Chanel Rouge Coco Review + Swatches (finally!)

Chanel’s Rouge Coco Lipstick line came out a bit ago (Feb. 2010), and I’ve been meaning to do this review since then! I’m just glad I have a good camera now to share swatches (at bottom of post)!

Here is the description from the Chanel website:

CHANEL introduces a modern interpretation of classic creme lip colour as an homage to the rich life and legacy of ‘Coco’ Chanel. New lightweight lip colour glides on for easy application, and features a Hydratendre complex to help soften, soothe and condition lips – even boosting their ability to hold in moisture – for a plumper, smoother and healthier-looking appearance. A range of wearable shades with full-coverage finishes, from matte to pearl to soft shimmer.

These replaced the Rouge Hydrabase lipsticks and run $30 per tube. The colors I purchased were 19 Gabrielle, 20 Rose Comete, and 56 Teheran (LE from the Chanel website).

Gabrielle is a lovely bright satiny red with a subtle shimmer. Rose Comete is a cool light pink with some shimmer. Teheran is a pink-y coral that even runs a bit orange-y in some lighting on me; this one also has that subtle shimmer that makes it look pearly.


The packaging is metal; solid and heavy, just how I would expect a luxury lipstick to be. I was very pleased with the heft and the aesthetics of the case. The new “click” that people have been talking about when you close the lipstick is also very satisfying. Overall, the packaging is excellent — well made, elegant, and functional.


The lipstick itself is harder to review because each shade is a bit different to me. First, what they all share is a nice smooth texture with nice slip, but not too much. It is a very light lipstick, and doesn’t feel like you are wearing much even with a heavy handed application on these. They are very easy to apply; I don’t even need a lip brush if I don’t feel like bothering, and have no problems with feathering or anything.

As for the hydrating bit, I wouldn’t say they are necessarily hydrating, but I also wouldn’t say they are drying.

They are all scented, which can be a plus or a minus for some; I personally like the rose-y floral scent they have, though it is a bit strong.

Wear time is where I think the largest difference in shades is. Gabrielle lasts a solid 4-6 hours on my lips (depending on what I’m doing), and even leaves a nice color after eating and drinking. Teheran is almost as long lasting, if not the same, and Rose Comete lasts a little less time on me and is also a bit sheerer than the other two.

It is a little pricey, but it is also a luxury brand, so I feel like it comes with the territory. Are they worth $30 for one tube? Well, I bought three, so it was a “yes” for me, and I still feel that way. I get a lot of wear out of these colors and love the formula.


I gave it 4.5 out of 5. Not Holy Grail in general, though I do feel like Gabrielle is HG in the red department for me; it is the only red I’ve ever felt comfortable in formula and color-wise. Great lipstick overall, though.

Lip Swatches (indoors with flash):


Rose Comete

Teheran – I can’t believe how pink it looks in this picture! Also – whoa coloring outside the lines!

How do you feel about the Rouge Coco lipstick line?

Disclaimer: All products in this review were purchased by me.