The Sample: NEW Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in 68 Troublant (Review, Swatches & Photos)

16 Jul

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.

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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)

»»Availability: Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus,, and Chanel counters

»»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! :D

52 Responses to “The Sample: NEW Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in 68 Troublant (Review, Swatches & Photos)”

  1. Larie July 17, 2012 at 1:50 am #

    I haven’t decided whether I want to buy this yet or not. It’s such a fabulous color, and I’m with you on ignoring the seasonal rules. They kind of shape what I look for, sometimes, and the weather certainly does affect my choice of product, but I usually also end up wearing whatever I want. So if I want to wear black polish in the summer, it’s in!

    • becca July 17, 2012 at 1:53 am #

      Oooh Larie–you just have to! Have you tried any other shades from the Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss range? I mean, the formula is seriously to-die-for. Best gloss, hands down, I’ve personally ever tried. And the color is so so lovely–it just works with EVERYTHING!

      And yes, you’re right–the fact that there are certain colors that are available in seasonal collections certainly does effect my decisions when I’m purchasing something, but I will wear anything I want from my collection any time I want. Make up is so fun–no rules!!! :D

  2. Tracy@Beauty Reflections July 17, 2012 at 2:55 am #

    I’m still not sure if I want this or not! It is lovely for sure, and I do love this formula. But I am having serious burgundy wine lemmings over here! In the middle of summer of course too. :)

    • becca July 17, 2012 at 3:40 am #

      Haha I don’t think it matters what the season, a burgundy wine would look LOVELY on you–especially with your coloring and hair! But then….so would Troublant. I LOVE this gloss–the shade, the formula, the packing, everything is perfection. At least swatch it. I know you’ll fall in love :)

  3. Sunny July 17, 2012 at 5:40 am #

    Becca! Thanks for the amazing pictures! The amazing shimmer is what makes me want this gloss now xx

    • becca July 17, 2012 at 8:11 am #

      I tried SO hard to capture the beautiful effect, Sunny–but, if you can believe it, it’s even more gorgeous in person! TRY IT! You won’t be sorry (and I think it would look amazing with your hair and coloring!)

  4. dani@callitbeauty July 17, 2012 at 7:16 am #

    HOLY PRETTY, BATMAN! I can’t stop staring at those swatches. I’ll have to try it on first to see if it’s something I would wear (I normally really dislike browns), but it definitely looks like a stunner from your swatches. :)

    • becca July 17, 2012 at 8:13 am #

      lol yes this one is definitely a looker alright. Is it coming across on your screen as really brown, Dani? It just barely hints at brown and really is a lovely plummy-rose. I think it would look fantastic on you with your fair complexion and dark hair (and perfect skin…grrrr! :P) Definitely do try it!

  5. Kai July 17, 2012 at 10:08 am #

    okay your pictures make me wanna get this.
    okay I’m getting it.

    thanks : )

    • becca July 17, 2012 at 8:13 pm #

      You welcome. ;)

      LOL, you definitely have to let me know how you like it. It’s seriously amazing stuff!

  6. Toya July 17, 2012 at 3:35 pm #

    I third the comment from Larie and Tracy about being unsure about this – mainly because sometimes shades like this that look so lovely on others make me look horrid. Everyone seems to love it so I feel like I SHOULD want it, but your swatches are the first to REALLY entice me – you really made it look lovely Becca, wow! I love the larger swatch you did, thanks!

    • becca July 17, 2012 at 8:15 pm #

      Aw I really hope it was helpful Toya. (it had BETTER be!!! I almost cried at the amount of lip gloss I used on my arm for swatches :P)

      I know some are unsure about this one, and I definitely was prior to purchasing too. I don’t usually go for these kinds of colors. But I find that there is the perfect amount of plum vs. pink and it’s SO so lovely–really can stand out or look natural. You have to let me know what you decide!

  7. xiao July 17, 2012 at 4:43 pm #

    :D It looks even better swatched on you!

    • becca July 17, 2012 at 8:16 pm #

      Lol no way Xiao. It looks GORGEOUS on you first of all–and I haven’t even worked up the nerve to post lip swatches yet! :P

  8. Alison July 17, 2012 at 5:30 pm #

    I don’t think I’m much of a rules schmules type of person, but then I don’t think I ever paid much mind to seasonal trends. I never considered that kind of thing important as I much prefer classic, timeless things to things that change within the year, rather quickly. I did have a think about it, though, and it actually makes SENSE to me that we’d reach for certain products in certain seasons. When you rug up for Winter and you’re in your lovely dark coat and scarf, you probably don’t want lip gloss sticking to your face. At the beach when its hot, gloss is a much better option, as are lighter coverage/tinted moisturisers and lighter, brighter colours – as they sort of match the mood. In Winter, the light isn’t as bright, we sweat less (Meaning we can worry less about full makeup just disintegrating) and we tend to reach for richer colours to sort of warm us up, like Christmas sorts of colours, which I personally love to do. Its organic and it makes sense: Though its certainly not iron-clad, I think I intuitively do that kind of thing anyway. If I see Autumn leaves I tend to be inspired by Autumny colours!

