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A Discontinued Classic: Chanel Dragon Rouge Allure Laque

As a red lipstick lover, I’ve regretted not buying Chanel Dragon Rouge Allure Laque liquid lipstick many times.  It’s a classic shade and a popular favorite, but was discontinued about a year ago.  At the moment, it’s going for about $100 on ebay – way too much for me to consider.  But, a few weeks ago I got lucky and found it on a blogsale for only $25 (and almost unused, too – only swatched with a separate applicator).  So – is it worth the hype?
Chanel Dragon Rouge Allure Laque

Chanel Rouge Allure Laque applicator

Chanel Rouge Allure Laque applicator

The packaging is really lovely – a substantial feeling, black square tube. It’s functional and elegant.  I also love the applicator – it’s a variation on a doe-foot applicator, but with a slanted tip that makes the product easy to apply precisely.

The formula is as good as I expected – smooth, creamy, and pigmented.  It’s comfortable to wear, and very long lasting.  It does transfer more than I prefer, but that’s to be expected since it has a slightly glossy finish.

Chanel Dragon Rouge Allure Laque swatch
Chanel Dragon Rouge Allure Laque swatch

The color is beautiful as well – somehow it manages to be both bright and dark red.  It’s a very balanced, true red – to my eye, it doesn’t lean warm or cool, and I can imagine it looking great on anyone.  Many red lipsticks turn pink on me, but this one stays very true to the swatched color.

I’ve heard that Shiseido RD607 Nocturne (reviewed here) is similar to Chanel Dragon, and I also wanted to see how Rouge d’Armani 400 (reviewed here) compared, so below I have swatches of all three together.  As you can see, both are fairly close, but neither are dupes – Nocturne is slightly darker than Dragon, and RdA 400 is brighter.  Nocturne is closer in texture, but also has microglitter (not very visible when first applied, but quite visible when blotted).

Armani Rd'A 400; Chanel Dragon; Shiseido Nocturne

Armani Rd’A 400; Chanel Dragon; Shiseido Nocturne

Overall – love!  This is just as fantastic as I hoped it would be, and I am thrilled to have it in my collection.  It’s really a pity that Chanel discontinued something this beautiful.  If you have the opportunity to buy Dragon, I would absolutely snap it up – it’s a classic for a reason.

Chanel Troublant (68) Lip Gloss Review, Swatches, Photos

Although I’m not much of a lipgloss person most of the time, I’ve been seeing gorgeous swatches of Chanel’s new, limited edition lip gloss – the Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Troublant (68).   It was Becca’s swatches (and her report of a 5-hour wear time) at The Beauty Sample that finally convinced me I had to give it a try! This is actually my first Chanel item; although I own several items from brands with comparable price points (mostly Guerlain and some Burberry), nothing from Chanel seemed worth the price to me until now.

Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss wand closeup

applicator

The packaging is lovely and simple; a rectangular black tube, with a gold lid and the Chanel double-C logo on top.  It’s a little bit more bulky than I would prefer, but I do like the shape.  The wand (seen above), is a flattened doe-foot applicator; the side view (seen above) is narrow, and the front view is wider.

The gloss has a medium-strong scent.  Scents generally don’t bother me, but it’s something to be aware of it you are scent-sensitive.

Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in 68 Troublant - swatch
Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in 68 Troublant - swatch

On me, Chanel Troublant is definitely a my-lips-but-better shade. It is a soft, rosy pinky-brown with a subtle microshimmer.  It’s actually so close to my natural lip shade that it’s a bit difficult to see; however, it does subtly enhance my natural lip color.

Overall, I am really enjoying this gloss. It is comfortable, non-sticky, and a really lovely color.