The Sample: Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine in 54 Boy (Review, Swatches & Photos)

18 Sep

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! :P 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.

Taken in the shade

Soft indirect light

Direct sunlight


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.

Boy in direct sunlight

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 *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.

»»Availability: Chanel, Nordstrom, BloomingdalesNeiman Marcus, and all Chanel counters

»»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 :P)

Me and my lovely cousins. I’m on the far left


27 Responses to “The Sample: Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine in 54 Boy (Review, Swatches & Photos)”

  1. Shivani September 19, 2012 at 2:38 am #

    aww you look so cute and happy at your sister’s wedding! Congratulations to her! Boy sounds nice, but I am just not much of a sheer lipstick girl and it will get lost on my pigmented lips. But gotta love Chanel’s lipsticks, they are an amazing bunch!

    • becca September 19, 2012 at 10:10 am #

      Aw thanks Shivani! Yeah it was a wonderful day and I’m so happy to have an amazing new brother-in-law! :)

      I really love the color of Boy, but the wear was so disappointing, I probably won’t buy another (unless, of course, the color is a must-have :P). Burberry’s Lip Mists are soooooo much better, and they’re a tiny bit cheaper too!

  2. Joyce September 19, 2012 at 5:32 am #

    Oh you look pretty! :)

    Bummer about the wear of the lipstick :( I bought Romance once, not long after these lipsticks came out, but it was kind of drying (and my lips were super dry back then) and I just didn’t find it impressive for the price :( It made me sad so I returned it!

    • becca September 19, 2012 at 10:11 am #

      Thanks Joyce!!

      I know, I was pretty disappointed about the formula–I had always heard so many good things about the Rouge Coco Shines :/ But to be fair, I would probably like it more if I had never tried the Lip Mists. THOSE things are just fantastic and really won my heart :)

  3. Sunny September 19, 2012 at 12:00 pm #

    ALL of you are drop-dead gorgeous! Good genes run in your family (also, can’t wait to read your review about the Armani concealer)!!!

    I’ve always kind of wonder if Boy is a bit overrated. I don’t need a lippie that lasts me through a thunderstorm, but if it’s gone every half an hour an hour it’s also a bit sad. The new Rouge Allures have decent staying power on me though. I’ll blog about it soon!

    • becca September 19, 2012 at 11:26 pm #

      Thanks Sunny!! :D And I agree–when it comes to a light, shiny, moisturizing formula like this, I don’t expect miracles, but more than a half hour to an hour would be nice. This is DEF not the best I’ve tried :/

  4. Larie September 19, 2012 at 8:07 pm #

    You look so pretty and happy! :) Your reviews and photos are always so lovely, Becca! Boy is probably not for me, but it is a gorgeous MLBB shade!

    • becca September 19, 2012 at 11:27 pm #

      Thanks so much hon :)

      Boy is really, really beautiful, but still disappointing :/

  5. Liz September 20, 2012 at 12:54 am #

    I’ve yet to see a negative review on Boy — this was as close as it got, I guess, but I think it’s gorgeous, AS ARE YOU! Congrats to your sister!! :D :D :D

    • becca September 20, 2012 at 9:50 am #

      Haha thanks wifey!! :D

      You just reminded me that when I updated the wear-time, I forgot to update the grade. I am bumping it to a B–the wear time was just too atrocious to ignore :/ it’s SUCH a shame too because the color is just gorgeous and I love it!

  6. Memoiselle September 20, 2012 at 10:56 am #

    Congrats to your sis! And yay finally we got to see you face :D I like your hair look btw!
    I am a big fan of rouge coco shine and has never been disappointed with any of my collection. However I guess I dont need more Rouge Coco Shine as they’re very sheer and there’s no much difference in color.

    • becca September 20, 2012 at 9:08 pm #

      Honestly, if you like like Rouge Coco Shines, by all means go for them I think they’re good, but I’ve tried a LOT of better forulas for a bit cheaper :/ Boy is dsefinitely a nice once to have aroung tho

  7. Amelia (La Femme Éclectique) September 20, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

    Brilliant, detailed review, as always :) love the photos too ♥ you look gorgeous by the way, as do your cousins!

