Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 24 Expressive is Indeed Impressive.

Chanel 24 Expressive

I am not one for purchasing lip glosses on a daily basis.  Although I have a great admiration for the way they appear on others, I find many formulas migrate into my fine lines.  However, Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 24 Expressive ($34 USD/6ml), part of the Rouge Allure Collection, is a different creature all together.  This beautiful subdued blushing hue is able to sustain its color, wear and brilliance longer than any other gloss I have encountered.  I hope you enjoy.

Chanel 24 Expressive

Chanel 24 Expressive

Chanel 24 Expressive

  • As expected, Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss packaging is simply divine.  The push down mechanism is rather unique and dare I say, fun to open and close.  The long slender handle is elegant and the signature black outer casing is simplicity at its finest.  Although, truth be told, a clear glass tube would make it easier to determine when the lipgloss needs replacement.
  • The closely cut fibers and curvature of the applicator head, holds just the right amount of product (for me at least) and the pointed end reaches the edges of the lips with exacting detail.

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  • As mentioned in my review of 20 Audace (here), Chanel Rouge Allure Glosses are distinct, in that they do not migrate into fine lines. Granted, any gloss (even this precious gem) has the potential to misbehave if too much is applied.
  • In my experience, Rae Morris’s theory of “too much on the mouth goes south” should be taken to heart for those of us with feathering issues. I prefer to apply one substantial coat to the bottom lip, press my lips together to distribute the gloss to the upper lip region and use the applicator tip (without any additional product) to define the outer edges. This method assures I do not place too much product on my lips, thus minimizing my chances of feathering lip color.
  • On its own, Expressive lasted for a good 3½ hours (without eating or drinking).  Wear time is significantly improved (4-6 hours) when placed over a lip base/lipliner.  Regardless how this is worn, the non-sticky formula left lips feeling hydrated well after the gloss faded away.

Chanel Expressive

  • Expressive is a beautiful delicate rosy color.  As with all lip colors, depending on skin tone and lip pigment, this beauty will look differently on everyone.  On my lips, Expressive translates into a warm pink with a slight cool nuance.  This shade can easily compliment many complexions.
  • Admittedly, I find Expressive to be a tad more sheer than Audace.  However, on the proper canvas (line free lips), this color can be built-up to its full potential.
  • Expressive’s elegant glistening quality is due to the finely milled glass beads contained in the formula. Rest assured, these microscopic pellets feel completely undetectable on the lips.  Personally, I have a habit of biting my lower lip, thus getting gloss caught in my mouth.  It is only at this moment, when I rub my teeth together, I detect a slight grittiness to the gloss.
  • In all honesty, I rarely wear gloss on its own, I prefer to apply a matte lip base and use Expressive to add dimension and depth to my lip look.
  • On the left photo, I am wearing Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipstick in Stone–the heavy lavender tone of this lipstick clearly does not suit my olive complexion.  However, when a light layer of Expressive is added, the formerly unwearable hue is transformed into a stunning light warm pink that instantly brightens the face.
  • This combo was so fetching, a woman stopped me in the supermarket and demanded to know exactly what color I was wearing on my lips.  🙂  

MAC Whirl

  • For the above photo, MAC Whirl and Honeylove matte lipsticks were combined and then lightly topped with Chanel Rouge Allure 24 Expressive.  This combo lasted 5½ hours during copious amounts of talking and laughing.  The remaining color lacked the initial glossiness, but the satiny finish left was just as alluringpun intended. 🙂

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  • Despite the plethora of synthetic components (with a couple of natural ingredient thrown in for good measure), parabens and mineral oil are thankfully omitted from the list.

**Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 24 Expressive can be found at Saks, Nordstrom, Lord and Taylorchanel.com and anywhere Chanel cosmetics are sold.**

THE VERDICT:  If Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 24 Expressive is indeed impressive.  The universally flattering color, remarkable wear (especially for a gloss), non-feathering formula, moisturizing feel and original packaging does not get any better.  Who knew I had so much to say about a gloss?  Then again when you really like something it shows.  🙂  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Fall Makeup Look.

Fall Makeup Look

Fall Makeup Look

I’m not one to favor certain looks for a particular season, but there is no denying when sweaters, coats and gloves come out to play, darker makeup looks are sure to follow.  While going through my fall/winter clothes, I decided to also rummage through my makeup collection and awaken some beloved products out of hibernation.  The final look was deep and sultry, yet unbelievably simple to achieve.  I hope you enjoy my Fall Makeup Look.

