Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Extreme Lipstick Swatches

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, longwearing 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.

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Extreme Lipstick Swatches (114 epitome, 116 extreme, 122 chestnut)
L to R: Chanel 114 epitome, 116 extreme, and 122 chestnut

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 formulas longevity the way the lip balm does. The formula is long wearing either way, but less so with a balm.

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Extreme Lipstick Swatches (114 epitome, 116 extreme, 122 chestnut)
L to R: Chanel 114 epitome, 116 extreme, and 122 chestnut

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 $40 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 are consistent. That precision and quality control isn’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 these.

I think if you are in the market for a very matte lipstic, these are worth a look.

Do you like matte lipsticks or do you prefer a different finish? Let me know in the comments section below.

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Givenchy Le Rose Perfecto Liquid Balm Review

Givenchy Le Rose Perfecto Liquid Lip Balm 14 Nude Soul
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Givenchy Le Rose Perfecto Liquid Balm, $36.00:  Givenchy has turned their iconic lip balm into a liquid gloss formula.  I think that if you read the description from Sephora and that is what has piqued your interest, you will likely be disappointed and feel that this a lip gloss claiming to be a balm.  However, according to the description on Saks, it is actually called a liquid gloss formula.  I purchased the shade 14 Nude Soul.

Givenchy Le Rose Perfecto Liquid Balm 14 Nude Soul Swatch

This balm starts off as a lip gloss, but as it wears away it feels more like a balm.  On my lips, the color is a light pink.  It has a slight scent that doesn’t linger for very long.  Surprisingly, it does hang around through drinking and eating for 2 to 3 hours and I still feel like there is a balm on my lips even a little while after that.   I can also feel that it did help my chapped lips after just one day of wearing it.  I also feel like my lips feel softer and smoother after I use it.  It does have a tingle at the start of wear thanks to pink pepper that is supposed to plump the lips.  If you’ve ever used a gloss or lipstick with peppermint oil in it, then this will feel similar to you.  I didn’t notice any plumping effect from the tingle and it goes away fairly quickly.  I really like this and do feel it performs a lip balm function but with a nice sheen on the lips and gives a hint of color.

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