Chanel Rouge Allure 146 Craquante Lipstick

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Chanel Rouge Allure 146 Craquante

Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour in 146 Craquante had been released as part of the Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss Collection last month. Chanel Craquante is one of 3 new Rouge Allure lipsticks in this collection, and I believe is not a Limited Edition. I had been anticipating the release of this collection ever since I read news about it months ago, but it was only last month when it was released in Manila.

Chanel Makeup Haul

If you had seen my ShopaHAULic Saturday Chanel makeup haul which I’ve posted (here) two Saturdays ago, then you know that I’ve bought quite a lot from this collection as well as from the Chanel Holiday 2014 Collection Plumes Precieuses de Chanel. Craquante is the only Rouge Allure lipstick I’ve bought from the collection, though, because I didn’t see the other two. If I had seen them, then it would’ve been a different story. 😉

Colour and Shine Lipgloss in One Click

The colour intensity of a lipstick. The lacquered shine of a lipgloss. In one seductive click, ROUGE ALLURE GLOSS delivers dramatic, long-wearing coverage with hydrating comfort. Add to the allure with complementary shades of ROUGE ALLURE Luminous Intense Lip Colour and LE VERNIS Nail Colour.

Chanel Rouge Allure 146 Craquante

Chanel describes Rouge Allure Lipsticks:

The next generation of ROUGE ALLURE dresses lips with unmistakable attitude. A new formula with concentrated, ultra-thin pigments offers radically intense, long-wearing colour with full coverage and a satin finish. Leaves lips supple and protected with lasting comfort.

Chanel Rouge Allure 146 Craquante

Chanel classifies Rouge Allure Craquante as a Luminous Pink. In the tube, I noticed that it has silver micro-shimmers and much as I love shimmery makeup, I was a little hesitant to buy it because I know how drying these shimmers can be on my lips. But since I already passed up on Volage, the other Rouge Allure lipstick in the Holiday Collection along with Rouge Allure Velvet La Flamboyante (reviewed here), I couldn’t not buy Craquante, especially because its color is so pretty.

Chanel Craquante is a beautiful cool-toned, flamingo pink but it is a bit on the sheer side. Its sheerness is almost comparable to the original Rouge Coco Shine formula. The new Rouge Coco Shines are 30% more pigmented than the original Rouge Coco Shines but are still sheerer than most Chanel Rouge Allure lipsticks. With the Rouge Coco Shines, this is acceptable because they are adverstised not as regular glossy lipsticks but more like tinted lip balms. But Craquante is a Rouge Allure (Luminous Intense) lipstick, so I was expecting it to have an intense pigmentation and deliver full coverage in 1-2 swipes.

Chanel Rouge Allure 146 Craquante

In the arm swatch below, the sheerness of Craquante is very apparent, and the micro-shimmers can only be noticed in some lightings. Its color reminded me of Chanel Rouge Allure Imagination, but Imagination is more cool-toned and has no shimmers, and definitely more pigmented than Craquante. I wanted to swatch them side by side, but couldn’t find Imagination in my stash. I guess I have already sold or given it away but just couldn’t remember. 🙁

Chanel Rouge Allure 146 Craquante Swatch

Applying a lip balm before Chanel Craquante is a must for me because this is one of the few Rouge Allure lipsticks (at least for me) that are backstabbingly-dry. It isn’t obvious at first application because it glides smoothly, applies evenly, and feels really moisturizing on the lips, but give it a few hours on my lips and it will suck the moisture out. I am extremely disappointed because I really love the shade of Craquante, so I am still trying different application methods, lip primers and balms that will remedy this issue.


On my lips, Chanel Rouge Allure in Craquante is a very gorgeous light pink and the silver micro-shimmers are hardly noticeable but gives that beautiful shine and luminosity as promised by the brand. It lasts only about 4-5 hours on my lips, and around the 4th hour or after eating and drinking, it gets a bit dry, patchy and uneven, so reapplication is needed.

Chanel Rouge Allure 146 Craquante Swatch

I am a bit confused, though. When I used my Craquante lipstick yesterday, I applied it directly to my lips without any lip balm or primer, and it looked like Chanel Rouge Coco in Magnolia on my lips, a sort of milky pink. Today, when I used it over a lip balm, it was even sheerer than yesterday (I think that’s due to the lip balm) and it looked more like Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Rendez-vous although Craquante is less cool-toned and Rendez-vous is way more pigmented.

Chanel Craquante is a lipstick that is so versatile in a way that is unimaginable, because who would’ve imagined their lipstick to be like this, right? It looks different everytime I use it. LOL! Seriously, though, every lipstick can be versatile. It just depends on how you apply it, what you apply it with, what other lip products you use with it, and so on. I guess my point is, even though I’m not really loving Chanel Craquante right now, I believe I can still find ways to remedy the only thing I don’t like about it which is its dryness factor. Its sheerness I could live with, because I know that I can easily build it up to get more color, although I have to do this carefully so it doesn’t get patchy. As with any other lipstick, it’s also recommended to exfoliate the lips first before application to get a more even and smooth result.

Chanel Rouge Allure 146 Craquante Swatch

Color and texture comparisons from L-R: Chanel Rouge Allure in Craquante, MAC Lustre lipstick in Flamingo, Laneige LR104 lipstick and Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Saga.

Chanel Rouge Allure 146 Craquante

I bought Chanel Craquante for Php1,650 from Chanel in Rustans Makati and except for its tendency to dry out my lips, I really love it! It’s also available in Nordstrom and Saks for $35.

Chanel Craquante Rouge Allure lipstick being a sheer, light flamingo pink will not work on dark, pigmented lips, unless maybe a lip concealer is used underneath, but mostly it will suit those with pale lips. As far as I know, Craquante is French for cute and Chanel Rouge Allure in Craquante is definitely very cute.

Do you like the Chanel Rouge Allure formula? Have you tried Chanel Craquante Rouge Allure lipstick? Is it a yay or nay for you?

Alyssa Melanie



  1. Super ton article. J’aime beaucoup les RAL de Chanel. Moi j’ai réservé un article un rouge à lèvres nude de chez Chanel sur mon blog.

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