Fall Makeup Look–Eyes:

Fall Makeup Look

Fall Makeup Look

  1. Start by applying the finest amount of NYX Proof-it Eyeshadow Primer all over the mobile lid (reviewed here).
  2. While the primer settles, fill in brows with Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro in 2 Wenge Wood.
  3. Using a synthetic brush (Sonia Kashuk) or fingers, apply Givenchy 7 Gris Organza Cream Eyeshadow (reviewed here) on the mobile lid in thin even layers.
  4. Taking any tapered eyeshadow brush (MAC 217, or Rae Morris #8 Brush), apply a warm brown color (MAC Uninterrupted) to outline and define the crease and lower lash line.
  5. Apply a flesh-colored eyeshadow (MUFE M-510) to blend out the crease color and highlight the brow bone area.
  6. Add a complimentary cooler highlight shade (Estee Lauder Crystal Baby) to the inner corners of the eye.
  7. Line the upper waterline with a water-resistant gel liner like Inglot AMC #90.
  8. Line the upper lash line with a black liquid liner such as, Guerlain Black Liquid Eyeliner.  Lately, I have been using my angled brush to apply my liquid liner for more precise results.
  9. Add your favorite mascara (Maybelline Lash Sensational) to finish off the look (reviewed here).

Fall Makeup Look–Face:

Fall Makeup Look

My daytime and evening moisturizers during the cooler seasons.

Fall Makeup Look

Mally Perfect Prep Poreless Primer mixed with Cover FX Custom Drops in N40 and G60.

Fall Makeup Look

Mally Perfect Prep Poreless Primer mixed with Cover FX Custom Drops in N40 and G60.

Cover Fx Custom Drops

Cover Fx Custom Drops:
It took three wipes to clean off the accumulated liquid at the opening of the bottle.

  1. Apply your favorite moisturizer and let it settle on the skin while doing your eye makeup.  Josie Maran Whipped Body Butter is my daytime facial moisturizer (small amount) and Waxelene is wonderful as an evening moisturizer (Olivia from the Unknown Beauty Blog’s review here).
  2. Mix your primer and foundation together and apply thin well blended layers on the skin.  In my experience, Mally Perfect Prep Poreless Primer is the best medium for Cover FX Custom Drops (reviewed here).  This combination leaves skin looking smooth and even.  As mentioned in previous posts, the issue with theses drops is the packaging.  My newer bottle seems to have also fallen victim to the horrible packaging (see photo above).  It maybe time to search for an alternative–suggestions welcomed.
  3. Apply Diorskin Star 003 Concealer (reviewed here) to problem areas.  I use concealer to cover green veining around the bridge of the nose.  I’m not a believer in the “triangle of light” theory, “clown contouring” or using too much concealer in general–less is best.
  4. Apply a light dusting of Dior Cosmopolite to the tops of the cheek bones and center of the nose.
  5. Apply Shiseido Oil-Free Bronzer gradually to the hallows of the cheeks, forehead, jaw line and neck.
  6. Using an soft brush, apply a warm peach colored blush such as, Vincent Longo Sandalwood, to the apples of the cheek and blend slightly onto the bronzer.

Fall Makeup Look–Lips:

Girlactik and Chanel

Fall Makeup Look:
Girlactik Demure Lip Paint topped with Chanel Audace Rouge Allure Gloss.

  1. Girlactik Demure Matte Lip Paint was used as my neutral lip color.  I swear Girlactik’s formula pairs well with every lipgloss and lipstick in my collection.
  2. Chanel Audace Rouge Allure Gloss is almost identical in color to Demure.  This combo lasted 6 hours and the base color lingered well passed the 7th hour.

Fall Makeup Look

**click on the highlighted product names for a direct link to each product.**

THE VERDICT:  If Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you not only is this look perfect for the fall, but it can be worn anytime of the year.  The delicate silver shimmers contained in the gray shadow provide just the right amount of vitality to the look.  Adding a warm peachy blush and mauve neutral lip color, help balance out the cool tone of the overall look.  As always, substitute any product shown, as you see fit, and have fun with your creation.  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition.