    I love the shade of Boy, but now I’m very eager to try those Burberry Lip Mists! And as for pushing back posts, I can completely and utterly relate to that – and I actually feel really guilty about it because it looks like i can’t keep publication dates! :P xx

  8. Toya September 24, 2012 at 3:22 pm #

    Aw, you look adorable Becca! I love the flower wreath :) I also love the shade of Boy, definitely a wearable color for pretty much everyone, but the wear time of those lippies always turn me off. I have no problem reapplying a product and normally wear time isn’t a big deal, but for the price I don’t want to run out of it within a month!! It’s too bad :( – But it IS awfully pretty!

    • becca September 25, 2012 at 1:48 am #

      Thanks Toya, you’re too sweet :)

      I usually have no problem reapplying either, but I thought for the price, the wear was DEF ridiculous. Have you tried the Lip Mists yet? I know I talk about them ALL the time, but they’re still my fave and definitely worth the price, in my opinion!

  9. Yessie September 25, 2012 at 12:19 am #

    You look gorgeous! love summer weddings- even with the hectic running around! Boy has been on my wish list for sometime- I’m sure that it will not show up on me, but everytime I see it- swoon!

    • becca September 25, 2012 at 5:59 am #

      Haha it was fun–though it DID happen to fall on the weekend of that crazy heat wave. I was so surprised my hair didn’t immediately deflate :P

      Do you have really pigmented lips? I wish I did, I’d take that over being able to wear Boy (pretty as it is) any day of the week. Instead, I’ve been “blessed” with pale corpse-lips :/

  10. Tracy@Beauty Reflections September 26, 2012 at 1:15 am #

    You look gorgeous in that photo Becca! And I love Boy-it’s such a great shade on everybody if they’d just try it!

    • becca September 26, 2012 at 1:34 am #

      Thanks Tracy!!! :D

      I really do love Boy–but I am so disappointed with the formula :/ This will probably be my last Rouge Coco Shine…that is, unless they release a shade that I just cannot resist!! :P

  11. Sukie September 27, 2012 at 7:21 am #

    You look beautiful, Becca! I have Boy myself and I agree it doesn’t last very long, making it a bit of a pain as we need to keep reapplying it! I doubt I’d purchase another Rouge Coco Shine but I am eyeing up some Dior lippies as I have heard such good things about them! =D

    • becca September 27, 2012 at 8:22 am #

      Thanks Sukie :)

      I know I was so, so disappointed with the wear. I don’t think I’ll get any more Rouge Coco Shines either (unless they release a color that I absolutely HAVE to have :P). I’m ready to try the Giorgio Armani Rouge d’Armani Sheers and the Dior Addict Extremes. Are those the ones you’re talking about? Oh, they also have those new shades from the Nude collection–I want EVERY SINGLE ONE that Paris just reviewed! :P

  12. Beauty Box September 27, 2012 at 5:47 pm #

    What a gorgeous natural look you are sporting in that picture! I have to agree with you on Boy. Love the colour, hate the wear time. But I still love anything with the double Cs on ‘em so I just put up with it.

    • becca September 27, 2012 at 8:18 pm #

      Haha I think that if I hadn’t tried another formula I liked so much (Lip Mist), I probably would just put up with the Chanel formula too, but as it stands I just can’t justify spending $0.50 more on less product with a shorter wear-time. You NEED to try the Lip Mists if you haven’t already–they will change your LIFE! :P

  13. Teri October 3, 2012 at 12:49 am #

    Aaaw, you look great in the last pic! I have the same problem yho, getting distracted by too many lovely products at once, so my whole schedule gets messed up, lol! I’ve been loving the rouge coco shines as well, but you’re right tho, the wear time is short!

    • becca October 3, 2012 at 2:30 am #

      aw thank you, Teri!! :)

      And thank god someone else does this too and it’s not just me. Everyone is always so professional with their blogs and I’m a crazy, distracted mess over here. Haha :P

  14. lola October 12, 2012 at 4:41 am #

    Another excellent review, Becca! I have and love Boy, and should dig it out of my stash to wear it. I love that picture of you- simply gorgeous! xoxo <3

    • becca October 12, 2012 at 6:45 am #

      Aw thanks Helen dear :) I love the color of Boy so much but I’m so disappointed about the wear. Ah well, that’s easily remedied by adding just a touch of Aquaphor over it :)

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