Chanel L’Impatiente Rouge Allure Velvet Has Little Patience for Imperfections!

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.

(Top: one pass. Bottom: built up)

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

  • Rainy Days & Lattes

    Beautiful sexy color :) It’s very demure.

    • Sunny

      Thanks Jen! I do think Chanel anything is demure, even when it’s sexy :)

  • Memoiselle

    I have Rouge Allure Velvet in La Distinguee and I don’t really like it. The color looks dead to me (I prefer shiny lipstick). However I would still buy Rouge Allure Velvet but in red color. I am dying to wear red lipstick but I think velvety formula might be a good start :)

    • Sunny

      I think this formula has a little satin sheen that doesn’t make it look dull, but then again it probably differs from color to color! Do keep me posted if you get another one!

  • Marla

    That looks so pretty on you but I will probably have to stay away due to the slight dryness of my lips.

    • Sunny

      Thanks Marla! If you have dry lips you might have to look away indeed. This one is fabulous but rather demanding!

  • Redhotjillypeppers

    Lovely colour on you ! Perfect for the holidays.

    • Sunny

      Thanks so much Jill! I think as long as the weather stays cool this one is totally appropriate :)

  • Brooke @ BlushingNoir

    This looks stunning on you! I’m terrified of this color. lol You totally make it work

    • Sunny

      Thanks so much Brooke! Don’t be terrified! If you do one coat it’s actually not scary at all!

  • Ruby

    I have Rouge Allure Velvet in La Distinguee and Exubérante and totally agree with you that your lips have to be in tip top condition to wear this formula. I usually apply lip balm before Rouge Allure Velvet but I still get flaky lips at the end of day.

  • Chris

    Sunny. Oh Sunny. Why you gotta make me put this on my Christmas wish list, knowing that I have a weakness for plummy lipsticks? You’re a temptress…you need to wear a sticker that says “Warning: Temptress!” 😛

    • Sunny

      Haha sorry Christina! I’ll think about having that sticker printed 😉

  • Emi at Project Swatch

    This is gorgeous! I love vampy lipsticks.

    • Sunny

      Yaay! Make sure you take a look at it Emi! I know you seldom find lipsticks drying and so on, so perhaps it’ll work well for you!

  • L e n a

    this color looks amazing on you! :)
    i chose Rivoli over this but i still think about getting this one as well.
    i think it is a modernized version of Rouge Noir.
    darker colors like this do look pretty in matte finish, but i am just not sure if i can handle the maintenance. lol

    • Sunny

      Thanks so much Lena!

      L’Impatiente is actually very easily to apply. Even straight from the tube it gives lines that are crisp enough, and nothing ever migrates. I just wish it’d be a bit kinder to lines and dry bits!

  • Larie

    See, I swatched this just yesterday and I thought it was really sheer, too! I like matte finishes, but I really didn’t like how this formula felt. Bleh.

    • Sunny

      You can definitely build this one up though! Two coats and it’s already opaque, so it’s not too much work. This formula is extremely lightweight, but I wish it were more forgiving.

  • Tracy@Beauty Reflections

    It’s pretty! I don’t mind when dark colours are sheer. Makes them a bit easier to wear in the day, otherwise being so pale I can look a little vampirish hehe. I don’t mind this formula too much, but I don’t reach for it often.
    It’s a lovely colour on you Sunny!

    • Sunny

      Thanks so much Tracy! I like how you can wear this sheerer as well as building it up. Makes it more versatile!

  • Perilously Pale

    Va va voom! That looks amazing on you! I still haven’t tried this formula even though I am such a die hard Chanel lipstick fan.

    • Sunny

      Thanks Christa! You should check it out if you like the barely-there type of texture. I think Chanel lipsticks excel in this aspect!

  • Yak Man

    A daring but beautiful color! 😀 looks pretty on you!

    • Sunny

      Thanks Yak Man! It’s definitely very autumn/winter-appropriate!

  • Victoria

    I really like this shade on you! Might have to check this out on my next shopping trip! :)

    • Sunny

      Thanks Victoria! Keep me posted about how you like it :)

  • Jacqueline

    Babe this colour looks great on you, yet again. Which doesn’t? :) I am very intimidated by this dark colour perhaps I should also give it a go, I love the velvet formula lots.

    • Sunny

      Thanks so much Jacqueline! I’m glad the formula works so well for you! It’s not too opaque with one pass, so I’d say it’s less intimidating!

  • Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    I like that it’s semi-sheer–definitely makes it more wearable and more appealing to me! I’ve been toying with the idea of a blackened-purple stain-type lip (HUGE step for me!!!), so maybe I will check this one out!

    • Sunny

      OOO do let me know how you like this one! It is a big step, but personally I don’t find this one too shocking because it is not fully opaque in one go!

  • Taylor

    I love it Sunny! It is so much more wearable than I had anticipated. I really like the casing of the Rouge Allure. I’m a big fan of the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencils :-)

    • Sunny

      Yeah I think that’s the good thing with this one! I’m not sure I can really pull off a very blackened color just yet! I’ll have to look into the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils soon. You look really nice with the shades you’ve reviewed!

  • annebeth

    another great review. I love matte lipstick and this one looks AMAZING on you. I usually find that matte lipsticks are more forgiving in darker shades (lighter shades make ANYONE’s lips look like they’re dried out), but matte is something to get used to indeed if you don’t regularly wear it!

    • Sunny

      Thanks so much Annebeth! I guess you’re right. I do wear other finishes more than matte. I’ll probably just have to take care and prep my lips more carefully!

  • Dorien (Inmyprettyshoes)

    The color looks really good on you!
    I bought a Chanel Rouge Coco lipstick recently and like that texture too.

    • Sunny

      Thanks Dorien! Rouge Coco is slightly creamier. I have fond memories of my Rouge Coco Mademoiselle, which is still a lipstick I turn to when nothing else will do!

  • ValleyDoll

    Ooh it’s gorgeous ! I’m really into dark colours these days.

    • Sunny

      Perfect for the weather eh :)