How many of you have watched this stunning, ephemeral ad, featuring the divine Vanessa Paradis (French singer-songwriter and lucky life partner to Johnny Depp) and gone “Oh my goodness, Rouge Coco, je l’adore!”?
I know I did. It was all I could do not to squeal when I saw that Rouge Coco had arrived in Malaysia in full force. I think its biggest allure lies in its stunning colour range, which covers four categories: beiges, pinks, reds and browns.
The beige range is small, but exudes class. I loved the shade called Perle, which is an elegant, natural rosy-beige colour with slight sheen. I also found that my two favourite shades in the pink range were undoubtedly Mademoiselle, the colour that Ms Paradis is wearing in her ad, and the duskier, peachier Ruban Rose. The red range is rich, beautiful and fiery but not for me, as I am still recovering from my fear of bright lip colours, and the brown range would probably suit other skintones, definitely not mine.
Texturally, Rouge Coco is creamy and lush, with a strong hydrating quality. The colour glides on nicely (at least from all the swatching I was doing on the back of my hand!) and I liked that it didn’t feel thick and weighty.
Their packaging, as always, is classic, with the Chanel logo contrasting rather beautifully against the glossy black exterior. One of the most beautiful things about Chanel packaging in general, I find, is its simplicity, practicality and subtlety. There is a reason that Chanel is still perceived, by and large, as the brand name that embodies old-school sensuality and femininity with class and elegance.
Pour conclure, I think I will be hankering for my very own Rouge Coco for a while. At RM95 apiece, Rouge Coco falls firmly at the far end of the lipstick price normal curve, but I’m going to save up for one. I wouldn’t be able to do a proper review about it otherwise now, would I?