Here it is, the moment we (and by “we” I mean me) have all been waiting for–my review of Chanel’s Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine in 54 Boy! I have been so excited to try this lipstick, but I’ve been so busy and so sidetracked by other purchases that my review of Boy was unfortunately pushed back for quite a while. This is how I always get with my reviews–I’ll have posts planned or written and ready to post, but they always get pushed back if I become distracted by something else that has caught my eye (which is a frequent occurrence). I have reviews written from months ago still waiting to be posted…whoops! Any of you do that too?
Anyway, a while back I got my hands on Burberry’s Lip Mist in Field Rose, as well as some samples of their other colors, and fell head-over-heels in love with the formula. It made me really want to try some similar offerings from different brands–like Giorgio Armani’s Rouge D’Armani Sheers (these look stunning! Definitely next on my list!), Dior’s Addict Extremes, and of course, Chanel’s Rouge Coco Shines. From Chanel:
“Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine provides lasting moisturizing shine in a water-light texture. The formula glides on for easy application, and a unique HYDRATENDRE complex hydrates and softens lips, giving them a healthier and fuller appearance. Available in a complete range of shades, from delicate beiges to dazzling berries, with a hint of shimmer to enhance a glossy finish.”
When you read something like that, it’s not a hard choice to make. Plus, I was already at the Chanel picking up 2 other items, so I decided to try the Rouge Coco Shine first. And of course, you can’t read about the Rouge Coco Shines without hearing about the shade “Boy”. It’s a sheer, medium nude-rose shade with lovely silver micro-shimmers (it’s a bit lighter in color once actually swatched/applied). It looks a bit warmer in my swatch photos, but on my lips, it pulls mauve. It’s also much pinker than Field Rose is on my lips. It’s often lovingly referred to as a “goes with anything”, “my lips but better” shade–I must say I agree wholeheartedly.
The Rouge Coco Shines are packaged in a square, plastic bullet. It is quite fingerprint-prone, and I do wish that it were packaged in a similar fashion to the Rouge Allure Extrait de Glosses (i.e with a little more heft, perhaps). Still, it’s nice, if somewhat predictable, and is well-made.
The formula itself is has lovely, moisturizing, balmy consistency. It yields a sheer, semi-glossy sheen that looks so subtle and pretty. I was expecting more shine from this formula, but it’s still really nice. It glides like butter across my lips and seems to “melt” the perfect amount of product onto my lips. One swipe across the lips yields a very sheer, thin layer while 2-3 passes provides more color. No matter how many layers you apply, it still retains its lightweight feel and smooth consistency. Plus, even though it’s light and moisturizing, it doesn’t bunch up on itself like other balmy lipsticks are wont to do (check out my comparison swatches below. See how there is some patchiness in the swatches of Romantic Rose and Peach Parfait? If you keep swiping it across your lips, you will get all kinds of unevenness and lines. Boy and Field Rose and even Sheer Linen have a very similar consistency and will not do that no matter how many times you layer the color on). It is more pigmented than my Burberry Lip Mist and is easier to build up color, but it doesn’t feel quite as balmy to me. It’s a little firmer, but still balmy in it’s own right–just not as much so when compared to the Lip Mist.
It just barely has a scent to it, but it’s so light, I’m unable to discern what it is. It’s a little sweet and that’s about all I’m able to get. Those who are scent-sensitive won’t be bothered by this one. I actually kind of wish it was similarly scented to the Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss–I am quite fond of the sweet, slightly warm scent of it. But still, this is nice–and it’s better than it being overly-fragrant.
*All the shades may look very similar on my arm, but on the lips, the differences are much more pronounced. Boy is much more mauve/pink while Field Rose is more of a beigy-pink. Sheer Linen is more nude with a hint of pink; Romantic Rose is a lighter, warmer pink; Honey is a more dusty-pink; and Peach Parfait is a much brighter, medium, warm pinky-peach.
As always, the trade-off with such a nice, moisturizing formula is that you have to compromise on wear time. I usually don’t mind because if I wasn’t wearing this, I’d be wearing a lip balm anyway–and lip balms are something you kind of have to constantly reapply…or at least I do. But I found Chanel’s Rouge Coco Shine formula to be severely lacking–even for such a light, moisturizing formula. Boy lasted about an hour on my lips before I had to reapply (update: if I was just relaxing at home it made it to an hour–but on the day of my sister’s wedding, I was outside and running around and I felt like I was reapplying every 30 minutes or less :/). For reference, Burberry’s Lip Mist in Field Rose lasted a little over 3 hours on me–so yes, I was a bit disappointed with the wear.
The color is just so darn beautiful though, and that lovely silver micro-shimmer adds the perfect subtle shine. But I will be honest, I much prefer Burberry’s Lip Mist formula to the Rouge Coco Shine. It just didn’t last as long, cost more, and wasn’t quite as nice on the lips. If you’re looking for an oustanding formula, gorgeous, flattering colors, and a lovely, shiny formula, I would save your $0.50 and go with the Lip Mist formula. But, if I hadn’t yet tried Burberry’s version, I’m sure I would be quite pleased with Chanel’s. It’s great on its own…but it cannot stand up to the Lip Mists. Still, the Rouge Coco Shine feels nice and is just beautiful on. I think this shade will look great on everyone (a safe assumption, seeing as how everyone seems to love Boy so much). Not feeling the color? You’re in luck–there are 21 shades to choose from, so rest assured that you’ll find something you’ll like.
Pros: lovely “MLBB” shade; wide variety of shades to choose from; moisturizing, lush feel; easy to layer on and build color without the product bunching up on itself/causing patchiness;
Cons: extremely short wear time–even for such a balmy formula; pricey for the amount given (for reference, Burberry’s Lip Mist is $30/0.12 oz.–in other words, $2 less for 0.02 oz. more product. Dior’s Addict Extremes are also $30/0.12 oz.)
»»Pricing: $32.50/0.10 oz.
»»Recommended for: sheer lippie-lovers, those with dry lips, and anyone in search of a moisturizing, luxurious “my lips but better” shade
»»Overall Rating: B
PS: Because I know you guys have been asking for more pics of me but I still haven’t had a chance to do any FOTD’s yet, I hope this picture of me at my sister’s wedding this past Saturday will suffice for now I’m wearing: Bobbi Brown’s Natural Finish Long Lasting Foundation, Giorgio Armani’s new Maestro Eraser Dark Circle Concealer (this stuff is amazing. Can’t wait to post my review on it!!), a dab of Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer #2 (used on inner corners of my eyes, cheekbones, and a tiny bit down the bridge of my nose), a little MUFE HD Powder to set, Anastasia Brow Powder in Brunette for my brows, Urban Decay Urbanbrow Styling Brush and Setting Gel, Nars eye primer, Bobbi Brown Navajo eyeshadow as a base, a few random shades from the Urban Decay Naked Palette mixed and used as a quick wash of color on the eyes (it was so unbearably hot that day that I just kept it really, really light since it would all inevitably melt off anyway :/), my trusty MUFE Aqua Black cream liner, Revlon false-lashes (can’t remember which ones exactly–I’ll get back to you on that!), Jouer Mineral Powder Bronzer in Suntan, Edward Bess Quad Royale in Monte Carlo on the apples of my cheeks, and Chanel Rouge Coco Shine on my lips. Enjoy! (and sorry it’s not close enough to actually see any of the makeup )