Hooray! The Chanel counter at Neiman Marcus Boston came through and I was able to get swatches of the new Chanel Rouge Allure Velvets. I took these after I got home so I probably smeared half of it on the inside of my coat. Picture more vibrancy to the colors below for accuracy.
Clockwise: 40, 41, 34, 39, 32, 37, 38, 36
Here's what the numbers correspond to:
32 - La Ravissante
34 - La Raffinée
36 - La Caline
37 - L'Exuberante
38 - La Fascinante
39 - La Somptueuse
40 - La Sensuelle
41 - L'Exquise
My fleeting impressions after wearing La Caline for an hour (do note that these are first thoughts based on brief experience and are subject to change):
- Formula is smooth. Does not tug during application - a novelty when it comes to matte formulas.
- It is not moisturizing, but I don't think it's necessarily drying. When I applied La Caline my bottom lip was chapped, and the lipstick picked up on the dryness and emphasized it. But my top lip was fine and the lipstick looks a-okay on it. This is a potentially high maintenance lipstick because you'll have to exfoliate beforehand.
- Very pigmented.
- Doesn't seem to be completely matte. There is the slightest sheen/glistening when you apply the lipstick. An hour in, that glistening has faded somewhat. The lipstick settles to a very very natural-looking finish (after all, our lips are naturally matte).
Quick update: Rae from The RAEviewer posted a review of La Ravissante and it looks ravishing on her. Take a peek at her post to see how the Rouge Allure Velvets perform in action.
Released in conjunction with the new lipsticks are three new limited edition nail colors and one limited edition matte top coat. The nail colors are a red-fuchsia Pirate, fuchsia Rose Exubérant, and rose beige Rose Caché. I was unimpressed by Pirate till I placed the Mat Top Coat over it, where the color deepened into what we see in the promo ad. I purchased all four of these polishes and will review it in full soon.
The photos below are terrible, but I hope it gives you at least some inkling of how the polishes look.
L-R: Pirate (layered with Mat Top Coat), Rose Exubérant
As mentioned yesterday, the Rouge Allure Velvet lipsticks ($32 each) and new nail polishes ($25 each) are already available on the Chanel website. I purchased mine from Neiman Marcus Boston. It should arrive at all other Chanel counters soon, if not already. What do you think? Will you be picking any of these up?