Chanel's Rouge Coco Shine formula is by far my very favorite Chanel Lipstick because it is one of the new breed hybrid lipsticks that is comfortable to wear and it resides somewhere in the liminal space between a lipstick, a lip balm and a lip gloss. To me this makes it as close to perfection as one can get. Up until now I only had Boy (review forthcoming) and Royallieu (reviewed here), and I have my friend Zuzu*s Petals
the Temptress from Everyday Beauty to blame for my latest acquisition: Antigone (60). That Chanel should have chosen to name this Saks Fifth Avenue exclusive (LE) after the daughter of King Oedipus of Thebes and Jocasta is rather funny. The idea that Sophocles inspired a sheer and somewhat buildable "raspberry red with amber undertones and very subtle gold shimmer" lipstick, as Zuzu aptly describes it, certainly seems a bit improbable.
To say that this is a gorgeous lipstick is an understatement, but opaque it is not. As with all of the Rouge Coco Shines they tend to be a bit more sheer- though they do impart a wash of color. Upon first application this formula appears a bit more like a gloss with a luscious and juicy sheen. However, after about 1- 2 hours (on me at least) most of the sheen wears away leaving a lovely stain behind. It is at this point that I either reapply the same RCS or I top it off with a lip gloss which reanimates the lipstick. Honestly I see no down side to this formula, or this color. I know that some people complain that the coverage isn't opaque enough for them, but if opacity is what you are looking for in a lipstick then Rouge Coco Shines really shouldn't even be considered- that is not what this wonderful formula is about. The other complaint voiced by some of the detractors is that it isn't a long-wearing formula- which admittedly it is not.
The hybrid lipstick/ lip balms don't tend to be as long wearing as the more conventional types of lipsticks, but they are more moisturizing and forgiving on drier lips, and are super convenient in that they can generally be applied without a mirror. This formula is so comfortable and moisturizing with the perfect amount of cushion that you may find (as I have) that it feels so good that you will be tempted to rub your lips together (which I do), and all of that lip rubbing business definitely impacts wear-time. But who cares- the Rouge Coco Shines feel so good and they are utterly gorgeous. If you are crazy about Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters- then welcome to lipstick hybrid nirvana.
This photograph was taken outdoors in the sun. This swatch represents about two passes, and the coverage is buildable, but it will never reach the point of being completely opaque.
Overall Assessment: A fantastic color with an amazing formula. If you pair this with a Chanel Glossimer - it just doesn't get any better. There are some things that Chanel does so well that it takes every ounce of self control not to buy every shade that works for my complexion, and for me it's Rouge Coco Shines, Glossimers, and Joues Contraste Powder Blushes.
$32.50 Saks Fifth Avenue. They are sold out on their website, but Antigone is still available in the company. Call your local store, or their toll free number and they can assist you.
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