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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