I'll be the first one to admit that Chanel has kind of lost me over the last eighteen months or so. Too many collections, too frequent reformulation, and in general: too much. I can't really fault them, though. Everyone is doing that, and in most cases Chanel quality is still up there. But I developed that kind of beauty blogger fatigue that causes one to not order six new lipsticks with every launch.
But as jaded as I am, the newly tweaked Chanel Rouge Coco lipsticks are incredibly appealing, as I discovered when a dear dear friend gave me Mademoiselle #434 as a gift. The formula has never been creamier and more comfortable, and the pigment is incredibly rich and vibrant even in a mostly neutral shade such as Mademoiselle. I seem to recall the original incarnation of this color, and it was not as successful on my darker than average lips. This Mademoiselle, though? She's my lips but far far better.
As you can see on the arm swatch, the base of this color is rather warm. However, my own lips have a noticeable purple rose natural pigment, so the two balance each other and become my go-to lipstick for just about any occasion when I don't wear red (it happens). Moisture level is high, there's no pooling in the tiny scar on my lower lip, and the fact that Rouge Coco is not meant to last past a snack or the four hour mark don't bother me in the least. There's always been something to be said for taking out an elegant Chanel lipstick from your purse and carefully reapplying.
Bottom Line: I guess now I'll have to buy #446 Etienne.