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|Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick in Rebelle on the lips|
The glossy black bullet is not really dressing table worthy but I still like how sleek it is and the glossy black exterior feels quite luxe. The lid closes with a satisfactory click which I am obsessed with to the point where I find the snap closure kind of therapeutic at times, like bursting the bubbles in a bubble wrap (Anybody else obsessed with doing that?!).
The actual lipstick is shaped with a flat top similar to Revlon lip butters. Flat bullets kinda annoy me but I will overlook that in this case because the formula favours that shape without making application difficult.
I bought Rebelle at the London airport within 5 minutes of entering the Chanel counter, which is very unusual of me. I am one who enjoys swatching lipsticks to the point of annoying the shop assistant! This was the first shade I tried of the lot and immediately wanted to own it. It is a coral red that immediately perked up my complexion making me look like I actually made an effort to look good, when all I did that morning was sulk and tear up because I was travelling to India without my husband and was not going to see him for another 2 months!
I also had my eye set on a pink shade from the same line, I think it was called Romance but restrained because I wanted to give the formula a whirl before buying another.
I absolutely adore the formula of these lipsticks. For a lipstick scared person like me this is the perfect way to wear bright colours. I kinda cower when I am out wearing one. But this lipstick has me sorted for those occasions when you know a bright lip is the way to go. I would call it semi-opaque in that it certainly goes on bright and true to colour even on the first swipe but it does not completely cover up the lips. It looks like I have a veil of coloured glass on the lips.
If you have read this review thus far you would think I am going to give this lipstick a 10/10 and let the case rest. But no, there is a major con with this lipstick. The formula while being glossy and light is not the most moisturising. It definitely dries out the lips after a few hours of wear. Not stretchy and dry like some matte lipsticks do, but I can definitely see some flaking on my bottom lip and the formula accentuates the dry bits instead of masking them, which is a bummer for something that is such an expensive product.
When I compare the Rouge coco shines with MAC lustre finishes, the former is so much more light-weight and glossy. Also the colour payoff of the Chanel lipsticks far outweighs that of MAC, but MAC lustres are a lot more moisturising making Chanel better for occasional wear and the good old not-so-pricey MAC suitable for daily wear.
Overall I really enjoy using this lipstick. The light-weight formula makes it a wearable red for me and one that I reach for a lot even though the colour is out of my comfort zone. If I were to buy another Rouge coco shine lipstick, I would certainly go for a deeper colour that I wouldn't normally wear because on occasion I could overlook it's drying nature for being able to wear bright colours. But I would never pick up an everyday nude since the drying formula makes them not suitable for day long wear.
Have you faced similar drying issues with these Chanel lipsticks?