesigned the packaging for the 'click' of the lipstick bullet to not kink. It should be a smooth run of the bullet into the black case every time! Besides the packaging and the addition of the oils to formula, what else is different? It's the color range. The colors are meant to be more 'intense' and pack a punch that the old range of colors could not measure up to!
But I truly believe, as much as I have been enjoying these lipsticks, that unless you're a Chanel fan or unless you fall in love with a specific color, you will likely not find this lipstick worth $34 + tax. I would rather buy a Rouge D'Armani at $30 + tax because the RDA formula is just as luxurious. But I found all the new Chanel Luminous Intense shades very appealing and hence, I walked away with three.
NEW Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lipstick Swatches
95 and 96 are brighter and darker than pictured above!
Here are all 16 shades are broken down by color family, according to Chanel's pamphlet:
--89 GRACILE pink beige
--108 DETERMINEE violine brown
--109 ROUGE NOIR black red
--90 PIMPANTE soft peach
--95 ENJOUEE pink coral
--96 EXCENTRIQUE intense apricot
--91 SEDUISANTE soft pink
--92 SECRETE rosewood
--93 EXALTEE intense fuchsia
--94 EXTATIQUE blue intense pink [I am missing a swatch of this color, sorry!]
--97 INCANDESCENTE fire red
--98 COROMANDEL orange red
--99 PIRATE intense blue red
--102 PALPITANTE raspberry red
--104 PASSION intense red
--105 INIMITABLE intense pearly red
Some of the reds look pretty similar on the back of my hand when they are swatched next to each other, but they look clearly different when applied to the lips. My Chanel SA was wearing Passion and it appeared to be a neutral, comfortably matte and truly intense (not too bright) shade of red. Palpitante is one of the three I purchased, and the raspberry in the shade is quite apparent. I wanted to purchase a red that was different from what I already had in my collection; the raspberry hint was just what I needed. The last one I purchased was Gracile. Most people might dismiss it as another nude, but it actually is a nude that I can wear without washing out my complexion! My summer tan is still in the process of fading, so most nudes in my collection still look ghastly on me. Gracile is only a touch beige on me, more pink and neutral without being stark. I love it! It looks great layered when paired with any Glossimer!
Edit: Color update - Paliptante is definitely the best applying of the three I applied. It is perfectly hydrating, no shimmer but with a slightly glossy finish, completely opaque in three swipes.. definitely worth the $34! I love how the raspberry base is apparent against my coloring. Gracile has a touch of shimmer, a very nice nude that is not too pink or beige, but I wish it were a touch more hydrating because lighter colors tend to accentuate lip lines. Just smooth them out with a finger or lip brush, even top with a gloss! As much as I love Pimpante, it is the most shimmery of the three I purchased. The shimmers are micro-sized, so it does not cause my lips to peel. But this one is probably the least hydrating of the three. I much prefer wearing this topped with my Volupte Glossimer for moisture. Hope you found these color tidbits helpful!
Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense watches in full sunlight!
Bottom Line: I am very happy with my new lipsticks and I love the colors that I chose. I was not happy with having to dish out $34 + tax for each of them, but I am sure I will get a lot of use out of them. I recommend you check them out at a counter first. At this price point, you should be in love with the color you choose to purchase!