Lipstick News! Chanel is on Everyone’s Lips. Plus, Bourjois’ Brilliant New Buys

Wed, 30 January 2013 2:23PM

At this week’s SAG Awards, a Chanel lipstick was a must-have red carpet accessory …

Naomi Watts played the part of Hollywood screen siren, switching up a classic red for hot pink, wearing Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Lip Colour in La Sensuelle, $50.

January Jones, complete with a pompadour-like coiff, wore Chanel Rouge Allure Lip Colour in Incandenscente, $50, a fire engine orange-red hue.

Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery wore Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Lip Colour in L’Exquise, $50, dabbed on to achieve a stain-like effect.

Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Créme Lipstick in Taffeta Rose, $50, a classic rosy red shade was the order of the day for Anne Hathaway.

It’s quite the chic accessory to slip into your clutch, wouldn’t you say?


It evokes a certain sense of glamour. The streamlined black tube, the sleek ‘one-click’ gold case, and the iconic interlocking CC on the base. The lipstick itself, made up of the perfectly shaped bullet with Chanel stamped into its cylinder, and – most importantly – many a finely tuned formula designed to create a flawless lip finish.

Mademoiselle Chanel would be oh-so-proud of the prominent lip looks of late, after years of minimalist, natural and nude lip hues dominating the runway and red carpet. Because you see, when Mlle began designing and creating her lipsticks back in 1924, she had a penchant for dark and rich red lipstick, which set off her dark hair. And for a fun fact, those one click cases were one of her original designs. Très clever, Coco. Years later, the Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick in Gabrielle, $50, a bold red, long-wearing lipstick with a glossy sheen, was created in her honour. Think of it as a modern take on the classic cream lip colours she dreamed up so many years ago.

In recent times, Chanel lipsticks have become just as much of a cult item, as say, the brand’s legendary 2.55 bag. For a fraction of the cost and a way to carry a tiny piece of designer with you at all times.

But alas, if a Chanel lipstick is only in your dreams right now, here’s something that will surely be in your budget …

It’s Bourjois Rouge Edition Lipstick, $19, from pharmacies, which now comes in six new shades. Drawing inspiration from colourful lip looks seen on the catwalk, the rich and blindingly bright hues include everything from a creamy peach to neon pink and, my personal favourite, Rouge Buzz, described as a ‘popping orange red.’ What I love most is its almost neon-like quality, perfect for a night out on the town, but equally as pretty and polished for a day in the office. It has quite a smooth, velvety texture, and settles to a creamy matte finish. As for wear time, I got around four hours before I needed a touch up. Not bad at all.

Tell me, Primpers, have you invested in a Chanel lipstick?

If so, which is your favourite?

Do you like the sound of the new shades from Bourjois?

Hayley x

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  • Posted by: Julieanne Horsman // Wed, 30 January 2013 02:36pm

    I LOVE Chanel lipstick. I splurged on a Rouge Allure lipstick in “Enthusiast.” It’s creamy, doesn’t bleed, looks gorgeous on and doesn’t melt in the car! I accidentally left mine in the glove box of my car on a recent hot day and when I remembered I panicked and went to retrieve it. I was delighted to find it was still solid!

  • Posted by: lolo Master Fan // Wed, 30 January 2013 02:48pm

    hmm only in my dreams is right! Maybe I will save a little a splurge on one soon because I love the shade Anne is wearing, it is the perfect soft pinky red that I have been looking for!

  • Posted by: Britty1 Master Fan // Wed, 30 January 2013 04:25pm

    I love my Chanel Lipsticks, I dont have any with me in my bag today, but my 3 favourite shades to wear are all chanel, my red (in Rouge Allure Passion), my dusty pink (almost a deeper natural lip colour) and my beige nude with a bit of shimmer hue. <3

  • Posted by: Caz // Thu, 31 January 2013 12:28am

    Is it true that Bourjois is made in the same factory as Chanel, or is that an urban myth ?

  • Posted by: aeko91 Master Fan // Thu, 31 January 2013 09:57am

    The Chanel Lumiere Fluid Foundation is the same as Bourjouis healthy mix serum foundation. I don’t splurge on lipsticks as you can often find a cheaper alternative, nonetheless all those ladies lips look gorg.

  • Posted by: loopy-lexy // Thu, 31 January 2013 11:25am

    Chanel Lumiere Fluid Foundation is NOT the same as Bourjouis healthy mix serum foundation, out of curiousity I just looked up the ingredients of both and they are completely different. I think Bourjois IS owned by Chanel though.

  • Posted by: soMuchPretty Master Fan // Thu, 31 January 2013 12:37pm

    Chanel Rouge Allures are my favourite lipsticks ever. I have Prodigious, Romantic, Libertine, Naive and Genial. I also have a Rouge Coco but I don’t like the formula as much and it doesn’t have the same clicky case. The colours are so awesome and the formula is smooth and amazing.

    Bourjois is owned by Chanel so the brand is worth checking out :)

  • Posted by: CandiH Devotee // Thu, 31 January 2013 01:36pm

    I thought Bourjois was owned by Chanel. Much like a lot of other cosmetics & hair brands. I must admit I don’t mind the Bourjois brand some of the stuff is quite nice

  • Posted by: melany Devotee // Fri, 1 February 2013 12:49pm

    I’ve never invested in a Chanel lipstick but would love to! I usually just use Revlon lip products which are still great.

  • Posted by: lovefashionangel Master Fan // Fri, 1 February 2013 05:49pm

    Thats a nice classic red. I dont know why i have lots of reds buy still buy some more. Im dying to try a deep red (I saw one from Kate moss Rimmel collection I really want). No matter how much red I already have its still so tempting!

  • Posted by: GorgeousEmeralds Master Fan // Sat, 2 February 2013 07:49pm

    I have never bought any Chanel products though they are all drool worthy, I just cannot justify the price.

  • Posted by: Beth // Wed, 6 February 2013 05:14am

    I`ve just found out this competition where we can WIN one CHANEL ROUGE .. Sounds great

  • Posted by: jennybean Enthusiast // Wed, 6 February 2013 02:25pm

    I haven’t invested in a Chanel lipstick yet, and yes I’m extremely interested in the Bourjois ones, I’m googling it as I type!

  • Posted by: beautiful87 Master Fan // Sun, 10 February 2013 05:00pm

    i love Bourjois and their lipsticks

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Sun, 10 February 2013 05:57pm

    i havent invested in chanel lipstick yet, but one day i will :))

  • Posted by: anitas.artistry Master Fan // Mon, 11 February 2013 02:48pm

    Coco sounds like she was ahead of her time.

  • Posted by: karlita66 Devotee // Fri, 8 March 2013 09:14pm

    I really like bourjois lippy – love the coloursand I can’t wait to try the rouge edition!

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Sun, 14 July 2013 02:55pm

    I don’t own any Chanel lipstick, I will have to rectify that, I’ll wait for a sale though.
    I love Bourjois products, this shade of lipstick is not for me. It is a tad to red for my tone.

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