September 14, 2014

Chanel Confident #94 and Aura #96 Rouge Coco Shine | Fall 2014

Chanel has four new Rouge Coco Shines for the Fall as part of the Collection États Poétiques: 93 Intime, 94 Confident, 95 Viva, and 96 Aura. I'm a big fan of the Coco Shines because they deposit pretty color, while keeping the lips hydrated. Although they are less pigmented than the Rouge Allure or Rouge Coco, their color can definitely be built up. And for me, they're absolute perfection for on-the-go, as they can be applied easily without a mirror. I picked up two of the shades, Confident and Aura.
Confident is a cool-toned mauve pink that is a really nice, slightly darker, my-lips-but-better color. I am such a sucker for a mauve lip colors because I find them so flattering on my fair, cool-toned skin. I initially swatched the four shades on my hand and only purchased Aura, but after 20 minutes of browsing I returned to the Chanel counter to purchase Confident as well (snagged the last one!). I'm so glad I did because I'm in love with the color once it's on. I'm actually planning on purchasing a backup!
Aura is a deep, cool-toned berry. Both of these shades are lovely for Fall, and I can already tell that I (or rather my lips) will be living in them for the next couple months. While it looks very dark and intimidating in the tube, Aura is a great shade for those who are hesitant about making the foray into darker lip colors. Start out with a sheer light wash, and then gradually build up the color.
The first swatches show one swipe, and the second are multiple swipes to build up the color. I found Confident difficult to accurately swatch, as the color is truly amplified when applied over your natural lip color.
Nars Fast Ride (left) vs. Chanel Aura (right; swatched heavily)
At first I thought Aura might be similar to Nars Fast Ride (which I love), but after a quick comparison, you can see they are quite different. Fast Ride is more purple and muted, whereas Aura is lighter, brighter, and more berry-hued.

Both colors had the characteristic glossy sheer finish of the Rouge Coco Shines and alright lasting power. Naturally, they will require more frequent applications than a full-pigment lipstick.

Confident, Aura and the rest of the collection are available online or at Chanel counters for $39 CDN. Hurry and get them before they're gone!
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