October 2, 2012

Chanel L’Impatiente Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick Review & Swatches

This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Lipstick in L’Impatiente ($32) is a limited edition shade release with the Chanel Holiday 2012 Makeup Collection.

It’s actually a terrifying shade for me as it is the ultimate in a vampy lip look but after trying it I must say I really like it.

This is a blackened berry wine red which looks almost grape in the tube. I thought it applied considerably lighter and berry-ish on my mouth than what it looks like in the tube so don’t write it completely off at a glance. Try it, swatch it, play with it on counter and decide after if you need it. Chances are you’ll be surprised how wearable it is with clear gloss on top.

The formula is a true matte but has some moisture to it however the color does apply a tad patchy. That just comes with the territory of a dark shade in my opinion so be prepared to apply a few strokes to get the smoothest, most opaque finish. What I dislike about shades like this is you have to pay proper attention to the inside of your lips as well as the outside. As opening your mouth will reveal a line of skin (as seen in my photos below) that isn’t very pleasant looking when paired up with a darker lip color. I suggest using a lip brush for application so you can fill in your mouth completely including the inside seam of your lip line for a finished, completed look.

Although it has some hydrating factor it goes rather dry after three hours in and the color begins to flake. I suggest exfoliating well prior to use and apply a balm under the color for the best wear and finish.

Overall, the shade is quite dramatic for a Holiday look and this might make or break your purchase as the formula is a tad uneventful for me since I don’t like mattes. However, the shade is unique enough to head to counter and check it out particularly because it’s one of the more wearable darkened wine shades I’ve tried that actually works for me.

It’s available now on Chanel counters as well as online at chanel.com

Did you pick anything up from the Chanel Holiday 2012 Makeup Collection?

How about this lipstick?


This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • GREG’S girl!!!!!

    The color works for u!! You’re just like me with those mattes!!

  • Amy Amethyst

    I think it looks beautiful on you! Especially against your dark brown eyes.

  • Tiffany Martin

    WOW this looks amazing! In the tube it scared me too, but damn. If there was ever a color that matches you, this is it. Was the reason it wasn’t “muse approved” the matte formula?

    • the Muse

      def the matte formula tiffany hehe ;-D and thanks! def scary but applies considerably nicer than what you see in tube!

      • Tiffany Martin

        It does recover nicely with the gloss and prep, it’s truly terrific and I kinda want to have it even if it requires labor to make obey. SO PRETTY.

  • Larie

    I love these dark, rich shades on you! So pretty with that natural-colored blush.

    • the Muse

      aw thanks regina! How’s things over at margarita bloom? Halloween live yet? ;D

  • Leigh

    Muse-chan you look gorgeous! Now if only I could actually afford Chanel…that color *sighs and checks wallet*…Nope too poor. XD

    • the Muse

      aw thank you leigh <3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! don't worry, I'm having giveaways for chanel in the upcoming month ;-D maybe you'll win yes? :-D!

  • Olivia Frescura

    This is pretty, but I think I’ll pass since I have a few similar shades!

  • cat

    I can’t do badly behaved drying lipsticks and I really dislike matte lipsticks but this looks GORGEOUS on you, Muse. Keep bringing on the dark lippies. We shall conquer our fear together. One of these days, I’ll get something more intense than Clinique’s Chubby Stick in Voluptuous Violet. Maybe. 🙂

  • LMat

    It does look really intimidating in the tube, but wow, it’s so pretty on you.

  • Melissa

    The lipstick looked like it would be way too dark, but it actually looks gorgeous when it’s put on!

  • Ladymoonlight

    looks quite scary on its own, but on your lips it’s really nice. Quite outside most people’s comfort zone, however.

  • OrangeLipstickBlog

    I keep trying to convince myself that I don’t need this but….

  • SusanT

    OMG, Muse, that color is gorgeous on you! I’m a really pale redhead but I might even consider trying it now — wow!

  • Summer

    Oh i so need that lippie. Too bad its so expensive anyone know of a less expensive dupe? If so please let me know. I hate to pay that when i can get 2 mac for cheaper right now as they are offering free shipping till the end of the year online. Did everyone know? I ordered ruby woo yesterday. So excitec to get it weeeee! I love fall! !!!!

    • the Muse

      this is a press sample amber. It’s on counters right now at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, etc…check those stores.

      • Melissa

        I can’t find the Holiday 2012 collection anywhere! My Nordies says the end of the month, and it’s not on chanel.com yet. I am DYING of anticipation!!!

        The color looks fab on you!

  • Butterdaisy

    I have dry lips. Very dry lips, so it’s a no go for me, but it looks fantastic on you. In that bottom pic you look so bright eyed.

  • Majick

    Where was my mind when I thought you were going to be sporting black lips? I was totes excited ya know? LOL
    Actually this is a much better color on you. haha thankfully, I already own other similar shades so I’ll be able to pass and Chanel is a rather steep price tag for a dupe.
    Where it well!

  • shaimaa

    Wow! when i saw the lipstick alone i thought that its darker but on your lips its look so great , it worth searching for
    Its glowing your skin

  • Cristina R

    Omg, just looking for some reviews of this lipstick and I get shocked when I saw it on your lips… STUNNING!!!!
    Fits your skin tone like a glove, god. Much love from Spain!! =)

  • annabell

    This color is gorgeous!!looks amazing on you:) I wasn’t able to find it in Germany so I finally ordered it at Hopefully it will match my skintone as well:D

    • the Muse

      aw thanks annabell! I hope you love it! Update me and let me know how it looks!