The holiday season is one of the most exciting times of the year.  However, the stress of organizing a dinner party can also be overwhelming and exhausting.  Fortunately, my sister is the brave soul that bares the responsibility of cooking Thanksgiving dinner (out of all the foods I can cook, why does baking a turkey elude me?).  For this Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition, I have put together two quick and easy looks, using long-wearing products that can be worn without any need for touch-ups.  I hope you enjoy!

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition.
Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold and Givenchy 9 Brun Cachmeire.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition. Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold mixed with Givenchy 9 Brun Cachmeire.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition.
Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold mixed with Givenchy 9 Brun Cachemire.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition Eye Makeup:

  1. Prime eyes with Nars Eyeshadow Primer.
  2. Fill and shape the brows (Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow 2 Wenge Wood).
  3. Using the back of your hand, combine equal parts (amount will vary) of Giorgio Armnai Eye and Brow 9 Gold with Givenchy 9 Brun Cachemire (reviewed here) and apply the mixture to the mobile lid using a synthetic brush.
  4. Use a warm brown shade in the crease (MUFE M-600) to blend out the edges of the lid color.
  5. Apply a lighter gold shade to the inner corners of the eye (MUFE ME-512).
  6. Line the lower lash line with Givenchy Brun Cachemire and then lightly pat Giorgio Armani 9 Gold directly over.
  7. Line the inner waterline, with a flesh tone pencil (Merle Norman Inner Liner), extending the color out and under the winged liner, to lighten the look and make eyes appear larger.
  8. Tightline the upper waterline with any gel liner of your choosing (Inglot AMC #90).
  9. Add your favorite mascara (Clinique High Impact Mascara) and black liner (Milani Liquid Liner) and your look is complete.
  10. This step is opitional:  I like to add a bit more of 9 Gold over the lid for a little extra pizzazz. 

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition Look 2:

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition. Slightly different look using blue tones on top of the brown/golden combo.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition.
Slightly different look using blue tones in addition to the brown/golden combo.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition.
Slightly different look using blue tones in addition to the brown/golden combo.

For the above photos, the same steps were used as the previous look with the obvious difference being the addition of Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo 2 Armani Navy (reviewed here) applied to the outer corner and in the crease.  Guerlain Liquid Liner in 02 BLEU OUTREMER (review coming soon) was also used in place of a black liner.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition Face Makeup:

  1. Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Nude Powder Foundation in 3 Beige Naturel and 4 Beige Moyan (reviewed here).
  2. Diorskin Star Concealer in 003 Sable/Sand (reviewed here).
  3. Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer.
  4. Vincent Longo Sandalwood Blush (reviewed here).
  5. Cle de Peau Luminizing Face Enhancer in 14 (review coming soon).

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition Lip Combo:

  1. Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint used as a base (reviewed here).
  2. Chanel 20 Audace Rouge Allure Gloss (reviewed here).
Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Holiday Edition.
Slightly different look using blue tones in addition to the brown/golden combo.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you these two looks lasted perfectly all day, with the exception of the lip color.  What look are you planning to wear for the upcoming holidays?

Since Thanksgiving is all about giving thanks, a special thanks to my hubby who always supports my insanity; to my children who always accompany me (reluctantly, but sweet about it) to the cosmetics counters; and last, but certainly not least, to all of my wonderful readers who always provide inspiration and joy.  Happy Thanksgiving…warm wishes and big hugs from my home to yours.  Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace review and swatches.

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace.

Lipgloss has always been one of my favorite products.  My very first lipgloss was Maybelline Rollerball Kissing Potion (cherry was my favorite).  Since this was the only “makeup” I was allowed to wear, I was quite liberal in my application; there was gloss on my lips, over my lips, and everywhere else.  Fast forward to the present day and although my cosmetic education and style has evolved, my basic girlie desires have stayed intact–I still want me some shiny lips.  Enter Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Auduce ($34 USD/6ml), this beautiful tube of decadence is not your typical gloss.  Rouge Allure behaves as all glosses were intended to conduct themselves–she’s smooth, glossy, and does not stray into fine lines. Glamorous, graceful and gorgeous lips are all-encompassing with this gloss; the hardest part is choosing a color 🙂

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace.

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace.

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace.

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace applicator head.

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace applicator head.

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace applicator head hugs the lips.

