Perhaps the lipstick was named after Coco Chanel's first encounter with Hugh Grosvenor, second Duke of Westminster.
Monte-Carlo applies very smoothly and imparts a translucent, high-shine finish, but the glossy finish lasts only about an hour. That said, it leaves behind a lovely stain, and the texture feels exceptionally weightless, almost gel-like and lip balmy. The fact that I need to reapply often is not such a terrible thing, considering how many lipsticks I have. If I actually use one up, an angel will get her wings.
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The Rouge Coco Shine colors appear deeply pigmented in their tubes, but they apply and wear quite sheerly, even if I layer. Unfortunately, Monte-Carlo was too neutral in tone to lift my complexion, and if it contained more pigment, I'd be unable to pull it off because of the yellow undertones. But it really is a pretty lipstick.
Rouge Coco Shine lipsticks are smaller than other lipsticks in the Chanel line. They weigh 0.10 ounces, compared for example to 0.12 ounces in the Rouge Allure formula, but they cost the same.
Bottom line: Rouge Coco Shine offers a gorgeous formula, with a finish that borders on lip gloss. Very comfortable and easy to wear. I'll be interested in trying other colors.
All photos mine except the first promo shot from Chanel and the one of Coco and the duke