Honestly, I was more excited to try out my new Rouge Coco Shine in Boy–but because I knew many of you were probably more interested in the new-for-Fall release, the Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss Pure Shine Intense Colour Long Wear Lip Gloss in Troublant (whew!), I decided to post this review first. Ah, the things I do for you, dear readers :). Not that it was any huge grievance or anything–especially after I tried it…I am officially declaring my love for this gloss!
Released as part of the Les Essentiels de Chanel Collection for Fall 2012, Troublant is described as having a rose-brown hue. Really, I would call it more of a shimmery plummy/mauvey-rose with slight brownish tones. It is really and truly gorgeous. l so wanted to get my hands on Caprice, but I’ve made a new resolution to start trying new things and venturing out of my comfort zone. As I already own many glosses in variations of pink and peach, I decided to step out of the box and go with Troublant. I am so glad I did, too! So I guess it really does pay off to try new things every once in awhile–you never really know what you will find! Although I should have reached this conclusion a lot sooner…I did, of course, fall madly in love with Burberry’s Blueberry Lip Mist, though it was a shade I would normally never have looked twice at. Hey, I never said I was a fast learner.
Back to Troublant (the reason why you’re here in the first place)–the shade is simply stunning and it’s just one of those colors that will suit a variety of different skin tones. The shimmer in this is incredibly fine. It lends a subtle glimmery effect to the lips without being too obvious or garish. It’s sophisticated–that and the color of the gloss really make it a perfect pick for Fall…or anytime of the year, really! I personally don’t really abide by the rules of assigning certain “appropriate” colors with corresponding seasons. If I feel like wearing a bright turquoise pop of liner in the middle of December, then I’m going for it! This goes doubly for nail polish. I find that busting out a neon in the dead of winter really helps to perk my mood sometimes. I say: rules-schmules.
So let’s move on the to the easy stuff–packaging. The tube that houses the gloss is square, made of metal, and feels nice and weighty while the sleek black color lends to the overall luxe effect. I happen to like it, but some might find it a bit cumbersome, perhaps? Not that it’s that heavy, of course–though it might come in handy if you suddenly found yourself in a situation where you had to hit someone over the head with your purse…it would help make it more weighty?? Just sayin’…The wand is also of excellent quality. It’s a doe-foot applicator, but is beveled so that both sides are flat and slope to a point–really helpful when you want to precisely apply the gloss along the vermillion border–no liner necessary!! I do know some people may not like this take on the traditional doe-foot though–so if the applicator is really that important to you, be sure to check it out in-stores prior to purchase. I also find that the mouth of the tube is really effective at de-gunking the wand. I like that a lot–I can’t stand when you whip out your gloss for a touch-up and are met with a super product-saturated, goopy wand. The wand is semi-flexible and feels very comfortable and conforms nicely to the curves of the lip.
This (along with the aforementioned Rouge Coco Shine in Boy) was my first Chanel lip purchase and I was really quite pleased with the formula and texture of the gloss. It goes on so, so smoothly and has a medium, non-sticky texture. It feels super nice on the lips–very comfortable. I wouldn’t say it’s hydrating exactly, but it does leave my lips in pretty decent shape after it’s worn off (read: not shriveled and dry–just kind of plump and semi-moist). It’s also nicely pigmented–it gives the lips an obvious hit of color without being too heavy or opaque. I believe this particular gloss/formula was introduced in 2010 and is described by Chanel thusly:
“Bold colour combines with the smoothest, silkiest gel texture for luxurious wear and deeply dramatic effect. Lips feel comfortable – never sticky or tacky – and look luminous, full and sensuous for hours.”
I wouldn’t have thought to describe the formula as being a gel, but it’s so smooth and silky that I can believe it! I guess I wouldn’t call it creamy…it’s just so smooth and plush. It stays very well on my lips without settling into lines or bleeding all over the place. Like their blushes (and most of their other products, I imagine), this does have a slight hint of rose scent to it. It’s nowhere near as heavy as, say, Burberry’s lip products–I honestly barely even notice it while I’m applying it, much less once it’s been on my lips for any length of time. I think it’s a nice touch to add a scent when it’s only a faint whiff you get–anything heavier is so unnecessary.
Troublant ended up wearing for a very nice whopping 5 hours on my lips before fading noticeably (it was still on my lips, but very, very slight). It remained very plush and comfortable the whole time–I really can’t say enough good things about the formula. I’d like to point out that it also faded evenly and left a hint of shimmer and mauvey-tint to my lips. The shine was with me all the way up until hour 4, when it began to lessen a bit. All in all, can you say most incredible lip gloss ever?!?—>(fighting words, I know! :P) I also like that it’s so versatile. It can be layered on for a nice, sultry, slightly vampy lip or it can be paired down to go with an amazing smoky eye. It’s also versatile in color–I can’t think of anyone this wouldn’t look good on! Overall, I am so happy with my first Chanel lip product and I can’t wait to get my hands on more (Caprice, maybe you will be mine after all)!! Remember, this is a limited-edition shade, so if you’re interested, pounce now! That way you have plenty of time to fall in love and get your hands on a few back-ups :D.
Pros: lovely smooth texture; perfect pigmentation (in my opinion); wear time is amazing for a gloss–even more amazing is how great it felt on my lips the entire time; color is super pretty and flattering for all skin tones; neutral enough to go with many looks–can be the star of the look or paired down, depending on how you apply it
Cons: a bit pricey for a gloss (it’s certainly the most I’ve ever paid for a lip product, but that’s because I prefer to spend my money on more “important” things–like blush!!! :P); the applicator is great in my opinion but may be a deal-breaker for others; the gloss is scented, though I think it’s so faint it will hardly be offending unless you are really sensitive–we’re talking bloodhound sensitive
»»Pricing: $32/0.28 oz. (8 g.) (which is actually a lot more product than some other glosses will give you)
»»Recommended for: anyone looking for a great, super wearable slightly vampy gloss that’s great year-round!
»»Overall Rating: A
So, will you be checking this, or any other item from Chanel’s Fall 2012 line, out?? And who’s with me on the Fleur de Lotus collection?!? I am ALL over that blush!