CHANEL – Rouge Coco Lipstick #42 Culte

 

I should begin by mentioning something first: I bought this shade by mistake, although I didn’t know it at the time. To clarify, what I really wanted was #45 Caractère from the CHANEL Fall 2012 Collection … so how did I end up with this shade? You know how when a product gets sold out, the counter staff replaces the tester for it in the display with a similar shade? Well, that’s what happened here, but I was never informed by the SA. Not until a week or so later, did I realize that a “switch” had occurred, and by then, I had grown to love this hue. Ultimately, I guess it didn’t matter – happy a mistake was made!


CHANEL – Rouge Coco #42 Culte


CHANEL – Rouge Coco #42 Culte


CHANEL – Rouge Coco #42 Culte (natural light)

 

Rouge Coco #42 Culte – (CAD $34.00) a creamy plum/mauve hue with lavender overtones, leaning more towards a rich neutral than a deep shade. Almost a throwback to the ultra mauve lip shades of the 90’s, ‘Culte’ is significantly more wearable and will suite a wide range of skin tones as well. The Rouge Coco formula is one of my favourites from CHANEL, as it applies in an exceptionally smooth manner, deposits a good amount of colour (obviously depending on the shade selected), and lasts surprisingly long for such an emollient product – I got approximately 5 hours of wear before fading, leaving my lips feeling well hydrated. The only downside, is that it’s limited – as are all in the Rouge Coco range … which can be understandably very frustrating.


CHANEL – Rouge Coco #42 Culte (natural light)


CHANEL – Rouge Coco #42 Culte (sunlight)


CHANEL – Rouge Coco #42 Culte


 

The only other Rouge Coco shade I own that came slightly close to ‘Culte’, is ‘#02 Perlé’, but as can be seen and apart from the fact that they’re both from the same range, they have nothing in common – with ‘Perlé’ bearing a light pearly finish to go with its more dusky rose tones.


CHANEL – Rouge Coco #42 Culte vs #02 Perlé (natural light)


CHANEL – Rouge Coco #42 Culte vs #02 Perlé (sunlight)

 

Final thoughts: Sometimes it happens that a mistake turns out well, as was the case here; I ended up with a shade that is unique in my collection, in a colour that suits my skin tone, and in the formula I adore. For the days where I want something with more impact than a nude, but falling short of the drama that the deeper hues give, ‘Culte’ is that perfect compromise – providing exactly the right amount of colour, without overpowering the rest of my look. With a little bit of detective work, you might still find this available at several CHANEL counters – well worth the sleuthing, in my opinion.


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