Long-time readers might know one thing about me: I prefer pigment in my lipsticks. Don’t get me wrong: sheer lipsticks are great, but with my rather pigmented lips, a lot of them don’t show up. While the formula of Chanel Rouge Coco Shines sounds amazing and some colors are adorable, I never got any because most of them seem to be on the sheer side. Well, not anymore! Chanel recently expanded the line with some deeper shades with 30% additional pigment. After trying Suspense (80. RRP in Belgium: 31 euros), I am pretty sure the 30% is an understatement!
The packaging of Chanel Rouge Coco Shine (on the left) is just a bit thinner than that of Chanel Rouge Coco (on the right). The two lipsticks share the same classic vibe and rosy scent.
As you can see, the tip of Chanel Rouge Coco Shine is different from the more classic tip of Rouge Coco. As a matter of fact, if I had to nit-pick about Suspense, this might be the only thing I’m not feeling 100%. With the less pigmented colors, I’m sure a tip like this works fine. With something as intense as Suspense however, it takes a little more patience to make sure the line is crisp. It is definitely doable though, and I haven’t had to bust a lip brush out!
Chanel Suspense Rouge Coco Shine is a warm-toned fuchsia with fuchsia and ruby red shimmer. The shimmer is very fine, but definitely visible on the lips. The formula is excellent all-around. It packs an incredible amount of pigment. One thin layer would give you pretty much opaque coverage, though with the high juicy shine, it is not the same type of opacity you can expect from a cream formula. It goes on easily, has great lasting power (it will last you through many glasses of water, and even after a meal there will be such a strong and even stain that there is no real need to reapply), and it is very comfortable to wear as well as hydrating.
Here is how Suspense swatches. Left: one swipe. Right: built-up
Here are a couple more photos with Suspense on my lips:
See that glossy shine?
I have Burberry Pale Barley and Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss on my lids. I know I haven’t been very creative on the eyeshadow front, but this is a combination I haven’t been able to get enough of recently!
Bottom line: Pigment, juicy shine, comfortable formula, and great lasting power: Chanel Suspense Rouge Coco Shine ticks all the boxes! I personally think it takes a little bit more patience to work with the tip (mostly because Suspense is incredibly pigmented), but only a little bit more. If you love a shiny finish without wanting to compromise pigment level, Suspense might hit the spot!
Are you a fan of the original Chanel Rouge Coco Shine line-up? Are you eyeing any of the new ones?
PS: Stay tuned for a (pretty big) giveaway coming up later today!
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx