A little bit of Chanel always brightens up my day, and no more so than their lippies. The fairly recent introduction of their Rouge Allure Velvet line with their take on a matte lipstick piqued my curiosity and I snapped up this one, La Distinguee, when it went on sale on Buyapowa.
I am not normally a fan of matte lipsticks as I tend to equate them with drying formulas that cling to every flake of your lips. I love Chanel lipsticks in general though, especially the Rouge Allure Coco formula, and I was eager to see how this one would perform.
The first aspect which struck me was the packaging, which is typical Chanel – a gorgeous black bullet with one end encased in gold that you press to release the lipstick. I’m rubbish at explaining how things work so I’ll leave it at that, but suffice to say it is very satisfying to pop open and closed!
In the tube, the colour leans a peachy brown shade (although it was very difficult to capture this in the pictures of the tube above which look more pink than peach) and it is very obviously matte, with no visible shimmer or sparkle. When swatched, it is certainly more of a peach colour than a brown, with perhaps a trace of pink visible.
Application is, as usual with Chanel, a breeze, and one swipe is sufficient to cover the lips. I would say this is semi opaque as you can certainly see the colour, however it is quite subdued and works with the natural colours of you lips, although if you have very pigmented lips it will be less visible. I had a good 4 hours wear with this, and for a matte lipstick it was fairly comfortable to wear, although I would still recommend using a balm beforehand. You could put a gloss over it but that would defeat the point of a matte lipstick!
A good, basic colour if you are looking to dip your toe into matte lipsticks for the first time and would like to treat yourself to a little bit of Chanel. Compared to other matte lipsticks I have tried in the past, the formula was much less drying and wear time was good. I could see this going well with a neutral eye and peach blush for a soft daytime look and it would especially suit warm skintones. I’ve got my eye on La Raffinee next!
Price - £23.50