Chanel Le Rouge Collection No 1
I was so taken by this collection when I first started seeing preview pics on Instagram. At first, it didn't strike me as particularly unique especially following palettes like ABH's Modern Renaissance and Lorac's Pro 3 Palette with reds and warm browns taking center stage. But those are only eyeshadows. And it was satisfying to see an entire collection dedicated to the warm trend, from the vision of a seasoned makeup artist like Lucia Pica.
As the name of this blog would suggest, I'm in my 40's. I love makeup, and I love buying and experimenting with new products and trends. But, there are so many things vying for my attention - YouTube channels to watch, Instagram posts to keep up with, blog posts to read - that without a comprehensive yet simple collection like this one, sometimes I get overwhelmed and don't know what to pair with what and fear I'll end up like a 40 year old trying to look like a 20 year old. There's nothing more unattractive. And I'm not saying to not experiment, or don't express yourself. But there's a fine line between artistic, personal expression and having fun, and desperation.
This collection strikes the right note for me. It has that red accent, but keeps the rest of the colors warm and muted. It's very sexy, very sophisticated and very striking. It's more daring, than loud. And because the red alone takes center stage, it makes it more meaningful. Everything else supports the red and focuses the collection and I love that. I love that it does all the thinking for me.
As for the quality of the products, there are a few that I love and a few things I think Chanel could have done a little better.
Starting with the lipsticks, I purchased the Rouge Allure in Ingenue and Rouge Allure Velvet in Rouge Audace (limited edition). First, let me comment on the packaging. I love the click, pop-up removal of the lipstick from its cap. But I'm disorganized and the name of the lipsticks are on the caps, not the lipstick tube. So I've easily mixed up caps with colors and it's annoying.
As for the colors and quality of the lipsticks, I have absolutely no complaints. I prefer the Rouge Allure vs the Velvet more. I like creamy, moisturizing formulas and the Velvet is a matte finish making it a bit more drying. I preferred putting on the Velvet formula with a brush, layering on 4-5 light layers vs. applying 1-2 thick coats straight from the tube. It clung to my the drier skin on my lips - my fault, not the lipstick's. Both have a slight floral fragrance which is light and fades quickly.
Speaking of fragrance, the blush in this collection - Rouge Profond 320 - is extremely fragranced. It does fade after application, but my entire package smelled of the scent when I opened it. I like the scent, thankfully, but it really doesn't need to be so strong. As for the color, it is matte with no shimmer, and the color is intense. I was a little nervous I'd look like a clown with such a RED on my cheeks, but it really suited the rest of the look, especially the darker lip. I'm surprised how much I like the color. It's warm, deep and really imitates a flush from within.
The two Illusion D'Ombre colors are limited edition. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Rouge Brule 128 color. It's a copper with an amazing satin metallic shine. I added it to the center of my lid, on top of the powder shadows and it stayed all day. It gave just the right amount of accent and highlight to my eyes. The other color, Rouge Contraste 132, is matte and a dark brown. I used it to smudge on the outer corner of my eye and it immediately makes it smokey and intense. It's something you could use to instantly turn your look into a night-out look.
As for the Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Palette in Candeur Et Experience 268, I love the shades. The browns show off the red undertone once applied. And the red tone is just perfect to me. Almost clay-like in tone, warmer than terracotta, but not too warm where it looks orange at all, it adds warmth to the whole face without attracting all the attention. My only complaint is that the darkest brown shade in the palette is not as creamy as the lighter browns and applies a little patchy. The red shade falls between the dark brown and the lighter browns in texture. Not quite as creamy as the lighter browns, feels a bit stiff like the dark brown, but doesn't apply as patchy.
All in all, I'm so happy with this collection. I've been wearing the eyeshadows quite a bit and can't wait until the Fall season when it will really shine.