Friday, 7 October 2011

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet La Distinguee #33

Matte formula's seem the most difficult to get right as they are often uncomfortable, drying and not smooth. Chanel has sought to produce a matte finish lipstick that is soft,moisturising, weightless and comfortable with a luminous matte finish.
Of the eight shades the majority are quite bold, I went for the most quiet, natural one of course, shade La Distinguee #33 (£23.50).
Its a pigmented peachy/coral pink, unlike a lot of mattes the colour does not look flat, I didn't think a luminous matte finish was possible but apparently so.
The texture of these do have a velvety feel to the touch and apply amazingly smooth for a matte formula.
However, whilst on application the lipstick feels light I do find it clings to my lips and I am very aware of it, whilst I wouldn't say these are drying I wouldn't go so far as to say they feel hydrating/moisturising. So for me the product delivers on pigment and appearance but I'm not overly keen on how it feels on.
They come in the same packaging as the regular Rouge Allure.

I bought this from John Lewis


  1. What a beautiful color! But I agree, mattes can be really hard to wear. I know just what you mean about it clinging to the lips, as though it's a masque sucking all the moisture out, slowly but surely.

  2. Great review! Like you, I found these to cling to the lips and after some time, felt a bit drying. It does take some work if your lips are dry as well. The colors are super pretty though.

  3. Too bad they weren't more moisturizing/comfortable on the lips. Lovely shade though! :)

  4. This looks like a lovely colour, too bad it's not completely comfortable on the lips. Based on some online swatches I really want to try the bright pink L'Exuberante but I'll definitely check out the whole Velvet line when they come out here. x

  5. Hi Zuzu's Petals,
    Your slowly but surely sounded rather sinister ;)It is a nice colour, not sure I would wear any of the other colours though :)

    Hi Kristie,
    Thank you :) The reviews of these do seem somewhat mixed, the colour is pretty, seems more spring like really :)

    Hi Vintage Makeup,
    I do think I'll try it with a balm under it from now on :)

    Hi Klara,
    They do have some really colour intense shades, there was quite a nice deep brown with a hint of red, although I know it wouldn't suit me :) I think its a range you do need to check out in person like you say.

  6. I love the look of this but the matte scares me a bit. The color is AMAZING! xx

  7. I saw this new range as I was swatching the Illusion D' Ombre eyeshadows and the red one was probably the only other thing that caught my attention from the whole display (apart from the Illusion D Ombres naturally)!

    Seems like Chanel did an awesome job with the formula, they really look matte! I loved the blue toned red, but not sure I should get another bold red, since it's probably doomed to collect dust!

    Must say though I'm very curious now!
    Did u feel like it separates on the lips..showing lines etc? Or that it gives them a 2 dimensional look?


  8. Hi Jeanie,
    Mattes usually scare me as well but this is a good one in terms of how it looks once applied xx

    Hello Tina,
    I wish I could wear bold reds, I always look strange and over the top if a wear a bold lip colour :( I don't find it shows lines which I found surprising and I don't think the colour looks flat like a lot of mattes, I do think you should have another look at the range :) x


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