    Thanks for your review! I like the idea of hitting someone in the head with a purse with a purse with this gloss in it, so maybe I should get it. :P

    • becca July 17, 2012 at 8:21 pm #

      That’s a very good point Alison–I definitely do get inspired by seasonal colors as well, and practicality in formula is always kind of a given–but I just definitely don’t stick to the iron-clad “this color for this season, that color for that season” type thing. It’s also hard not to be effected by all the paired down, carefully selected shades from seasonal collections!

      And yes, you definitely NEED this gloss–if only just for your protection! :P

  9. Amanda July 17, 2012 at 8:01 pm #

    Very pretty color. And the shimmer in that last pic makes me want it badly! I could see me wearing that a lot this fall. Must resist temptation!

    • becca July 17, 2012 at 8:22 pm #

      Why resist?! lol I am such an enabler :P

  10. Shivani July 17, 2012 at 8:21 pm #

    All I know is that I have an unsatisfied lemming that will go unsatisfied, lol.
    Its gorgeous! Chanel is always gorgeous…sigh!

    • becca July 17, 2012 at 8:27 pm #

      Aww, are you passing on this too? It seems like there is a lot of uncertainty about this shade. I LOVE it!

  11. Christina July 17, 2012 at 11:49 pm #

    I adore this gloss!! I’m debating on getting a backup, but don’t think I’ve ever finished a tube of gloss and have so many in my current stash. :)

    • becca July 18, 2012 at 12:48 am #

      I know, isn’t it just SO lovely?!? It goes with EVERYTHING! And I love how it really changes depending on what you wear it with. New favorite, for sure!

      I know what you mean about the backup. It’s rare that I finish a tube of gloss so I know it wouldn’t be practical…but it’s SO pretty! Damn you limited-editions!!! :P

  12. Makeup Morsels July 18, 2012 at 4:26 am #

    Best lip gloss ever? As in EVER?? ALL TIME? The shade looks amazing, I’m not sure how it would look on me…but on your skintone it’s just perfect. The formula sounds amazing as well.

    (I’m secretly hoping the Boy review will say grrr this is awful, you don’t need it MM. Because I have been lemming that one for ages, and you are exceedingly good at making my willpower crumble).

    • becca July 18, 2012 at 6:22 am #

      LOL, thanks….or, I’m sorry? Not sure which to say :P

      Troublant seems to be something that many are unsure of. I personally maintain that it will look wonderful on just about anyone–so you should swatch it in-stores if you can! I really think you’ll like it MM. It’s subtle yet vampy, demure yet sexy.

      Oh, and something tells me that you’ll be wanting to save for Boy. ;)

  13. svetlana July 18, 2012 at 5:57 am #

    2 of each please and tied with a bow. Fall is one of the BEST seasons and i cannot WAIT to get my greedy little hands on this chanel gloss! i will be parading thru fall season with this on my pout for sure! thank you becca! :)

    • becca July 18, 2012 at 7:11 am #

      YAY–you’re back :D Good to see you again!

      I’m glad you found this post helpful. Isn’t it such a pretty, pretty color? It’s oozes glamour and sophistication without trying to hard…but paired down, it also gives that coveted “my lips but better” look. Enjoy it!

  14. Rads July 18, 2012 at 5:58 pm #

    ALL over the blush indeed :D :D Saturday can’t come soon enough for me…

    • becca July 18, 2012 at 7:21 pm #

      Yes! I haven’t even swatched it, I just KNOW it’s going to be even lovelier in person! :D

  15. Lola July 18, 2012 at 9:44 pm #

    AWESOME review, Becca! Seriously insane pictures! You have really raised the bar for anyone thinking about reviewing this!! I picked this up and love it, but it has been sitting in my drawer for over a week waiting for me to take pictures. I also got the Sweet Beige Glossimer (actually from the last launch), but haven’t gotten around to doing a post on either yet. At least Rose Initiale JC isn’t LE so I can take my time to get it! xo

    • becca July 18, 2012 at 10:09 pm #

      Aww, thanks Lola–you’re so sweet! :)

      Ooh I can’t wait til you actually try it. It’s amazing in swatches but ten times more so on the lips! And I can’t wait to see your review on Sweet Beige–I was kinda on the fence about this one, so it will be nice to hear your thoughts on it!

      • Lola July 18, 2012 at 10:20 pm #

        I actually did try it and love the formula a lot!! I caved this morning after reading your review– bout I won’t touch it again until I take pictures! I also have Insouciance in that formula (permanent range, thankfully) and it’s GORGEOUS!!! I like sweet beige, but it is similar to Insouciance, and I prefer that formula to the Glossimer formula (don’t get me wrong- ) I love Glossimers and have an unreasonable number of them for a person with only one mouth!). I will try to get the swatches and review up before long, but if you go to swatch Sweet Beige– swatch it next to Insouciance! xx

