I have not been terribly enthusiastic about Chanel's recent offerings on the lipstick front, but curiosity wins over levelheadedness every single time. Chanel Rouge Allure Intense lipstick in Envoutante is just another such case. Part of the Printemps Precieux de Chanel Spring 2013 Makeup Collection, Envoutante is described as a shimmering violet plum, and that's just what it is. Scary dark in the tube but sheers out considerably on swatches/lips. In the store lighting at least, the colour looked like it would be a nice berry/plum shade for my darker skin.
The lipstick has fine silver and violetish shimmer scattered throughout the deep plum base. Typical of most Chanel lipsticks with shimmers in them, this too is very subdued and almost nonexistent on the lips and swatches. That to me is a huge plus point, but if you like a fair sprinkling of the shiny things, you might want to swatch in store before buying.
Chanel Rouge Allure Intense Lipstick - Evoutante - Swatch/FOTDAs I mentioned earlier, the color does sheer out quite a bit on application, but the light-weight formula allows the intensity to be beautifully built up to a deeper shade on the lips if you want to. The shimmer is really not visible unless I go really close and check for it, but it adds a bit of a glossiness to the lips.
On me, I find this a little difficult shade to wear. Despite being sheerer than what it looks like in the tube, Envoutante is still a darker shade than what I generally wear. Apart from the comfort factor, though, I also feel such shades do better with a perfect skin/base - something I am yet to learn - and can look a bit aging, otherwise. This is just my personal opinion based on what it looks like on me. I have a friend back in India who always wears these darker shades, and they look amazing on her. She is a tad darker than I am and has beautiful glowing skin (so jealous!), but that just proves my point! Texture-wise, the Rouge Allure Intense lipsticks range from very to slightly drying on my lips depending on the color. The darker shades go on beautifully and do last much longer than regular lipsticks (not through meals but don't disappear completely either), and they are much less drying than the lighter shades from this range - again, this is my opinion based on how it works on me (because a lot of people seem to love this formula). Overall, a nice buy if you like sporting the darker, berry lip trend for the winters. This also would work nicely sheered out as a stain for the summer/spring season.
MORE FROM THE CHANEL SPRING 2013 MAKEUP COLLECTION
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Polish: Fracas
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Polish: Emprise
Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating Highlighter Powder
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Polish: Accessoire
Chanel Joues Contraste Blush: Frivole