Chanel recently updated its Rouge Allure formula and the only reason I knew was because they put up signs at their counters saying so. I was initially prepared to skip the collection, but after I swatched Notorious the Chanel SA asked if I would like to try anything and my eyes locked on to Rouge Noir #109. If you recall, I've been searching for a perfect vamp for over two months and haven't made any progress, so I swiped it on my lips.
There's an idiom in Chinese about looking for something you really want to no avail, only to find it without effort. That was basically how I felt.
The new Rouge Allures sport the same packaging as the old ones, with its click-to-open mechanism and sleek black frame. The new formula is supposed to be more moisturizing and more intensely pigmented, but since my only acquisition is a vampy shade, I don't know if the pigmentation claim is true.
On a side note, I recently rediscovered my love for the Guerlain 2 Place Vendome Eyeshadow Palette. I initially stopped using it because I could never make it look flattering on me, but I later realized it's because I kept trying to use all six colors at once. For the look in this post, I applied the lightest shade below the brows and inner corners to highlight, the leftmost shade all over the lid, the bottom shade on the crease, and the rightmost shade as liner.
Sweater is from Club Monaco, purchased a year ago
All in all, I'm pleased with my purchase. Rouge Noir applies evenly provided you don't have dry lips (lip balm is your best friend!), and it's so pigmented that one swipe is all you need. When I tested it, the lipstick lasted at least five hours, only slightly losing its sheen throughout. I removed it at the five hour mark because it was the end of the day, but with this color I'm pretty sure it could hold on much longer.
Ingredient list for those who need it:
Chanel Rouge Allure Rouge Noir #109 retails for $34 and is available at Chanel.com, Nordstrom, and Neiman Marcus. I purchased mine from Saks Fifth Avenue New York.
Products used in this post:
· Skin: Le Métier de Beauté Peau Vierge #2 mixed with Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base, RMS Beauty "Un" Cover-Up #22, RMS Beauty Living Luminizer
· Cheeks: Chanel Notorious Blush, Benefit Dandelion Blush
· Lips: Chanel Rouge Allure Rouge Noir #109, lined with Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil #13C
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