One Word: RED! Chanel Le Rouge Collection No. 1

Red, she said! The lipsticks from the fall Chanel Le Rouge Collection No. 1
Erhmahgawd, so much red! I mean…I love wearing red, but I can’t possibly be the only person out there who looked whatsoever OF THE RED in Chanel’s fall Le Rouge No. 1 Collection and thought, “There’s absolutely no damned way.”

Red lips? Yeah, I’m completely downtown, Julie Brown, but red lipstick, red blush and red eyeshadow…? seems a little out there! At first glance at this collection, I came so close to whipping my ponytail and spinning in the other direction in my high-tops. I didn’t think there was any way this much red could be wearable.


But then I tried it on!

And had a revelation.

Red on the lids? YAAAS, QUEEN. same goes for red on cheeks. and when you put ’em together with red lips? C’est magnifique!


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Wearing the quad, blush and cream shadow in Rouge Brule; liner in Agape; and lipstick in Rouge Charnel
My reaction to this release is a far cry from what happened a few years ago when I tried wearing red on my lids and was so traumatized by the event that I didn’t want to do it ever again. because man! — that sh*t was baaaaad. I looked like a woebegon side character from a Dickens novel where it rains all the time…

Sad panda.

Chanel Candeur Et Experience Eyeshadow Quad ($61) and Rouge Profond blush ($45)
But the collection’s quad, Candeur Et Experience, is a completely different scene. I mean, if these shadows were food, they’d be your cheat day. I’m talkin’ indulgent. They’re extremely easy to blend — even the red, which hella intimidated me — practically melts into the delicious chocolatey browns.

And those three brown shades? Homie, they’re majorly key, because when you get them them up in the mix, they ground that red so that it doesn’t look as stark and disjointed on the skin. I was so, so TERRIFIED to try this quad, but count on — it all works. The pieces fall into place.

I think that crazy red blush is another standout in the collection. Again, I expected it to be like boarding a train to crazy town, but using it with the lightest touch of a blush brush — like a kitten nose tap — creates a healthy flush.

Of course, the Chanel Joues Contraste blush formula is also just as smooth, easy to blend and outright remarkable as it ought to be with a satiny red like this one, but I expected it to just be too much red when worn with the quad.

But it wasn’t. I think they look completely best together, like that time I saw Beyonce and Idris Elba in a picture from the met Ball.

I also love both of the silky cream shadows — shimmery copper Illuison D’Ombre in Rouge Brule and matte plum illusion D’Ombre velvet in Rouge Contraste (they blend like dreams) — and the Le Stylo eyeliners in Agape and Eros, which are so smooth that they practically moonwalk across your lids.

Ugh! So good it hurts…

The Rouge allure velvet and Rouge allure Lipsticks ($37 each), and illusion D’Ombre and illusion D’Ombre velvet ($36 each)
The Stylo Yeux waterproof Eyeliners ($33 each), the Le Crayon Levres Lip Liners ($31 each) and the Le Vernis nail polishes ($28 each)
The Chanel Le Rouge Collection No. 1 Eyeshadow Quad
The Chanel Le Rouge Collection No. 1 Blush
The two Chanel Le Rouge Collection illusion D’Ombre cream shadows on the left and two Eyeliners on the right
The two Le Rouge Collection No. 1 Lip Liners
The six Le Rouge Collection No. 1 Lipsticks
As for the lipsticks, lip liners and lacquers — I mean, c’mon, it’s Chanel. We know they can do reds and do it well.

I was scared of this collection at first — I admit it — but I hope you give it a go! I didn’t think I’d like it at all, but I completely changed my mind when I tried the products.


Now I love it. love IT. You can find it now at Chanel counters and online.

Your friendly neighborhood charm addict,


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