Chanel Rouge Coco in 45 Caractere from Les Essentials de Chanel for Fall 2012 ~ Swatches, Photos, Review

The final item I picked up from the Les Essentials de Chanel collection was the Rouge Coco in 45 Caractere. Chanel describes this as a rose brown. I would be more inclined to describe it as a plum brown emphasis on the plum.
I’ve been a long time fan of the Rouge Coco formula. I know some find it to be drying but I have never found it drying on my lips. I like that it doesn’t have slip and stays put and comfortable.
I’m not quite decided on how I feel about Caractere. While I adore the shade I am not overly fond of the flat gold micro shimmer it contains. The effect is subtle but it is the “flat” type of small shimmer that I don’t tend to be a big fan of. I have no idea if any of you know what the heck I’m talking about when I say that but those are my thoughts. 😉 It’s the same sort of flat micro shimmer that bothers me in Guerlain Meteorites.
The finish is a touch dull but adding a touch of Troublant Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss is perfection! Sometimes I feel too lazy for two steps though. 😉
Natural light.
Direct sun.
I purchased this online from Neiman Marcus.

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  • lola seicento
    July 12, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    It looks gorgeous on you. I tried it on my lis after swatching it, and it just sort looked “meh” on me– that was especially disappointing since I had hyped it up in my mind. However, Troublant is a real winner on me–so I’m happy to have purchased it.

  • Poppy Buxom
    July 12, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    I think it looks great on you. It looks great on me, too … but I’ve managed to lose mine. Still have the box, but can’t find the lipstick. Argh! Why couldn’t it be a Wet ‘n’ Wild lipstick instead?

  • Tracy@Beauty Reflections
    July 13, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    I think it looks great on you! I have Destinee I think is the name? Kind of similar I think. Hmm must go look because I am loving plums lately!

  • Perilously Pale
    July 13, 2012 at 1:37 AM

    I love Troublant too Lola. Ya like I said I’m not too blown away by the finish of Caractere. meh indeed. The colour is lovely though for me.

    Poppy I’m sure it will turn up! It had better!

    Thanks Tracy. I don’t think I have Destinee. I should know that shouldn’t I? LOL

  • Kate MacDonald
    July 15, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    This is definitely on my list of things to check out from this collection, just because those sort of plummy-brown colours seem to work pretty well on me. I’m also curious about Culte, which looks like it might be similar, but a little more purple.

  • Perilously Pale
    July 16, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    I think it would definitely be right up your alley Kate.


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