L’Impatiente, or the impatient one, is the Rouge Allure Velvet that came out with Chanel Eclats du Soir. Having built up some confidence about sporting bolder lips, this is one of the pieces that I was the most curious about. It’s my first Rouge Allure Velvet as well, so read on to find out what my experience is like!
Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet is dubbed as “Luminous Matte Lip Color.” It is supposed to be non-drying, deliver intense pigmentation, and offer a sumptuously soft, velvet matte finish. The packaging is the same with Rouge Allure (see Enjouee reviewed here), and I personally enjoy the sleek appearance and gadget-y mechanism!
L’Impatiente looks like a very intimidating blackened grape, but once swatched it’s a darkened berry/wine with a semi sheer finish. You can build it up to be fully opaque in two coats, but it is not as blackened or vampy as it may seem (which can be good or bad depending on what you’re after). Like Rouge Allure, Rouge Allure Velvet has a very thin and barely-there texture. It also has a faint perfume-y smell.
True to the claim, L’Impatiente is matte with a tiny bit of creamy sheen and some luminosity. It glides on easily enough, wears for about 4 hours (while the stain lingering for another hour or more), and it is not drying even after a whole day. It is easy to apply straight from the tube, and it doesn’t migrate, bleed, or feather. What I have noticed with L’Impatiente is that my lips have to be in tip-top condition to wear it well. It is not very easy to make this look even, and it will cling onto all the slightly drier bits as well as sinking into lip lines if I am not having a good lip day. When my lips are nice and plump, I can get away with it. When my lips are a tiny bit dehydrated… well. It just won’t be a good day to reach for L’Impatiente.
Here is me wearing one coat of L’Impatiente. Not too dramatic, but the color is adorable nonetheless.
Here (and all the way to the top) is me wearing two coats of L’Impatiente.
Bottom line: Chanel L’Impatiente Rouge Allure Velvet glides on easily, has an incredibly thin texture, and is non-drying. However, it has little tolerance for imperfections. If your lips tend to be dry and flaky, you might find it harder to get L’Impatiente to look even. If you are blessed with soft and plump lips most of the time however, you might just love this matte lipstick with a non-drying and lightweight formula! I know there are many Rouge Allure Velvet fans out there, so it’s always worth trying the formula on to see how it works for you!
Have you tried Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet? What is your favorite matte lipstick formula? Will you be sporting a more dramatic lip color this holiday season?
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx