Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Review & Swatches: Chanel Rouge Coco in Sari Doré

As promised, May is all about peaches, apricots and tangerines here on Rocaille Writes, and no, I'm not just fruit-deprived. Everyone needs a bit of orange in their life for summer!

I actually bought Chanel Rouge Coco lipstick in 'Sari Doré' no. 76 about a year ago as a motivational gift before my final exams at the university. I had just a couple minutes to spare in the duty free, so I grabbed this shade, vaguely remembering a video by a Chanel make-up artist where she used this particular color on a pale girl and it looking absolutely amazing. But uh... on me, it fails to amaze. Alas.

Sari Doré is a somewhat muted orange with delicate silver pearl and a satin finish.The name is thus a little bit misleading, given that 'doré' means golden in French. In the tube and even in arm swatches, it looks really pretty, but when I put it on, it's just... orange. Not even a hint of pink in sight, and I believe I really need that little bit of cool tone to be able to pull something like this off.

Compared to some other warm orangey lipsticks in my collection, Rimmel's Soft Coral is definitely more of a true peach, whereas YSL Pink Grenadine is more of a deeper, coral red. Below lip swatches are Sari Doré lightly dabbed on the lips on the top, and a full opaque application on the bottom.

In terms of application, this Chanel Rouge Coco is nothing outstanding. It feels smooth and creamy on the lips, but is in no way moisturizing. Also, I'm really not a fan of the heavy floral scent.

Still, I'm unable to part with my first Chanel lipstick; I keep playing with it to see if I can make it wearable on me. So far, a light application has proven a lot more forgiving, as has pairing it with a pinkier gloss or wearing on a more tanned complexion - that last option would probably have to be reserved for when I can be bothered so fake tan.

Have you tried Chanel Rouge Coco lipsticks? How has the tangerine trend been working for you so far?


  1. Girl, that is gorgeous! And you are still ridiculously cute! :)

  2. LOVELY!! I think it looks great on you! I wants it now!!

  3. What, isn't it wearable (and flattering) on you already?

  4. I think it looks great on you! However, if you want it to pull a bit cooler, maybe try layering over a pink liner or top with a pink gloss?

  5. I think that Sari Dore looks nice, especially in contrast with your blue frams :)

  6. I have the rouge coco in Chalys, which is also coral, but I think has more pink. But I am also underwhelmed with it. I don't like the strong fragrance, and it applies and wears just like any other lipstick - in fact I like my Revlon lipsticks better...not worth the price for me personally.

  7. I actually think it looks great on you! This might be a color I would pick up some time later.

    I have three Rouge Coco lipstick, and my favorite is Legende, because I love rose colors for the lips, as my natural lip color is somewhere around rose and mauve pink. Legende makes me look polished yet natural.

    Perhaps a gloss would make Sari Dore work better for you? A clear gold or a clear pink? =) I still think this looks good on you. It definitely suits fair skin like yours.

    1. None of the colors I have tried this season so far have looked good on me. it is unusual, because fall colors always look good on me, so I thought apricot or another orange, or tangerine color would work. Nope. At least, not yet. But hope springs eternal :)

  8. I like this one! I saw that it's still available on Nordstrom.com and was thinking about making this my first Chanel lipstick. Also, maybe try layering a gold gloss over it?

  9. What a beautiful colour! It flatters your skintone wonderfully...I'm crazy about corals this season too.

  10. I think a dusty pink would be a better color for your complexion; I don't think the tangerine orange is doing it for ya. Maybe with a tan maybe..:)