As long as your lips are in good condition, the Rouge Allure Velvet Extreme lipsticks are what Chanel promises. But fair warning, anyone with dry or chapped lips will have to treat them before even looking in the direction of these lipsticks. The brand claims this “extreme matte lipstick features a non-drying texture that glides smoothly onto lips with intense, long wearing colour.” The glide onto the lips part, greatly depends on your lips. The lipstick does have slip, but it will catch and drag if you have dryness or chapping.
These originally stood out to me after trying a sample. I was impressed that such a powdery, matte formula didn’t dry out my lips. To me, this is a comfortable formula. It doesn’t look powdery on the lips, but that’s the feel compared to other matte finishes. For reference, the other mattes I’m familiar with are Maybelline creamy mattes, MAC mattes, and Urban Decay comfort mattes.
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As I mentioned, if you have dry lips, then I would treat them by applying a lip balm and letting it sink in for a few minutes before applying these. If your lips are chapped, either exfoliate or wait until they’re in better shape. These lipsticks don’t dry out my lips, but they do drag if I don’t use a lip balm or lip primer first. Lately, I’ve been using Chanel Rouge Coco Baume**, but MAC prep and prime lip** also works for me. MAC’s lip primer doesn’t interfere with the longevity of the formula the way the lip balm does. The formula is long wearing either way, but less so with a balm.
On the downside of things, the bullet shape is less precise than the typical lipstick shape, which I think could be an issue for small lips. For some, the $42 price tag may also be a downside. I’m torn about that because while it is a lot, the formula on all three shades that I own is consistent. That precision and quality control aren’t always present at lower prices. So as with all things, you’ll have to decide if that matters to you. Lastly, these are scented, so if you don’t like fragrance in your lip products you’ll want to pass on them.
Do you like matte lipsticks or do you prefer a different finish? Let me know in the comments section below.
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