Thursday, August 11, 2011

Chanel Santal and Ming Rouge Allure Laque Review, Photos and Swatches!

chanel ming and santal

Chanel Santal and Ming Rouge Allure Laque

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Discover the pure indulgence of liquid lip lacquer, a colour innovation that could only come from CHANEL. Intensely rich colour and shine last for hours -- and the temptingly creamy formula conditions as it hydrates lips. All this, with full coverage, in eight stunning shades.

Like mentioned, there are only eight shades available: Coromandel, Imperial, Dynastie, Dragon, Ming, Santal, Phoenix and Mandarin. The two most wearable shades are Santal and Ming, which is why I chose both!

**NOTE** I purchased product TESTERS. So the packaging will differ when purchased at a counter. Click HERE to view more details on the Chanel website.


I originally became really interested in these lip lacquers from Christine of Temptalia. She mentioned on a few occasions that one of her favorite products of all time is Chanel's Lip Laque in the shade Dragon. After reading a little more information on the lip products, they sounded amazing. After digging out swatches of each of the shades, and seeing how creamy and opaque they look, I had to give a couple a try. 

To view swatches of all shades, check out Temptalia's Round-Up HERE or KarlaSugar's Rouge Allure Round-Up HERE.

Santal is a warm, rosy peach with a very subtle golden shimmer. On my natural lips, the color appears a little more orange, but when I calm my lips down with a little concealer or MAC Lip Erase, the color looks more rosy. I think it's a fabulous every day shade for just about every skintone.

Ming is a medium neutral pink with fine shimmer. I find it difficult to wear certain undertones of pink without looking too unnatural, but this pink works well with my skintone. With one swipe, it gives a "My lips but better" natural pink flush.

I absolutely love the formula of the lip glosses. They are completely opaque with a few swipes, aren't thick or sticky, are moisturizing, have a shiny finish and has pretty average lasting power on the lips. The biggest set back is the price at $32. It's completely up to you if you think it's worth it or not, but I do think they are fantastic and worth testing out at your local counter.

What do you think of these? Do you own any?


  1. Both are pretty! I have Dragon, it's such a gorgeous red :D

  2. Ming looks gorgeous on your lips, really natural. I’d love to try these but unfortunately in Australia they retail for close to $60 which is just ridiculous to pay for a lip gloss. And buying them online, like you said, it’s risky as to whether you’ll get the authentic item or not. So for now I’ll just admire from afar

  3. I love the packaging, actually! Chanel makeup just makes my heart pitter patter :) Ming looks lovely on you!

  4. where did you buy these testers?

  5. i feel like the odd man out cause i'm loving santal! beautiful shade and looks great on you =)

  6. These colors look great! Both are colors I tend to gravitate to anyway but the formula, at least from your photos, look very moisturizing and shiny, but not glossy...perfect for any ocassion. Will definitely have to take a look at my local Chanel counter. Thanks for posting!

  7. Oh I love Ming! Looks like a nice, everyday colour (in my books at least!).

  8. Santal looks much more peachy-pink on me. Really natural looking and beautiful! I wore it in my graduation photo :)

  9. I love these! I have dragon and ming and I need more :)

  10. I have Ming and it is gorgeous!! I only buy straight from the Chanel website (or Macy's, Nordstrom, Neiman's online carry Chanel) because I have heard of fakes. Your colors seem true to what I have seen -- they both look great on you!
    Have you tried the Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss? They are some of my faves, along with the Glossimers.

  11. I saw these recently at the Chanel counter and fell in love with them! Seeing them on here has just confirmed that I am going to have to buy one! Ming is beautiful! x