        • becca July 18, 2012 at 10:26 pm #

          Oh interesting–thanks for the recommendation! I’m definitely going to check out Insouciance now. I just looked up some reviews and swatches of it and even if they aren’t *exact* dupes, they’re close enough for me! Even though I haven’t tried the Glossimer formula, I just love the Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss formula SO so much that I can’t imagine it being overshadowed by anything else, so I’m just going to assume on this one that I’ll love Insouciance more than Sweet Beige :P

          • Lola July 19, 2012 at 4:08 am #

            check them out side by side though– because if you haven’t tried glossers yet– you really must. Swatch Giggle– it’s one of my all time favorite glossimers– it’s a gorgeous MLBB shade that is kind of a mauvier more opaque version of Troublant without the shimmer. It’s INSANELY beautiful! :-)

          • becca July 19, 2012 at 6:46 am #

            Ahhh, what are you doing to me Lola? Another excellent rec. I just looked up some reviews/swatches and it’s GORGEOUS! Even more so than Insouciance (based on online photos, of course). Mauve AND MLBB? Two of my favorite words when it comes to gloss! YAY! I’ve been so obsessed with mauve lippies lately, this is perfection! Thank you thank you thank you!

  16. Memoiselle July 19, 2012 at 9:01 pm #

    Hey Becca :)
    Chanel lipgloss is certainly a very nice to buy product, but the price is just expensive. Color wise I think this is very fall appropriate, however I am not sure that I would get this one since the color is a bit too dark for my liking :)

    • becca July 19, 2012 at 9:13 pm #

      aw, that’s too bad–it really is lovely! And it’s applied super heavily in my swatches, but on the lips it can be sheered down to a shimmery, mauve tint that’s so, so lovely! If you CAN (if it’s convenient), I recommend trying it in-stores before making a final decision! :P THAT’S how much I love this gloss!

  17. ~ Claire ~ July 20, 2012 at 11:20 pm #

    I wear vamps even in summer, especially on my nails. First I thought this colour might be boring but I really like how it looks once on. That heavy swatch looks like a sea with soft shimmer stones, very pretty!

    • becca July 20, 2012 at 11:25 pm #

      I agree, Claire–in the promo pics, it kinda looked a little on the boring side, but once I swatched it in-store I was blown away! The shimmers are so fine but really add some dimension without veering into “obviously shimmery” territory. I LOVE it! Did you purchase it or just try it?

      • ~ Claire ~ July 26, 2012 at 7:09 pm #

        I just tried it, I didn’t get it but I am still thinking if I should! It seems great for everyday or even going out *sigh* :)

  18. Rinny July 22, 2012 at 2:00 am #

    The color looks beautiful in your swatches! I love the subtle shimmer. For a gloss, the color looks quite pigmented too. And 5 hours is pretty amazing considering most glosses fade after only 2-3 hours.

    • becca July 22, 2012 at 6:53 am #

      It really is perfectly pigmented, in my opinion. Not so opaque that it’s like a liquid lipstick but still has a nice pop of color! And the shimmer is GORGEOUS in person–you must have a swatch if you can!

  19. Dovey July 22, 2012 at 3:49 am #

    What a beautiful plush plummy pink. This would look just beautiful for fall!

    • becca July 22, 2012 at 6:54 am #

      It really is beautiful–I love it so much I’ve been wearing it out and about already! :P

  20. Joyce July 25, 2012 at 6:14 am #

    PRETTY! I am not allowed to spend money on more lip products that I never use though. UGH, I suck! Hope you will wear it in a look post or something though!

    • becca August 3, 2012 at 8:18 am #

      Thanks Joyce–I’m working on those FOTDs, trust me (not easy though. I’m going CRAZY trying to get them perfect!)

  21. svetlana August 3, 2012 at 4:03 am #

    Them’s fightin’ words alright! ;P Can’t wait to get my greedy little hands on these puppies!

    • becca August 3, 2012 at 8:18 am #

      I’m excited for you–gosh I am in LOVE with this gloss. The formula is incredible! It feels seriously amazing worn. And the color–my God the color…

  22. Perilously Pale August 14, 2012 at 12:20 pm #

    Isn’t Troublant gorgeous! I am so in love with it and I adore this formula. I wish there were more shades.

    • becca August 15, 2012 at 6:25 am #

      ME TOO! This was the first Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss I had tried and I am head over heels in love. It’s SO silky and smooth and cushy–I LOVE it! And the color is fantastic too. I really can’t wait to try more!

  23. Essie December 20, 2013 at 12:48 pm #

    Hi there would you mind stating which blog platform you’re using?
    I’m looking to start my own blog soon but I’m having a hard
    time choosing between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal.
    The reason I ask is because your layout seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for
    something completely unique. P.S Apologies
    for being off-topic but I had to ask!

    • becca December 20, 2013 at 5:44 pm #

      Hi Essie! Don’t apologize–it can be hard when starting a blog. There are so many options out there! I personally use WordPress and I really like it…but then, I’ve never tried any other platform so I really can’t compare it with any other ones. It’s easy to navigate and use though. I was a complete novice when I first started–didn’t know a THING about blogging or websites or computers…still don’t, really! :P But WordPress is great.

      I just downloaded a free theme and had a friend of mine customize it for me.

      Good luck with your blog! Hope that was helpful

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