Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Color in Charactere (available here) - $32.50 Part of the Les Essentiels de Chanel makeup colllection for fall 2012.
Chanel presents 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.
Part of the newly launched (and perhaps a bit seasonally out of place) fall 2012 collection by Chanel, the Rouge Coco lipstick in Charactere is a mauve-plum with hints of brown. There is very fine golden shimmer scattered throughout the lipstick. While it looks quite scary dark in the tube, on the lips it turns out much more of a neutral shade, perhaps because it gets sheered out by the shimmer.
NARS Vendanges (part of the NARS summer 2012 lineup). Both lipsticks are a dark plum with hints of brown, but NARS Vendanges is slightly more sheerer, glossier, and doesn't have the shimmer in it. Charactere, in comparison, seems more matte/opaque and a tiny bit more mauve. Here are some photos.
I think the NARS and the Chanel version are quite similar in terms of color and coverage. While they do look slightly different, any one of these would be quite sufficient - unless you are a crazy beauty blogger :P Whether or not you want shimmer in your lipstick could be one way to decide or you could let your wallet decide - the NARS lipstick is a tad less expensive at $24.
Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick in Charactere is a plummy brownish lipstick that is a perfect fall shade - a neutral plum for those of you who aren't into the really dark colors that dominate the autumn color palette. I don't think it is that unique a shade but pretty, nevertheless.