Chanel Rouge Allure 28 Romantic ($32) is not a new color, but it is one I reach for often. It falls into that deep rose/bordering-on-red category that I love so much.
Nothing but a cool, deep, creamy rose and a wee bit of brown undertone. No orange or yellow and no shimmer.
The mauve undertones in my lips intensify the color, so Romantic is a somewhat vibrant look on me. I just play down my eyes when I wear it; I usually just even out my lids with Jane Iredale PurePressed base and contour with a light plummy taupe or dusty lavender, like Chantecaille Agate. In fact, Romantic is one of those lipsticks I can put on during the weekend, with no other makeup, and instantly look ten times better. That is always the true sign that I have found a "keeper," when wearing just the one product makes the rest of my face look like it has some makeup on.
I used to be unable to wear Chanel lipsticks, at least in the previous Hydrabase formulation. The smell/taste made me gag, and they were quite drying. Rouge Allure formulation is nothing like that; it is silky, smooth, and moisturizing, and though it is reported to have a slight rose scent, I haven't noticed one, so it it is there, it is very subtle. One thin layer is enough for even, semi-opaque coverage, and the color wears up to four hours on me, fading evenly all over, not from the center out and no crumbly bits at the corners of my mouth.
Even though I must have at least eight (or more!) similar rose lipsticks, I picked only two to compare because I was in a race with fading light: Laura Mercier Healthy Lips, which has warmer red leanings, and Edward Bess Night Romance, another cool rose deepened by brown.
|Laura Mercier Healthy Lips, Chanel Romantic, Edward Bess Night Romance|
Bottom line: Romantic is a beautiful color for fall and winter, especially because it is so moisturizing, which is a lot different from the way Chanel lipsticks used to be.
All photos mine.