CHANEL | Le Rouge Collection N°1 Fall 2016 – Lipsticks

CHANEL Le Rouge lippies opener


With Summer’s heat fully upon us, the last thing I want to think about is the upcoming colder season, but when a collection as stunning as CHANEL’s Le Rouge Collection N°1 (Fall 2016) landed across my desk, let’s just say that I immediately dropped whatever else I was doing.

Appointed as CHANEL’s Global Creative Makeup and Colour Designer in 2014, this is Lucia Pica’s debut collection for the brand and centres around the colour red with all of its visual strength, visceral emotion, as well as classic appeal. Perfectly expressed by Mlle. Chanel herself, “Mettez du rouge et attaquez” (French for: “Put on lipstick and attack”), this collection plays on variations of this intense hue, turning this primary colour at once edgy, rebellious, sensual, and yet still so powerful.

For convenience, I’ve broken down the collection into several reviews (lips, eyes, nails, face) as each category so totally deserves its own spotlight.

*Not shown: Rouge Allure 168 Rouge Ingénue (pink beige), Rouge Allure Velvet 58 Rouge Vie (rosebud red), and Le Crayon Lèvres 97 Désir (orange-red)*

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Kristen Stewart for Le Rouge Collection N°1, CHANEL Fall 2016

CHANEL Le Rouge lippies caps

CHANEL | Le Rouge Collection N°1, Fall 2016

CHANEL Le Rouge lippies

CHANEL | Le Rouge Collection N°1, Fall 2016

CHANEL Le Rouge lippie & pencil

CHANEL | Le Rouge Collection N°1, Fall 2016

CHANEL Le Rouge lippie swatches 2

CHANEL | Le Rouge Collection N°1 (lipsticks & lip liner swatches)

CHANEL Le Rouge lippies 2

The lipsticks for this collection come in two formats: Rouge Allure (CAN $43.00), an ultra creamy formula that provides a gliding feel upon the lips, beautifully pigmented, and coming to a soft-shine finish and Rouge Allure Velvet (CAN $43.00), a texturally rich formula with intense colour saturation, a smooth application and a ending in a velvety finish. The Le Crayon Lèvres (CAN $33.00) includes a brush on one end and also comes with a sharpener, with chamomile extract along with Vitamins A & E in the formula, to provide a long-lasting yet hydrating feel coupled with a creamy texture.

All swatches below are shown with 98 Séduction Le Crayon Lèvres, with the exception of 56 Rouge Charnel.

  • 169 Rouge Tentation Rouge Allure – intense red, slightly warm leaning but can easily be worn by those with cooler undertones as well
  • 57 Rouge Feu Rouge Allure Velvet – orange red, warm leaning, vibrant, flirty and totally playful
  • 56 Rouge Charnel Rouge Allure Velvet – fire red, warm leaning, lush and killer sexy
  • 59 Rouge Audace Rouge Allure Velvet – rich chocolate burgundy, cooler base but works on all complexions equally, sensual & vampy
  • 98 Séduction Le Crayon Lèvres – rosebud brick

The staying power on all is excellent, with Rouge Tentation having a touch more slip due to the more emollient formula. With matte lips still going strong, I have to say that the Rouge Allure Velvet formula is still my favourite, as it’s not only incredibly long-lasting, but never seems to dry out lips and stays smooth and even throughout the wearing. I don’t own many CHANEL lip liners, but the ones I do have I swear by; with a formula that applies soft enough that there’s no tugging along the skin yet sharpens easily to a precise point, these pencils are definitely worth the splurge.


CHANEL Le Rouge lippie swatches

CHANEL | Le Rouge Collection N°1, lipstick swatches


Leave it to CHANEL to basically reinvent the wheel, turning a shade as ubiquitous as red into something fresh & new again. Of course, there are only so many shades of this colour and yet what makes these Le Rouge Collection N°1 lipsticks & lip liner stand out, is the formulation. No other shade is as statement-making as red, and yet it can be made playful or taken down into deeper, more sensual depths. Let’s face it, swipe on even a touch of red along your lips and you feel instantly powerful & fierce (and sexy, and mysterious, and feminine, and strong, etc.) Well played, Lucia Pica … well played indeed.

Available on CHANEL counters August 6th

CHANEL Le Rouge lippies closer


Vermillion bounty kindly provided/As always, all opinions are my own



4 Responses to CHANEL | Le Rouge Collection N°1 Fall 2016 – Lipsticks

  1. What is the model wearing in this pic?

    • Eugenia says:

      Unfortunately I don’t have access to that information but if I learn which shade it is, I’ll edit that here

  2. Lisa Guglielmo says:

    Hello, can you tell me where you got the beautiful red promotional Chanel pouch in the photos?

    • Eugenia says:

      The pouch along with a few other accessories were part of the media kit that was sent to me and not available for individual sale

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