The Pros to Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace:

  1. Gorgeous mauve with a caramel undertone with slight multi-colored micro shimmers.  I have been searching for a shade like this for the longest time.
  2. Beautiful/fun packaging.  To open the gloss, you have to press down on the gold top and the applicator pops up.
  3. Fantastic contoured applicator head with closely cut fibers for precise application.
  4. Thick formula ensures color will adhere to the lips with minimal/even fading.
  5. Lips feel moisturized even after color fades.
  6. Pigmented formula does not stain lips when color has worn off or been removed.
  7. Removes easily with a tissue, should you feel the need to apply a fresh layer.
  8. Color and shine lasts for a good four hours without any eating or drinking.
  9. Does not feather into fine lines without a lip liner, if used in moderation.
  10. Audace is the perfect “nude” color for those with deeper skin tones to compliment any look.
  11. The mauve tone of Audace makes teeth appear whiter.
  12. Perfect “one-product” lip product.
  13. Formulated without parabens or mineral oil.
  14. Comes in 10 shades.
  15. Made in France.

The Cons to Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace:

  1. Does not layer well over lipsticks.  Due to the thicker texture, Rouge Allure Glosses will disturb any lipstick base color.
  2. Color will feather into fine lines if a fresh layer is applied to an existing layer.  I prefer to remove the older layer and start anew.
  3. After a week of using this gloss, I experience slight product build-up at the base of applicator wand.  I wipe the base clean after three uses to ensure the opening does not get clogged.
  4. Thicker formula and lack of staining effect may deter some from loving this product.
  5. Contains  slight fragrance–not too overpowering, but can be bothersome to some.
  6. According the Chanel.com, 20 Audace is the only limited edition shade.  This is the best color–WHHHYYYY Chanel?
Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace swatch

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace swatch.

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace on bare lips.

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace on bare lips.

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace over one layer of Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint.

Personally, this is the perfect neutral shade to compliment my coloring.  I especially love the fact I can get away without using a lipliner.  This is the ideal lip product to own if you are someone who does not like to carry around too many lip products throughout the day.

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace.

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace on bare lips.

The above photo shows the brightening effect Audace has on teeth.  Finally, a gloss formula that is pigmented, flattering and delivers on the no-feathering claim…imagine that!

Comparison Shades to Chanel 20 Audace:

Comparisons: Shiseido Lacquer Rouge RD702, Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint, Chanel 20 Audace, Dior Fluid Stick 975 Minut, and Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipstick 150 Decadent.

Comparisons:
Shiseido Lacquer Rouge RD702, Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint, Chanel 20 Audace, Dior Fluid Stick 975 Minut, and Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipstick 150 Decadent.

Comparison swatches removed using one swipe of a baby wipe.

Comparison swatches removed using one swipe of a baby wipe after 15 minutes on the arm.

  • Shiseido Lacquer Rouge RD702 (reviewed here) has more of a brown undertone and the thinner consistency allows the color to bleed into my fine lines when worn on its own.  However, the Lacquer Rouge formula pairs beautifully with a variety of lipsticks.
  • Girlactik Allure Matte Lip Paint (reviewed here) is clearly a matte formula.  I find this is the only lip base that works with Chanel Rouge Allure Glosses.  Not only does this product extended the wear of Audace, but Allure gives lovely dimension to the gloss.
  • Dior Addict Fluid Stick 975 Minuit (reviewed here) has a much thinner and cooling texture than Audace.  These are wonderful on their own (for some) and pair beautifully with other lipsticks.  Unlike Chanel Rouge Allure Glosses, Fluid Sticks leave behind a noticeable stain; however, I cannot wear them on their own without some serious feathering issues.
  • Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipstick 150 Decadent (reviewed here) is clearly a lipstick, but the color and wear is very similar to that of Chanel 20 Audace.
Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace ingredient list.

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace ingredient list.

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace

Yoshi wearing Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace [Yoshi thinking] “Someone please save me.”

Should you feel inclined to read another stellar review on three additional colors (and my inspiration for this purchase) Sunny from MostlySunnyBlog.com has an excellent post on her blog (here).

**Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss can be found at Nordstrom, Macys, Saks, Bloomingdale and chanel.com.**

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 20 Audace is one of the best colors and gloss formulas. For someone like me, who has difficulty with glosses feathering into fine lines, these Rouge Allure Glosses are a revelation.  I feel like the clouds have parted and the heavens have given us a wonderful gift.  Now, I’m left with one decision: Do I buy a back-up of Audace or indulge in another color?  What say you?  Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me. *Compensation is not given for any reviews. *This post contains store affiliate links. *Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product. *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com unless otherwise noted.